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SALFORD MOTORCYCLISTS TO PROTEST AGAINST MASSIVE ROUNDABOUT WORKS AT IRLAMS O’ TH’ HEIGHT

Star date: 22nd October 2014

DOZENS OF BIKES TO CONVERGE ON SALFORD THIS WEEKEND

Dozens of motorcycles are expected to converge on Salford this Saturday to protest against the narrowing of lanes at the huge roundabout at Irlams O'Th' Height which feeds the A580, Manchester Road and Bolton Road.

Salford Motorcycle Action Group, which is leading the first major motorcycle protest in the city for thirty years, states that the introduction of cycle lanes, including armadillos and bollards, will potentially endanger all users of the roundabout.

Full details here...

 
 
SWINTON HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMY TEACHERS ON STRIKE IN SALFORD

Star date: 21st October 2014

`ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!'...TEACHERS STRIKE OVER 60 HOUR WEEKS AND HUGE WORKLOAD

"We're spending more time form filling than teaching these kids and doing good things for these kids..."

Swinton High School Academy was closed today for all but year 7 and 11 pupils as teachers from NASUWT trade union went on strike over excessive workloads, over monitoring and bureaucracy which has seen many working sixty hours a week and weekends.

The strike continues tomorrow and for three days after half term.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD HUGE ADULT NEGLECT AND ABUSE PROBLEM

Star date: 20th October 2014

ALMOST NINE HUNDRED ADULT ABUSE ALERTS IN SALFORD LAST YEAR

Salford has a huge number of alerts, referrals and safeguarding issues with adults, which range from neglect to physical abuse, to financial and emotional abuse, according to a new report by the Salford Adult Safeguarding Board.

There were almost nine hundred abuse alerts, of which half became formal referrals. Vulnerable adults were most likely to get abused in residential and nursing care homes, and the abuse was most likely to be spotted by social care and health staff rather than families.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL PROPOSING 3% INCREASE IN COUNCIL TAX FOR POOREST IN CITY

Star date: 20th October 2014

THREE PER CENT COUNCIL TAX RISE ON THE CARDS FOR LOW INCOME FAMILIES

Salford Council is proposing to impose a three cent rise in Council Tax for some of the poorest people in Salford, aiming to increase payments for those on the Council Tax Reduction Scheme from 12% to 15% in April 2015.

The Council is consulting on the proposal until 8th December.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD JOINS BOLTON AGAINST NHS SELL OFF

Star date: 19th October 2014

PEOPLE TAKE TO THE STREETS OVER NHS SELL OFF

Salford Against The Cuts joined campaigners in Bolton last week to both take part in a national weekend of action against TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and the sell-off of Bolton's Psychological Therapies Service.

Campaigners say that TTIP will make the privatisation of the NHS irreversible, while Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group is flogging off a prized service.

Full details here...

 
 
FRACK FREE SALFORD LAUNCHES

Star date: 19th October 2014

FRACK FREE SALFORD LAUNCHES AT STAR INN

Frack Free Salford Inaugural Meeting
Tuesday 21st October 6:30-9pm
Star Inn, Broughton

While there have been loads of anti-fracking groups and facebook sites that have sprung up in Salford since Barton Moss became the front line of the movement, Frack Free Salford, or FFS, is launching this Tuesday at the Star Inn to become "the main group for future campaigns against fracking in Salford."

Full details here...

 
 
BROUGHTON’S GOT TALENT BENEFIT FOR ALAN HENNING FAMILY

Star date: 18th October 2014

SALFORD TALENT SHOWCASE FOR HENNING FUND

Broughton's Got Talent
Thursday 30th October
St James Church 5:30pm-8pm
Free entry/donation to Alan Henning Fund

On Thursday 30th October Broughton is going to show out with a special talent showcase that's also a fundraiser for the Alan Henning family. Lined up are singers, rappers, dancers, even a ventriloquist, and entries are still open for anyone who wants to take part.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD GOES TO HANDMADE FILM FESTIVAL

Star date: 18th October 2014

FROM LOWER KERSAL BEES TO AGECROFT COLLIERY AND A TASTE OF HONEY

Handmade Film Festival
Friday 24th - Sunday 26th October free

Salford connected films are gegging in on North Manchester's Handmade Film Festival next weekend, with classic kitchen sink movies like A Taste of Honey and A Kind of Loving being shown together with The Last Pit In The Valley, a short film about Agecroft Colliery, and Up On The Roof starring Lower Kersal bee keeper Harry Davies.

