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DISGUST AT SALFORD MAYOR AS SERVICE USERS WALK OUT OF PUBLIC HEALTH CUTS MEETING

Star date: 28th April 2015

"IT'S ABOUT TIME SALFORD PEOPLE GOT HEARD – NOT THE RICH, THE POORER ONES" Anne, service user

Salford Mayor Ian Stewart was the target for the fury of service users this morning as they stormed out of a Salford City Council Cabinet meeting, disgusted that their views were being ignored.

The Cabinet was discussing plans to cut £1.6million from the Health Improvement Service, and following a protest outside, people went into the Cabinet meeting to hear what councillors and the Mayor had to say. But they walked out after handing over a petition which Stewart, at first, refused to accept... "It's not fair and it's about time Salford people got heard – not the rich, the poorer ones", said Anne, a service user.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD TUSC UNVEILS ELECTION HOARDING AND SLAMS LABOUR’S HOUSING POLICY

Star date: 28th April 2015

TUSC ELECTION HOARDING LAUNCHED IN WALKDEN

Last night, Salford TUSC unveiled its election hoarding in Walkden, as Worsley and Eccles South candidate Steven North slammed the Labour Party's housing policies which, he said "falls far short of what's needed to solve the desperate and snowballing housing crisis."

TUSC also held a lobby of Labour Council last Friday outside the Civic Centre to mark the end of transport for individual disabled adults in the city..."I'm disgusted" said TUSC local election candidate Norma Parkinson-Green

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL SET TO SLASH £1.6MILLION FROM HEALTH IMPROVEMENT

Star date: 27th April 2015

SALFORD COUNCIL STATES `NO IMPACT' FROM SLASHING HEALTH IMPROVEMENT SERVICE IN HALF

Lobby of Council Cabinet
Tuesday 28th April 9:15am-10am
Salford Civic Centre

Tomorrow, Salford Council's Cabinet meets to slash £1.616million from the Health Improvement Service, stating that it will have no impact on the community. Indeed, there's not even a community consultation on the cards.

A public meeting last week heard how older people, those with mental health issues, struggling families and more will be hit. Now a lobby of the Cabinet has been called for tomorrow morning, urging a public consultation before any decision is made.

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER HOMELESS CAMP TO STAY UNTIL THE END

Star date: 26th April 2015

ALBERT SQUARE HOMELESS CAMP TO STAY UNTIL EVICTION

Following Friday's County Court hearing, which granted Manchester City Council a possession order on a technicality, residents of the Manchester Homeless Camp say that they will stay until the bitter end to raise awareness of homelessness... "We're trying our best to achieve what we want to do in the short time we've got left to do it" says Scott, from Salford. 

Bailiffs are expected at the Camp on Monday or Tuesday, although solicitors are trying to launch an appeal against the order.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD BLACKLISTED LAUNCH AT KINGS ARMS

Star date: 26th April 2015

MAY DAY SALFORD LAUNCH OF BLACKLISTED BLOCKBUSTER

The blockbusting book, Blacklisted: The secret war between big business and union activists, is being launched at the Kings Arms in Salford this Friday 1st May, 6pm, with its co-author Dave Smith, and the Assistant General Secretary of Unite Gail Cartmail.

The book documents the illegal and secret blacklisting of trade unionists in the construction industry by corporations with collusion of the police and secret services. As Dave Smith states, "It is no longer an industrial relations issue: it is a human rights issue".

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY WIN EVO-STIK FIRST DIVISION NORTH

Star date: 26th April 2015

SALFORD CITY PROMOTED TO EVO-STIK PREMIER

Salford City beat Ossett Town 5-0 yesterday as they were crowned champions of the Evo-Stik First Division North. A crowd of over 1,000, admitted free on the day, saw the team collect the trophy.

For more details and photos by Gareth Lyons click here...

 
 
WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY 2015 SALFORD AND MANCHESTER

Star date: 25th April 2015 

HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL THEME FOR WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY

Rally
Tuesday 28th April 2015
Albert Square, Manchester 12noon

International Workers Memorial Day, to remember those killed at and by work and to fight to stop others dying unnecessarily, is being marked with a rally in Albert Square, Manchester, on Tuesday.

