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SALFORD CITY COUNCIL FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TRUTH PROBLEMS

Star date: 27th November 2014

SALFORD COUNCIL ECONOMICAL WITH TRUTH OVER SPIRIT OF SALFORD COSTS

Salford Council has been found to have been economical with the truth over a Freedom of Information (FOI) request regarding the Mayor's flopped Spirit of Salford event this summer.

When a resident asked under FOI how many Council staff were paid for working on the event the answer was "None". After an internal review it turns out that they were given time off in lieu: ie they were paid. This is just part of an ongoing battle residents are having with the Council's FOI attitude, with twenty FOI requests `long overdue', dating back almost twelve months.

Full details here...

 
 
A PROPER SALFORD TRIBUTE TO SHELAGH DELANEY

Star date: 26th November 2014

SHELAGH DELANEY DAY AT SALFORD ARTS THEATRE

`A voice for the poor that is sadly no more
gone with the ships that sailed on the docks' JB Barrington

A lot of attitude, a bit of an edge and bucket loads of proper Salford summed up the top entertainment at Salford Arts Theatre last night to celebrate the city's first Shelagh Delaney Day.

From the Salford Arts Theatre Young Performers Company giving A Slice of Life that inspired the Duchy girl to theatrical heights, to JB Barrington's performance of his spiky, specially written Gone With The Ships, to Salford Theatre Company's mimed anti-materialism in Now and Then, Shelagh Delaney would have been proud.

Full review here...

 
 
SALFORD JOB CENTRE BENEFITS SANCTIONS PROTEST

Star date: 25th November 2014

SALFORD JOB CENTRE PUSHING PEOPLE TO FOOD BANKS

"It should be re-named Salford Sanction Centre because they don't seem to be helping people with jobs, just sanctioning people..."

Members of the newly formed Salford Unite Community Union protested outside Salford Job Centre, off Churchill Way, this morning to highlight the increasing use of sanctions to kick people off benefits. They also handed out leaflets to claimants giving information on how to challenge sanctions decisions.

Full details here...

 
 
HUGE PUBLIC SUPPORT IN SALFORD FOR NHS WORKERS STRIKE

Star date: 24th November 2014

NHS STAFF STRIKE AT SALFORD ROYAL HOSPITAL

"The public see us as angels but we're not, we need to live like everyone else"

There was huge public support for NHS staff at Salford Royal Hospital this morning as they went on strike for four hours against the ConDem Government's refusal to implement a 1% pay rise recommended by the independent Pay Review Body. The MPs' pay review body has recommended a 10% pay rise for them, which they are sure to take.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL £56MILLION CUTS OVER NEXT TWO YEARS

Star date: 24th November 2014

SALFORD COUNCIL TO WASH ITS HANDS OF YOUNG, ELDERLY, SICK AND VULNERABLE

Salford Council is to hammer the old, the young, the ill and the vulnerable in its new round of £56million cuts over the next two years, outlined today.

Over £5million is to be axed from adult health and social care budgets by farming the service out to the NHS and other organisations, while over £4million is to be slashed from Children's Services, including transport and looked after kids.

Meanwhile, over £4million is to be taken from budgets to support vulnerable and sick people, while Council staff face redundancies to `save' up to £500,000. And there's a special Council `turkeys vote for Christmas' consultation...

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD SHELAGH DELANEY DAY 25TH NOVEMBER

Star date: 23rd November 2014

SHELAGH DELANEY DAY EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS

"She had far more on her mind than 'how to be famous'" Charlotte Delaney

Shelagh Delaney Day finally arrives on Tuesday 25th November with a whole evening at Salford Arts Theatre of sold out plays, performances, art exhibitions and a poem specially written by top Salford wordsmith JB Barrington.