Full details here...

 
 
ARE SALIX HOMES AND SALFORD COUNCIL INTERFERING IN HOUSING STOCK TRANSFER BALLOT?

Star date: 17th October 2014

SALIX REMOVING `NO' LEAFLETS...COUNCIL SENDING OUT LETTERS TO TENANTS...NO PUBLIC DEBATE... IS THIS A FAIR BALLOT?

In the run up to this month's ballot where tenants can vote `Yes' or `No' to the transfer of Salford Council houses to Salix Homes, a £1million campaign was launched in an effort to get people to agree to the privatisation. Now the ballot has started, Salix, in its own words, "must not try to persuade tenants to vote in any particular direction".

However, people are angry that Salix has removed `No' campaign literature from its properties, while Salford Council has sent out letters to all tenants `correcting' information put out by those opposed to the privatisation. Is this ballot fair?

Full details here...

 
 
BARTON MOSS INDEPENDENT POLICING REPORT NOT CREDIBLE SAYS SOLICITOR

Star date: 16th October 2014

REPORT INTO SALFORD BARTON MOSS POLICING `DOES NOT HAVE INDEPENDENCE OR CREDIBILITY' SAYS SOLICITOR

Simon Pook, the solicitor who urged the United Nations to investigate `miners strike' style policing at Barton Moss last winter, has slammed today's report by the Police and Crime Commissioner' Independent Panel.

The report on Barton Moss emphasises some incredibly contentious comments on the anti-fracking protesters, while adding that "Claims of police violence have not been substantiated". Pook points out that the Report was submitted to Greater Manchester Police before publication for `final input'... "It therefore does not have the independence and credibility which a public inquiry would have"

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL SLAUGHTERED IN HIGH COURT OVER CUTS TO TRANSPORT FOR DISABLED ADULTS

Star date: 16th October 2014

`ABSURD'...`UNFAIR'...`UNLAWFUL'...`CAVALIER' SALFORD COUNCIL GETS HAMMERED IN HIGH COURT OVER CUTS TO TRANSPORT FOR DISABLED ADULTS

"The sense of injustice...is exacerbated by being consulted on the wrong questions"

At yesterday's High Court judicial review into cuts to transport for severely disabled adults, Salford Council and its barrister got absolutely hammered over its handling and subsequent defence of its actions.

Even the judge at one point questioned the logic of the Council's barrister who argued that no decision had yet been taken on the closure of the transport unit. Meanwhile the campaigners' QC roasted the Council's `absurd' consultation on the cuts and much more. A decision by the judge is due next week.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CIVIL SERVANTS STRIKE IN FIGHT FOR FAIR PAY

Star date: 16th October 2014

PCS MEMBERS REPORT TOP TURNOUT FOR STRIKE ON FAIR PAY

Yesterday's strike by PCS members in the civil service had great support as picket lines were set up at government departments throughout Salford, before a rally outside the Civil Justice Centre where the PCS drumming band played.

The strike was for fair pay as the ConDem Government caps pay for public sector workers while prices have risen by 16% since 2010.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD DEMOCRACY AT THE HEART OF NO VOTE FOR SALIX STOCK TRANSFER

Star date: 15th October 2014

WHY DISABLED CANON HUSSEY COURT TENANT IS VOTING `NO' TO PRIVATISATION OF SALFORD COUNCIL HOMES

TJ is physically and mentally disabled and lives on the incredibly unsuitable 14th floor of Canon Hussey Court on the Islington Estate. He had been battling Salix Homes for years, attempting to get moved to a ground floor property, and got nowhere. Then a Salford City councillor became involved, making the company aware of its equalities duties against discrimination. Almost the next day TJ was offered a ground floor property.

