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SALFORD FOODBANK GROWTH AS WELFARE CUTS BITE DEEP

Star date: 28th February 2013

LOWER BROUGHTON FOODBANK SEES DEMAND SOARING

"More and more people are getting into that level of trouble where they literally can't put food on the table…" volunteer

The biggest benefit cuts and Bedroom Tax don't even come in until the end of March but already foodbanks are springing up in Salford to cope with poverty.

As an official Salford City Council report lists the horrendous consequences of political and financial attacks on the most disadvantaged in our society, we visit the Trussell Trust Foodbank in Lower Broughton to gauge the destitution…

Full details click here…

added Thursday, February 28, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL PASSES ON OVER £23MILLION OF CUTS

Star date: 27th February 2013

DESPITE PROTESTS AND POLICE EVICTIONS SALFORD COUNCIL PASSES CUTS BUDGET

As expected, and despite delays caused by campaigners in the public gallery, Salford Council today voted in favour of a budget passing on over £23million of cuts to the people of the city.

In a protest on the steps of the Civic Centre as councillors were going into the Council meeting, Salford City UNISON branch secretary, Steve North, slammed the Council for axing services for vulnerable people and not standing up to the ConDem Government… "We've got a duty to fight" he said "Otherwise, god knows what Salford will look like in ten years time."

Full report on the Council meeting here…

added Wednesday, February 27, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL DRAMA AS POLICE CALLED TO EVICT CUTS PROTESTERS

Star date: 27th February 2013

SUICIDE CUTS PROTESTERS BRING SALFORD COUNCIL CUTS MEETING TO HALT

Drama unfolded at Salford City Council today as protesters blew whistles and brandished banners and red cards to halt the meeting which was to pass over £23million of cuts.

Campaigners from Salford Against The Cuts and United Service Users Committee were trying to bring councillors' attention to the first suicide which they say is the result of closures of drop-in centres. As councillors and Mayor Ian Stewart fled the Council chamber, the police were called…

Full details here…

added Wednesday, February 27, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL HORRENDOUS CUTS HORROR

Star date: 26th February 2013

Protest Against Salford Council Cuts
Wednesday 27th February
8-9am Civic Centre, Swinton

PROTEST LOOMS FOR SALFORD COUNCIL CUTS MEETING

Tomorrow, Salford Council is expected to pass a budget containing over £23million of cuts that even City Mayor Ian Stewart calls "horrendous".

Both public sector trade unions and Salford Against The Cuts have called a protest outside Swinton Civic Centre for very early morning, urging as many people as possible to turn up and show their opposition.

Full details here…

added Tuesday, February 26, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD CITY UNISON SLATES LABOUR COUNCIL CUTS

Star date: 25th February 2013

AS BUDGET DAY LOOMS UNISON LOBBY ATTACKS SALFORD COUNCIL CUTS

"What have they actually ever done to challenge this ConDem Government? Nothing. Nothing at all…"

Hand wringing Labour councillors in Salford, who say they wished they could do things differently, were attacked tonight by Salford City UNISON branch secretary, Steve North, following a UNISON lobby of Salford Labour Group of councillors.

He called for as many people as possible to protest outside the Council meeting on Wednesday morning that is expected to pass a pro-cuts budget.

Full details here…

added Monday, February 25, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD BEDROOM TAX AND RENT INCREASE HORRORS

Star date: 25th February 2013

£110 EXTRA PER MONTH TO FIND – "I REALLY DON'T KNOW HOW I'M GOING TO BUY FOOD"

"The only thing left to me now is to protest and take to the streets"

Paul Hudson, of Pendleton, is in part time work and is about to get hammered from all sides…Bedroom Tax, a Council Tax benefit cut, a Salix rent increase, and gas and electricity price hikes.

On April 1st, like some bad April Fool's joke, Paul is going to have almost a quarter of his meagre income taken off him…"To me it's an expensive job being a poor man" says Paul "A very expensive job!"

Full details here…

added Monday, February 25, 2013  

 
 

GREATER MANCHESTER CAMPAIGNS AGAINST THE BEDROOM TAX

Star date: 24th February 2013

`IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FIGHT BEDROOM TAX'

At the rally following the Greater Manchester Coalition Against Cuts march yesterday, the most poignant speech came from Ryan Bradshaw, of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, who works on the front line with victims of the Bedroom Tax and other benefit cuts. He set out, in no uncertain terms, what the cuts will mean for communities.

