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SALFORD COUNCIL BENDS TO CHILDRENS CENTRE CAMPAIGNS

Star date: 22nd July 2014

SURE START CENTRES SURVIVE AFTER PROTESTS AND THOUSANDS SIGNING PETITIONS

Campaigners fighting for their Children's Centre sites to stay, after the Council proposed to close them, have won a substantial victory following protests and petitions.

The Council wanted to close three centres in Irlam, Walkden and Lower Broughton but it has now agreed to keep two of the centres in operation - Fiddlers Lane in Irlam and River View in Lower Broughton… "The campaign definitely has made a difference!" says Bek, one of the Lower Broughton campaigners.

Full details here…

 
 
OASIS ACADEMY MEDIACITYUK SALFORD SLATED BY OFSTED

Star date: 22nd July 2014

CONTROVERSIAL OASIS ACADEMY INADEQUATE AND PUT IN SPECIAL MEASURES

Oasis Academy MediaCityUK has been absolutely slated by Ofsted which ruled it `inadequate' on every scale that it has… `Achievement of Pupils', `Quality of Teaching'; `Behaviour and Safety of Pupils', and `Leadership and Management'.

The controversial Academy, hailed as a `flagship' for Salford,  was at the centre of a riot a few years ago as pupils objected to the mass sacking of teachers half way through exam courses.

Full details here…

 
 
SALFORD PEOPLE SPEAK OUT AGAINST MEDIA STIGMA

Star date: 21st July 2014

BENEFIT STREETWISE SALFORD PEOPLE HIT BACK

As the ConDem Government and its media chums try to bracket everyone on benefits or in poverty as `a drain on society', a new group called NICE has got its voice and is hitting back.

Last Friday members of the group held a media briefing and panel discussion where some truths were told by those hardest hit by welfare `reforms' and Salford Council cuts. As ex-offender Tony said, "If no-one says nowt, nothing's going to change."

Full details here…

 
 
HAPPY MONDAYS CHICO’S KICKIN CANCER FUNDRAISER

Star date: 20th July 2014

MONDAYS, HOOKY, GRAEME PARK IN FUNDRAISING SPECTACULAR

Chico's Kickin Cancer Fundraising Dinner Ball
Friday 25th July
Palace Hotel

This Friday sees the maddest thing ever, as Happy Mondays, Hooky and co perform at a one-off extra posh black tie dinner at the Palace Hotel in Manchester.

It's a fundraiser for both The Christie Hospital and Chico, the 12 year old son of Happy Mondays' Salfordian bass player Paul Ryder, who's currently in the USA kicking Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer.

Full details here…

 
 
THE NEED FOR SPEED IN SALFORD

Star date: 19th July 2014

£3MILLION WORTH OF CARS COME TO SALFORD  

"I wouldn't drive one 'cos everyone would look at you and think `What an idiot'"...

Cuts? Poverty? Hard times? What the hell! When three million quid's worth of in yer face supercars come to town it's hard not to gawp. So we grabbed our junior reporter, cranked up the Salford Star banger and crossed through security into MediaCityUK to stroke the obscenely priced petrol guzzlers.

Here's 14 year old Mikey K's report on the rich man's joy toys…

 
 
HOW MUCH DO SALFORD PEOPLE NEED TO EARN FOR ADEQUATE LIVING STANDARD?

Star date: 18th July 2014

IF YOU'VE GOT KIDS YOU NEED TO EARN OVER £27,000!!!

A new study released by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation asks the public how much money people need for an adequate standard of living and compares it to previous years.

Amongst other things, the research found that if you've got kids you need to be earning over £27,000, up a whopping £12,000 since 2008. The results should send shockwaves around Salford.

Full details here…

 
 
MUMS OF DISABLED ADULTS TELL SALFORD CUTS MAYOR TO SPEND A DAY WITH THEM

Star date: 17th July 2014

TAXI FOR IAN STEWART!

