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SALFORD RED DEVILS AUDITOR ‘CASTS DOUBT’ ABOUT ‘COMPANY’S ABILITY TO CONTINUE’

Star date: 19th February 2018

SALFORD REDS ACCOUNTS SHOW ALMOST £9MILLION LIABILITIES

New accounts published for the Salford Red Devils show that the company made losses of over £700,000 last year and that it has net liabilities of almost £9million, including the £1million loan from Salford City Council.

Despite the directors insisting that restructures and changes within the club forecast a 'modest profit', its auditor states that the conditions "indicate the existence of a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt about the company's ability to continue as a going concern".

Full details here...

added Monday, February 19, 2018  

 
 

SALFORD DESIGNER REACHES FINAL OF LIBERTY LONDON TALENT SEARCH

Star date: 18th February 2018

SALFORD MISSHANDLED IN 3-D

Salford's Amanda Tiller, founder of MissHandled, has beat off over nine thousand entrants to reach the final in a search by iconic department store, Liberty London, to find the best untapped interior design talent.

Amanda does hand-made 3-D geometric home accessories, and her wild and wonderful jesmonite Object of Desire has impressed Liberty buyers, who are now asking the public to help sway their vote before they reveal the winner.

Full details here...

added Sunday, February 18, 2018  

 
 

HIDDEN SALFORD WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY REVEALED

Star date: 18th February 2018

FOR SALFORD PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALWAYS MEANT TO VISIT 'THAT BIG VICTORIAN HOUSE ON THE CRESCENT'...

On Friday 23rd February between 2pm and 5pm, Salford's 'hidden gem' Working Class Movement Library is holding a drop-in as part of a HiDDEN8 event.

"If you've kept meaning to drop into that big Victorian house on the Crescent, today's the day" states Lynette from the Library "We're targeting Salfordians who've always meant to come in for a nosey." Not to be missed.

Full details here...

added Sunday, February 18, 2018  

 
 

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE PACK SAVE OUR SALFORD NURSERIES MEETING

Star date: 17th February 2018 

MEETING VOTES TO TAKE ON SALFORD MAYOR IF NURSERY CLOSURE CONSULTATION GOES AHEAD

Despite pleas from Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, and various Labour councillors to work together to save the five Salford Council nurseries threatened with closure, a packed meeting of hundreds of people voted this afternoon to lobby and protest against the Council unless a consultation on the closures is stopped.

"They can't have a consultation to close the nurseries, and ask us to have a joint campaign" said UNISON's Ameen Hadi "The two things can't happen..."

Full details here...

added Saturday, February 17, 2018  

 
 

PETER HOOK AND THE LIGHT TO DO NEW ORDER ALBUMS IN MANCHESTER

Star date: 17th February 2018

HOOKY REVISITS NEW ORDER LIVE

Salford star, Peter Hook, is to perform New Order albums Technique and Republic with his band, The Light, at Albert Hall Manchester on 29th September. Hooky has garnered a massive following touring the world with previous Joy Division and New Order material, and his live shows have met with huge critical acclaim.

Full details here...

added Saturday, February 17, 2018  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL TAX TO SEE £6.30 EXTRA FOR GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR

Star date: 16th February 2018

SALFORD HOUSEHOLD AVERAGE OF £6.30 TO PAY FOR GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has announced that there will be a Greater Manchester Mayoral 'precept' of £6.30 on average household Council Tax bills from April.

"I recognise that it is a big ask for people to pay anything more, especially in these difficult times" says GM Mayor Andy Burnham.

Full details here...

added Friday, February 16, 2018  

 
 

SALFORD CENTRE URGES DISABLED TO GET IN TOUCH AFTER DAMNING BENEFITS ASSESSMENT REPORT FROM PARLIAMENT

Star date: 15th February 2018

DWP CONTRACTOR DISABILITY ASSESSMENT FAILURES LED TO 'LACK OF TRUST'

The House of Commons Select Committee on Work and Pensions has slammed the "failures" of DWP contractors that carry out disability benefit assessments for ESA and PIP, after 290,000 claimants only received the correct award after challenging the initial decision.

