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SALFORD MAYOR TO LAUNCH ANTI-POVERTY STRATEGY ON POSH SALFORD QUAYS
 

Star date: 25th January 2017 

`LEAST DEPRIVED' SALFORD QUAYS TO HOST ANTI-POVERTY LAUNCH

"...despite the success of the city's continued growth, it is clear that not all of Salford's residents are sharing in the benefits of this prosperity..." Salford City Mayor

Salford Mayor, Paul Dennett, is to launch the city's new anti-poverty strategy, titled `No one left behind', in the posh environs of The Landing at Salford Quays, within the MediaCityUK area ranked amongst the 10% least deprived in the country.

One of the reasons in the strategy for the cause of poverty is `personal debt'. Today the Salford Star learned of one disabled resident on benefits who was threatened by the Council with 82 court costs for a debt of 11.63.

Full details here...


The Salford City Mayor and the Salford City Partnership have chosen to launch an anti-poverty strategy, titled `No one left behind', at The Landing in MediaCityUK an area ranked within the 10% least deprived in the country and where a flat at Peel Holdings' new apartment block, The Lightbox, can set you back over 385,000*.

The Landing is a controversial building in the heart of Media City, originally partly earmarked as a community space called Make Media, before the funding for it was the first cut under the `austerity' programme.

Instead, The Landing, a `high-tech hub' for small and medium digital companies (which includes a private members club), received 14million of public money, with almost 4million from Salford Council during 2012, the year of the biggest Council spending cuts for a generation (see here).

The following year, the Salford Star revealed that the Council had paid out over 12,000 per month as a consultant payment for managing The Landing to a company owned by its Chief Executive Jon Corner (see here).

The Landing will host the launch of the anti-poverty strategy, to an invited audience, on 16th February. The Salford Star has obtained a draft of the document which has a forward by Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, declaring, "despite the success of the city's continued growth, it is clear that not all of Salford's residents are sharing in the benefits of this prosperity"...

The Mayor adds that the strategy "restates Salford's commitment to tackling poverty and inequality and sets out the approach we will take over the next few years to give residents the very best chance of a poverty free future...

"...As well as taking action to make things better for the many households struggling to make ends meet now, we must also look to prevent people from falling into poverty in the first place, building on what we know is already working, as well as developing new ways of doing things" he explains "We want our work to become a beacon of best practice in the fight against poverty..."

One of the causes of poverty listed is Personal Debt. Salford is ranked as the 38th most indebted local authority area in the country, with 19.8% of people in the city being over indebted, compared to 16.9% in the North West.

The Salford Star recently highlighted the case of a Salford Poverty Truth Commissioner who was charged over 1,000 on a Council Tax debt of 365 by bailiffs employed by Salford Council, thus putting her in even more poverty (see here).

Today the Salford Star received an email from a disabled resident on benefits who missed one payment of his Council Tax this year, for 11.63 and was threatened with court and a Liability Order, plus 82 costs if he didn't pay up within seven days.

Within the anti-poverty strategy, the question is asked;`What are we going to do about it?' and the answer is that it will ensure "The collection of outstanding debts and charges is undertaken in as sensitive manner as possible, and in a way that does not create further hardship, distress or financial difficulties for vulnerable people..."

Another way the Council states it will be "Preventing people from falling into poverty in the first place" is by creating more affordable homes...

"It is clear we need more low cost rented and social housing in Salford to support the city's existing and growing population" the strategy states "Current estimates suggest the city needs to build around 750 new low-cost rented homes per year to meet future housing need"...

The Salford Star has documented the loss of over one thousand affordable homes that should have been provided as part of developers' Section 106 payments that were waived in the planning process.

The Star has also documented over the last ten years the deliberate bulldozing by Salford Council of affordable housing, which has been replaced by unaffordable housing (see here). The latest example of this is in Pendleton (see here and see here).

Everyone in Salford should know by now that poverty in all its forms is being heightened by Tory Government cuts and welfare policy. But Salford City Council hasn't been beyond blame either. The irony of launching the anti-poverty strategy in the midst of public money gobbling Media City, where few Salford people got real jobs at the BBC, hasn't gone unnoticed...


See also related Salford Star articles...

Salford Council Wins Pimp My Poverty Award click here

*Peel Holdings Wins Feed The Rich Award - see here

keeperofpoliticalconscience wrote
at 19:00:51 on 28 January 2017
Holding such an event in such a location does not lend credibility to it. This event should be held in an area that lends it credibility for its purpose and meaning. Otherwise it comes across as Labour shedding "crocodile tears", and that they are empty vessels making the most noise, and (forgive me for further mixing of the metaphors) as painted sepulchres. But of course, they wont change. Labour is morally bankrupt lost its soul and moral compass, and the support of people who do not attend North London dinner parties.

TSK wrote
at 19:00:14 on 28 January 2017
Not good PR but I agree people must pay their way....

down but not out wrote
at 20:41:04 on 26 January 2017
Good luck with this. Sadly there will always be 'the have and have nots' in society. There will also be people who expect everything for nothing too. But there are genuine people who have hit the poverty line more than once and once you hit that they are down on you like vultures adding to your problems then it's hard to surface again. I know i've been there and worked all my life. We can all fall and stumble at any hurdle, it needs a decent society to help us up again. What has hardened people to this is these scroungers that want and want and sit all day doing nothing expecting it all to come to them. Genuine people get left behind because of these people and in the end nobody want to help the real needy!

GeoffC wrote
at 15:41:43 on 26 January 2017
Before the 2013 welfare reforms benefits were already subjected to means testing and deemed by the government to be the minimum amount necessary to get by frugally, so how are those same people possibly going to be able to afford 25% of the bill when their benefits will be taking below that level? How council's have exploited the soaring prosecutions for non-payment of council tax http://tinyurl.com/z8t8xtr

Collette Rose wrote
at 12:36:26 on 26 January 2017
Hoping my invite is in the post, might just be mixed up with all my debt mail that continuously flows through .... Kind regards NOT

Mr. Cook wrote
at 12:36:23 on 26 January 2017
Well at least we now know why The Salford Council are able to waive the fees for developers. By making the poor and vulnerable within the city cough up another 82:00 for a final council tax debt of of just 11:63. Shame on Mayor Dennet and his group of fat cats.

wrote
at 12:36:21 on 26 January 2017
Of course, taking peoples homes off them at 40% of the value and landing them with a bigger mortgage as they have to then buy an "affordable" home really helps lifting people out of poverty doesn't it?

take responsibility wrote
at 12:36:01 on 26 January 2017
If everyone took responsibility and paid their rent as agreed then most people would not be in this debt. I worked in Salford and the attitude of I don't have to pay my rent is endemic in this city. I was brought up that the roof over your head is the number one priority the latest flatscreen TV is a luxury. I visited any people in debt crying poor me whilst watching Jeremy Kyle on 60 in plazma tvs on the wall. TAKE RESPOSIBILITY and teach your children PRIORITIES... and before you start the poor me card I have lived in council property for years never owned my own place and have several family members not working who survive and live within their means

Michael James Felse wrote
at 12:35:45 on 26 January 2017
Don't trust Labour. The Mayor should resign and let the 60k a year go to the local Salford people in need.

Salford lad wrote
at 06:23:31 on 26 January 2017
So Salfords socialist council chase a debt of 11.63 pence yet ignore the 1 million owed by Salford reds. ! When are the public of Salford going to wake up to the fact that we are governed by a seemingly corrupt LABOUR council!

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