HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
SALFORD COUNCIL SPENDS ALMOST £300,000 ON MY CITY SALFORD WEBSITES
 

Star date: 26th October 2017

MY CITY SALFORD WEBSITES TO LAUNCH ON MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF PUBLIC MONEY

Salford Council is about to launch its My City Salford websites at a cost of almost £300,000, which has been contracted to The Landing, a private company owned by the Council.

The My City Salford 'digital hub' is to be launched in the next few weeks, while the My City Health website is launching next year. The Council states that the sites "allows us to push messages" and "supports communities to do more for themselves ...without the need to contact public services". Are the websites just about axing jobs, D.I.Y. services and controlling information?

Full details here...


My City Salford Health Salford Unison protest over job losses and wage cuts
click image to enlarge

Over the next few months, expect a barrage of publicity about the launch of Salford City Council's My City Salford websites.

My City Salford is the Council's 'digital community hub', contracted to The Landing based at MediaCityUK, at a development cost of £180,000; while another website, My City Health, is set to launch next year at a further cost of £118,000, again contracted to The Landing, a private company owned by Salford Council.

The websites, a Council report states, "will provide an online tool for communities to share information; for organisations to provide information on services and to push key messages around behaviour change; and for business to advertise services".

Buzz words are flowing about the site...a "21st century digital neighbourhood"...a "groundbreaking citizen-centric project"...but behind the hype, a Council report adds that it's about "self help"..."supports communities to do more for themselves... without the need to contact public services".

A spin-off from what is called the Transformation Programme, which aims to make everyone do everything online, saw Salford Council cut 14 jobs in Regulatory Services this month, while handing pay cuts of over £6,000 to some staff (see here and see here).*

The My City Health website will be a Salford prototype for a Greater Manchester 'Wellness Hub' and is described as "testing innovative service delivery models for incentivising and supporting lifestyle behaviour change" Ė or Do-It-Yourself health.

The My City Health prototype site (click here) features giving up smoking, eating healthier, drinking less and getting fit, while the My City Salford site promises "all the latest news, events and activities in your area...Share your skills and services, or sell your unwanted items to someone nearby."

The ethics of yet another Salford Council controlled media platform are open to question, following the controversy a few years ago over its magazine, LIFE, and other council publications which the Government slammed as "political propaganda" and "damaging local democracy and an independent, free press" (see here).

The Council states that My City Salford will be different... "Previous 'what's on' or local events portals have been very much one-way communication platforms, with information and content provided by the sponsoring organisation.

"What's different is our vision is that over-time the Hub will become resident owned and driven" it adds "The Hub will also be able to interact with ours, and partners, customer systems Ė ensuring a genuinely bespoke and tailored customer experience."

This remains to be seen Ė will residents be allowed to advertise demonstrations against the Council and its 'partners' on the platform? Will residents be allowed to criticise Council policy? Will there be censorship, apart from the obvious block on racist, libellous content? Who will be moderating the sites?

Meanwhile, there's the problem that over 20% of Salford's adult population, or 30,000 people, are digitally excluded (see here). The Council has handed £180,000 to the Good Things Foundation and expects 7,800 people to be online by the end of the contract.

A Council report states that PwC, its cuts consultants, have estimated 'savings' of £1.64million 'once all 7,800 residents have been upskilled'. Yet more people are becoming 'digitally excluded' because, through low wages and pay caps, they are cancelling broadband at home as they just can't afford it.

Most of the funding for all this is coming through Greater Manchester's 'Transformation Fund', as part of the Digital Strategy of GM Mayor, Andy Burnham, who told the Salford Star recently:

"There's talk about smart cities, cities that use digital technology to make themselves better and I want here to be the smartest of all where we use technology not just to build our industrial base but also to make society more equal and fairer and everybody to play their part" (see interview Ė click here )

Meanwhile, Salford Council is throwing money at The Landing, a digital 'incubation' centre. Last year, The Landing was handed £192,000, while the Council recently signed an agreement to support it for a further ten years. All financial details of the deal have been kept secret.

The Landing is in the space at Media City that was previously earmarked as an independent community centre to 'Make Media'. That project was cut before MediaCityUK even opened.

The aim of Make Media was to allow the community open access to state-of-the-art equipment to make their own independent films, radio and websites. All that is now well off the radar as 'experts' are brought in at huge cost, with the community outside, its nose pressed against a virtual window looking passively in. Whether My City Salford will alter this remains to be seen...


To register to test out My City Salford - click here

* See also previous Salford Star article - Salford Council to axe 120 jobs as it seeks to replace humans with £3million IT system - click here


Peter Berry wrote
at 19:36:29 on 26 October 2017
Wouldn't it be a better idea to help fund small business's with the money instead of closing them down. They could invest in Blue Orchid and relaunch the Salford Hundred Venture to help small business instead of reinventing the wheel.

Salford red Pete wrote
at 19:36:26 on 26 October 2017
Well itís a dam sight better than them spending it on other rubbish Staff. At least a website is something we can all benefit from in Salford and if Andy Burnham is paying whatís the problem itís not coming out of the corporation pot!

