HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
SALFORD COUNCILLORS REJECT ILLEGAL BUDGET
 

Star date: 19th January 2011 

COUNCILLORS SLATED ON TOWN HALL STEPS

"Do what you were elected for and represent the people of Salford"

Ruling Labour councillors were today berated when they appeared on the steps of the Town Hall to address a protest rally by Council workers, service users and activists.

Council workers were angry after hearing of the horrendous cuts coming, including proposed £6.5million cuts to the personal care budget for the elderly and disabled.

Full story here…


Salford Council Cuts Protest Salford Council Cuts Protest Salford Council Cuts Protest
Salford Council Cuts Protest Salford Council Cuts Protest Salford Council Cuts Protest
click image to enlarge

A lunchtime protest rally held by Salford Council workers, service users and activists ended with ruling Labour councillors being shouted down as they tried to reason with the very people whose jobs and services they are about to cut.

Councillors Bill Hinds, Joe Murphy and Howard Balkind had appeared on the steps of Swinton Civic Centre, following a full Council meeting where it was disclosed that Salford's budget for next year will not be set until late February.

The councillors had rejected any idea of setting what they called an `illegal budget', arguing that the Government will send in its own team to run the city. But people, who had also heard UNISON officials talk of horrendous cuts to the Children's Department and Social Services, eventually lost patience with the councillors and shouted them down as they tried to defend their forthcoming actions.

One worker shouted "Do what you were elected for and represent the people of Salford…we didn't elect you to make these cuts."

Meanwhile, speakers addressing the protest called for Labour Councils around the country to resist the cuts and make the Government `run out of commissioners' to take over local authorities. Others called for the Government to make the bankers pay for the deficit.

The most poignant moment of the protest came when a UNISON rep detailed the proposed cuts about to made to the personal care budget for the disabled and elderly - £500,000 in 2011, £2.5million in 2012 and £3.5million in 2013, making a total of £6.5million over the next three years.

As more details of the cuts are now emerging, the Salford resistance is growing…

Further Action

SATURDAY 22nd JANUARY 10:30am-5pm
Greater Manchester Against The Cuts Conference,
Called by Greater Manchester Association of Trade Union Councils with speakers including MPs Michael Meacher, Julie Hilling and Lisa Nandy. The day is backed by a whole range of community organisations, trade union branches, political organisations, student groups and anti cuts coalitions and organisations, including Salford Against The Cuts.
Friends Meeting House, Mount St, Manchester
Further details www.gmatuc.org.uk

TUESDAY 25th January 7pm
Salford Against The Cuts Public Meeting
Salford Arts Theatre, Kemsing walk, off Liverpool Street M5 4BS

Philip Coleman wrote
at 5:09:38 PM on Wednesday, January 19, 2011
i strongly object to being put in a position by Salford City Council to take a 'voluntary severence' package to make life easier for those with the purse strings. Many staff are faced with the dilemma of taking an enhanced package of an extra 12 weeks pay plus the statutory redundancy based on actual salary and must have expressed their interest by the 14th january 2011 and apply by 28th January 2011. One huge problem here - we do not know what services will exist beyond 1st April 2011. I, like many, like to have the information first to make an informed choice. This is much like holding a gun to one's head for a quick buck and to the detriment of services. Do staff 'stick it out and see' or take the money and run into the mirky sunset.
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: IS IRLAMS O’ TH’ HEIGHT THE HARDEST PLACE TO SPELL IN BRITAIN?
I have to agree with you that IRLAMS O’ TH’ HEIGHT probably is the hardest name place to spell correctly in Britain. I am here, vi... [more]
article: SALFORD COUNCIL BANNER DECLARES ‘TRANSPARENCY’ DESPITE EVERYTHING BEING SECRET
It has to be stopped. Agree with Mary Ferrer.... [more]
article: OVER 1500 SALFORD PEOPLE SIGN PETITION AGAINST BUILDING IN BUILE HILL PARK
When the foundation put their plan forward they should have made it clear they didn't have the money to renovate the Mansion.Or di... [more]
article: SALFORD NURSERY CAMPAIGNERS TAKE FIGHT TO PARLIAMENT
Inspirational action group. I wish you every success in London. It is time to bang the drum. Make them hear you loud and clear. We... [more]
article: SALFORD UNIVERSITY PLANS 500 PROPERTIES AT CASTLE IRWELL BUT QUESTIONS OVER AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Very worried about the woods at Littleton Road and Gerald Road. Is it worth it when they sweep away these habitats? ... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

DISABLED PEOPLE AGAINST THE CUTS STAGE SCRAP UNIVERSAL CREDIT PROTEST IN MANCHESTER

Star date: 18th April 2018

STOP AND SCRAP UNIVERSAL CREDIT WITH NO EVICTIONS STATE GROUPS

Today, in St Peter's Square Manchester, around half a dozen campaign groups took part in a Disabled People Against the Cuts national day of action calling for Universal Credit to be stopped and scrapped.

Chalk slogans covered the square, speeches were made condemning the affect of the discredited benefit and a giant letter was handed into Manchester City Council calling for 'No evictions' as a result of Universal Credit payment delays.

Full details here...

SALFORD NURSERY CAMPAIGNERS TAKE FIGHT TO PARLIAMENT

Star date: 18th April 2018

FIGHT FOR THE FIVE CAMPAIGNERS HEAD TO WESTMINSTER

A coach load of Save Our Nursery campaigners will be heading to Parliament next Wednesday 25th April for a meeting with MPs in the Palace of Westminster and to urge the Government to be flexible over its new funding formula.

It is also hoped that Labour Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, will pressure Theresa May to respond at Prime Minister's Question Time on the same day.

Full details here...

HUGE PAY RISES FOR SALFORD CITY COUNCIL OFFICERS

Star date: 17th April 2018

ASSISTANT DIRECTORS TO GET HUGE PAY RISES

Cash-strapped Salford City Council is to give huge pay rises to senior officers after a 'job evaluation exercise' moved them well up the pay scale. It follows the resignation of the Director of Finance and Corporate Business, and spreading the majority of his salary amongst other re-titled roles.

The Salford Star believes the officers are in line to share around £54,000 between them.

Full details here...

HOMELESS KITCHEN AND PROTEST IN MANCHESTER WHILE SALFORD AIMS TO GIVE HOMELESS A VOTE

Star date: 16th April 2018

HOMELESS IN SALFORD CAN STILL REGISTER TO VOTE AS PROTEST HITS MANCHESTER

Today the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre is urging homeless people to get in touch in order to register to vote as it's the last day to do so tomorrow.

Meanwhile, yesterday a food kitchen and sound system happened in Piccadilly Gardens as a party protest against homelessness... "I have spoken to Andy Burnham and I don't think he is going to accomplish his mission to stop homelessness by 2020" said organiser Emma Mohareb.

Full details here...

NEW PLAY AIMING FOR SALFORD URGES WORKING CLASS PEOPLE TO ‘SPEAK UP AND BE HEARD’

Star date: 15th April 2018

WHO WILL FUND WORKING CLASS THEATRE?

A new play aiming to be staged in Salford, at the Kings Arms in June, is set to open up issues affecting the working class, "to encourage those that may have once felt lost, silenced or isolated, to speak up and be heard knowing that someone is listening".

The play, Oct.O.Pus, has a diverse cast that includes Coronation Street's Melissa Johns, but is crowdfunding for £1,000 to pay for props, costumes, set etc, as no-one funds proper working class theatre these days.

Full details here...

 



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