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SALFORD CITY COUNCIL ACCOUNTABILITY DEFICIT SCANDAL

Star date: 4th March 2015

ALMOST NO PUBLIC SCRUTINY OF SALFORD COUNCIL FOR THREE MONTHS!

Salford Council and City Mayor Ian Stewart have not been held accountable in public for their actions and policies for over three months, apart from one meeting about budget cuts.

In January the Council voted to cut the number of its scrutiny committees to five but since then only one of those committees, which are supposed to hold the Mayor and Council to account, has met with the public informed.

Full details here... 

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL FORCED TO REVEAL MAYOR DETAILS AFTER INFORMATION COMMISSIONER GETS INVOLVED

Star date: 3rd March 2015

SALFORD RESIDENT NINE MONTH BATTLE TO GET INFO ON MAYOR

Following a Salford Star article a year ago about Mayor Ian Stewart's camper van being parked on Council property, Salford resident, Anthony Dowd, submitted a Freedom of Information request to try and get some truth. Salford Council judged his request `vexatious', then refused to answer it until the Freedom of Information Commissioner became involved.

Now Anthony has set up a Salford Council Freedom of Information Facebook group so other residents can share their experiences of fobbed off requests.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL TO LOSE ANOTHER £1MILLION DEVELOPER FEES AT BLACK FRIARS PUB

Star date: 2nd March 2015

PETER DONE COMPANY TO AVOID £1.2MILLION PLANNING FEES – AND WON'T EVEN PAY FOR A BUS STOP

A company part owned by Fred Done's brother, Peter, has a planning application going to Salford Council this week, to put up two horrendous blocks of apartments by the Black Friars pub in Trinity. Done's company, FICM, should be paying over £1.2million in planning fees plus providing 76 affordable properties but is set to avoid the payments due to `viability' issues.

Transport for Greater Manchester requested that the developer should at least provide two new bus stops on Blackfriars Road – but Done's company, apparently, can't even afford that. The Done brothers' wealth is estimated at around £700million.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD TRAINEE SOCIAL WORKERS TO MAKE CONNECTIONS WITH COMMUNITY

Star date: 1st March 2015

SALFORD SOCIAL WORK NETWORK LAUNCHES

SSWN Launch
Friday 6th March 2pm
University of Salford

Launching this Friday, Salford Social Work Network, or SSWN, is a radical student led collective that aims to join the community in fighting social injustice to make change and to find new approaches to social work.

On Friday, anyone from the community is welcome to attend the launch, as well as any students working in the field. There's lots of presentations explaining more about it all.

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER HEADS FOR LONDON CLIMATE CHANGE MARCH

Star date: 1st March 2015

SALFORD ANTI FRACKING GROUPS SUPPORT CLIMATE CHANGE MARCH

"This isn't politics, this is survival"

Next Saturday, 7th March, tens of thousands of people are expected to converge on London for the national Climate Change march – organised as a mass wake-up call before the General Election.

The march is backed by Frack Free groups in Salford, and there are still places on coaches going from Manchester.

Full details here...

 
 
HAPPY MONDAZE PLAY SALFORD KINGS ARMS

Star date: 1st March 2015

THE WORLD'S ONLY HAPPY MONDAYS TRIBUTE BAND PLAY SALFORD

Happy Mondaze
Saturday 21st March 8pm
The Kings Arms £6

While Bez is off standing for the We Are The Reality Party at the General Election, Happy Mondaze, the world's only Happy Mondays tribute band, will be performing over an hour of the Salford band's classics at the Kings Arms on Saturday 21st March. Mad or what?

Full details here...

 
 
NHS DEVOLUTION SILENCE FROM SALFORD CIVIC LEADERS

Star date: 26th February 2015

THE END OF THE `NATIONAL' HEALTH SERVICE?

"This deal smells beyond dodgy and beyond folly..." GM Referendum Campaign

Following reports of a deal to devolve £6billion of health and social care funding to Greater Manchester, in Salford there's been almost a deafening silence from the city's civic leaders.

