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SALFORD COUNCIL NOW PICKS ON KIDS WITH DISABILITIES TO SAVE MONEY
 

Star date: 16th May 2013

A Salford Star Exclusive

OPTION TO SHUT THE GRANGE AS KIDS WITH DISABILITIES NOT `VALUE FOR MONEY'

"It is recognised that some parents might be concerned or unhappy about the potential change…" Salford Council report

Salford Council is proposing to kick kids with disabilities out of The Grange, its Brookhouse Estate based purpose built five bedded short break residential unit for children with disabilities.

A secret Council report to Mayor Ian Stewart, obtained by the Salford Star, states that facilities at The Grange "do not provide value for money".

Full details here…


The rumours have been circulating for months that Salford Council was planning to close The Grange, its purpose built five bedded short break residential unit for children with disabilities aged between seven and 17.

In October last year, the Salford Star asked if the Council was planning to close The Grange, to which John Merry, Assistant Mayor for Services for Children and Young People at Salford City Council, replied… "We are constantly reviewing all of our services to children and young people with a view to improving services. There are no current proposals relating to The Grange"

Back in January, when Salford Mayor Ian Stewart held a special press briefing on the cuts at Salford Council, the Salford Star asked the question direct… `Is The Grange safe?'

"The Grange is firmly staying and is part of our plans" responded Martin Vickers, the Council's Strategic Director for Customer and Support Services (see here).

Now, a secret report to Ian Stewart reveals that closing The Grange is, indeed, one of the options being considered.

The Council has come up with three options for the future of the Brookhouse Estate-based respite centre, none of which are to keep things as they are…"To do nothing is simply not an option" states the report "especially in light of increasing pressures on the Council to continue to balance the books"

The report adds that "if it was decided following consultation that neither of the three options are feasible then the Council could look to close the building rather than change its use…"

The three options that Salford Council has come up with all involve kicking out all the disabled kids under the age of 14 in order to "balance the books".

Up to 27 young people use The Grange for short term breaks, and to also give their carers a rest from looking after them. As the report states,"The facilities along with staff are highly thought of by most parents" and the centre "was judged to be outstanding in 2011/12 and judged good in 2012/13 under the new Ofsted inspection framework"…

However, the Council believes that The Grange's "service and building are both underused and in the current climate do not provide value for money".

The Council is proposing is to place all disabled children aged under 14 with enhanced foster carers, and to put those over the age of 14 into Granville House, which is an adult 12 bed unit.

"Granville support would be in line with adult provision" the report states "whereby it is outcome focused and based on promoting independence and enablement." At 14???

Or, even "better value for money" the report adds "could be through the spot purchase of nights from North West (NW) Provider Framework" - which would kick the kids out of Salford altogether.

Meanwhile, the Council intends to change the use of The Grange, from short term care, to medium and long term care, and is going to consult on three options of how to run the changed use centre…

1) To keep it with the Council running it – the report states that this could be financed by bringing back into Salford some young people from outside placements, thus saving money, and, also, by flogging any spare beds off to other local authorities.

2) To privatise the service – the report states that "initial costings suggest savings are likely to be in excess of £400,000 for Children's Services, and more than half a million for the Council in total.  This option also lends itself to further capital savings depending on whether an alternative provider would lease or purchase the building from the Council".

3) To run it as a "staff mutual" - a kind of co-operative managed by the present staff.

The Council report states that if none of the options are feasible "then the Council could look to close the building rather than change its use". And adds, almost with fervour, that if the closure happened "Savings for the directorate would be in the region of £199,738 for 2013/14 and a full years saving of approximately £399,475 for 2014/15…further corporate capital savings could be made through selling the property".

If the closure went ahead, "potentially all current staff at The Grange would be at risk of redundancy".

The report concludes… "It is recognised that some parents might be concerned or unhappy about the potential change in the way overnight short break services could be delivered in Salford, but as with any service redesign the provision of choice and quality for parents, children and young people, as well as drive for efficiencies is paramount."

A hint of the outcome of this report is provided by a section called Financial Implications. Here it goes through the savings to the Council of each of the options, which range from £5,000 a year to £526,000 a year….

"A more attractive proposition is to transfer the Respite Care Service to Granville and the management of The Grange to an external provider. This would produce annual savings in the region of £400k…"

It all makes previous Council statements look totally hollow… "The Grange is firmly staying and is part of our plans"???