Ronnie wrote
at 12:32:44 on 26 October 2017
What will feature on the website. Glitzy Media City or the real hardship, stress and depression in Langworthy families, people unable to get social care, high rise cladding or food banks?

Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: SECRECY REIGNS AT SALFORD CITY COUNCIL OVER FUTURE OF SWINTON, PENDLETON, CHARLESTOWN, LOWER BROUGHTON AND ORDSALL
Transparency??? Wasn't when I worked for them isn't now. Precinct a joke. Going into such decline and 5he powers that be are letti... [more]
article: SECRECY REIGNS AT SALFORD CITY COUNCIL OVER FUTURE OF SWINTON, PENDLETON, CHARLESTOWN, LOWER BROUGHTON AND ORDSALL
Is it me or is it getting darker around swinton with ALL these shady dealings going on. There is no Democracy in the labour party... [more]
article: DEMOLITION TEAM MOVES IN ON SALFORD DIRTY OLD TOWN GASWORKS
Maybe the gasworks could have been saved and put into a Salford theme park or a living "Life and Death in Salford" museum. They co... [more]
article: SALFORD MP SHOULD BE DESELECTED AFTER KEEPING TORIES IN POWER SAYS CONSTITUENT
Time to get rid of these Tory stooges - no one believes in a Tory Brexit anymore!... [more]
article: CHINESE TO TAKE OVER AJ BELL STADIUM AND LAND, WHILE INVESTING IN BUILE HILL MANSION SALFORD PUBLIC MEETING HEARS
Mr.Rossi, You really are an appalling character. Faced with a comment that provides facts which clearly refute your allegations a... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

SECRECY REIGNS AT SALFORD CITY COUNCIL OVER FUTURE OF SWINTON, PENDLETON, CHARLESTOWN, LOWER BROUGHTON AND ORDSALL

Star date: 17th August 2018

SWINTON 'TRANSFORMATION'...PENDLETON 'PHASE 2'... CHARLESTOWN 'OPTIONS' AND MORE ALL BEING DECIDED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

Did you know that there's a 'Masterplan' for Swinton's 'Transformation'? Or that there are plans proceeding about development in Charlestown, Pendleton, Ordsall and the Cambridge Industrial area in Lower Broughton? No? We're not surprised.

It's all happening behind closed doors at Salford City Council; the same council that prides itself on so-called 'transparency'.

Full details here...

WORKPLACE PARKING LEVY ONE OF THE OPTIONS AS GREATER MANCHESTER CONSIDERS CLEAN AIR ZONES

Star date: 16th August 2018

GMCA TRIES TO AVOID VEHICLE CHARGES FOR CLEAN AIR ZONES

Today, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is meeting to discuss options for reducing air pollution in the region. The Government has identified charge based Clean Air Zones as the benchmark, and unless the GMCA can come up with an alternative plan to reduce emissions quickly, charging polluting vehicles will be on the cards. A 'workplace parking levy' is one of the options.

Full details here...

CHINESE TO TAKE OVER AJ BELL STADIUM AND LAND, WHILE INVESTING IN BUILE HILL MANSION SALFORD PUBLIC MEETING HEARS

Star date: 15th August 2018 

BUILE HILL MANSION SUPPORT GROUP MEETING HEARS OF 'CHINESE' PLANS FOR SALFORD

Over the last few months, rumours of a Chinese buyout of the AJ Bell Stadium and its land, hand outs for the Buile Hill Mansion and a possible plan for a Salford Red Devils takeover have been louder than bombs. At last night's meeting of the Buile Hill Mansion Support Group, these plans were aired in public for the first time.

Full details here...

DISTRAUGHT SALFORD DAUGHTER CANíT GET TO FAMILY GRAVE AT ST PAULíS CHURCH IN KERSAL

Star date: 14th August 2018

A TALE OF TWO CUSSONS, HIGH BRAMBLES AND IMPERIAL LEATHER

At the front of St Paul's Churchyard in Kersal, the first neat and tidy grave you come across is that of Alexander Cussons and famous family. However the grave of the less famous William Evans, who produced the first ever bar of Imperial Leather soap, is at the very back of the yard and totally inaccessible, literally buried beneath 6ft high weeds and brambles.

William Evans' great granddaughter, Lesley Northall, is distraught as she wants to add her mother's ashes to the site but can't get near it. This isn't just the tale of two Cussons gurus but also of a church struggling for resources.

Full details here...

SALFORD ROAD CHAOS LOOMS FOR A YEAR

Star date: 13th August 2018

JOURNEY TIMES TO DOUBLE AS £15MILLION 'IMPROVEMENT SCHEME' BEGINS

On 29th August, the £15million Manchester and Salford Inner Relief Route improvement scheme begins which is set to last a year and double journey times around Regent Road, from Oldfield Road to the Mancunian Way, which will see roads reduced to one lane in places.

The work is expected to have knock-on delays to other routes including around the M602, East Lancs Road and Trinity Way.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx