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SALFORD PENSIONERS IN LINE FOR ALMOST £500,000 CUTS

Star date: 30th March 2015

SALFORD ELDERLY PEOPLE GET HAMMERED BY HUGE CUTS

Did someone say something about protecting pensioners? In two days time, Salford Council is set to push through £495,000 of cuts to supporting older people in sheltered housing schemes run by the likes of City West, Anchor, Irwell Valley and Great Places.

From April, some elderly tenants will be charged up to £25 a month extra, while others will lose support services as wardens are 'rationalised'...

Full details here...

 
 
HUNDREDS CALL FOR GREATER MANCHESTER DEVOLUTION REFERENDUM AT PROTEST RALLY

Star date: 29th March 2015

GREATER MANCHESTER PRO-DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT BEGINS WITH PUBLIC RALLY IN PICCADILLY GARDENS

"We don't think the correct level of consultation on this issue is for ten men to sit around a table with a Tory Chancellor..." Annette Wright MTUC

Referendum Man was here; so was a Mayoral gimp on a lead held by axe wielding Chancellor George Osborne...and hundreds of campaigners calling for a proper public discussion and vote on the devolution of health, social care and public service budgets to Greater Manchester.

Trade unions and NHS defence campaigns came together as Penny Hicks, from the People's Assembly told the crowd... "In this city of the suffragettes isn't it ironic that we're here demanding a vote for such a basic change that's happening?"

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD GIRL LOOKS TO TAKE MISS MANCHESTER CROWN

Star date: 28th March 2015

CAN SALFORD TAKE MANCHESTER?

"It would be fab if a Salford girl won!" Sara

As Manchester continues its takeover of Salford, a Salford girl is aiming to turn the tide and take the title of Miss Manchester. 

17 year old Sara Humphreys, a Disney Princess impersonator from Walkden, says that the competition is more than a pageant and involves raising money for good causes. But to win that Manchester title she needs Salford people's help.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL TO WAIVE ANOTHER £1.6MILLION IN PLANNING FEES

Star date: 27th March 2015

DEVELOPERS IN ORDSALL AND WALKDEN TO BE LET OFF WITH £1.68MILLION AND PROVISION OF OVER 100 AFFORDABLE HOUSES

In the latest round of planning giveaways, Salford Council is set to waive obligations for the provision of 111 affordable houses and £1.68million in planning fees for developers building over five hundred flats and houses in Ordsall and Walkden.

If councillors accept Council officer recommendations, Countryside Properties will avoid over £450,000 in fees for its Walkden development, while Villafont Ltd and Simandhar Swami LLP will avoid a cool £1.2million in fees for building eight blocks of flats and shops, up to fifteen storeys high, by the riverside in Ordsall.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL PAYING OVER £200,000 FOR GREENGATE SQUARE FOUNTAINS MANAGEMENT

Star date: 26th March 2015

CASH-STRAPPED COUNCIL PAYS OVER £4,000 A WEEK FOR FOUNTAINS MANAGEMENT

As more cuts to the city's vulnerable people begin to bite, over the last twelve months Salford City Council has paid out £219,065 to a company called Capital Properties to manage Greengate Square and its fountains. This works out at over £4,000 a week.

The fountains and the Greengate Square public space originally cost £13million of public money.

Full details here...

 
 
PRIVATISATION OF SALFORD COUNCIL ADULT SOCIAL CARE

Star date: 26th March 2015

ELDERLY AND DISABLED PUT OUT TO MARKET IN MUTUAL MAYHEM

This week, Salford Council confirmed the hiving off of £10.5million worth of adult social care services to a new `mutual', to be called Aspire. Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart, has called the move `radical' – but a 24 page Council report on the privatisation shows the success of the mutual relies on making profits, or a `surplus', by flogging services to other councils and grabbing 10% of the `market'. There are no immediate savings to the Council.

The report also boasts that Salford has the `second lowest proportion of Council budget allocated to Adult Social Care in the North West region'. What's going on?

Full details here...

 
 
OVER 10 PER CENT OF SALFORD CLAIMANTS SANCTIONED

Star date: 25th March 2015

SALFORD 11TH WORST AREA IN UK FOR BENEFIT SANCTIONS

10.7% of Job Seekers Allowance claimants in Salford have received sanctions according to a new report by Sheffield Hallam University and Crisis. Salford is now the 11th worst area in the country for sanctions.

The report states that, since the ConDem Government came to power, "the sanctions rate has increased dramatically", leading to food poverty, survival crime, family/relationship tensions, mental and physical health problems, fuel poverty, debt and possible homelessness.

