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SALFORD TALENT SHINES FOR ALAN HENNING

Star date: 31st October 2014

BROUGHTON STAGES TALENT SHOWCASE

Last night, at St James Church in Higher Broughton, a talent showcase was staged featuring everyone from May Aston, who's been singing for fifty years, to young local rapper Stephen Miller.

Altogether over a dozen acts took part and all the money raised from donations on the night is set to go to the family of Alan Henning. Great evening, great cause...

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL FOLLOWS TORY HOUSING POLICY ON STOCK TRANSFER

Star date: 30th October 2014

PUBLIC MONEY PRIVATE GAIN – THE IDEOLOGICAL ATTACK ON SALFORD'S SOCIAL HOUSING

The ballot on whether to transfer the remainder of Salford Council's housing stock ends on Monday November 3rd. If tenants vote `Yes' they will see the culmination of a massive ConDem Government attack on social housing in the city that will in future see more expensive rents, less secure and fixed term tenancies, and a social housing company acting like a private developer.

The vote isn't necessarily about the present rights of tenants, it's about the rights of future generations of Salfordians...

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL HOUSING TRANSFER VOTE NEARS WITH RENT HIKES ON THE AGENDA

Star date: 29th October 2014

`SOCIAL RENT' OR `AFFORDABLE RENT' IF SALIX WINS TRANSFER VOTE?

As tenants are urged to vote `Yes' or `No' to the privatisation of 8,500 Council homes in Salford by next Monday, November 3rd, there's still question marks over the future ethos of Salix Homes, the company that intends to take over the properties.

A clue is given in the Business Plan which will see 120 properties that are currently `social rent' tenancies on the Beechfarm Estate in Swinton replaced by 106 `affordable rent' properties. `Affordable rent' is way more expensive than `social rent'.

Full details here...

 
 
THE SALFORD WALL MUST BE REBUILT

Star date: 27th October 2014

RECLAIMING CHAPEL STREET REGENERATION

As the blitz of old buildings in Chapel Street continues and bits of old Salford disappear to be replaced by unaffordable apartments and chain store shops, one project is kicking back.

The Salford Wall, a five year event almost, numbered and saved bricks when the Old Bank Theatre was demolished, and now aims to use those bricks to build a community monument near the original site. The project needs Salford people's ideas for what should be built and volunteers to help sort the bricks.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD OLD CLOTHES COLLECTION TO SEND KIDS TO BLACKPOOL

Star date: 26th October 2014

OLD CLOTHES AND STUFF WANTED FROM KERSAL, LOWER KERSAL, WHIT LANE AND BROUGHTON

WKD KOLLECT
Tuesday 4th November

A new community initiative will see a van touring around East Salford on Tuesday 4th November picking up clothes, shoes, belts, towels and curtains, recycling them and using the money to send local kids on trips to Blackpool.

WKD Kollect, with its slogan `Charity starts at home', will collect bagged up stuff or it can be left at set drop off points.

Full details here...

 
 
MASS BIKERS PROTEST IN SALFORD AGAINST KILLER ARMADILLOS AND MORE

Star date: 25th October 2014

OVER 100 BIKES ROAR THROUGH SALFORD TO PROTEST AGAINST `INSANE' ROAD CHANGES

Lembit Opik joined a mass motorcycle protest in Salford today, as 120 bikes, trikes  and scooters took to the road in a convoy that went from Agecroft to MediaCityUK, to Pendleton and Salford Civic Centre.

Organised by Salford Motorcycle Action Group, the motorised demonstration was against what Opik called "insane changes to planning which actually make the roads more dangerous, not safe, for cyclists and for bikers". These include `killer armadillos'...

Full details here...

 
 
DISGUST AS JUDGE REJECTS DISABLED PEOPLE CHALLENGE TO SALFORD COUNCIL TRANSPORT CUTS

Star date: 23rd October 2014

BATTLE TO SAVE TRANSPORT FOR SALFORD DISABLED ADULTS NOT OVER

"I'm absolutely disgusted, we're only a small minority fighting a big council..."

Lawyers representing Michael Robson and Jennifer Barrett, the two disabled adults who challenged Salford City Council with a judicial review over cuts to transport, are considering an appeal after High Court Judge Stephen Davies ruled that the service could be withdrawn.