Reacting to the report, the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre has urged disabled people to get in touch to take advantage of its free service which provides expert assistance during the assessment process.

Full details here...

added Thursday, February 15, 2018  

 
 

SHOCKING DOCUMENT REVEALS SALFORD COUNCIL ATTITUDE TO FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUESTS

Star date: 14th February 2018 

SO MUCH FOR SALFORD MAYOR'S PLEDGE TO 'CREATE A MORE TRANSPARENT ORGANISATION'

A document of response logs to a Salford Star Freedom of Information request to Salford City Council - probably emailed inadvertently - reveals the shocking attitude of the Council towards transparency, breaking City Mayor Paul Dennett's own pledges.

Salford Council held the information requested but, despite its own Freedom of Information team being concerned about 'transparency', the so-called neutral Council Solicitor and Monitoring Officer, Miranda Carruthers-Watt, sent a response withholding the details anyway.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, February 14, 2018  

 
 

SALFORD NURSERY CLOSURE FIGHTBACK BEGINS AS 2,000 PEOPLE SIGN PETITION IN 24 HOURS

Star date: 13th February 2018

2,000 SIGN SAVE SALFORD COUNCIL NURSERY PETITION ON FIRST DAY

"It shows the passion people have for this. Salford has a long and proud history of protest..." Nursery mum

A petition started yesterday to Save Salford Council's Five Outstanding Nurseries has already drawn two thousand signatures, as the outcry against the proposed closures gathers pace.

"It's very short sighted to close these places that are doing such an outstanding job" says Elizabeth Longwill, petition creator and a mum who sends her daughter to the threatened Barton Moss Nursery "It seems like complete madness."

Full details here...

added Tuesday, February 13, 2018  

 
 

HOMELESS DEATH NUMBERS BLOCKED BY MANCHESTER HOSPITAL NHS TRUST

Star date: 12th February 2018

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION CHRISTMAS HOMELESS DEATH REQUEST BLOCKED

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Manchester Royal Infirmary, has blocked a Salford Star Freedom of Information request on the numbers of homeless people who died over the Christmas period.

While the Trust did confirm that there had been homeless deaths over the period, it refused to disclose numbers. Other hospital trusts in Greater Manchester, however, did respond, as they had no recorded deaths that matched the criteria...

Full details here...

added Monday, February 12, 2018  

 
 

CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON LINKS TO PETERLOO MASSACRE TO BE REVEALED IN NEW GRAPHIC BOOK

Star date: 11th February 2018

NEW CROWDFUNDED PETERLOO GRAPHIC BOOK TO BE PUBLISHED FOR 200TH ANNIVERSARY

Salford star, Christopher Eccleston, is set to reveal a family legend about one of his ancestor's encounters with the military on the day of the Peterloo Massacre, in the intro to a unique and stunning graphic book detailing the story of the historic slaughter of demonstrators in Manchester in 1819.

The creators of the comic style book, backed by Maxine Peake, are trying to crowdfund to get it done, and are offering some incredible rewards to anyone pledging donations.

Full details here...

added Sunday, February 11, 2018  

 
 

THE NORTHERN GREENHOUSE – A NEW VISION OF THE NORTH

Star date: 11th February 2018

AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE 'NORTHERN POWERHOUSE'

Well known Salford ecologist, James Walsh, has challenged the current concept of the 'Northern Powerhouse' with his book The Northern Greenhouse - A New Vision Of The North.

It's a grass roots view of the environment of the North of England and the green economy potential. Does it have to be property development, green belt destruction and fracking?

Full details here...

added Sunday, February 11, 2018  

 
 

ECCLES MOSQUE OPEN DAY 18TH FEBRUARY

Star date: 11th February 2018

GUIDED TOURS, HENNA PAINTING, CALLIGRAPHY AND MORE

Eccles Mosque Open Day
Sunday 18th February 12noon-5pm
Liverpool Road, Eccles

The Eccles and Salford Islamic Society is hosting an open day at Eccles Mosque next Sunday, 18th February, with guided tours, discussions, henna painting, Arabic calligraphy and more.