Here we re-print his speech in full, and urge everyone to read it…click here 

added Sunday, February 24, 2013  

 
 

GREATER MANCHESTER COALITION AGAINST CUTS TAKES TO STREETS

Star date: 24th February 2013

HUNDREDS MARCH AGAINST CUTS

Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Manchester town centre yesterday to protest against local council cuts in Greater Manchester and against the poverty making policies of the ConDem Government.

Salford campaigns represented included USUC (United Service Users Committee), Justice4Grainger and Salford Against The Cuts.

Full details and photos in Part One here…

added Sunday, February 24, 2013  

 
 

SUPER SALFORD CITY SINK FARSLEY

Star date: 24th February 2013

AMMIES BACK ON TRACK WITH SECOND HALF WONDER SHOW

Salford City 2 Farsley 0

Salford City stuffed high flying Farsley with two killer goals in the second half to begin the club's traditional `spring bounce' with March fast approaching.

Goals by Nathan Taylor and sub Chris Monaghan, coupled with some brilliant goalkeeping by Ritchie Branagan, sealed the victory.

Match report and photos here…

added Sunday, February 24, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD STAR GRAHAM GOULDMAN STILL HAS HEART FULL OF SONGS

Star date: 23rd February 2013

`I DON'T LIKE SALFORD…I LOVE IT!'… 10CC STAR COMES HOME FOR LIVE GIG

Graham Gouldman
Heart Full of Songs
Thursday 18th April £22.50
Royal Northern College of Music

I'm Not In Love…Dreadlock Holiday…10CC, plus hits for The Hollies, Herman's Hermits, The Yardbirds and collaborations with Gary Barlow and McFly…And it all began in Salford for song writing star Graham Gouldman, who tells us "Broughton inspired everything…"

Ooooohhh don't `wait a long time for me'… click here!

added Saturday, February 23, 2013  

 
 

UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD BEGS GRADUATE DONATIONS AFTER BLOWING FORTUNE IN COURT

Star date: 21st February 2013

AFTER BLOWING FORTUNE ON FAILED GARY DUKE LIBEL CASE SALFORD UNIVERSITY ASKS GRADUATES TO FUND POOR STUDENTS

After blowing an estimated fortune of over £100,000 on a failed libel case against former lecturer Dr Gary Duke, the University of Salford is now begging funding from its graduate `Class of 2013' to help poor students get a degree.

Gary Duke has called the move "remarkably bad taste" and says that the sum spent on pursuing him in the courts could have put "ten students from underprivileged backgrounds through university for free".

Full details on this and the call for a Public Inquiry click here…

added Friday, February 22, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY FACES PARTIAL CLOSURE

Star date: 21st February 2013

AS EXECS CASH IN SALFORD ART GALLERY SEES HUGE CUTS AND AT LEAST EIGHT JOBS AXED

First Ordsall Hall was facing partial closure and jobs cuts. Now Salford Museum and Art Gallery is getting slashed, as Salford Community Leisure aims to make savings by closing the Gallery one day a week, cutting heritage services and axing at least eight posts.

Meanwhile, a fortune is being spent on doing up Salford Art Gallery, and two execs at Salford Community Leisure saw income packages rise by over £18,000 last year.

Full details here…

added Thursday, February 21, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD CAMPAIGNERS SLAM FRACKING ON BARTON MOSS

Star date: 20th February 2013

FRACK OFF!!!

"Fracking is a disaster waiting to happen…but they just want the money" Stephen Hall

The financial and environmental exploitation of land around Barton Moss continues with future gas and methane mining proposals confusing residents and councillors alike.

As Chloe Glover tries to unpick the mining mess, residents argue that the Salford City Stadium, Port Salford and now possibly fracking will bring nothing to the area apart from more traffic and pollution – and, so far, not a job in sight.

Full details here…

added Wednesday, February 20, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD PENDLETON PFI IN DOUBT AS GOVERNMENT SLAMS COSTS

Star date: 19th February 2013

A Salford Star Exclusive

PENDLETON NOT TOGETHER - SP+ £430MILLION REGENERATION IN DOUBT 

The £430million regeneration of Pendleton has stalled again, with the Government refusing to sign off the project, citing a lack of value for money to the taxpayer.

Salford Council's other PFI projects – for high schools and an SEN centre – will end up costing up to four times their initial capital costs, and the Government has now drawn the line, telling the Council and its partner, the consortium SP+, to `assess alternative financing options'.

Full story here…

added Tuesday, February 19, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD BBC STRIKE AT MEDIA CITY

Star date: 18th February 2013

BBC ON STRIKE AT MEDIACITYUK OVER JOB THREATS

`Why would the BBC be taking on local people whilst sacking staff?' NUJ official

Picket lines were mounted at three BBC entrances at MediaCityUK today as staff went on national strike over compulsory redundancies at the Corporation.