There's also a free screening of Delaney's A Taste of Honey at Eccles Town Hall on Friday 28th, a lantern display by pupils of Summerville Road Primary School in Duchy on the 28th and a photo exhibition at Salford Lads Club on the 29th and 30th.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD SANTA SCOOTER RUN FOR THE CHRISTIE

Star date: 23rd November 2014

VESPERADOS SCOOTERS, BIKES AND TRIKES GO SANTA FOR THE CHRISTIE

Santa Scooter Run
Sunday 30th November 9:30am-12
Henry Boddington Pub, Bolton Road, followed by ride to The Christie
 
Next Sunday, hundreds of scooters, bikes and trikes will set off from the Henry Boddington pub on Manchester Road on their annual Santa Run to take presents to patients at The Christie. And in the morning people can bring presents to the Henry Bod pub for them to take.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD PEOPLE WANTED TO BE POLICE MONITORS

Star date: 23rd November 2014

COMMUNITY MONITORS FOR GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE

The Northern Police Monitoring Project (NPMP) is looking for people to train as Community Monitors to observe and deal with police acting unlawfully within their areas.

Next Saturday, 29thNovember, between 10.30am and 4pm, the NPMP is running training workshops at Z-Arts Centre in Hulme for anyone who wants to volunteer.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MAN HAS DATE OF DESTINY WITH ATAXIA

Star date: 23rd November 2014

ECCLES MAN STRIPS OFF FOR `MR MARCH' IN NUDE CALENDAR

Eccles resident, Jonathan Kay, has stripped off to feature as Mr March in a new nude calendar for 2015 to help raise funds and make people aware of the neurological disorder ataxia.

Few people are aware of the condition which affects ten thousand adults and 2,500 children in the UK, and the Ataxia Laid Bare calendar is available at £9.99 to help find a cure and aid people with ataxia.

Full details here...

 
 
PAUL HEATON SLATES LOW PAY AS GMB WAGES WAR ON NEXT

Star date: 23rd November 2014

SALFORD KINGS ARMS OWNER SLATES LOW PAY

"We're proud to support the GMB campaign to give people a Living Wage" Paul Heaton.

Paul Heaton, who owns the Kings Arms pub in Salford, is being sponsored on his current tour with former Beautiful South singer Jacqui Abbott by the GMB trade union, which is fighting a low wage battle against NEXT.

The GMB is pressuring NEXT to pay its staff the Living Wage of £7.85 per hour (£9.20 in London) as a step towards the £10 per hour set by GMB Congress, and everyone going to see Paul and Jacqui will get details of the rubbish wages NEXT pays its staff. The tour hits the O2 Apollo in Manchester on 5th December.

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER CAMPAIGNS BAZAAR

Star date: 22nd November 2014

CAMPAIGNING GROUPS FROM ALL OVER THE AREA ON SHOW

Greater Manchester Campaigns Bazaar
Thursday 27th November from 7pm
Manchester Academy 2 free

This Thursday, the Salford Star will join up to fifty community and campaign groups at a showcase organised by Manchester MULE at Manchester Academy 2. There'll be stalls, videos and talks by organisations ranging from Red Pepper to the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign to Save Our NHS and Art Emergency, with a debate on the state of local activism.

Full details here...

 
 
LOWER BROUGHTON CHILDREN’S CENTRE SALFORD SURVIVAL STORY

Star date: 21st November 2014

SALFORD COUNCIL WANTED IT CLOSED – IT'S STILL OPEN!

Last spring, Salford Council announced plans to shut Lower Broughton Children's Centre at River View School as part of cuts to Sure Start buildings all over the city. The parents ran a huge campaign to save their centre and today it's still open five mornings a week.

As the next round of Salford Council cuts begin to leak out, the parents are adamant that the community should fight to save services... "Without the campaign we wouldn't have what we have now" says Elaine Connolly.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL DANCING WITH DANGER TO ELDERLY

Star date: 20th November 2014

SALFORD COUNCIL IMPOSES ROOM CHARGES IN GATEWAYS

"For some of our most vulnerable and older people this club is a lifeline..." Councillor John Warmisham

Salford Council is being accused of letting down the old and the vulnerable after it introduced charges for community rooms in the Gateway Centre spaces it leases from the MaST LIFT Company, to which it pays extortionate rents.

At Pendleton Gateway, Salford Council's new huge room hire charges for groups like the Golden Girls line dancing class is threatening to isolate elderly people who use the activity to socialise and keep fit. Now the class may have to close or move.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL MEETING LIVE-STREAM BY SALFORD STAR

Star date: 18th November 2014

ROLL UP ROLL UP FOR THE SALFORD COUNCIL SHOW...