Accepting the possibility that some of those who have had their transport removed may have "an unsuitable or unsafe transport service", the Judge still found in favour of Salford Council, in a riot of legalese. The general feeling from those who have battled the Council over the cuts was one of `disgust'.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MOTORCYCLISTS TO PROTEST AGAINST MASSIVE ROUNDABOUT WORKS AT IRLAMS O’ TH’ HEIGHT

Star date: 22nd October 2014

DOZENS OF BIKES TO CONVERGE ON SALFORD THIS WEEKEND

Dozens of motorcycles are expected to converge on Salford this Saturday to protest against the narrowing of lanes at the huge roundabout at Irlams O'Th' Height which feeds the A580, Manchester Road and Bolton Road.

Salford Motorcycle Action Group, which is leading the first major motorcycle protest in the city for thirty years, states that the introduction of cycle lanes, including armadillos and bollards, will potentially endanger all users of the roundabout.

Full details here...

 
 
SWINTON HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMY TEACHERS ON STRIKE IN SALFORD

Star date: 21st October 2014

`ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!'...TEACHERS STRIKE OVER 60 HOUR WEEKS AND HUGE WORKLOAD

"We're spending more time form filling than teaching these kids and doing good things for these kids..."

Swinton High School Academy was closed today for all but year 7 and 11 pupils as teachers from NASUWT trade union went on strike over excessive workloads, over monitoring and bureaucracy which has seen many working sixty hours a week and weekends.

The strike continues tomorrow and for three days after half term.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD HUGE ADULT NEGLECT AND ABUSE PROBLEM

Star date: 20th October 2014

ALMOST NINE HUNDRED ADULT ABUSE ALERTS IN SALFORD LAST YEAR

Salford has a huge number of alerts, referrals and safeguarding issues with adults, which range from neglect to physical abuse, to financial and emotional abuse, according to a new report by the Salford Adult Safeguarding Board.

There were almost nine hundred abuse alerts, of which half became formal referrals. Vulnerable adults were most likely to get abused in residential and nursing care homes, and the abuse was most likely to be spotted by social care and health staff rather than families.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL PROPOSING 3% INCREASE IN COUNCIL TAX FOR POOREST IN CITY

Star date: 20th October 2014

THREE PER CENT COUNCIL TAX RISE ON THE CARDS FOR LOW INCOME FAMILIES

Salford Council is proposing to impose a three cent rise in Council Tax for some of the poorest people in Salford, aiming to increase payments for those on the Council Tax Reduction Scheme from 12% to 15% in April 2015.

The Council is consulting on the proposal until 8th December.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD JOINS BOLTON AGAINST NHS SELL OFF

Star date: 19th October 2014

PEOPLE TAKE TO THE STREETS OVER NHS SELL OFF

Salford Against The Cuts joined campaigners in Bolton last week to both take part in a national weekend of action against TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and the sell-off of Bolton's Psychological Therapies Service.

Campaigners say that TTIP will make the privatisation of the NHS irreversible, while Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group is flogging off a prized service.

Full details here...

 
 
FRACK FREE SALFORD LAUNCHES

Star date: 19th October 2014

FRACK FREE SALFORD LAUNCHES AT STAR INN

Frack Free Salford Inaugural Meeting
Tuesday 21st October 6:30-9pm
Star Inn, Broughton

While there have been loads of anti-fracking groups and facebook sites that have sprung up in Salford since Barton Moss became the front line of the movement, Frack Free Salford, or FFS, is launching this Tuesday at the Star Inn to become "the main group for future campaigns against fracking in Salford."

Full details here...

 
 
BROUGHTON’S GOT TALENT BENEFIT FOR ALAN HENNING FAMILY

Star date: 18th October 2014

SALFORD TALENT SHOWCASE FOR HENNING FUND

Broughton's Got Talent
Thursday 30th October
St James Church 5:30pm-8pm
Free entry/donation to Alan Henning Fund

On Thursday 30th October Broughton is going to show out with a special talent showcase that's also a fundraiser for the Alan Henning family. Lined up are singers, rappers, dancers, even a ventriloquist, and entries are still open for anyone who wants to take part.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD GOES TO HANDMADE FILM FESTIVAL

Star date: 18th October 2014

FROM LOWER KERSAL BEES TO AGECROFT COLLIERY AND A TASTE OF HONEY

Handmade Film Festival
Friday 24th - Sunday 26th October free

Salford connected films are gegging in on North Manchester's Handmade Film Festival next weekend, with classic kitchen sink movies like A Taste of Honey and A Kind of Loving being shown together with The Last Pit In The Valley, a short film about Agecroft Colliery, and Up On The Roof starring Lower Kersal bee keeper Harry Davies.