In Salford, jobs are threatened at Five Live, Children's BBC, Sport, Future Media, North West Tonight and Radio Manchester, as the BBC intends to cut 2000 jobs over the next five years. So much for anyone from Salford actually getting a decent job at the BBC.

Full details here…

added Monday, February 18, 2013  

 
 

GREATER MANCHESTER HEALTH EMERGENCY CONFERENCE RESOLVES TO FIGHT

Star date: 17th February 2013

DAYS OF ACTION AND REGION-WIDE CAMPAIGNS TO FIGHT HEALTH CUTS

The Greater Manchester Health Emergency summit yesterday resolved to widen the fight against cuts to health services in the region with co-ordinated campaigns and more days of action.

Chloe Glover went to the Conference for the Salford Star and reports on the cuts, campaigns and action discussed.

Full details here…

added Sunday, February 17, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD YOUTH CONNECT WITH NATIONAL THEATRE

Star date: 17th February 2013

SALFORD GOES FOR NATIONAL WITH HOMOPHOBIC KNIFE CRIME PLAY

Tomorrow Iʼll Be Happy
Tuesday 5th March 8pm £4
The Lowry

Young people from Salford are aiming to get to the National Theatre with their adaptation of a new play by top writer Jonathan Harvey, called Tomorrow I'll Be Happy.

The freshly re-named MORPHIC Young Peopleʼs Theatre Company (formerly CRIS), has a virtually untrained cast of 13-19 year olds, who are up against the likes of the Royal Exchange and The Lowry's own theatre groups to perform at the National Theatre.

Full details here…

added Sunday, February 17, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD CITY EARN LAST GASP DRAW AT CLITHEROE

Star date: 16th February 2013

HILLBILLIES FOILED BY AMMIES STUNNER

Clitheroe 2 Salford City 2

A last gasp free kick by debutant Martin Ormesher rescued a point for battling Salford City, up in the Clitheroe hills. Nathan McDonald had earlier pulled a goal back and the Ammies also hit the bar three times in an entertaining match.

Match report and photos here…

added Saturday, February 16, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY CELEBRATES WONDER WOMEN

Star date: 16th February 2013

WITCHES, OUTSIDERS AND WONDER WOMEN

Wonder Women: Radical Manchester
Working Class Movement Library
Saturday 9 March, 2pm free

International Women's Day is being celebrated in Salford with an event on 9th March themed around outsiders – from witches to asylum seekers. The day is also part of a month long series of activities to commemorate 100 years since women `rioted' at Manchester Art Gallery in the fight for the vote.

Full details here…

added Saturday, February 16, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD RANGER TEAM CUTS MASSACRE

Star date: February 14th 2013

VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE FOR RANGERS IN SALFORD  

For years, Salford Council has been proclaiming its love for the city's green space. Now it's about to end that romance by slashing the Ranger Team which cares for our spaces, from six people to just two, if current cuts proposals go ahead.

And it looks like the two rangers who might be left will be spending most of their time tarting up the area around MediaCityUK, to the detriment of parks and spaces elsewhere in Salford. Alice Searle, from Friends of Kersal Moor, says "people should be very, very concerned"…

Full details here…

added Thursday, February 14, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL TO PRIVATISE HOME CARE AS COMMISSION SLATES STANDARDS

Star date: 13th February 2013

CRISIS IN HOME CARE FOR OLD AND ILL – AS SALFORD COUNCIL ATTEMPTS TO PRIVATISE ITS SERVICE

"Apart from saving our jobs, this is about the need to help people" Salford home care worker

Salford Council is proposing to privatise what remains of its home care services, just as a Care Quality Commission Report, issued today, finds that a quarter of providers are failing to meet quality and safety standards.

The Council is proposing to `outsource' or privatise its home care service, which looks after ill and elderly people, to cut £639,000 from its Adult Services budget…

Full details here…

added Wednesday, February 13, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD CITY FC STORM INTO CUP FINAL AS DROYLSDEN STUFFED

Star date: 12th February 2013

MIGHTY DROYLSDEN PUT TO THE SWORD BY SUPER SALFORD 

Manchester Premier Cup Semi Final
Salford City 1 Droylsden 0

Salford City tonight humbled the mighty Droylsden to reach the final of the Manchester Premier Cup for the first time in over ten years. A goal by Danny White was enough to stuff the East Manc team, who play two leagues above the Ammies. Salford now meet Mossley in the final, to be played at Stockport County's Edgeley Park. Can Salford now be kings of Manchester?

