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SALFORD AGAINST CUTS CHALLENGE TO SALFORD MAYOR
 

Star date: 14th June 2012

WILL SALFORD MAYOR IAN STEWART ANSWER THESE TEN QUESTIONS?

The Salford Against The Cuts campaign has sent Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, a list of ten questions on social housing, day centres, loans and grants to MediaCityUK and Salford City Reds, the welfare advice service, privatisation of services, youth services, academies and schools, health and Salford University.

Salford Against The Cuts states these are "key issues affecting many residents of Salford" and that there are "huge expectations" on the Mayor to sort them out. But will Ian Stewart give an undertaking to do this?

See the full letter here


Salford Against The Cuts has written to Salford Mayor Ian Stewart, asking for an undertaking that he will defend services and residents of the city. If he agrees, people will know where Ian Stewart is coming from. If he doesn't, people will know where he's going to

Here's the full letter, sent yesterday 13th June. We can't wait for his reply!


Dear Ian

I have been asked to send you this letter on behalf of Salford Against the Cuts a campaign that was set up in November 2010 to fight against attacks on jobs and public services in Salford.

Firstly can I congratulate on your recent election as Mayor of Salford.   You will be aware that working people in this city have already suffered greatly from cuts and unemployment created by the Con Dem government and that as a result there are huge expectations of what you will be able to achieve in defending and representing them.

We welcome your engagement with the trade union movement and willingness to address the recent May Day event in Salford.  However we feel we must press you on certain key issues affecting many residents of Salford:

1) Will you give an undertaking that the day centres for the elderly and disabled, reprieved in February, will remain open after the 12 month review under direct management by the Council and there will be no additional charges to users? Could you further give an undertaking that the transport charges currently in application that make it difficult for many users to visit the centres will be scrapped?

2) Given the acute lack of social housing in the city will you give an undertaking that no more council houses will be demolished to make way for private developments? Can you give a further commitment that the properties currently managed by Salix Homes will be taken under direct Council management, as carried out by a number of other Labour authorities?

3) Will you call a halt to the apparently bottomless loans / grants to organisations such as the MediaCityUK, Salford Reds, Port Salford etc, most of which have little if any positive impact on the lives of ordinary Salfordians and which largely seem to benefit Peel Holdings?

4) Will you call a halt to the further privatisation/outsourcing of council services, which has taken place to the detriment of service users' and trade union members' rights, and begin a process of taking privatised or so-called arms length services back under the council's control?

5) Will you commit to protecting and maintaining levels of funding for publicly-provided advice services currently under threat in Salford, considering their importance at a time of huge changes in the welfare state?

6) Will you commit to protecting and improving youth services, so important at a time of high youth unemployment?

7) We are aware that Salford City College are still paying Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) in line with the same criteria as the Government were before it was withdrawn. Would you be prepared for the Council to cover this if Salford City College's circumstances change?

8) Given that the Health and Social Care Act threatens privatisation of large areas of the NHS, would you be prepared to campaign against the break-up of the NHS in Salford? Would you hold a referendum over whether or not the population support privatisation in the NHS, as a step towards a mass campaign to defend our health service in Salford?

9) Will you give an assurance, as recently given by Bury Labour Council that Academies, Trust Schools and Free Schools will be opposed in all forms ? Would you be prepared to work with parents, trade unions, communities and the Anti-Academies Alliance to oppose them?

10) Will you meet with Salford University staff who are currently in dispute with the University over proposals to cut jobs and offer them your support with that dispute? Specifically, would you be prepared to speak at a meeting organised by the unions at the University and join them on their picket lines if and when they take strike action?

We await your reply with keen interest and in the hope that Labour in Salford will take a new turn.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Gerrard
Vice Chair, Salford Against the Cuts

 

Photo by Gareth Lyons

TinTinTin wrote
at 22:16:14 on 20 June 2012
Has Stewart answered the 10 questions , yet ? What's the delay ? Is he too busy doing the Funky Gibbon ? A new word for ' The Funky Mayor ' : Betrayalisation , meaning ' The daily shafting and ripping-off of the taxpayer by the inept , useless parasites at Clowncil Chambers '.

Lefty wrote
at 10:29:27 on 20 June 2012
Stewart has done NOTHING for the Inmates of this Betrayed City . A lot of bullshit , made up words , an Army of Assistant Parasites . Spicer ,the grossly over-stuffed CEO ,the Assistant Parasite Army , and Career -Bullshitter Stewart are clueless .This City deserves much better . The Taxpayer Rip-Off just continues at the Madhouse . No wonder apathy prevails in Salford Sewer City . Make some attempt to 'earn' your obscene remuneration , at least , until WE can vote you all out , at the earliest opportunity .

