HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US   LINKS      
 

 
SALFORD AGAINST CUTS LOBBY COUNCILLORS
 

Star date: 18th January 2011 

SALFORD COUNCILLORS TOLD NOT TO CUT JOBS AND SERVICES

"…it inevitably means that front line staff are going to lose their jobs and young people are going to suffer." Connexions worker

Last night outside Swinton Civic Centre, the fightback against the cuts in Salford began as trade unions, activists and staff from Connexions facing cuts of almost 50% handed out questionnaires and leaflets, and lobbied the city's ruling Labour councillors, urging them not to make horrific cuts. 

Full report here…


SALFORD AGAINST THE CUTS SALFORD AGAINST THE CUTS SALFORD AGAINST THE CUTS
click image to enlarge

Outside Swinton Civic Centre it's almost 6pm and there's a healthy turnout for this lobby of the ruling Labour group who are on their way inside for a meeting to discuss their position on the ConDem Government imposed cuts.

They are handed leaflets by Connexions workers, faced with cuts of 46.5%, asking if they want Salford's young people to suffer, and a detailed questionnaire by Salford Against The Cuts supporters urging them to answer…

• What is your view of Council sponsorship of the BBC Philharmonic and the loaning of £22million to Peel Holdings for the new Salford Reds stadium?
• Has the Council carried out a Community Impact Assessment, highlighting how £45million worth of cuts will impact on the people of Salford?
• What is your view on the salaries of senior Council officers, including the Chief Executive?

And there's more questions, lots more, canvassing councillors' views on reforms to housing benefits, Hope Hospital's maternity closure, welfare rights, security of tenure for council tenants and their own expenses.

On the steps of the Town Hall, through a megaphone, speakers are also urging councillors to oppose cuts brought on by the ConDem Government and bankers. And staff at the sharp end of those cuts are angry, not just about the possible loss of their own jobs but also about the affects on Salford's community.

"Our offices are packed all the time with young people who have a massive variety of issues – young people who are pregnant, homeless, have problems with drugs and alcohol, mental health problems, learning problems, those dealing with domestic abuse and violence - the most vulnerable young people in Salford" says Connexions UNISON rep Sarah Scanlan "And potentially they are not going to get he support that they need."

After originally going for a cut of 33%, the Council came back and asked for a whopping 46.5% cut in Connexions' services with the possible loss of 28 staff. 

"We take young people to job interviews, homeless hostels, we take them pretty much anywhere they need to go and give them all the support to help make a transition, and in Salford they really, really, really need the support" adds Louise Mustchin "The NEET [Not in Employment or Education] figures in Salford have never been so low, but this is going to mean potentially more college drop out rates because young people will not be getting the right advice and guidance from schools and colleges. This will potentially reverse all the good work."

The Connexions staff say that they cannot cope on such huge reductions.

"We were trying to get our heads around trying to deliver on a 33% cut, to try and make savings as best we could" explains Francine Purcell "but when faced with almost 50% it inevitably means that front line staff are going to lose their jobs and therefore young people are going to suffer."

Tony Calderwood, convenor for UNITE the union at Salford Council's Environmental Services is also at the lobby with a contingent of workers.

"We've come down to protest at the cuts and to gauge the feeling from people from other trade unions" he says "A few of the councillors have taken the information we've passed to them and hopefully they'll be good enough to discuss it inside

"If there are cuts they've got to be looking at £20million for BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, £22million for the rugby stadium which they'll never fill, thousands on things like Proms in the Park and the Ice Skating which lose money every single year" he adds "Stopping things like that, although hard on the people of Salford, will save jobs and services in the long run."

As things stand, the unions are looking at major job losses

"We've no real idea where they will be yet but we  just know there's going to be some job losses and, more than likely, some compulsory redundancies" he says "And it's going to be right across the board – it's not if they come, it's when they come."

The next big protest against Salford Council's proposed cuts is outside the full Council meeting at the Civic Centre in Swinton this Wednesday, 19th January, at noon.

See also Salford Proposes Massive Cuts - click here.