Full details here...

 
 
ARE SALIX HOMES AND SALFORD COUNCIL INTERFERING IN HOUSING STOCK TRANSFER BALLOT?

Star date: 17th October 2014

SALIX REMOVING `NO' LEAFLETS...COUNCIL SENDING OUT LETTERS TO TENANTS...NO PUBLIC DEBATE... IS THIS A FAIR BALLOT?

In the run up to this month's ballot where tenants can vote `Yes' or `No' to the transfer of Salford Council houses to Salix Homes, a £1million campaign was launched in an effort to get people to agree to the privatisation. Now the ballot has started, Salix, in its own words, "must not try to persuade tenants to vote in any particular direction".

However, people are angry that Salix has removed `No' campaign literature from its properties, while Salford Council has sent out letters to all tenants `correcting' information put out by those opposed to the privatisation. Is this ballot fair?

Full details here...

 
 
BARTON MOSS INDEPENDENT POLICING REPORT NOT CREDIBLE SAYS SOLICITOR

Star date: 16th October 2014

REPORT INTO SALFORD BARTON MOSS POLICING `DOES NOT HAVE INDEPENDENCE OR CREDIBILITY' SAYS SOLICITOR

Simon Pook, the solicitor who urged the United Nations to investigate `miners strike' style policing at Barton Moss last winter, has slammed today's report by the Police and Crime Commissioner' Independent Panel.

The report on Barton Moss emphasises some incredibly contentious comments on the anti-fracking protesters, while adding that "Claims of police violence have not been substantiated". Pook points out that the Report was submitted to Greater Manchester Police before publication for `final input'... "It therefore does not have the independence and credibility which a public inquiry would have"

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL SLAUGHTERED IN HIGH COURT OVER CUTS TO TRANSPORT FOR DISABLED ADULTS

Star date: 16th October 2014

`ABSURD'...`UNFAIR'...`UNLAWFUL'...`CAVALIER' SALFORD COUNCIL GETS HAMMERED IN HIGH COURT OVER CUTS TO TRANSPORT FOR DISABLED ADULTS

"The sense of injustice...is exacerbated by being consulted on the wrong questions"

At yesterday's High Court judicial review into cuts to transport for severely disabled adults, Salford Council and its barrister got absolutely hammered over its handling and subsequent defence of its actions.

Even the judge at one point questioned the logic of the Council's barrister who argued that no decision had yet been taken on the closure of the transport unit. Meanwhile the campaigners' QC roasted the Council's `absurd' consultation on the cuts and much more. A decision by the judge is due next week.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CIVIL SERVANTS STRIKE IN FIGHT FOR FAIR PAY

Star date: 16th October 2014

PCS MEMBERS REPORT TOP TURNOUT FOR STRIKE ON FAIR PAY

Yesterday's strike by PCS members in the civil service had great support as picket lines were set up at government departments throughout Salford, before a rally outside the Civil Justice Centre where the PCS drumming band played.

The strike was for fair pay as the ConDem Government caps pay for public sector workers while prices have risen by 16% since 2010.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD DEMOCRACY AT THE HEART OF NO VOTE FOR SALIX STOCK TRANSFER

Star date: 15th October 2014

WHY DISABLED CANON HUSSEY COURT TENANT IS VOTING `NO' TO PRIVATISATION OF SALFORD COUNCIL HOMES

TJ is physically and mentally disabled and lives on the incredibly unsuitable 14th floor of Canon Hussey Court on the Islington Estate. He had been battling Salix Homes for years, attempting to get moved to a ground floor property, and got nowhere. Then a Salford City councillor became involved, making the company aware of its equalities duties against discrimination. Almost the next day TJ was offered a ground floor property.

This accountability of Salix to councillors, and ultimately residents, is why TJ is calling for Salix tenants to vote `No' in the current ballot on Salford Council stock transfer.

Full details here...

 
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