Full details here...

 
 
PUBLIC PROTEST AGAINST NHS DEVOLUTION TO GREATER MANCHESTER

Star date: 23rd March 2015

`DEVOLUTION BY CONSENT – NOT BY DIKTAT!'

Public Protest
Sunday 29th March 10:30am
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester

"You will just have to...trust the City Mayor to act on your behalf and in your interests..." Salford City Mayor

Last week, Salford City Council endorsed the Memorandum of Understanding which will lead to the full devolution of £6billion funding to Greater Manchester for health and social care. This despite a whole array of unanswered questions, as health campaigns urge a referendum and democratic agreement, rather than imposition from above. A Public Protest is to be held this coming Sunday.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD GREEN PARTY LAUNCHES GENERAL ELECTION BID

Star date: 22nd March 2015

SALFORD GREENS URGE PEOPLE TO CHECK OUT THEIR POLICIES

The Salford Green Party is standing candidates in all three of the city's constituencies at the General Election this year. Praised for their climate change and anti-fracking campaigns, the candidates - who all live in Salford - are urging people to check out their full range of anti-poverty and pro-democracy policies.

Incredibly, the Vote For Policies website has the Greens leading Labour in Blackley and Broughton, while membership has increased sixfold.

Full details here...

 
 
LAYNIE PIERCE FUNDRAISER SHOWS SALFORD SPIRIT

Star date: 22nd March 2015

LOWER KERSAL BLUES BROTHERS NIGHT HUGE SUCCESS

A Blues Brothers Ball at Lower Kersal Social Club last night was the first fundraiser to kick off a whole series of events to raise money for a really popular Salford lady, Laynie Pierce, who is currently battling cancer.

The night, attended by over four hundred people, also raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support, with lots of items donated by sports people and celebs, including Bez who attended the Ball.

Full details here...

 
 
SEARCH SALFORD PUBLIC MEETING TO FIGHT CUTS FOR DISABLED AND VULNERABLE

Star date: 22nd March 2015

PARENTS AND CARERS OF SALFORD'S VULNERABLE URGED TO ATTEND MEEETING

SEARCH Salford Meeting
Tuesday 24th March 7:30pm
White Swan, Swinton

The S.E.A.R.C.H. Salford Community Committee, which aims to take a stand against the lack of support for some of the most vulnerable people in the city, is holding its monthly meeting on Tuesday night at the White Swan in Swinton. Parents and carers are urged to attend to share their stories of cutbacks.

Full details here...

 
 
COFFEE4CRAIG SALFORD HOMELESS GROUP `OVERWHELMED’ BY SUPPORT

Star date: 22nd March 2015

SALFORD POET, WRITER, BANDS AND ARTISTS BACK COFFEE4CRAIG

"I just felt this connection and thought `Right what can I do?'" JB Barrington

Coffee4Craig, the Salford group set up just over a year ago to help the homeless and those in poverty, has declared itself `overwhelmed' by the support it's receiving from local people.

Yesterday, poet JB Barrington handed over 10% of the ticket sales from his sold out show at the Salford Arts Theatre, half a dozen woollen hats knitted by artist Mary Lorraine Mchugh were also donated, while writer Simon Williams gave all proceeds from the first week's sales of his new book to the cause – and there's Black Grape still to come!

Full details here...

 
 
BLACK GRAPE RE-FORM FOR COFFEE4CRAIG AND REALITY PARTY

Star date: 21st March 2015

KERMIT, SHAUN AND BEZ PARTY FOR HOMELESS AND BEZ SALFORD MP BID

Black Grape
Saturday 11th April
Old Granada Studios £25

"It's an awesome cause..." Kermit

Twenty years after the release of the first Black Grape album the posse of Shaun Ryder, Bez and Kermit are back together for a reunion gig to raise money for ace homeless helpers Coffee4Craig and for the We Are The Reality Party's bid to get Bez elected as Salford MP.

Here Black Grape's Kermit tells the Salford Star why the band has reunited for Salford causes...

Full details here...

 
 
STEPHEN BROADHURST SALFORD PICTURE EXHIBITION AT THE CORNERSTONE

Star date: 21st March 2015

BROADY DEPICTS SALFORD FROM ALBERT FINNEY'S SHOP TO THE LANGWORTHY HOTEL

An exhibition of over seventy pictures by artist Stephen Broadhurst – or `Broady' – depicts old Salford in all its glory, from the Chinese Steps in Brindle Heath, to the Clock School in Whit Lane, Sutton Flats and loads more, including a whole series of Shelagh Delaney related portraits.