UPDATE 21st May 2013

Salford Council has sent the following response...

"We are consulting on the following:

1. That respite care for young people over 14 will be provided by Granville  Respite Centre in Eccles from the age of 14, rather than 18. The move would  enable the health and social care services, which will care for them as adults,  identify their needs earlier and make life easier for them and their families in  the future. Any provision made for young people in Granville will be within a  specialist area, using the very latest support methods.
 
The centre, which is close to our special schools and Salford City College in  Eccles, has 12 beds, highly skilled staff and also its own fully set up flat where  young people can develop household and independent living skills.

2. That for respite care for young people under 14 will be provided through  Recruitment and use of specialist foster carers to provide overnight short  breaks instead of sending children to the Grange residential unit in  Brookhouse. Around 27 children currently use the service. 

3. That The Grange be used to provide medium and long-term care for children  with disabilities and complex needs instead of placing them in care facilities  away from Salford. The council is also consulting on whether to continue  running the centre itself, if the change goes ahead, or look at different delivery  models.
 
 “Demand for overnight short breaks is dropping because of changes in the  way children with disabilities are cared for at home and in the community. The  Grange is an excellent facility but it has been running half full for the last five  years,” said Councillor John Merry, Assistant Mayor for Children and Young  People.
 
 “We can’t continue this because we are not getting maximum benefit from this  excellent facility.  It also makes little sense to send children out of the city  when we have a purpose built facility on our doorstep which we know is well  regarded.“
 
 “Our priority is to make sure children and their families get the best respite  care they need within the budget we have available. Making these changes  could save the council up to £500,000 per year which will help protect other  services for children in need.” 
 
 The consultation will run until August 2013"

Sue wrote
at 11:20:15 AM on Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Please go away Ian Stewart. What are you on £69k pa? you have failed and so have your cronies on the Salford gravy train
 
margaret tunacliffe wrote
at 11:18:48 AM on Saturday, June 1, 2013
I have sent 2 emails to both ian Stewart and hazels bears regarding the closure of the grange..guess what no replies. But I will continue to bombard them with questions that need answering. I.e what happens to families if this proposal goes forward ?how will they deal with breakdown of families? How much will it cost to find full care facilities for those families that do break down? Almost just as much as they think they will save or more.Parent's WANT answers. How do they intend to deal with children and adults sharing the facilities at Granville? What about the safety of both children and adults and how many foster families in salford who can deal with children who have autism and other very complex needs. All serious questions that need answering.
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 11:50:00 PM on Tuesday, May 28, 2013
sad thing Ex-Labour voter, you can see it, I can see it, "what is happening in Salford", and how Salford labour party is twisting everything to fit there political goals, but your typical brain dead Salfordian can't, and that is what your fighting against, Salford zombie people.
 
Ex-Labour voter wrote
at 2:26:55 PM on Friday, May 24, 2013
Sad story, but unfortunately cllrs in Salford do not give a fook what happens to the vulnerable people of this city so long as "CUTS" are as widely published as possible. For example cuts to mental health day services, disability services, disabled school transport, older peoples care homes, homeless accomodation etc. Oh they all make great headline grabbers for the Labour party when blamed on the government don't they. That's it, screw the people of this city and blame it all on someone else, theirby guaranteeing re-election of every Labour party two faced back stabbing muppet in Salford. The government have cut the amount of cash to all councils across the country, but to Labour councils this is a god send, make the Tories look evil = win next election, trouble is most thickos in this country will fall for it. Salford council could have stopped funding private businesses like Salford reds, Peel, BBC orchestra, etc, but that does not generate anti-government headlines does it. Vote for change, vote UKIP, only with the one alternative major party can Salford change, we don't need yes men, we need cllrs with BALLS. Balls to say fu*k you Mr Mayor this is not good for Salford people, so it will not be happening, full stop, cllrs have the power to over-rule the mayor but they don't have the balls.
 
margaret tunacliffe wrote
at 9:02:26 AM on Friday, May 24, 2013
I am a parent with two autistic children with learning disabilities and whose children are currently attend the grange. That brain dead mayor talks out of it's backside cause without the grange there is nothing, there won't b one foster carer who would be able to cope with these kind of disabilities we as a family have gone through that system and not one foster carer could say they were trained to deal with the complex needs of an autistic child. But he is quite wiling to put funding into Salford City Reds than to make sure these children get the care they deserve. I would cost the council and government over £2,500 a week per every child with disabilities in a full time facility. It's a joke. Well said Dave.
 