John Merry on the cuts - see here

 

 

wrote
at 12:15:19 PM on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
....and to add insult to injury SCC are asking the people of the city to support financing (to the tune of almost 3/4 of a million quid) the relocation of the 2 obsolete cranes left on the docks to the roundabout area on the juntion of Trafford Rd and Regent Rd.It would seem that the cities marvellous planning committee approved permission to build the metro link and other developments all around these cranes and now there is no room to even maintain them in situ. How do these planners get away with such a massive oversight? Imagine how many front line jobs could be saved with...and before anyone cries its a heritage thing-the cranes are not that old. If you ask any of the proud old dockers who worked damn hard to keep their jobs what their priority would be-save frontline jobs and get the babby fed with that 3/4 million or save two bits of rusty iron,we all know what the answer would be.
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star
Cornerstone ad new
Salford Star T-shirt ad
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
Salford Star photo stories
Mary Burns Publishing
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: INSANE SALFORD COUNCIL DEMOLITION DISGRACE
The council and developers came up with renovation costs of over £100,000 a property before claiming it was not viable to continue... [more]
article: SALFORD SLEEPS OUT WITH COFFEE4CRAIG TO HIGHLIGHT HOMELESSNESS
WOW! A POSITIVE news story relating to Salford Red Devils!! Shock horror!!... [more]
article: SALFORD RED DEVILS AND SALFORD COUNCIL HEN FIGHT OVER £2MILLION PUBLIC MONEY
PS....MK was born in ISRAEL. ... [more]
article: SALFORD RED DEVILS AND SALFORD COUNCIL HEN FIGHT OVER £2MILLION PUBLIC MONEY
Excuse me sir but I am NOT a racist! take a look at the lies and nonsense MK's countrymen are good at! Moron.... [more]
article: SWINTON GATEWAY TO OPEN 19 MONTHS LATE AND MORE THAN £1MILLION OVER BUDGET
Typical financial mismanagement from Salford councillors, in any business if this had been allowed to happen you would be fired on... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

SWINTON GATEWAY TO OPEN 19 MONTHS LATE AND MORE THAN £1MILLION OVER BUDGET

Star date: 30th June 2015

SALFORD COUNCIL LIABLE FOR HUGE DELAY COSTS ON SWINTON GATEWAY

The Swinton Gateway is finally set to open its doors on July 20th, 19 months late and way over budget. The `community hub' was originally set to cost £5million, paid for by the Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, but huge delays meant the budget soaring to over £6million with the tab picked up by Salford City Council.

Unfortunately, even under the Freedom of Information Act, the Council won't reveal the true costs of the Swinton Gateway...

Full details here...

VIMTO GARDENS PROTEST AS SALFORD COMMUNITY REBELS AGAINST REGENERATION

Star date: 29th June 2015

FIGHT TO SAVE CHAPEL STREET COMMUNITY SHOP IS THE FRONT LINE TO DEFEND COMMUNITY

"Vimto Gardens? That's for the rich...they'll get rid of the community if they get their way" Islington Estate resident

Residents from the Islington Estate protested in Chapel Street this morning to defend Mo's shop, the convenience store that has been serving the community for thirty years. Mo is being priced out of getting a new retail unit in the flashy Vimto Gardens development next door, despite over £11million of public money supporting the scheme.

Residents reckon that Mo's shop is the front line in the fight to save their community.

Full details here...

SALFORD MUSICAL YOUTH AND GUESTS AT BROUGHTON RUGBY CLUB

Star date: 28th June 2015

KIDS FROM SALFORD MUSICAL YOUTH PLUS CLARICE HERRING, JAMES HERRING AND REVOLVER

Salford Musical Youth and Guests
Saturday 4th July from 7pm £1
Broughton Cricket and Rugby Club

Next Saturday there's a great night of music lined up at Broughton Rugby Club when the ever popular young people from the Salford Musical Youth project put on a showcase, joined by guest singers James Herring and Clarice Herring, plus the band Revolver. It's only a quid to get in too.

Full details here...

SALFORD COMMUNITY THEATRE PROJECT DOES LOVE ON THE DOLE

Star date: 28th June 2015

SALFORD PEOPLE WANTED TO STAR IN LOVE ON THE DOLE STAGE PLAY

Salford Community Theatre Project is looking for anyone from the community to take part in a stage play of the Walter Greenwood classic Love On The Dole. Workshops are taking place through July at the Working Class Movement Library and everyone's invited to take part, either in acting or backstage. 

"Just come along and see what it's about" says Cat from the Project "No-one will be turned away..."

Full details here...

JB BARRINGTON AT SALFORD ARTS THEATRE FOR GM FRINGE

Star date: 28th June 2015

JB Barrington
Saturday 25th July 7:30pm
Salford Arts Theatre £10

Little Hulton poet, JB Barrington, returns to the Salford Arts Theatre for the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, following a tour and growing critical acclaim, with a show called POETRY? What's that all about?. It will feature verse and mirth with subjects ranging from Salford dockers, to Saturday night turns and, of course, JB's mam...

Full details here...

 



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