The pencil drawings are all for sale at affordable prices ranging from £25 to £40 and are on currently on show upstairs at The Cornerstone in Langworthy.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD LIBRARIES HOLD FREE COMPUTER SKILLS WORKSHOPS FOR WOMEN

Star date: 21st March 2015

DIGITAL SKILLS WORKSHOPS AT WALKDEN, ECCLES AND SWINTON LIBRARIES

Four two day computer and digital skills workshops for unemployed women begin on Tuesday 24th March and continue at various libraries across Salford until 20th May.

The free courses, run by MadLab, cover everything from basic computer skills, to the use of social media, website building and computer programming. The courses are designed to help women build up their digital skills to get back into work.

Full details here...

 
 
CASH STRAPPED SALFORD COUNCIL GETS MORE FAT CATS

Star date: 20th March 2015

MORE FAT CATS TO HELP SPEED UP THE CUTS!

To help with what Salford Council calls its `ambitious transformation programme' – ie privatisation, outsourcing and cuts – two new Fat Cat posts with salaries over £100,000 are being created.

The Council's Chief Financial Officer will be `re-graded' to Director of Finance and Corporate Business, with a whopping £12,000 a year rise, and another Council employee will also be promoted to the temporary post of Director of Service Reform and Development, to `drive modernisation'. Two other new posts, with salaries up to £82,000 are also being created.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD BUSINESSES UNDER THREAT FROM SALFORD CITY COUNCIL

Star date: 19th March 2015

SWINTON HAIRDRESSERS UNDER THREAT FROM SALFORD COUNCIL – AS MAYOR PRAISES SALFORD'S `SECOND TO NONE' HELP FOR BUSINESS

At yesterday's meeting of Salford Council, Mayor Ian Stewart lauded the `Salford way' of helping businesses like the mighty Legal and General, which has just invested £250million in Media City. He added that the Council's help for business was `second to none'...

...Yet right outside the Civic Centre where Stewart was speaking, two small business hairdressers, Jayne Lang and Perri Gola, are threatened with closure as the Council has refused them permits to park outside their own workplaces on Partington Lane. The businesses have been established in Salford for over thirty years. 

Full details here...

 
 
ON BUDGET DAY HUGE WEALTH GAP IGNORED BY PRESS, STATES REAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN

Star date: 18th March 2015

6 OUT OF 7 PEOPLE IN BRITAIN DON'T FEEL ECONOMIC RECOVERY

As ConDem Government Chancellor George Osborne delivers the last budget before the General Election, the Real Media campaign today highlights the growing inequality in Britain which, it states, should be on top of the news agendas.

On the third day of Real Media's Anti-Daily Mail Week, the uncritical press is blamed for allowing the wealth gap to grow. Here in Salford, cuts and austerity have been devastating...

Full details here...

 
 
REAL MEDIA CALLS FOR PRESS TO COVER BARTON MOSS CONTAMINATION STORY

Star date: 17th March 2015 

SALFORD ANTI-FRACKING STORY AT CENTRE OF ANTI-DAILY MAIL WEEK

Real Media's Anti-Daily Mail Week continues with today's focus on how billionaires `use the media to suppress climate change and push fracking for their own financial gain'. One issue highlighted is the lack of reporting on how contamination has been found at the IGas exploratory drilling site at Barton Moss, Salford.

Meanwhile, students from the University of Salford are taking part in Frackademics Day, which aims to expose professors who are supporting the fracking industry.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD SHOCKING VOTER DROP OUT IS WORST IN GREATER MANCHESTER

Star date: 17th March 2015

6% DROP IN SALFORD'S REGISTERED VOTERS AS POLITICIANS TURN RESIDENTS OFF – AND THE SALFORD STAR IS DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, ONCE AGAIN

Salford has the worst drop out in Greater Manchester of residents registered to vote in the local and national elections this year, a Council report has revealed. Up until December 2014 there's was a 6% fall in registrations compared to a 2% fall nationally.

A Government report on Voter Engagement in the UK blames the apathy on politicians, while Salford Council has received almost £50,000 of Government money for `maximising registration work'. Every single media in Salford is being engaged by the Council, including paid ads in so-called `community magazines', except the Salford Star. Which calls into question the political use of public funds…

Full details here...

 
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WHY SALFORD STAR IS ONLINE…

When we began producing the Salford Star nearly three years ago 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  

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