Full details here...

added Sunday, February 11, 2018  

 
 

RADIO AND DJ SKILLS TRAINING FOR SALFORD VETERANS AND COMMUNITY

Star date: 11th February 2018

RADIO PRESENTING IN VICTORIA PARK

A free broadcast media course is being run for veterans and the wider community at the new Victoria Park Gatehouse in Swinton, with no experience necessary.

Full details here...

added Sunday, February 11, 2018  

 
 

1954 FILM CLASSIC GODZILLA SCREENED TO MARK 60 YEARS OF CND

Star date: 10th February 2018

GREATER MANCHESTER CND SCREENS ORIGINAL GODZILLA

Godzilla
Saturday 17th February 6:30pm
3 Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade, Manchester £5

To mark sixty years of CND, the original 1954 classic film, Godzilla, is being screened by Greater Manchester and District CND. What's the link?

Full details here...

added Saturday, February 10, 2018  

 
 

WHY WE NEED AN ANTI-WAR GOVERNMENT PUBLIC MEETING

Star date: 10th February 2018

BOMBS AWAY OR NOT?

'Why We Need An Anti-War Government' Public Meeting
Saturday 17th February 2pm-4pm
The Mechanics Institute, Manchester

Greater Manchester CND, Manchester Stop the War Coalition and Manchester Trades Union Council have called a public meeting for next Saturday at which speakers "will set out the case for an independent foreign policy and an economy built on peace and prosperity, not war and austerity"...

Full details here...

added Saturday, February 10, 2018  

 
 

LIAM MCCLAIR LAUNCHES EP WITH FREE GIG AT EAGLE INN SALFORD

Star date: 10th February 2018

FIX IT AT EAGLE INN

Liam McClair EP Launch
Thursday 15th February  from 7:30pm
The Eagle Inn

Singer songwriter, Liam McClair, is performing a free live show at the Eagle Inn this Thursday to launch his new EP Fix It, with support by Dom Major and Ben Williams. Ian Leslie asks Liam about his songs that are 'full of emotion and class'.

Full details here...

added Saturday, February 10, 2018  

 
 

SAVE SALFORD COUNCIL NURSERIES PUBLIC MEETING CALLED BY UNISON

Star date: 10th February 2018

PUBLIC MEETING TO STOP CLOSURE OF FIVE COUNCIL NURSERIES

Save Salford Council Nurseries Public Meeting
Saturday 17th February 11am-1pm
Hemsley House, The Crescent

Salford City UNISON, which represents workers at the five Salford City Council nurseries earmarked for closure, has called a public meeting for next Saturday, 17th February, to discuss how to keep them open.

Full details here...

added Saturday, February 10, 2018  

 
 

OVER 100 WORKERS COULD LOSE JOBS IN SALFORD COUNCIL NURSERY MASSACRE

Star date: 9th February 2018

FIVE SALFORD COUNCIL NURSERIES COULD CLOSE WHILE COUNCIL TAX RISES ALMOST 5%

Over one hundred nursery workers could lose their jobs as Salford City Council proposes to axe all of its five nurseries that look after some of the most vulnerable children in the city.

On top of this, Council Tax is set to rise by 4.99%, while £11.2million cuts will mean more services will be scaled back.

Full details here...

added Friday, February 9, 2018  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL HOUSING RENTS TO INCREASE BY ALMOST 4% THANKS TO PFI

Star date: 9th February 2018

PENDLETON RENT RISE RESULTS FROM CONTROVERSIAL PFI CONTRACT

Following rent rises of over 20% during the last five years, Salford City Council is set to increase social housing rents by a further 3.8% from April this year for its Pendleton PFI properties. PFI-funded housing is exempt from a 1% rent reduction imposed on other social housing providers in the city.