Elsewhere, the deal, which could take the `National' out of the NHS, has been discussed in detail. Here, the Salford Star looks at the reactions.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL SPENDS ALMOST £10,000 FILMING CUTS MEETINGS

Star date: 26th February 2015

SALFORD COUNCIL BEN HUR FILM BUDGET TO SCREEN CUTS

Salford Council spent £2,202.50 filming yesterday's cuts meeting, which included £202.50 for `travel and accommodation' for company Public-i to get to Salford (home of MediaCityUK) to stream the meeting.

Freedom of Information responses show that the Council has commissioned three webcasts from Public-i since December at a cost of £6,607.50, plus £3,000 from Digital Tree Media for screening two previous meetings – which all centred around cuts to services for vulnerable people in Salford.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD ROUGH SLEEPER NUMBERS OFFICIALLY DOUBLE

Star date: 26th February 2015

THE NUMBER OF ROUGH SLEEPERS IN SALFORD OFFICIALLY DOUBLES – BUT FIGURES ARE STILL WELL OUT

Figures released today by the Department of Communities and Local Government show that the number of people sleeping rough in Salford has doubled over the last year.

The official count puts the number of Salford rough sleepers at 14 but Coffee4Craig co-founder, Fie Lancaster, says the real figure could be more than triple this.

Full details here...

 
 
DESPITE PROTESTS SALFORD COUNCIL VOTES FOR MASSIVE CUTS

Star date: 25th February 2015

AFTER THE SALFORD MAYOR TICKET FIASCO COMES THE CUTS CIRCUS

The UNISON protest placards outside today's Salford Council cuts meeting told one story... `Save Our Communities'... `Help The Homeless and Hungry'... `Stop The Cuts'...

Inside the Council chamber it was the same old story – a Political (with a capital `P') Punch and Judy Show, with no concerns being addressed, as Salford Council voted through £45million of cuts... "They were like a load of children" said one mother who witnessed the debacle.

Full details here...

 
 
`NO PLAN’ SALFORD COUNCIL TOLD TO DELAY £45MILLION CUTS VOTE

Star date: 24th February 2015

SALFORD UNISON DEMANDS DELAY IN SALFORD COUNCIL CUTS CHAOS DECISION

As over fifty Salford Council staff and service users lobbied Labour Party Group councillors last night, staff trade union, Salford City UNISON, demanded that Salford Council delays Wednesday's cuts decision – as the Council doesn't seem to know how it's going to make many of the £45million cuts it will be voting on.

The Salford Star has seen a petition signed by UNISON members particularly relating to £5.1million of cuts to Children's Services and Public Health, concerned that "there is no plan as yet about how to make these savings".

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MAYOR DIRTY TRICKS IN ATTEMPT TO STOP PROTEST AT COUNCIL CUTS MEETING

Star date: 23rd February 2015 

A Salford Star Exclusive

SALFORD MAYOR ATTEMPTS TO STOP PROTEST AT COUNCIL CUTS MEETING BY PACKING IT OUT WITH LABOUR PARTY MEMBERS

Salford Mayor Ian Stewart is attempting to stop protests at Wednesday's controversial meeting of the full Council to pass cuts of over £30million by packing the public gallery out with Labour Party members.

In an email to members of the Labour Party, leaked to the Salford Star, Stewart states "We would like to reduce the protest by getting Labour supporters in the gallery" and urges them to contact him to "arrange a ticket". There is no facility for members of the public to get pre-booked tickets on the Council website.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD PIRATE PARTY LAUNCHES GENERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN

Star date: 22nd February 2015

PIRATE PARTY UNCONFERENCE BEGINS SALFORD VOTE PLUNDER

"We always like to think we're pirates because we think different...we're pushing at the knife edge of politics" Sam Clark Salford and Eccles candidate

The Pirate Party began its voyage for Salford votes this weekend with an `unconference' at its national HQ in Islington Mill. Together with the Party's core policy against internet surveillance, top topics included education, social mobility and net access, as well as protecting the Welfare State and standing against austerity and against fracking.

Full details here...

