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£29MILLION SET UP COSTS FOR NEW SALFORD INTEGRATED CARE ORGANISATION

Star date: 29th April 2016

SALFORD TOGETHER HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TAKEOVER COSTING £29M – PLUS 2% CUTS EVERY YEAR

This week, Salford City Council gave the go-ahead for Salford Together, a new `integrated care organisation' run by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, which will amalgamate the health and social care work of the Council, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and the NHS Trust.

It's costing £29million to set up, with 2% cuts to its budget every year after that; with targets to reduce hospital and care home admissions by up to 26%. The idea is that "people take greater charge of, and responsibility for, their own health and wellbeing".

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL IGNORES FREE CONFERENCE AND TRAINING ON PREVENTION OF CHILD ABUSE

Star date: 28th April 2016

ENOUGH ABUSE WITHOUT SALFORD COUNCIL RUDENESS

Tomorrow sees a unique conference by the training charity, Enough Abuse UK, which covers subjects like `Child Sexual Exploitation in the UK' and `How to Identify Grooming and Radicalisation' but centres on behaviour and prevention.

The charity's Chief Executive Officer offered Salford Council and its Child Safeguarding Board a free invite to the Conference plus three free hours of training, "without even the courtesy of a reply" she says.

Full details here...

 
 
FINAL BARTON MOSS TRIAL ENDS WITH NOT GUILTY VERDICTS

Star date: 27th April 2016

CALLS FOR PUBLIC INQUIRY AS FINAL THREE BARTON MOSS CHARGES QUASHED

After hundreds of charges brought by the Crown in relation to the Barton Moss anti-fracking protests of 2013 and 2014, the final three cases were heard today at Manchester Magistrates Court where the judge delivered `not guilty' verdicts on charges of aggravated trespass.

Now, with the overwhelming number of charges either dropped or quashed, there's a growing call for a Public Inquiry into the policing and cost of the response to the Salford protests...

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD JUNIOR DOCTORS STRIKE DAY 2 BRINGS MORE DETERMINATION

Star date: 27th April 2016

SALFORD ROYAL HOSPITAL SECOND DAY OF JUNIOR DOCTORS' STRIKES

Junior doctors at Salford Royal Hospital today staged this week's second all out strike, with un-waning public support and more determination than ever to get the Tory Government to negotiate about the imposition of unfair, unsafe contracts... "If the only way to get the Government's attention is to keep striking then I guess that's what we'll have to do" said junior doctor Cavita Patel.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY MAYOR LABOUR PARTY CANDIDATE WON’T SPEAK TO THE SALFORD STAR

Star date: 27th April 2016

A Salford Star Exclusive

SALFORD STAR INTERVIEWS THE DONKEY WITH THE RED ROSETTE

As part of the Salford Star's City Mayor election coverage, we have interviewed all the candidates, except Labour Party candidate Paul Dennett, who has begun his quest for openness by refusing to speak to the Salford Star.

They say that if you put a red rosette on a donkey in Salford, people will vote for it. So, instead of Dennett, we have interviewed that donkey...

Full interview click here...

 
 
SALFORD JUNIOR DOCTORS STRIKE HAS HUGE PUBLIC SUPPORT

Star date: 26th April 2016

JUNIOR DOCTORS AT SALFORD ROYAL HOSPITAL EXPLAIN WHY THEY ARE ON STRIKE

Patients coming out of Salford Royal Hospital this morning applauded junior doctors standing on the picket lines, while hundreds of drivers beeped their horn in support as two days of all out strikes began, aimed at stopping the imposition of new unsafe and unfair working conditions.

Anyone still in doubt about the rights and wrongs of this dispute needs to listen to the doctors themselves... "I think that Britain is great because of its NHS and I want to try and protect that" said one junior doctor.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY MAYOR ELECTION CONSERVATIVE PARTY CANDIDATE ROBIN GARRIDO

Star date: 26th April 2016

SALFORD CITY MAYOR ELECTION 2016

This week, Salford Star attempts to grill the four candidates standing for Salford City Mayor. We start with Robin Garrido, the Conservative Party candidate, who says he will introduce transparency within the Council, cut out waste and run the city as "a very professional organisation"...

Are David Cameron and George Osborne a hindrance or an asset to Robin Garrido's campaign?

Full interview click here...