Balancing out the rent rises are reduced service charges for some properties, while the Council states that costs for addressing fire safety issues within the high rise blocks in Pendleton "have not yet been identified".

Full details here...

added Friday, February 9, 2018  

 
 

ACTOR JOHN HENSHAW JOINS FIRST BUS DRIVERS EQUALITY FIGHT PROTEST

Star date: 8th February 2018 

SALFORD BUSES STOPPED IN EARLY MORNING BUS PROTEST AT QUEENS ROAD

Actor John Henshaw joined this morning's protest at the First Bus Queens Road depot which stopped buses leaving, as further action took place to support Rusholme drivers fighting for equal pay with their colleagues.

"This is all about fairness" John Henshaw told the Salford Star "You can't pay one man for doing a job and another man less, it's a disgrace. People have got to turn around and say 'We're not standing for it'..."

Full details here...

added Thursday, February 8, 2018  

 
 

THERESA MAY TALKS OUT OF HER BACKSIDE ON SALFORD PRESS DEMOCRACY

Star date: 7th February 2018

SALFORD ADVERTISER CLOSURE 'DANGEROUS FOR OUR DEMOCRACY'?

Speaking in Manchester yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May wept for the closure of local newspapers, naming the Salford Advertiser and adding that it was "dangerous for our democracy".

Here, the Salford Star editor argues that the PM was basically talking out of her backside and has got it all the wrong way round – lack of transparency within public bodies is 'dangerous for our democracy'...

Full details here...

added Wednesday, February 7, 2018  

 
 

PLANS REVEALED FOR SALFORD EDUCATION OFFICES ON CHAPEL STREET

Star date: 6th February 2018

GRADE II LISTED EDUCATION OFFICE BUILDING WON'T BE SOLD TO DEVELOPERS

The spectacular Grade II listed French Renaissance style Salford Education Office on Chapel Street is to be saved from developers and converted into retirement apartments by the Diocese of Salford.

"We are just at the stage of development work commencing" a spokesperson for the Diocese tells the Salford Star "...The likely timeframe for completion of the building work is two years."

Full details here...

added Tuesday, February 6, 2018  

 
 

SALFORD MP REBECCA LONG-BAILEY ‘HORRIFIED’ BY DEATH OF CLAIMANT PRONOUNCED FIT FOR WORK BY DWP

Star date: 5th February 2018

SALFORD MAN PASSED 'FIT FOR WORK' DIES LESS THAN TWO MONTHS LATER

A 54 year old Salford man passed 'fit for work' by the Tory Government's DWP died of a massive heart attack, after suffering stress and anxiety as a result of the disputed decision.

"He had children and a wife, and didn't know where to turn to next" his sister tells the Salford Star "He was put through hell." Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, adds: "I am horrified that they may have contributed to his untimely and shocking passing..."

Full details here...

added Monday, February 5, 2018  

 
 

SALFORD SONGWRITER CREATES NATIONAL SACK ESTHER MCVEY CAMPAIGN TRACK

Star date: 5th February 2018

SACK ESTHER MCVEY TRACK GOES NATIONAL

'Take a look tell me can you see/She's never ever going to let you be
The vitriol she's aiming at the sick and at the poor...No more...'

Salford singer songwriter, Dominic Williams, has written a hard hitting track called No More (Sack Esther Now) which launches today, spearheading a campaign to get rid of Esther McVey, the controversial new Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions.

Full details here...

added Monday, February 5, 2018  

 
 

£1MILLION IRWELL VALLEY SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES SALFORD PROJECT ENDS

Star date: 4th February 2018

FIVE YEARS...£1MILLION...DID IT SUCCEED?

The five year, £1million Big Lottery Funded Irwell Valley Sustainable Communities Project ended this week. It aimed to make the communities around the River Irwell more connected to the environment. Did it succeed?