 
 
SWINTON LIONS KICK OFF SEASON WITH NEW KIT LAUNCH

Star date: 22nd February 2015

SWINTON LIONS LOOK TO A BRIGHT FUTURE

"We might not play in Swinton, but that doesn't mean we can't have a club which represents Swinton"

Swinton Lions Kit Launch
Thursday 26th February 7:30 pm
Swinton British Legion Free admission

Swinton Lions are entering a bright new era, determined to show that there's more than one rugby team in the City of Salford. This Thursday the Lions launch their new kit and everyone is invited to go down, chat to the players and board, and learn of the club's plans for this season and the future.

Full details here...

 
 
WOOD STREET MISSION SALFORD CHILD POVERTY BOOK APPEAL

Star date: 22nd February 2015

AS SALFORD CHILD POVERTY HITS 50% IN SOME AREAS, WOOD STREET LAUNCHES BOOK APPEAL

The ace Wood Street Mission has launched an appeal for donations of books and money to help encourage Salford children living in poverty to engage in education to improve their life chances.

Last week, the Mission's 6ft green furry dinosaur mascot was on walkabout in Salford Quays and MediaCityUK making families aware that fifty per cent of Salford children live in poverty in some areas of the city.

Further details here...

 
 
PROTEST AGAINST SALFORD COUNCIL CUTS

Star date: 21st February 2015

TWO DEMOS CALLED AGAINST SALFORD COUNCIL CUTS

Lobby of Salford Labour Group Monday 23rd February 5pm 

Lobby of Council Budget Meeting Wednesday 25th February 8:30am

Two demonstrations against Salford Council cuts of £31million for next year alone have been called for this week. The first, on Monday at 5pm, is a lobby of Labour councillors urging them to think again, and the second is from 8:30am on Wednesday when the full meeting of Salford Council meets to vote on the cuts. Both protests will happen outside Salford Civic Centre.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COULD BECOME TOXIC FRACKING CENTRE AS PEEL HOLDINGS OPENS NEW GAS DIVISION

Star date: 20th February 2015

PEEL HOLDINGS JOINS FRACKING MARKET WITH NEW OIL AND GAS DIVISION

Salford could become the North West centre of the fracking industry as Peel Holdings has announced the creation of a new Gas and Oil business "looking to maximise the economic and supply chain benefits to the North of England from the emerging shale gas industry".

The Peel Group is already heavily involved with IGas Energy, subject of huge anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss last year, and the company's Port Salford could become central to its plans.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL £1.6M PUBLIC HEALTH CUTS SLAMMED BY COMMUNITY GROUPS

Star date: 19th February 2015

NINE GROUPS SLAM £1.6MILLION CUTS TO HEALTH IMPROVEMENT SERVICE

"The loss of this service would have a devastating effect" Just Youth

Nine community groups have slammed proposed £1.6million cuts to Salford's Health Improvement Service in a letter to the city's councillors, MPs and Mayor. The letter includes statements from many of those directly affected by the cuts, plus testimonies from a reverend and a chaplain, explaining the effect the cuts will have on communities ranging from the elderly battling dementia to first time mums with babies.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD ADELPHI WHARF FLATS BEING SOLD WITH NO PLANNING PERMISSION

Star date: 18th February 2015 

MORE SALFORD FLATS BEING SOLD BEFORE PLANNING PERMISSION GRANTED

Developer Knight Knox and associated agents are selling flats at the proposed Adelphi Wharf blocks before any planning permission or Section 106 agreements have been put in place.

The flats on Adelphi Street, on the site of the previously ill-fated Foundry Wharf development, are being touted as "high-end riverside apartments in Manchester", while the Knight Knox International website is claiming that one third of the flats in Phase One are already sold.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL FIGURES SHOW HALF OF SALFORD PEOPLE CAN’T AFFORD A LOW COST HOUSE

Star date: 17th February 2015
STAGGERING STATISTICS SHOW 50% OF SALFORD FAMILIES CAN'T AFFORD TO BUY A LOW COST HOUSE – AND 30% CAN'T AFFORD PRIVATE RENT

Staggering new figures from a Salford City Council affordability report show that half the city's families can't afford to buy even a low cost house, while a third can't afford to rent privately.

Meanwhile, social rents are increasing and only 77 affordable houses will be built via Section 106 agreements with developers who are currently splattering the city with huge unaffordable apartment blocks and houses. The city's planning scandal is growing.

Full details here...

 
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