DAVID THORNLEY wrote
at 7:27:46 AM on Friday, May 24, 2013
WELL DONE COUNCILLOR MERRY I'VE JUST READ YOUR STATEMENT IN THIS ARTICLE AND YOU ARE QUITE CORRECT WHEN YOU SAY THAT THE GRANGE IS AN EXCELLENT FACILITY UNFORTUNATELY OTHER THAN THAT YOU ARE TALKING UTTER RUBBISH. MY SON GOES TO THE GRANGE HE IS 15 YEARS OLD HE CANNOT WALK OR TALK AND BLESS THE GRANGE ITS TAKEN THEM A GOOD WHILE TO GET TO THE STAGE WHERE THEY CAN LOOK AFTER HIM THE WAY I LOOK AFTER HIM BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY HE IS STILL A CHILD. AGAIN UNFORTUNATELY THIS COUNCIL ONLY LOOKS AT SAVING MONEY AND DOESN'T WISH CARE WHO THEY HURT EVEN IF HEY ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY. MY SON IS 15 YEARS OLD HE IS ALSO DEVELOPMENTALLY DELAYED AND YET OUR COUNCIL WANT TO PUT HIM IN AN ADULT RESPITE CENTRE,YET THE SAME COUNCIL IN THE LAST 18 MONTHS HAVE BEEN CHAMPIONING THERE SAFEGAURDING POLICY. IS IT ME OR IS THERE JUST A LITTLE IRONY INVOLVED HERE! SO MY FINAL WORDS WOULD HAVE TO BE HANDS OFF THE GRANGE AND STICK YOUR CONSULTATION!
 
margaret tunacliffe wrote
at 12:01:29 AM on Friday, May 24, 2013
I am a parent with two autistic children with learning disabilities and whose children are currently attend the grange. That brain dead mayor talks out of it's backside cause without the grange there is nothing, there won't b one foster carer who would be able to cope with these kind of disabilities we as a family have gone through that system and not one foster carer could say they were trained to deal with the complex needs of an autistic child. But he is quite wiling to put funding into Salford City Reds than to make sure these children get the care they deserve. I would cost the council and government over £2,500 a week per every child with disabilities in a full time facility. It's a joke.
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 12:34:17 AM on Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Michael false, I asked what part of Salford was you born, not if you was born in England. as you claim you were local and had local understanding. so I can only take from your politicians answer you gave, is no you were not born in Salford, so have no idea of Salford people. funny you look at Salford council and all the top people are outsiders. the same people who are f*cking Salford up, Stewart a scot, merry a brummie, spicer a scouser, and now a poor shake with no money who now owns salford red who's got his hands in Salford tax payers pocket's and many more parasites besides. someone stop the world I want to get off.
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 12:33:40 AM on Tuesday, May 21, 2013
to Michael falses nurse, you've not increased the dosage enough, dear, he's still conscious. turn the dial the other way. "failing that" use the bloody pillow. Michael, you crack me up, do they know you've escaped.
 