Full details here...

added Sunday, February 4, 2018  

 
 

JOY DIVISION GRAPHIC NOVEL TO BE PUBLISHED WITH CHANCE FOR FANS TO APPEAR IN IT

Star date: 4th February 2018

JOY DIVISION GRAPHIC NOVEL CREATOR INVITES READERS TO APPEAR IN THE BOOK

Following his incredibly successful play about Joy Division, New Dawn Fades, writer and artist, Brian Gorman, is publishing his graphic novel about the band upon which the stage version was based.

The book is to be published in April to coincide with a new tour of the play, and as part of a crowdfunder campaign to help pay the costs, Gorman is offering fans a chance to actually appear in the graphic novel.

Full details here...

added Sunday, February 4, 2018  

 
 

VALENTINE LOVE COMPETITION AT SALFORD PRECINCT

Star date: 3rd February 2018

CUPID COMPETITION AT SALFORD PRECINCT

Cupids will be at Salford Precinct today and next Saturday, 10th February, carrying out random acts of kindness and encouraging shoppers to nominate loved ones to win £50 of prizes via a Love Letter Post Box.

Full details here...

added Saturday, February 3, 2018  

 
 

STUNNING SALFORD WETLANDS AND FLOOD BASIN UNVEILED

Star date: 2nd February 2018

£10MILLION FLOOD BASIN AND WETLANDS FINALLY COMPLETE

Today, the £10million second Salford Flood Basin was officially unveiled, two years after the Boxing Day Flood of 2015. As well as claiming to protect 2,000 homes from future floods, the basin doubles as a stunning wetland area, with incredible artwork and views.

One of the community highlights of the opening was an area known as Harry's Hill, named after local activist and environmentalist Harry Davies who sadly died 14 months ago..."It's a legacy that he's left behind wholly and truly for the whole of Salford" said Harry's brother, Mike.

Full details here...

added Friday, February 2, 2018  

 
 

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL TO TAKE £1.3MILLION HOMELESS CONTRACT BACK IN HOUSE FROM SALIX HOMES

Star date: 2nd February 2018

SALIX HOMES £1.3MILLION CONTROVERSIAL HOMELESS CONTRACT TO GO BACK TO COUNCIL AFTER LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS

Last October, Salford City Council controversially awarded a £1.377million contract extension to Salix Homes for its 'homelessness, housing advice, allocations and supported tenancies service'. It rejected the option of bringing the services back in-house stating that Salix was "providing good quality overall".

Now, the Salford Star understands, the homeless service will be brought back in-house from April 2018 when the Homelessness Reduction Act kicks in.

Full details here...

added Friday, February 2, 2018  

 
 

NEW SALFORD HOMELESS SQUAT AT EMPTY ECCLES CAFE

Star date: 1st February 2018

EMPTY NUR MALAYSIA COMMUNITY CAFE OCCUPIED BY HOMELESS

This week, after Peel Holdings obtained a possession order on its Barton Road building in Eccles, homeless Salford people have moved into the empty Nur Malaysia Community Café on Liverpool Road.

Once inside, the squatters found a poster with a quote from Abuya...'Love and Care is the key to universal unity'. Now, with the onset of freezing nights, they are hoping the owners will abide by their mantra and let them stay.

Full details here...

added Thursday, February 1, 2018  

 
 

£1.1MILLION GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY FOR UNAFFORDABLE SALFORD HOUSING IN CHAPEL STREET

Star date: 1st February 2018

ECF CHAPEL STREET PROJECT GETS £1.1MILLION FUNDING

The Government is to subsidise the latest English Cities Fund (ECf) Chapel Street housing scheme with a £1.1million grant from its Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF), via Salford City Council. The grant is for preparation work for 188 apartments and 11 townhouses on Chapel Street, near the site of the former Ye Olde Nelson pub.

None of ECf's projects have included affordable housing, despite £millions of public money being poured into them. The Government is also handing Peel Holdings £4million of HIF funding for its Trafford Waters scheme.

Full details here...

added Thursday, February 1, 2018  

 
 

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