 
 
SALFORD LAD ETHAN EVANS RECOGNISED WITH BRITISH CITIZEN AWARD

Star date: 25th April 2016

SALFORD SUPER FUNDRAISER GETS BRITISH CITIZEN AWARD

Salford super fundraiser, Ethan Evans, has been recognised for "doing extraordinary things in the local community" with the British Citizen Award, given out for "determined, committed endeavour in improving the community". 14 year old Ethan has raised thousands of pounds for charity since he started out, aged just nine.

Full details here...

 
 
G-FESTIVAL MAY DAY MUSIC AND FUN DAY IN WORSLEY TO HELP CHILDREN IN SALFORD AND BEYOND

Star date: 24th April 2016

MAY DAY FESTIVAL WITH LOADS OF BANDS AND FAMILY FUN

G-Festival
Sunday 1st May from noon
Ellesmere Sports Club, Worsley

G-Festival, the massive music and family fun day set up to help raise funds for Georgia's Children of the World charity, hits its fifth year this Sunday, May 1st, with Mike Sweeney and sets from The Smiths Ltd, Kar-Pets and 16year old Jennifer Rice, who will be performing Carry Me Home, a song written especially for the charity.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS INVADE CATALAN DRAGONS

Star date: 24th April 2016

SAINT GEORGE'S DAY REDS FAIL TO SLAUGHTER DRAGONS

Salford Red Devils took around 600 supporters to Perpignan hoping for a Saint George's Day slaughter of Catalan Dragons. But it wasn't to be as Catalans won 42-32. Here Saint George himself, aka Simon Williams, reports on the trip...

Match report click here...

 
 
NO SALFORD MAY DAY RALLY BUT ARTHUR SCARGILL TO SPEAK IN MANCHESTER

Star date: 24th April 2016

BEXLEY SQUARE MAY DAY RALLY AND MARCH CANCELLED BUT HUGE FESTIVAL IN MANCHESTER

Salford Trades Council has this year cancelled the now traditional May Day rally in Bexley Square which has seen hundreds of trade unionists gather for speeches before marching to join celebrations in Manchester.

Salfordians who want to celebrate workers day will now have to go direct to Manchester's event on Saturday April 30th, which begins with a rally at All Saints Park around noon, followed by a march to Sackville Gardens and the Mechanics Institute for a huge May Day Festival, where the legendary Arthur Scargill will be speaking.

Full details here...

 
 
INTERNATIONAL WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS BEGIN AT AGECROFT COLLIERY SALFORD

Star date: 23rd April 2016

SALFORD MINERS REMEMBERED FOR WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY

Today, there was a short commemoration at the Agecroft Colliery monument on Agecroft Road for those miners who died or were injured in the Irwell Valley pits. It was the first local event for International Workers Memorial Day, with a rally taking place this Thursday 28th April in Albert Square, Manchester between noon and 1pm.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD KINGS ARMS HOSTS RETRO TV COPS PARODY MURDER MYSTERY

Star date: 23rd April 2016

COLUMBO, HASSELHOFF AND KNIGHT RIDER JOIN MURDER HUNT

Murder She Writes
Wednesday 4th - 11th May
Kings Arms

Murder She Writes, a parody of 70s, 80s and 90s tv cop shows by Vertigo Theatre Productions, premieres at the Kings Arms in a few weeks and promises appearances by `Columbo, Baywatch star Mitch Buchannan Hasselhoff and Knight Rider' as they help super sleuth Jessica solve a killing... "We ain't doing high art..we are doing pure fun..." says director Craig Hepworth.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD KIDSCAN CHARITY SEEKS RUNNERS FOR GREATER MANCHESTER RUN

Star date: 23rd April 2016

CHILDREN'S CANCER CHARITY SEEKS SPONSORED RUNNERS

Salford based children's cancer research charity, Kidscan, is looking for people to take part in the 10km Greater Manchester Run on May 22nd on its behalf, with a number of free places on offer... "To take part is an amazing achievement, particularly as you'll be helping Kidscan fund groundbreaking research into childhood cancer" says Vicky from the charity.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD BOOKIE FRED DONE INCREASES WEALTH BY £300 MILLION

Star date: 22nd April 2016

FRED AND PETER DONE NOW FIFTH RICHEST IN NORTH WEST

According to the new Sunday Times Rich List, Salford's Fred and Peter Done increased their wealth by £300million last year, making them the fifth richest people in the North West, with a combined wealth of £1.3billion.