Tomorrow, Wednesday 19th November there's a full meeting of Salford Council which will be live-streamed by Salford Star from 9:30am to 12:30pm on its Bambuser Channel.

Roll up, roll up, for the amazing Housing Strategy for Salford, which pulled a massive four responses from the public after a long Council consultation. Thrill to a motion on the air quality that's killing us all. And take the Salford Star challenge to stay awake during the Salford City Mayor's verbal meanderings. Too good to miss?

7pm 19th November:: Full report and update and link to live-stream

Full details here...

 
 
IGAS SHARE PRICE TANKS AS TRAFFORD COUNCIL REJECTS FRACKING

Star date: 17th November 2014

FRACKING INDUSTRY FRACKED AS IGAS SHARES COLLAPSE

Fracking company IGas, which is determined to plough on with shale gas exploration in Salford, has seen its share price collapse from a high of 160 points in January to just 56 this morning.

Meanwhile, last week, Trafford Council voted to ban fracking `until proven safe', and all court cases regarding the Barton Moss protests have been postponed until the New Year pending investigations of the IGas site, the Salford Star understands.

Full details here...

 
 
THE SALFORD POLITICS OF SHELAGH DELANEY DAY

Star date: 16th November 2014

THE `CRUEL PERSECUTION' OF DELANEY BY SALFORD COUNCIL AND SALFORD CITY REPORTER REDEEMED?

November 25th is Salford's Shelagh Delaney Day, after efforts by Louise Woodward Styles were officially backed by Salford Council and the City Mayor Ian Stewart.

When the Day was announced, the Salford Star accused the Mayor and Council of hypocrisy and called for an apology, given the total destruction of Delaney's creativity by civic leaders in the Sixties. Now Louise has written her thoughts for the Star on "how the wrongs of the past will now be put right".

Full details here...

 
 
CRISIS IN GREATER MANCHESTER MENTAL HEALTH

Star date: 16th November 2014

STOP THE CUTS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Public Meeting - Crisis In Mental Health
Saturday 22nd November 12:30-2pm
Cross St Chapel, Manchester

In Salford and all over Greater Manchester mental health is becoming a huge issue as people become more stressed with financial, work and unemployment related problems. But just as the need is growing, so are cuts to the services. Now a public meeting has been called for next Saturday to unite all the anti-cuts movements in the area and to campaign for better care.

Full details here...

 
 
TOP SALFORD PAINTER NIGEL WALKER DEPICTS EAST EUROPE

Star date: 16th November 2014

FROM EAST SALFORD TO EAST EUROPE

Following on from his brilliant solo exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Salfordian artist Nigel Walker has created some stunning new work based on his six-month cycle journey around Eastern Europe.

From Krakow to Zagan, it's the real people, places and faces that come alive under the brush of Nigel Walker.

Full details here...

 
 
SIMON WILLIAMS REVEALS SALFORD HIDDEN DEPTHS

Star date: 15th November 2014

SALFORD TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED

Williams in a bedroom at the Adelphi hotel in Liverpool with his son's teacher:
 `Have you got any protection?'
"I've never paid for protection in my life. I'm from Salford, love."

Simon Williams' easy read, compelling novels take a likely Salford lad from obscurity to local infamy via a robbed off Lowry painting, Buile Hill Mansion, Robin Van Persie, the GMP and the City Mayor.

Full details here...

 
 
SHELAGH DELANEY THE LION IN LOVE AT SALFORD ARTS THEATRE

Star date: 15th November 2014

DELANEY'S THE LION IN LOVE GETS FIRST STAGING SINCE 1963

The Lion In Love by Eat Theatre
Wednesday 19th – Saturday 22nd November 7:30pm
Salford Arts Theatre £10/£6

Apart from A Taste Of Honey, The Lion In Love is the only other stage play written by Shelagh Delaney, and it hasn't been staged professionally since 1963.

To kickstart Salford's Shelagh Delaney Day, Eat Theatre is reviving The Lion In Love at Salford Arts Theatre. It's a play that nods to Aesop's fable warning of needless sacrifice for foolish love.

Full details here...

 
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