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SALFORD RED DEVILS AUDITOR ‘CASTS DOUBT’ ABOUT ‘COMPANY’S ABILITY TO CONTINUE’

Star date: 19th February 2018

SALFORD REDS ACCOUNTS SHOW ALMOST £9MILLION LIABILITIES

New accounts published for the Salford Red Devils show that the company made losses of over £700,000 last year and that it has net liabilities of almost £9million, including the £1million loan from Salford City Council.

Despite the directors insisting that restructures and changes within the club forecast a 'modest profit', its auditor states that the conditions "indicate the existence of a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt about the company's ability to continue as a going concern".

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD DESIGNER REACHES FINAL OF LIBERTY LONDON TALENT SEARCH

Star date: 18th February 2018

SALFORD MISSHANDLED IN 3-D

Salford's Amanda Tiller, founder of MissHandled, has beat off over nine thousand entrants to reach the final in a search by iconic department store, Liberty London, to find the best untapped interior design talent.

Amanda does hand-made 3-D geometric home accessories, and her wild and wonderful jesmonite Object of Desire has impressed Liberty buyers, who are now asking the public to help sway their vote before they reveal the winner.

Full details here...

 
 
HIDDEN SALFORD WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY REVEALED

Star date: 18th February 2018

FOR SALFORD PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALWAYS MEANT TO VISIT 'THAT BIG VICTORIAN HOUSE ON THE CRESCENT'...

On Friday 23rd February between 2pm and 5pm, Salford's 'hidden gem' Working Class Movement Library is holding a drop-in as part of a HiDDEN8 event.

"If you've kept meaning to drop into that big Victorian house on the Crescent, today's the day" states Lynette from the Library "We're targeting Salfordians who've always meant to come in for a nosey." Not to be missed.

Full details here...

 
 
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE PACK SAVE OUR SALFORD NURSERIES MEETING

Star date: 17th February 2018 

MEETING VOTES TO TAKE ON SALFORD MAYOR IF NURSERY CLOSURE CONSULTATION GOES AHEAD

Despite pleas from Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, and various Labour councillors to work together to save the five Salford Council nurseries threatened with closure, a packed meeting of hundreds of people voted this afternoon to lobby and protest against the Council unless a consultation on the closures is stopped.

"They can't have a consultation to close the nurseries, and ask us to have a joint campaign" said UNISON's Ameen Hadi "The two things can't happen..."

Full details here...

 
 
PETER HOOK AND THE LIGHT TO DO NEW ORDER ALBUMS IN MANCHESTER

Star date: 17th February 2018

HOOKY REVISITS NEW ORDER LIVE

Salford star, Peter Hook, is to perform New Order albums Technique and Republic with his band, The Light, at Albert Hall Manchester on 29th September. Hooky has garnered a massive following touring the world with previous Joy Division and New Order material, and his live shows have met with huge critical acclaim.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL TAX TO SEE £6.30 EXTRA FOR GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR

Star date: 16th February 2018

SALFORD HOUSEHOLD AVERAGE OF £6.30 TO PAY FOR GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has announced that there will be a Greater Manchester Mayoral 'precept' of £6.30 on average household Council Tax bills from April.

"I recognise that it is a big ask for people to pay anything more, especially in these difficult times" says GM Mayor Andy Burnham.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CENTRE URGES DISABLED TO GET IN TOUCH AFTER DAMNING BENEFITS ASSESSMENT REPORT FROM PARLIAMENT

Star date: 15th February 2018

DWP CONTRACTOR DISABILITY ASSESSMENT FAILURES LED TO 'LACK OF TRUST'

The House of Commons Select Committee on Work and Pensions has slammed the "failures" of DWP contractors that carry out disability benefit assessments for ESA and PIP, after 290,000 claimants only received the correct award after challenging the initial decision.

Reacting to the report, the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre has urged disabled people to get in touch to take advantage of its free service which provides expert assistance during the assessment process.

Full details here...

 
 
SHOCKING DOCUMENT REVEALS SALFORD COUNCIL ATTITUDE TO FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUESTS

Star date: 14th February 2018 

SO MUCH FOR SALFORD MAYOR'S PLEDGE TO 'CREATE A MORE TRANSPARENT ORGANISATION'

A document of response logs to a Salford Star Freedom of Information request to Salford City Council - probably emailed inadvertently - reveals the shocking attitude of the Council towards transparency, breaking City Mayor Paul Dennett's own pledges.

Salford Council held the information requested but, despite its own Freedom of Information team being concerned about 'transparency', the so-called neutral Council Solicitor and Monitoring Officer, Miranda Carruthers-Watt, sent a response withholding the details anyway.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD NURSERY CLOSURE FIGHTBACK BEGINS AS 2,000 PEOPLE SIGN PETITION IN 24 HOURS

Star date: 13th February 2018

2,000 SIGN SAVE SALFORD COUNCIL NURSERY PETITION ON FIRST DAY

"It shows the passion people have for this. Salford has a long and proud history of protest..." Nursery mum

A petition started yesterday to Save Salford Council's Five Outstanding Nurseries has already drawn two thousand signatures, as the outcry against the proposed closures gathers pace.

"It's very short sighted to close these places that are doing such an outstanding job" says Elizabeth Longwill, petition creator and a mum who sends her daughter to the threatened Barton Moss Nursery "It seems like complete madness."

Full details here...

 
 
HOMELESS DEATH NUMBERS BLOCKED BY MANCHESTER HOSPITAL NHS TRUST

Star date: 12th February 2018

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION CHRISTMAS HOMELESS DEATH REQUEST BLOCKED

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Manchester Royal Infirmary, has blocked a Salford Star Freedom of Information request on the numbers of homeless people who died over the Christmas period.