Mark Armstrong wrote
at 21:54:16 on 19 June 2012
@Alex wrote If I had been employed in a position on a salary rumoured to be in the region of 80pa and not produced anything worthwhile my employer would be suitably agrieved! I and all the other residents of Salford are Ian Stewarts employer and he is not able to qualify his salary or position. No one is being abusive its just that he is not fit for purpose

Nachtschlepper wrote
at 21:53:50 on 19 June 2012
Sorry Alex, but the man was also useless as an MP.

Winston Smith wrote
at 14:52:19 on 19 June 2012
Alex - my bitterness isn't against Ian Stewart personally, he's just a very little cog in the Labour Party machinery and they've been in power for over 35 years in Salford. For a change, it would be nice to have people in office who represent the People and not outdated self serving political parties (and their friends at Peel Holdings, the supermarkets and, nationally, News Corps)

Not Impressed . wrote
at 08:39:02 on 19 June 2012
O.K. Alex . You seem like a 'Yes' man . Answer this . Mayor Stewart is legally responsible for running the entire council and it's functions . That's why we are looted to pay his extravagant salary . So why are we still being looted to fund the extravagant salary of the unneccessary CEO, Spicer ? This City does not need both . Well ?

Alex wrote
at 17:49:43 on 18 June 2012
Ian did have the support of Unison as a matter of fact. I think all these abusive comments about a man who has been in office for less than two months is a disgrace.

Mark Armstrong wrote
at 11:09:19 on 18 June 2012
Yes it was UNITE and not UNISON so apologies for laying the responsibility with the wrong union. So I will address the statement this way All he has produced so far is a plan to introduce councillors to Twitter as another method of communication. The man is a joke who holds a position that is a joke, however he recieved circa 20k votes from all the labour sheople so who is to blame for this? His campaign was supported by UNITE so maybe you can blame them as well.

Salford Star wrote
at 05:43:06 on 18 June 2012
See Mark's comment below...Think you'll find it was UNITE not UNISON, as they have an office on the Quays, not UNISON...

Mark Armstrong wrote
at 05:40:57 on 18 June 2012
@Paul Gerrard All of his postal propoganda was franked from the UNISON office at Salford Quays. Taking that into account can we presume that UNISON were supporting his campaign?

H.H. wrote
at 05:38:57 on 18 June 2012
For 'response' , I'd substitute 'bullshit' . Mayor Funky Gibbon is far too busy to get involved in important issues . He's got words to make up to excuse the chaos emanatng from the Madhouse . He's busy trying to find ways to justify the obscene salary WE are forced to stuff up the unneccessary and superfluous CEO . For ' openness ' I'd substitute ' bullshittery '. Nothing changes at the Madhouse . We shafted and ripped- off taxpayers just got landed with a Big Mouth Mayor to feed .

Paul Gerrard wrote
at 10:34:07 on 17 June 2012
Mark Armstrong is quite wrong to suggest that Ian Stewart had the support of UNISON in his campaign. I am not a member of UNISON and, as a socialist, I'm certainly not a member of the Labour Party, but am merely correcting an inaccurate claim. UNISON support many of the points that Salford against Cuts (SAC) have raised in their letter to the mayor, including the proposed sell-off of Salix Homes stock, academies, day centres etc, and they will be just as keen as we in SAC are to hear Ian Stewart's response.

Winston Smith wrote
at 07:31:00 on 17 June 2012
I'll donate 10 to charity if 'Pretend Mayor' Stewart's answers to any of these questions are any different than this: "Blame the Conservatives, it's all their fault - cuts, privatisation, NHS, etc, etc. It's them. It can't possibly be Labour, we've only been in charge of Salford for 35 years and only had 13 years in government. And Peel holdings are great." Mark - the answer to your question "who is to blame for this" is "The non-democratic parties that rule the UK". I.e. Labour and the Conservatives. Only 20000 out of 170000 voted for this bollocks. That's the way they the parties like it - they pretend the majority don't exist...

Mark Armstrong wrote
at 19:39:02 on 16 June 2012
All he has produced so far is a plan to introduce councillors to Twitter as another method of communication. The man is a joke who holds a position that is a joke, however he recieved circa 20k votes from all the labour sheople so who is to blame for this? His campaign was supported by UNISON so maybe you can blame them as well.

F.G. wrote
at 19:37:39 on 16 June 2012
Nice picture . Can't Mayor ' openness' Stewart walk straight because of the bulging wads of OUR remuneration stuffed in his pockets ? Or his he doing the Funky Gibbon ? He should ask The Goodies for much-needed assistance in making the Madhouse accountable to the residents of this Hellcity . They could have Spicer's 'job' , but on a less rip-off salary .

caroline wrote
at 22:12:45 on 15 June 2012
o,k, give the man time to answer...hell... he has just got the job..One step at a time..........What ever.....one step at a time .......

Tom Titt wrote
at 15:50:21 on 15 June 2012
Can already smell the Bullshit wafting from Clowncil H.Q. Time to start pretending to 'earn' that obscene salary WE pay Stewart , or is he another Waster , like Spicer ?

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