"Mr Stewart why not come and have a day with us? Maybe this is the only way to shame you…"

Parents and carers of severely disabled adults have told Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, to spend a day with them and see the affects of some of the £4.4million cuts he's just passed, including those to day centre transport.

Parents and carers met at Swinton Royal Legion this week and voted to continue to fight the cuts which will see over forty disabled people left with virtually no transport to day centres. Three Labour councillors have already `called-in' the Mayor's decision.

Full details here…

 
 
SALFORD COUNCILLORS CALL FOR END TO CITY MAYOR’S SECRET FINANCE DEALINGS

Star date: 15th July 2014

SALFORD MAYOR IN MELTDOWN

Labour councillors who sit on Salford Council's Budget Scrutiny Committee have criticised Mayor Ian Stewart, suggesting that he and Council officers should be "more open and transparent about the budget process".

The rebuke comes on top of a `call-in' notice against almost £4.4million of cuts to services for vulnerable adults by three other Labour councillors and the resignation last week of Matt Finnegan, the Council's head of communications and one of the Mayor's closest allies..

Full details here…

 
 
SALFORD CELEBRATES FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY

Star date: 15th July 2014

LANGWORTHY ROYAL BRITISH LEGION OPEN DAY

First World War Centenary Celebration Open Day
Saturday 19th July 
Royal British Legion, Langworthy Road
10:30am-5pm free

The Langworthy Royal British Legion hosts a family fun day this Saturday to mark the centenary of the First World War. Attending will be the Police, St John Ambulance, Fire Service, Royal Navy, British Army, veterans and more…

Full details here…

 
 
SALFORD LABOUR MP CANDIDATES SALFORD STAR SURVEY

Star date: 13th July 2014

LABOUR GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATES ON FRACKING, MAYOR, HOMES, CHARITY AND TRANSPARENCY

Before the next General Election, sitting Salford and Eccles MP Hazel Blears is stepping down, and over the next few weeks Labour Party members will be selecting their chosen candidate to stand in her place.

Given that Salford is almost a safe Labour seat, the Salford Star asked all the candidates to guarantee to do five things - oppose fracking, live in the constituency, stand up to City Mayor Ian Stewart, give 1% of their pay to charity and be transparent in their dealings. Would they agree?

Full details here…

 
 
HUGE PALESTINIAN DEMO AT MEDIACITYUK SALFORD

Star date: 13th July 2014

THOUSANDS PROTEST AGAINST BBC BIAS

Thousands of people converged on MediaCityUK yesterday to protest against the perceived bias of the BBC in its current reporting of the Middle East conflict between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza.

A banner on one of the buses said it all… `It's not about religion, it's about humanity'

More photos and report here…

 
 
SAVE SALFORD ADULT TRANSPORT CAMPAIGN

Star date: 12th July 2014

CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF AGAIN AS FORTY SEVERELY DISABLED PEOPLE LEFT WITHOUT TRANSPORT

"This proposal will disproportionately impact people with learning difficulties, who form just over 70% of current service users" Salford Council report

Save Our Adult Transport
Tuesday 15th July 7pm
Swinton Legion

On Tuesday, parents and carers of some of Salford's most vulnerable people will be meeting as a last chance to try and stop Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, cutting transport to day care centres and Granville respite centre. The decision to axe the service has already been `called in' by three Labour Party councillors to be reconsidered. All welcome.

Full details here…

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL SPIN DOCTOR RESIGNS AFTER SALFORD STAR STORY

Star date: 11th July 2014

SALFORD STAR SEES OFF TOXIC MATT FINNEGAN AFTER POLITICAL SPINNING STORY

Matt Finnegan, Salford Council's £65,000 Head of Communications, has resigned following an article in the Salford Star. Finnegan had a `politically restricted' role at the Council but the Star printed the contents of a leaked email to local press pushing Salford Mayor Ian Stewart's support for Rebecca Long-Bailey, a Labour Party candidate for the seat of retiring MP Hazel Blears.