Match report and photos here…

added Tuesday, February 12, 2013  

 
 

UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD BOSSES RESIGNATIONS DEMANDED OVER FAILED LIBEL CASE

Star date: 12th February 2013

SALFORD UNIVERSITY VICE CHANCELLORS MARTIN HALL AND ADRIAN GRAVES CALLED TO RESIGN OVER EXCESSIVE LIBEL COSTS

University acted "to stifle criticism of Dr Graves and Professor Hall" says judge.

Dr Gary Duke, who spent three years battling a libel action brought by the University of Salford, has called for the resignation of Vice-Chancellor Martin Hall and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Adrian Graves, after a High Court judge ruled that to continue the case would be "an abuse of the court's process".

The University spent, what Dr Duke reckons, is `possibly in excess of  £100,000' bringing the libel action against him at a time when staff members were being axed to save money. Now Dr Duke wants a full investigation.

Full details here…

added Tuesday, February 12, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL CONTROVERSIAL £1.2MILLION FUNDING FOR MEDIA CITY SCHEMES

Star date: 11th February 2013

SALFORD COUNCIL PAYS £1.23MILLION FOR MEDIA CITY AND UNIVERSITY RIVER PROJECTS – TO `REDUCE UNEMPLOYMENT'?

Cash strapped Salford Council, currently making £23million cuts, is funding MediaCityUK and Salford University river schemes at a cost of £1.23million, including Water Taxi landing stages, walkways from Manchester to Media City, and, initially, cycle routes from the University to Media City.

The schemes, costing a total of £3.1million of public money, are being justified as they will "reduce high rates of unemployment" in wards like Pendlebury, Langworthy and Weaste. But only 5.3% of the money is earmarked for routes that go anywhere near those wards…

Full details here…

added Monday, February 11, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD AGAINST CUTS DEMANDS LABOUR COUNCIL FIGHTS CONDEM GOVERNMENT

Star date: 10th February 2013

SALFORD COUNCIL HORRORS CUTS AS WORKERS SPEAK OUT!

`If you're not prepared to fight these cuts, we will fight you…' resident

For two hours yesterday, Salford Council workers and residents spoke out against the cuts that are crippling the city. An audience of over sixty people heard from mental health service users, park rangers, home care workers, youth workers and Ordsall Hall workers, before passing a motion calling on Salford's Labour Council to stand up to the ConDem Government – and to demand the return of £100million stolen from the people of Salford.

Full details here…

added Sunday, February 10, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD CITY LAST GASP GOAL EARNS CAMMELL DRAW

Star date: 9th February 2013

SUPER SALFORD COME FROM TWO GOALS DOWN IN LATE LATE SHOW

Salford City 2 Cammell Laird 2

An injury time header by Danny White earned a deserved point for Salford City as the tangerines battled back from two goals down. The Cammells had hit two goals in two mad minutes to go in front before the interval before a strike from Nathan Taylor had got the Ammies back into the game.

Match report and photos here…

added Saturday, February 9, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD PRECINCT FREE HALF TERM KIDS ACTIVITIES

Star date: 9th February 2013

FACE PAINTS, CRAFTS AND CRITTERS

Wed 13th – Fri 15th February
Salford Shopping Centre 12-4pm

During the half term, Salford Precinct is putting on free activities for children, which range from mask and puppet making, to face painting and Ranger Rob showcasing reptiles, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Full details here…

added Saturday, February 9, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL SLAMMED OVER CUTS TO SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Star date: 8th February 2013

REDUCTION OF SERVICES `A STEP IN THE WRONG DIRECTION' SAYS NATIONAL DEAF CHILDREN'S SOCIETY

Brian Gale from the National Deaf Children's Society has criticised proposals for services for children with disabilities as a `step in the wrong direction', following a meeting with Salford City Council yesterday.

The Salford Star understands that the Council is proposing to axe a total of four specialist staff who currently support hearing and visually impaired children. The Royal National Institute for Blind People also has `grave concerns' over the Salford Council proposals.
 
Full details here…

added Friday, February 8, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL AMAZING PR OUTBURST AGAINST SALFORD STAR

Star date: 7th February 2013

SALFORD CITY REDS LOANS QUESTIONS PROVOKE PUERILE PR RESPONSE

Questions concerning outstanding loans to Salford City Reds have been met with an amazing outburst about the `negative' Salford Star from Salford Council's so-called `Public Relations' department.