This year's theme is `Save lives: Put Hazardous Chemicals out of Work!', and there'll be speakers, music and theatre, before a meeting and exhibition at the People's History Museum at 1:30pm.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MINERS REMEMBERED FOR WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY

Star date: 25th April 2015

AGECROFT MINERS REMEMBERED

At noon today, workers from all the Irwell Valley pits who lost their lives were remembered at the Agecroft Colliery monument as a prelude to Tuesday's Workers Memorial Day.

"It's just lovely to remember all the people who worked here...there was a wonderful community spirit" said Angela Kirrane, whose dad Martin and uncle Michael worked at Agecroft.

Full details here...

 
 
£950MILLION WEALTH OF FRED AND PETER DONE WHO DON’T PAY SALFORD COUNCIL PLANNING FEES

Star date: 24th April 2015

SUNDAY TIMES RICH LIST PUTS SALFORD'S FRED AND PETER DONE SIXTH IN NW

The Sunday Times Rich List, out this Sunday, puts Salford brothers Fred and Peter Done as the sixth wealthiest people in the North West, and 108th in the country, worth £950million; up £50million from last year. The brothers recently evaded paying Salford Council £1.2million in planning fees and providing 76 affordable homes because their company, FICM, said it couldn't afford it.

Meanwhile, the John Whittaker family, which owns Peel Holdings, comes second in the wealth list for the North West, worth £2,370million, up £70million from last year. More austerity anyone?

Full details here...

 
 
BOOTHSTOWN KIDS BLOCK COUNTRYSIDE PROPERTIES IN SALFORD

Star date: 23rd April 2015

KIDS SAFETY PROTEST SEES ROAD BLOCKED IN BOOTHSTOWN

Parents and children this morning blocked the road in the Moorings Estate in Boothstown in protest at Countryside Properties' building activities which have led to people fearing for their safety.

"This is about the complete failure of Salford City Council" said Charlotte Cooper of the Moorings Estate Residents Society "...ignoring the wishes of residents, agreeing planning conditions that are unenforceable and now walking away and leaving residents to deal with the developer directly." They certainly did that this morning, as police were called to deal with the protest.

Full details here...

 
 
STAFF STRIKE AGAINST UNLAWFUL UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD SACKINGS

Star date: 23rd April 2015

UCU ON STRIKE OVER `NO REASON' DISMISSALS

Members of Salford University's UCU trade union were on strike today in protest against the sacking of two workers in the marketing department. Picket lines were posted on most University entrances, with loads of passing rush hour cars beeping their horns in support.

"We're here supporting two members of staff who have been dismissed by the University for no real reason" says Glynn Heath, Salford University UCU branch treasurer.

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER HOMELESS CAMP HUMAN RIGHTS CHALLENGE

Star date: 23rd April 2015

MANCHESTER CITY COUNCIL FACING HUMAN RIGHTS CHALLENGE

"I'm here because I'm homeless and had to flee my home through violence" Joanne from Salford.

Manchester City Council is facing a human rights challenge to its possession order on the Homeless Camp at Albert Square, when the case goes back to Manchester County Court next week.

In a bizarre twist, Manchester Council is trying to evict homeless people from its land, who it actually has a duty of care to re-home... "I think they should come up with a better solution" says homeless Salfordian Scott, who has joined the protest.

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER HOMELESS CAMP GETS REPRIEVE

Star date: 21st April 2015

HOMELESS EVICTION POSTPONED FOR AT LEAST A WEEK

The eviction of the Albert Square homeless camp, set up after a march on Manchester City Council last week, has been postponed pending a court hearing next Tuesday.

Around twenty homeless people have set up the camp to draw attention to the problem and Scott, originally from Salford, told the Salford Star, "All we want is to be heard"...

Full details here...