Let get a grip wrote
at 1:46:12 PM on Sunday, May 19, 2013
Michael, you say "one's Local Government area" maybe you should clarify to people that the LGA is Salford and not Weaste, if it were to be Weaste you would not be able to stand as you live in the posh area of Salford Quays. As for your demands of increased sentencing of paedophiles as you claim to be an intelligent man surely you realise that the local authority have absolutely no power in this area whatsoever, if this is the best you can do stirring and playing with peoples feelings over such an emotional subject then I do think we would be better off if you were to withdraw your nomination. How would you respond if I campaigned purly to win myself votes on a ticket of banning homosexual people from having sex and locking them all up, call me an alarmist, bigot and trouble causer wouldn't you. Maybe candidates could comment on if they would vote against the above closeour and if they were in power with a cabinet, how they would prevent it by finding best value within the current framework? Please detail any costings showing where the money of your dreams is coming from.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 5:14:44 AM on Sunday, May 19, 2013
Right of Reply to Brain@, Pleased to confirm the Felse family has lived in England since before UK records were kept, yes pre 1640AD, possibly longer. This gives the right to stand for election in one's Local Government area as is the case in me standing as an Independent in Weaste and Seedley. Now can we PLEASE get on with those real issues or is it true that UKiP has none other than hot wind while other opposition parties continue to push diuretic drivel failed policy. Joe@ asks me to define my campaign, I will protect young and vulnerable people, pushing for our Council to fund court action for long jail sentences for crimes committed by any pedophiles in Salford (that the English Democrats would not allow me to campaign on at the Mayoral election and the main reason I split from them). I pledge to "Rock the Boat" on Bedroom Tax and demand Salford health improvement choices like more dementia care, better cycle lanes, more buy-local shopping campaigns and supporting young people to become Ward Councillors, my new approach in letting under 26's have the say on how Salford Council spends £600million a year.
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 4:38:38 AM on Sunday, May 19, 2013
looks like I will be voting ukip, it seems to be turning in to a circus for the up my own arse brigade. shame that this ward is going to have another labour parasitic councillor that you only see at election times, sorry but someone in Meadowbrook hospital needs to take away Michael False s computer for the good of the Salford, Ian Stewart still stringing you along Michael about a labour councillor position, carry on doing as your master tells you, there's a good boy, can some one down there tell the nurse to up the dosage, he's still conscious. it's time to introduce a I.Q test to elections to stop the idiot's from getting in. PS joe oneill and Mary Ferrer ever thought of switching to ukip, always liked Mary, just don't like the idea of sticking an extra £1000 on the energy bill to pay for a glorified windmill that have to be turned off in windy weather, people are just pissed off with all the main parties, all gave a promise of a Euro election and then stuck two finger up to us after the election, just one of many broken promises by these parasites.
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 4:37:45 AM on Sunday, May 19, 2013
so Michael false what part of Salford were you born then, thought you came from Doncaster, seems we have an outsider criticizing outsider's, also seems by the way your talking, your the labour candidate, so crawling up peoples arses doe's work Michael. and on UKIP Michael, there doing what all the other parties are not doing and that's listening to the electorate concerns,on immigration, housing ,schools, EU corruption and that's why they'll get more votes than you, there talking about the big issues that are effecting peoples daily lives
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 2:25:51 AM on Sunday, May 19, 2013
The trouble in Salford is, as Joe says, the past set of opposition Councillors' track records has proven they cannot protect services for children and young people, such as The Grange. None of the others such as UKiP have got a clue about Salford and suffer from an lack of local identity. The mess in Salford can be solved but it will take someone Rocking the Boat from within Labour's camp, being completely open and honest. Will the Labour new candidate be that person or do we need a brave Independent, to sort childern needs, bedroom tax, better services. One not tied by Party rules. Yes.
 
Joe Oneill wrote
at 2:22:39 PM on Saturday, May 18, 2013
Sorry Michael We are on the ground fighting for change we have an excellent candidate and a fully costed manifesto. Yourself I think unsure of what you stand for or support. I stood for four years in opposition like the lady I will be supporting, we both have a recorded track record, we will use the limited resources we have to fight a machine that as failed this city year on year, if you wish to support it go ahead if not be a little more open as to your stance
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 2:22:17 PM on Saturday, May 18, 2013
Michael false is there anybodies arse you wouldn't crawl up to get elected. to Stephen Kingston to an extent I agree with you but how many marches & demonstrations have there been in Salford and what have they achieved to date, that's right zero. how many stories have you printed over the year's about this council and there behind closed door dealings and what has changed, nothing, they still stick two fingers up to everyone, and the only way it will change is to elect someone who's not going to line their own pocket's and who's not up their own arse ( Michael false). yes one councillor is not going to change that but it's a start. everyone cares about the above story and all the other stories, and the only way to right that wrong is through the ballot box, unless your advocating mass civil disobedience, and the last time that happened it was the poorest who got hit the most. hit them all where it hurts the most, at the ballot box.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 8:14:22 AM on Saturday, May 18, 2013
I agree with the editor on his last comment. These opposition parties in Salford are proving they are not interested in much other than their own party gains. Heads should hang in shame. Get talking about the real issues and stop trying to just lynch Labour.
 