While the Trust did confirm that there had been homeless deaths over the period, it refused to disclose numbers. Other hospital trusts in Greater Manchester, however, did respond, as they had no recorded deaths that matched the criteria...

Full details here...

 
 
CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON LINKS TO PETERLOO MASSACRE TO BE REVEALED IN NEW GRAPHIC BOOK

Star date: 11th February 2018

NEW CROWDFUNDED PETERLOO GRAPHIC BOOK TO BE PUBLISHED FOR 200TH ANNIVERSARY

Salford star, Christopher Eccleston, is set to reveal a family legend about one of his ancestor's encounters with the military on the day of the Peterloo Massacre, in the intro to a unique and stunning graphic book detailing the story of the historic slaughter of demonstrators in Manchester in 1819.

The creators of the comic style book, backed by Maxine Peake, are trying to crowdfund to get it done, and are offering some incredible rewards to anyone pledging donations.

Full details here...

 
 
THE NORTHERN GREENHOUSE – A NEW VISION OF THE NORTH

Star date: 11th February 2018

AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE 'NORTHERN POWERHOUSE'

Well known Salford ecologist, James Walsh, has challenged the current concept of the 'Northern Powerhouse' with his book The Northern Greenhouse - A New Vision Of The North.

It's a grass roots view of the environment of the North of England and the green economy potential. Does it have to be property development, green belt destruction and fracking?

Full details here...

 
 
ECCLES MOSQUE OPEN DAY 18TH FEBRUARY

Star date: 11th February 2018

GUIDED TOURS, HENNA PAINTING, CALLIGRAPHY AND MORE

Eccles Mosque Open Day
Sunday 18th February 12noon-5pm
Liverpool Road, Eccles

The Eccles and Salford Islamic Society is hosting an open day at Eccles Mosque next Sunday, 18th February, with guided tours, discussions, henna painting, Arabic calligraphy and more.

Full details here...

 
 
RADIO AND DJ SKILLS TRAINING FOR SALFORD VETERANS AND COMMUNITY

Star date: 11th February 2018

RADIO PRESENTING IN VICTORIA PARK

A free broadcast media course is being run for veterans and the wider community at the new Victoria Park Gatehouse in Swinton, with no experience necessary.

Full details here...

 
 
1954 FILM CLASSIC GODZILLA SCREENED TO MARK 60 YEARS OF CND

Star date: 10th February 2018

GREATER MANCHESTER CND SCREENS ORIGINAL GODZILLA

Godzilla
Saturday 17th February 6:30pm
3 Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade, Manchester £5

To mark sixty years of CND, the original 1954 classic film, Godzilla, is being screened by Greater Manchester and District CND. What's the link?

Full details here...

 
 
WHY WE NEED AN ANTI-WAR GOVERNMENT PUBLIC MEETING

Star date: 10th February 2018

BOMBS AWAY OR NOT?

'Why We Need An Anti-War Government' Public Meeting
Saturday 17th February 2pm-4pm
The Mechanics Institute, Manchester

Greater Manchester CND, Manchester Stop the War Coalition and Manchester Trades Union Council have called a public meeting for next Saturday at which speakers "will set out the case for an independent foreign policy and an economy built on peace and prosperity, not war and austerity"...

Full details here...

 
 
LIAM MCCLAIR LAUNCHES EP WITH FREE GIG AT EAGLE INN SALFORD

Star date: 10th February 2018

FIX IT AT EAGLE INN

Liam McClair EP Launch
Thursday 15th February  from 7:30pm
The Eagle Inn

Singer songwriter, Liam McClair, is performing a free live show at the Eagle Inn this Thursday to launch his new EP Fix It, with support by Dom Major and Ben Williams. Ian Leslie asks Liam about his songs that are 'full of emotion and class'.

Full details here...

 
 
SAVE SALFORD COUNCIL NURSERIES PUBLIC MEETING CALLED BY UNISON

Star date: 10th February 2018

PUBLIC MEETING TO STOP CLOSURE OF FIVE COUNCIL NURSERIES

Save Salford Council Nurseries Public Meeting
Saturday 17th February 11am-1pm
Hemsley House, The Crescent

Salford City UNISON, which represents workers at the five Salford City Council nurseries earmarked for closure, has called a public meeting for next Saturday, 17th February, to discuss how to keep them open.

Full details here...

 
 
OVER 100 WORKERS COULD LOSE JOBS IN SALFORD COUNCIL NURSERY MASSACRE

Star date: 9th February 2018

FIVE SALFORD COUNCIL NURSERIES COULD CLOSE WHILE COUNCIL TAX RISES ALMOST 5%

Over one hundred nursery workers could lose their jobs as Salford City Council proposes to axe all of its five nurseries that look after some of the most vulnerable children in the city.

On top of this, Council Tax is set to rise by 4.99%, while £11.2million cuts will mean more services will be scaled back.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL HOUSING RENTS TO INCREASE BY ALMOST 4% THANKS TO PFI

Star date: 9th February 2018

PENDLETON RENT RISE RESULTS FROM CONTROVERSIAL PFI CONTRACT

Following rent rises of over 20% during the last five years, Salford City Council is set to increase social housing rents by a further 3.8% from April this year for its Pendleton PFI properties. PFI-funded housing is exempt from a 1% rent reduction imposed on other social housing providers in the city.

Balancing out the rent rises are reduced service charges for some properties, while the Council states that costs for addressing fire safety issues within the high rise blocks in Pendleton "have not yet been identified".

Full details here...

 
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