According to Salford Star research, the Dones have also avoided over £3million in planning fees to the city for their controversial apartment schemes, including the bulldozing of the Salford listed Black Horse pub.

Full details here…

 
 
SALFORD MAYOR ELECTION ON BRINK OF DEMOCRATIC DISASTER

Star date: 21st April 2016

SALFORD STAR SURVEY REVEALS NO-ONE KNOWS NAMES OF CANDIDATES!

"You might as well talk about Mickey Mouse" John

A survey by the Salford Star, conducted in Walkden, Pendleton, Little Hulton and Swinton, has revealed that no-one could name any of the candidates hoping to be elected the next Mayor of Salford on May 5th. Neither could they name all the parties that are running.

Of those who said that they would be voting, more than half didn't know yet which candidate they would vote for... "I don't know who any of them are, we've not had any information" said Penny on Salford Precinct. It's all a shocking indictment on the state of democracy in the city.

Full details here...

 
 
PENDLETON TOGETHER `GARDEN LANDSCAPING’ IS JUST RUBBLE FOR SALFORD TENANT

Star date: 20th April 2016  

PENDLETON TOGETHER'S ROTTEN ROCKERY WITH ADDED DANGER

Despite Pendleton Together priding itself on its "garden landscaping" for tenants who have had their houses refurbished, one garden in Liverpool Street has what looks like building rubble from the nearby demolished houses splattered over its back yard.

"I don't like the garden" says six year old Ruby who stays with her grandmother at the house "I fall over all the time... it's dangerous, I've cut my knees".

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD ROYAL HOSPITAL TO PRIVATISE PATIENT CATERING

Star date: 20th April 2016 

READY MEALS FOR SALFORD PATIENTS

"The Trust's senior management are very keen on being David Cameron's and Jeremy Hunt's favourite hospital" UNISON

Salford Royal Hospital Trust is planning to privatise its patient catering and bring in ready meals, rather than serve food freshly cooked in its kitchen...

"Good nutrition is vital for recovery - with a fully working kitchen onsite the Royal can respond to its patients' needs. But once the kitchen is closed down it could be gone for good" states UNISON which has launched a campaign to try and get the decision reversed.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL SECRET £90MILLION DEAL EXTENDS URBAN VISION CONTRACT

Star date: 19th April 2016

£90 MILLION THREE YEAR URBAN VISION EXTENSION SNEAKED THROUGH COUNCIL

A three year extension to Urban Vision's contract with Salford City Council, which the joint venture company states "is worth up to £90million" has been agreed in secret, without the public being able to see any reports into the company's affairs.

Salford Star research shows that Urban Vision's charges can be double those of other councils, while it's understood that many Labour councillors are unhappy about how the extension deal was railroaded through, and signed by outgoing Mayor Ian Stewart, without anyone having the chance to question it.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL BACKS OFF IN TRADE UNION ATTACK

Star date: 18th April 2016

IS THERE AN ELECTION IN THE AIR AS COUNCIL HALTS UNION ATTACK?

Salford City Council has backed off in its all out attack on trade unions UNISON, Unite and GMB – at least until after the Mayor and local election.

Plans to remove facility time for elected union representatives were supposed to be finalised by April 4th but a statement by Salford UNISON confirms that Salford Council has "agreed to defer the current proposals". Definitely an election in the air!

Full details here...

 
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SALFORD STAR - A BIT OF HISTORY

When we began producing the Salford Star nearly ten years ago, in 2006, the aim was always for it to be a magazine - a big, proud, free glossy magazine that would go to as many people in Salford as possible. The reason for this was that, even according to Salford Council figures, only one person in five in the city had access to the internet. Now that figure has possibly risen to around a third. This is why Salford still needs its own accessible magazine.

We also set the Salford Star up to tell the truth, to be the voice of the community, untouched by vested interests. Unfortunately we didn't realise that the reaction to those truths would be so brutal... Salford Council even re-wrote its own constitution for devolved money and ripped up our application for finance. Neither does it respond to Salford Star's requests for quotes or comments. Advertisers have told us that they can't be seen to support the Salford Star for fear of losing contracts…it goes on and on and on.

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