Stephen Kingston wrote
at 5:39:56 AM on Saturday, May 18, 2013
Really disappointed that this story is about the welfare of disabled children, yet most of the comments are bickering over an election in Weaste. If the candidates and those urging candidates to do this or that actually gave a toss about this incredibly important issue maybe the opposition parties in Salford would be more credible.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 5:17:55 AM on Saturday, May 18, 2013
Seems 9 candidates already taking Weaste and Seedley seriously. It should be pointed out that nominations can still be put in until noon of the 23rd May 2013. You will need an appropriate form completing. Contact Salford Legal Dept on 0161 793 3195 and help Weaste and Seedley have the widest public choice that they deserve. I ask all to take Bedroom Tax seriously, we need to debate this issue whoever wins the election.
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 5:17:35 AM on Saturday, May 18, 2013
joe oneill. contact the other candidates, tell them if they help you in this ward then you will help them in the next ward election, everyone should be fighting for the same outcome and that is to get rid of these labour parasites. ps Joe I hope your leaflet's are going to talk about the real issues that are effecting Salford i.e immigration, labour's destruction of our communities, school closures, Salford reds, the millions spent on the bbc with no benefit to the Salford people, don't talk about pot holes, and wind farms you need to talk about the millions they have spent on their labour party supporting friends, Mr Salford, peel holdings etc.
 
joe oneill wrote
at 4:51:53 PM on Friday, May 17, 2013
Nine candidates will fight weaste and seedley the votes will be split and again offering Labour an easy ride. I will over the next couple of weeks fight for Mary Ferrer someone with passion experience within council and above all a peoples person. I believe that when all of Salford's Labour cheered the night she lost meant something, they feared her and that means a lot to someone with political aspirations it means you are pushing the right buttons. So I say to the talkers on this site help us fight Labour get off your fat arses and help us leaflet the ward. We need all the help we can get so come across and meet her Joe Oneill Salford Green party
 
Ex-Labour voter wrote
at 4:51:33 PM on Friday, May 17, 2013
Are you for real Felse? All you are doing is letting Liebour in through the back door, let the contest be a head-head with Liebour and 1 other and then maybe we can all work together and change Salford for the better. Is that your game now as chief labour party monkey in Salford? Stand and let your mates get the seat. When you have fooked up our chance of getting Liebour out of Weaste then I expect your IMMEDIATE and SINCEAR appolagy on this site. I will not hold my breath and await your spin and bullshit that you will spout about how you have done it for the people of Salford. I have one thing to say to you.............. JUDAS. Oh and ps SSSSSSSCCCCCCCUUUUMMMMMMMMM.
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 4:51:23 PM on Friday, May 17, 2013
hear we go again Michael false, me me me again. Michael for once why don't you put the people of Salford first instead of yourself, if it's to be a free for all I will vote ukip, but this could be bad for the Salford electorate, but if it was a straight vote for one person against labour then I will give my vote to that person if it means seeing the back of labour. Michael put your self-interest to one side and do what's best for the greater good. we don't need glory hunter's that will divided the vote, please get together with the other parties and independents and pick a candidate that has got a realistic chance of winning and winning for the right reasons and not just another person wanting to be on the gravy train. If we are to stop the above stories from happening in Salford, we have to put Salford's and it's people's interest before our own. let's start something that will send a shiver down labour back, the Salford labour party loves it when they see 8 different names on the voting paper,it guarantee's them a victory, they'll fear it more if it's only a 2 way race with independents and other parties united behind one person.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 1:46:01 PM on Friday, May 17, 2013
I have informed the Salford Press that electors in the Weaste and Seedley Ward have nominated me to be an Independent candidate in the by-election. They have agreed my campaign will be to say NO TO THE Bedroom Tax, rocking the boat for Labour. I pledge if elected to force another by-election to enable one of the different parties to then contest the ward. If this is the only way we can force Labour to listen by having to call a series of expensive by-elections, estimated to cost Salford Council £80k each, it is a path their complacency forced upon Salford.
 