A Salford Council finance decision notice showed that public money loans to the rugby club of over £1.5million were not to be transferred to the new company running the Reds, set up by Marwan Koukash. The Salford Star asked for clarification – which was all too much for the Council's press office…

Full details and emails here…

added Thursday, February 7, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL NEARLY KILLED ME SAYS DISABLED SOLDIER

Star date: 6th February 2013

A Salford Star Exclusive

COUNCIL SAYS `SORRY' AFTER WAR PENSION CUTS ERRORS

`I nearly killed myself...'

A disabled ex soldier from Salford almost committed suicide under the stress caused by horrific cuts in his Council Tax and Housing Benefits which would have left him living off just £30 a week.

Following weeks of worry and, after an investigation by the Salford Star, the Council's Assistant Mayor for Finance, Bill Hinds, has apologised to the former soldier, and others like him, for the "admin error" which was "distressing for them".

Full shocking story here…

added Wednesday, February 6, 2013  

 
 

PEEL HOLDINGS WORSLEY PLANS SLAMMED BY SALFORD RESIDENTS

Star date: 5th February 2013

OVER 600 RESIDENTS VOICE OPPOSITION TO PEEL'S GREENFIELD HOUSING PLANS

Last night, over six hundred residents met to unanimously oppose plans by Peel Holdings and Taylor Wimpey to build hundreds of houses on greenfield sites in and around Worsley, Roe Green, Ellenbrook and Boothstown.

A steering group has been set up and people are being urged to join the campaign to fight planning applications which are expected in the immediate future…

See here for full details…

added Tuesday, February 5, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD ROYAL COURT WET HOUSE TO CLOSE

Star date: 4th February 2013

SALFORD'S WORLD FAMOUS WET HOUSE GETS AXED

"…if they're thrown onto the streets some won't survive beyond weeks…" John, former resident of Royal Court

While Worsley has the highest drinking rate in Salford, those who are not so financially fortunate, and who are trying to cope with alcohol dependency, will see their unique `wet house' at Royal Court in Winton close on 31st March. This, despite Salford Council passing a formal decision to keep it open until November 2013.

Now people who work at Royal Court, and both former and current residents, fear for the future of those chucked out. Life and death situation? It could well be…This a very long article but we urge our readers to stick with it. These people must be heard. And, so far, no-one is listening

Click here

added Monday, February 4, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD AGAINST THE CUTS BEGIN FIGHTBACK

Star date: 4th February 2013

SO MUCH TO FIGHT FOR IN SALFORD

Salford Against the Cuts Public Meeting
Saturday 9th February 11am
Swinton Royal British Legion

Want to fight back against the cuts in Salford? Like, where do start – mental health services, day care centres, kids with disabilities, bedroom tax, council tax benefits, Ordsall Hall? The list goes on and on. But Saturday morning's Salford Against the Cuts public meeting will be a forum but everyone to air everything against the axe people in the ConDem Government and Salford Council.

Full details here…

added Monday, February 4, 2013  

 
 

ORDSALL JUNIORS NEED SALFORD SPONSOR

Star date: 3rd February 2013 

ORDSALL JUNIORS UNDER 9's LOOKING FOR SPONSOR

Ordsall Juniors football club was only born a few years ago, and while the original mega successful team has now moved up into the City of Salford Soccer League Under 13's, a new team has been started for the Under 9's.

The Under 9's team is looking for a sponsor to join Peter Hook, whose Hacienda brand adorns the kit of the older team, so we went to check them out as they played Monton Rebels yesterday.

Full details here…

added Sunday, February 3, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD CITY BATTLE FOR POINT AT TABLE TOPPING MOSSLEY

Star date: 3rd February 2012

Mossley 2 Salford City 2

BATTLING SALFORD BRING POINT HOME FROM THE HILLS

Salford City, with no manager and half the first team either gone or suspended, battled hard in the hills to earn a well deserved draw at table-topping Mossley. Two weird goals for the Ammies were enough to secure the point.

Full match report and photos here…

added Sunday, February 3, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD CITY REDS TAKEOVER COMPLETE AS STADIUM REPORTS £4.3M LOSS

Star date: 1st February 2013

MARWAN KOUKASH COMPLETES REDS DEAL

At a press conference yesterday businessman Marwan Koukash finally announced his takeover of Salford City Reds promising an "amazing journey" while remaining tight lipped on the details of the deal.

Meanwhile, the latest accounts of Salford City Stadium, joint owned by Salford Council and Peel Holdings, reveal a loss of £4.3million.

Full details here…

added Friday, February 1, 2013  

 
 

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