This accountability of Salix to councillors, and ultimately residents, is why TJ is calling for Salix tenants to vote `No' in the current ballot on Salford Council stock transfer.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL GOES HOLLYWOOD WITH £3000 TO FILM TWO MEETINGS

Star date: 14th October 2014

TITANIC BUDGET FOR FILMING SALFORD COUNCIL MEETINGS

Hard up Salford Council is paying £3,000 to film just two full council meetings in September and November. Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, recently announced that anyone could film or take photos at public council meetings, so the Council decided to get in on the act itself. It hired Digital Tree Media to live stream its meetings, lavishing £1,500 per shoot ...except the first live stream didn't work.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD ROYAL NHS WORKERS STRIKE FOR FAIR PAY

Star date: 13th October 2014

NHS STAFF NOT EVEN GETTING 1% RISE AS ANGER GROWS AT SALFORD ROYAL HOSPITAL

"It's a blatant attack on the NHS and the people who provide the NHS services" UNISON rep

NHS trade union pickets were out in force at Salford Royal Hospital this morning as porters, domestics, care assistants and even a patient walked out in support of a four hour strike for fair pay.

While the Government is pushing the line that it has offered a 1% pay rise, the reality, say staff, is that less than half of NHS staff will receive it, while managers get performance related bonuses, MPs are in line for 11% rises and huge amounts of money are being spent on buildings and Fat Cats by the Salford Royal NHS Trust.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD STAR MOVES INTO NEW OFFICE AT ANTZ JUNCTION

Star date: 12th October 2014

SALFORD STAR HAS A NEW OFFICE

Salford Star has a new office in the historic old Chloride HQ, now situated in the Junction Eco-Park near Clifton railway station and Pilkington's Tiles.

The office is part of the Antz Junction social enterprise centre and the base means that we can now entertain visitors and have a landline phone.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD STARS AT THE GREATEST LIVE SHOW IN THE NORTH

Star date: 12th October 2014

HOOKY AND JB BARRINGTON STAR IN TERRY CHRISTIAN'S MAD CABARET

Mad Manc Cabaret
Friday 17th October 8pm-3am
The Band On The Wall £15/£7

A new monthly night hosted by Terry Christian and to be filmed for tv starts this Friday at Band On The Wall, bringing together `four decades of Manchester's cultural history' and billed as `the greatest live show in the north'.

The `Mad Manc Cabaret' has Salford at its core for the first do, with Hooky in conversation and top poet JB Barrington performing, joined by Denise Johnson, Vini Reilly, JunTzu and the almost Salfordian Stella Grundy.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD ON STRIKE OVER FAIR PAY AND AUSTERITY

Star date: 12th October 2014

SALFORD HEALTH WORKERS, FE STAFF AND CIVIL SERVANTS STRIKE FOR A BETTER LIFE

This week, despite unions suspending the planned local government strike, health workers will strike on Monday, FE staff on Tuesday and Civil Servants on Wednesday for fair pay and against austerity.

Meanwhile, on Saturday 18th October there will be a huge march and rally in London along the same themes... `No More Austerity' and `Britain Needs A Pay Rise'.

Full details here...

 
 
ANTI-FRACKING CAMPAIGNERS URGE SALFORD MAYOR TWEET STORM

Star date: 12th October 2014

MANCHESTER FRIENDS OF THE EARTH TARGETS IAN STEWART

Back in April a 3,500 name petition against fracking in Salford was handed into the Council, which should have triggered a Cabinet `consideration'. In the event it allowed a five minute presentation with no debate, before campaigners were ushered out of the room.

Six months later and not a word has been heard... "We think this is totally unacceptable" states Manchester friends of the Earth which is now urging a Twitter storm directed at Salford Mayor Ian Stewart.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD STORIES WITH CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON MAXINE PEAKE AND SHEILA HANCOCK

Star date: 12th October 2014

STARS SHINE FOR WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY

Salford Stories and Radical Readings
Sunday 23rd November 2pm
Peel Hall £12/£8

Salford stars Christopher Eccleston and Maxine Peake will be joined by ace actress Sheila Hancock in a special fundraising event for the Working Class Movement Library on 23rd November, when they will be performing `prose, poetry and drama telling the story of radicalism and revolution, and the history of the original dirty old town'.

The first batch of tickets have already sold out and the event is being moved to a larger hall! Stop press: This has now been sold out too!

Full details here...

 
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When we began producing the Salford Star nearly three years ago the aim was always for it to be a magazine – a big, proud, free glossy magazine that would go to as many people in Salford as possible.  The reason for this was that, even according to Salford Council figures, only one person in five in the city had access to the internet.  Now that figure has possibly risen to around a third.  This is why Salford still needs its own accessible magazine.

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