Iian stew wrote
at 1:45:23 PM on Friday, May 17, 2013
As "not a brain dead labour voter" says everyone needs to get together for the greater good. It don't matter if you normally vote TUSC or BNP if you vote that way this time your vote will be wasted what we need is one person standing against Labour a clear one or the other choice. Only that way will we introduce a REAL opposition in Salford in the council chamber unlike the useless tossers we currently have. If labour win on a head to head then fair enough but I think Ed Milliband will declare himself a descendant of Hitler before that happens. My vote currently goes to UKIP I don't like all their policys but I think they are the only ppl who can take out Labour.
 
not abrain dead labour voter wrote
at 11:46:55 AM on Friday, May 17, 2013
what we need in this ward election is one person to stand against labour and we need all the other people with their own political self interest to stand down I would call upon all the people and parties interested in standing in this ward to get together and pick the best person to fight these tossers, from amongst your selves and for everyone to get behind him/her. remember this is about ousting these self serving labour parasites out of Salford and re-establishing democracy to the Salford people. Maybe if the above proves to be a success in this ward we can do this at every local election. again I ask everyone to put aside their own political goals and do what's best for the Salford voter, lets not help these labour parasites by dividing the vote, remember this is what happens at every election they get back in by default.....
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 1:57:10 AM on Friday, May 17, 2013
I am asked again if I am in The Labour Party, answer remains NO. As for UKiP, I could easily vote UKiP at the General Election but local wards are not the place to push the European issue, just read on here and see we need a rock the boat voice. I would be most honoured to be rocking the cosy camp of Labour in Salford for all the decent people. I want jobs for young people, services for our vulunrable citizens and claw back of the loans. Obviously I do not fit in with the Labour camp.
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 4:51:09 PM on Thursday, May 16, 2013
"BALANCE THE BOOKS" "VALUE FOR MONEY" Well its a shame our disabled children are not helping to BALANCE THE BOOKS. What sort of people are running this city. We are talking some of our most vulnerable members of our community. Question Mr Mayor. "How have you and the rest of your merry mini mayors been able to find £600,000 to lend to the STADIUM that the Council own. Now is that "BALANCING THE BOOKS or COOKING THE BOOKS. Is that "VALUE FOR MONEY or WASTING OUR MONEY .For gods sake Councillor Garrido GET THE DISTRICT AUDITORS IN, before we have nothing left.Our most venerable residents are being let down by this Government and this Labour Council. It has too STOP.
 
steve wrote
at 4:00:43 PM on Thursday, May 16, 2013
Time for this MAYOR & council to go. People before profit.
 
Ex-Labour voter wrote
at 4:00:37 PM on Thursday, May 16, 2013
Come on Felse you need to come clean now, are you going to stand in the Weaste & Seedley by-election? You have become very anti mayor and council in the last few weeks after having been chief ring-piece licker for the last 6 months, so are you looking for votes by commenting on here? If you do stand then you will have screwed any chance of outing Labour in Weaste by splitting the vote and letting them in through the back door, having had this warning if you do stand then I will suspect this to support a Labour candidate via the back door. You along with others need to unite and call on voters to put their mark on the candidate with the most chance of defeating Labour, going off recent opinion polls this is the UKIP candidate. Come on Mike do what is best for the people of the ward, endorse the only candidate with a chance of winning other than labour, shout UKIP.
 
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 4:00:10 PM on Thursday, May 16, 2013
Hi All, I see they've been playing in the funhouse again. Once More (even though he's not in the top job) Mr Merry has, quite amazingly, found a way to put his foot in it again. This man has, in his time shut vital services, and closed local schools whilst ignoring local opinion - Yet when a friend of his or his party comes along to grab a piece of the action - he and most of the council are there throwing money like its come off the monopoly board. One thing i'll point out - The old site of the willows - its gone! and the director of the 'old club' is building houses on it - fantastic - but till those houses produce coin - the mountain of debt left behind by Dr Koucash and the ex-directors of Salford RL (1914) Ltd will continue to build up whilst we, the people of Salford, will continue to suffer. I couldn't care much for your politics councillors, but this horrid show has gone on for far too long - and if I had been managing this - the paintings would have been seized and the bailiffs called in.I Urge Mr Stewart and his Lead Member for Finance to start the process of Retrieving some of this money and get your priorities for this city straightened out. P.S. Mr Felse - If reports are true and you have joined labour, then please raise this farce at the next meeting of constituency members...
 
