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Star date: 29th March 2010

SALFORD COUNCIL `MISLEADS' PRESS

In the latest twist to the Salford Star funding scandal, Salford Council is today accused of trying to lead the national press up the garden path to a place where pigs fly over Salford Precinct.

As the story of Salford Council banning the community from funding the Salford Star has grown nationally over the last few days, Salford Council has put out a press statement which is misleading in the extreme...

Full story here…


As the national press picks up on the story of Salford Council banning the community from financially supporting the Salford Star, a statement has been put out by the Council saying that it was the Community Committees themselves that rejected the Salford Star application.

This statement, as verified by members of Community Committee budget sub groups, is totally misleading. They were instructed by Salford Council that they would be "breaking the law" if they agreed to fund the Salford Star and therefore had no option on the decision.

Minutes from the Claremont and Weaste Budget Sub Group clearly state that the Star request for £500 was recommended… "refuse as advised by senior officer".

The quote from Sue Lightup, Salford City Council's new Strategic Director for Community, Health and Social Care (and wife of a Labour Councillor) stated that "the East Salford Community Committee decided that the Salford Star did not meet the criteria and therefore did not accept the application for funding".

This is, in our opinion, false, inaccurate and misleading. The East Salford Community Committee did not decide anything – they weren't allowed to!

The Council is still insisting its comments are accurate.

Once again, we repeat – the Community Committees "did not accept the application for funding" because they were not allowed to accept it. 

When Hazel Blears was Communities Secretary her department put out the following statement…

"Cumbria and Salford Councils have been named by Hazel Blears…as 'empowerment champions'. Already pioneering a range of people power measures, these councils will work with other areas of the country to show empowerment in practice, share the lessons they have learned and help others to revive their local democracy through twinning programmes and regional empowerment road shows."

The Salford Star says: `If Salford Council is an `empowerment champion', God help the rest of the country!'

...and there go the pigs flying over Salford Precinct...
 

Tahir J. Chakotai wrote
at 14:38:18 on 02 July 2010
I have battled with the Saford Council on many occasions, and I can honestly say they are a bare faced liars. The fact that they have the cheek to state that "The Salford Star has a political bias", just shows what depths they are willing to go to, to stop free speech, within Greater Manchester. The Salford Star, in my opinion, is the only place where you can find out the truth. The Magazine has helped many tenants on my estate, Islington Way. The Salford Star has supported stories about disrepair, and the misery of the tenants that reside on the Islington Estate. The Salford Star should be applauded for giving the Greater Manchester Residents a voice. I think it is time the Greater Manchester Residents now return the favour to the Salford Star. If everyone get together, i'm sure our collective voices will not allow any further inappropriate remarks from the Salford Council. I wish the Salford Star the very best within the near future, and I would hope other's will come to the rescue of this wonderful resource. Best Wishes To All From Mr. T.J. Chakotai
 
Albert Spiby wrote
at 16:51:54 on 31 March 2010
Fair point by Steve, but as the election will have to be actually called very soon I'm sure the Salford Star will be very much on the case. I've only recently discovered this (SalfordStar) and I for one can't wait for a more truthfull representation of what's being said by politicians. Bring it on!
 
Steve wrote
at 09:21:03 on 31 March 2010
When is the Star going to stop running stories all about itself and get on with some coverage of the coming election. I'm looking forward to some better coverage than we get in the Advertiser and the MEN.
 
Mike Skeff wrote
at 16:14:39 on 30 March 2010
It must now be clear to all that Salford council is determined to silence the people of Salford and stamp, Stalin style, on the free press. I must express my disappointment in the community committee for allowing the council to dictate it's role. In my opinion the committee should have challenged the council on this decision as it was their duty so to do. So where do we go from here?, shall we scuttle away with our tail between our legs and keep our mouths shut?, I don't think so. The people of Salford have faced far worse than this and come what may we must get the Salford Star back into print. Whoever reads this comment please tell your friends and family to at least visit this website and support the Salford Star in any way they can. Salford council will not silence their own citizens, try as the may.
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 12:14:36 on 30 March 2010
The council has not mislead anybody, they have lied. Who can trust them? As far as I'm concerned Mrs Lightup should resign her post immediately. How can anything she says in future be trusted? As for Blears, well nuff said.
 
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