 
 
BLACKLEY AND BROUGHTON CANDIDATES QUIZZED IN SALFORD

Star date: 21st April 2015

GRAHAM STRINGER ET AL FAIL TO LIGHT UP KERSAL

Last night, candidates standing for the Blackley and Broughton seat in the upcoming General Election gathered for a Question Time style debate at St Paul's Church in Kersal. With deprivation and doom massive in the constituency it should have led to some political fireworks but instead fizzled out into a rather dull affair, with the Tory candidate not turning up at all.

They were asked their views on subjects like fracking, the economy, refugees and the bus service but passion was left at the door...

Full details here...

 
 
THE SALFORD ALTERNATIVE ELECTION

Star date: 20th April 2015

SALFORD POLITICS GOES ALTERNATIVE

"I think it's great that a lot of people are standing against the establishment" Emma, Green Party

If you switch on the telly you'd think there were only four parties standing for election this year – Conservative, Labour, UKIP and LibDems. But all three constituencies in Salford have alternative parties standing, plus a few Independents. It's all part of a new D-I-Y politics in the city.

Here, the Salford Star investigates how this has come about...

Full details here...

 
 
EWAN MACCOLL GETS CENTENARY SALFORD TRIBUTE

Star date: 19th April 2015

MIKE JOYCE, GERARD KEARNS AND JOHN CONNOLLY STAR AS MACCOLL

"Sounds like a good 'un to me!" Mike Joyce

Ewan MacColl: His Life, His Words, His Music
Sunday 10th May 2pm
Salford University Peel Hall £12/£8

Ewan MacColl is to get a Salford tribute in the year of his centenary, with ex-Smiths maestro Mike Joyce, Shameless favourite Gerard Kearns and trad singing star John Connolly performing songs and readings by the Lower Broughton legend.

The show is being produced by the Working Class Movement Library at the University of Salford's Peel Hall.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MAY DAY MARCH AND MANC FESTIVAL

Star date: 19th April 2015

SALFORD MAY DAY SATURDAY 2ND MAY

The annual Salford May march will take place on Saturday 2nd May this year, beginning at 10am with a rally in Bexley Square followed by a march to Piccadilly Gardens to join the Manchester march.

The rallies and marches are followed by a huge May Day Festival with stalls, music, talks, films and a Miners Strike exhibition by the Irwell Valley Mining Project.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CHARITY CHAMP WINS COMMUNITY AWARD

Star date: 19th April 2015

ETHAN EVANS WINS COMMUNITY AWARD

Salford teenager, Ethan Evans, who has raised over £15,000 in the last two years for charities including St Ann's Hospice and the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, has been given an award himself, as the winner of the first Creamline: Cream of the Community award.

Ethan, who has also collected loads of food for the Salford Food Bank, received a £500 prize to be given to the charity of his choice, Asthma UK.

Full details here...

 
 
STOP TTIP PROTEST SALFORD ROYAL HOSPITAL

Star date: 18th April 2015

GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST TTIP

Today, over four hundred events around the world are taking place in protest at the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP, an agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and USA which campaigners say would massively increase corporate power, promote the privatisation of public services and strip countries of important environmental, labour and consumer protections.

In Salford, an early morning awareness raising event by TUSC took place outside Salford Royal Hospital to draw attention to the peril the NHS could be under through TTIP.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD ELECTION HOTS UP WITH HUSTINGS, BEZ, NHS AND ROBIN HOOD

Star date: 17th April 2015

SALFORD GENERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGNS MOVE UP A GEAR

Campaigning for the Local and General Election moved up a gear today, with Bez and Mags McNally launching a new billboard on Chapel Street for the We Are The Reality Party, now backed by Paul Massey; and Salford TUSC candidates urging people to join them outside Salford Royal Hospital tomorrow at 9am as a part of a national day of action against the TTIP privatisation treaty.

Meanwhile, the Robin Hood Tax campaign is asking voters to tell their candidates to back the Tax, while Uprising is urging anyone who hasn't registered to vote to do so within the next three days. There are also chances to grill the candidates in Walkden and Eccless tomorrow.

Full details here...

 
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