If only they were not so out of touch wrote
at 3:58:53 PM on Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wasn't a councilour somewhere down south forced to resign because he said disabled kids were not worth the councils cash? Something like "they should be put down" I think, seems our beloved council feel the same. Shame on them.
 
not happy wrote
at 3:58:40 PM on Thursday, May 16, 2013
Salford Short Break Services Statement Background there is a web site called THE GRANGE SALFORD for more information Section 25 of the Children and Young Persons Act 2005 requires local authorities to provide short breaks for disabled children. The regulations relating to this duty, which came into force on 1 April 2011 require each local authority to produce a Short Break Services Statement, so that families know what services are available, the eligibility criteria for these services, and how the range of services is designed to meet the needs of families with disabled children in the area. So my good Mayor it looks like you breaking the law, mind you this shouldn’t bother you, you don’t seem to give a dam about the people of Salford, I think this one come under the needy in Salford.
 
Joe Oneill wrote
at 12:25:22 PM on Thursday, May 16, 2013
Funny really I am working hard with Mary Ferrer to get some opposition within this council and to try at least to hold Labour to account. Sad really that we brought stories like these on our self when we put Salford Labour in a position similar to North Korea all opposition gone and a dictator of sorts in charge. Will the last person leaving turn out the lights. Salford City Green Party
 
steve U.S.U.C. wrote
at 12:25:11 PM on Thursday, May 16, 2013
How can STEWART,MERRY & other council officials say that the GRANGE respite unit does not offer value for money.This is a service for HUMAN BEINGS,not the difference between,clothes,carpets,food etc. The care & support the staff give to the families is second to none,without some children may go into foster care,costing the council even more money. Isn't strange/funny that the amount of savings is more or less the same that IAN STEWART & COUNCIL has loaned to Salford City Reds YET AGAIN. When are they going to start to REPAY THESE LOANS.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 12:23:48 PM on Thursday, May 16, 2013
Advice from a friend to our Elected Mayor and to his Labour Councillor puppets, please all resign and move over. You have totally lost the plot. Our pet parrot could do a better job.
 
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SALFORD MINERS REMEMBERED AT AGECROFT MEMORIAL

Star date: 22nd April 2018

RESPECT PAID TO IRWELL VALLEY MINERS

Yesterday, former miners, families and trade unionists gathered at the Agecroft Colliery monument to pay respects to those who lost their lives down the pits...

"Today means everything, it's the only way we can pay back what they did for you" said Jackie Rimmer, whose father died down Agecroft Colliery in 1963.

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SALFORD CITY FC WIN PROMOTION TO VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE

Star date: 22nd April 2018

SALFORD CITY ONE STEP AWAY FROM FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Salford City FC became champions of the National League North yesterday, despite losing 2-1 to Boston United. Harrogate Town's defeat at Bradford Park Avenue means that no-one can now catch the Class of '92 club.

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SALFORD COMMUNITY WOOD CARVING CLUB OPENS AT ECCLES CENTRE

Star date: 22nd April 2018

EXHIBITION OF SALFORD WOOD CARVINGS OPENS NEW UNEMPLOYED ARTS CLUB

An exhibition of ninety wood carvings, featuring everything from birds to animals, to wood spirits and politicians, has opened at the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre.

The exhibition will kickstart a new Salford Unemployed Arts Club based at the Centre, where anyone who is unemployed or disabled can meet and try wood carving or any other creative activity.

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NEW SALFORD ‘CLEAN’ COMEDY NIGHT HUGE SUCCESS IN IRLAMS O’ TH’ HEIGHT

Star date: 22nd April 2018

CAN 'CLEAN' COMEDY WORK IN SALFORD? ABSOLUTELY!

This week saw a trial 'clean comedy' night at The Vine Cafe in Irlams O' Th' Height, with five comics wowing the sold out venue, and not a swear word or lewd reference in earshot...

"It had to be right kind of acts" explained organiser Sally Griffiths, as the mix of new performers and professionals pulled off the clean comedy night with aplomb (ooh, er, missus...).

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COSMIC SHAMBLES RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE IN SALFORD

Star date: 21st April 2018

GRUNGY PSYCHEDELIA FROM COSMIC SHAMBLES

The name of the band kind of describes the sound of Cosmic Shambles, a band that released its debut single, All Over Now, via Salford City Radio. The Shambles range from grungy to psychedelia, as Ian Leslie discovers...

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