Finnegan's resignation will further undermine Ian Stewart's power base at Salford Council. This week, three local Labour Party councillors signed a call-in notice against the Mayor's horrific cuts to services for vulnerable adults in the city.

Full details here…

 
 
SALFORD PUBLIC SECTOR STRIKE HUGE SUCCESS

Star date: July 10th 2014

SALFORD STRIKES AGAINST CONDEM GOVERNMENT

"I literally have to take a calculator when I go to the supermarket so that I don't go over budget. We need a pay rise because it is getting stark now…"

Public sector workers from all over Salford took part in a one day strike today against the ConDem Government's pay, pensions and austerity policies. Teachers, firefighters, refuse workers, admin staff and more all walked out as everywhere from schools to fire stations to libraries closed.

"This was a fantastic turnout from our members" said Salford City UNISON's Ameen Hadi "There's very little that operated properly today across the city."

Full details and more photos here…

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL CUTS OPPOSED BY LABOUR COUNCILLORS

Star date: 9th July 2014

A Salford Star Exclusive

LABOUR COUNCILLORS OPPOSE LABOUR MAYOR'S CUTS FOR VULNERABLE PEOPLE

Three Labour councillors have `called in' City Mayor Ian Stewart's cuts to services for vulnerable people, asking Salford Council to `look at alternatives'.

On June 30th, Stewart agreed cuts of over £4million to services which the Mayor's report itself stated "are likely to affect some of the most marginalised citizens in the city". Now even Labour councillors have had enough.

Full details here…

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL POLITICALLY RESTRICTED HEAD OF PRESS SPINS FOR LABOUR PARTY CANDIDATE

Star date: 8th July 2014

A Salford Star Exclusive

MATT FINNEGAN PUSHES PRESS RELEASE FOR LABOUR PARTY ELECTION CANDIDATE

Matt Finnegan, Salford Council's £65,000 `politically restricted' head of press, has been spinning on behalf of a Labour Party candidate to stand at the next General Election, the Salford Star can reveal.

Finnegan's job description states that his post is "politically restricted as defined by the Local Government and Housing Act 1989" and that he must ensure "probity in all communications".

Full details here…

 
 
SPIRIT OF SALFORD EVENT COST COUNCIL ALMOST £25,000

Star date: 7th July 2014

A Salford Star Exclusive

SPIRIT OF SALFORD WEEKENDER LOST £17,000 – DESPITE MAYOR SAYING IT WOULD COST NOTHING

The Spirit of Salford weekend event at the end of May, which City Mayor Ian Stewart said publicly would cost tax payers of Salford "not a penny extra", actually cost £24,921 with income of just £7,760.

Salford Council has revealed details of the £17,161 loss in response to a Freedom of Information request from the Salford Star. The flop event saw just 200 tickets sold, while money was spent on fireworks and bottles of bubbly - as campaigners protested on the Civic Centre lawn over a cut of £50,000 to the Salford Children's `Jam Butty' Camp.

Full details here…

 
 
SALFORD COUNCILLORS CALL IN PEEL HOLDINGS GREEN FIELD SELL OFF IN WALKDEN

Star date: 7th July 2014

`APPALLING' SALFORD COUNCIL SLATED FOR FLOGGING OFF ST GEORGE'S RC SCHOOL GREEN FIELD SITE

Last week, Salford Council formally agreed plans to sell off the green field site on Hilton Lane in Walkden formerly used by St George's RC High School as its playing field and lately used by local sheep farmers. 

The sell off includes a clause that `discussions are held with Peel Estates [Peel Holdings] regarding matters of joint interest', and now opposition Conservative Party councillors, calling in the decision, have slammed the Council for "flogging off our green field sites to the highest bidder whilst organising cosy behind-closed-doors meetings with developers".

Full details here…

 
 
SALFORD PUBLIC SECTOR SET TO STRIKE ON JULY 10TH

Star date: 6th July 2014

TEACHERS, FIRE FIGHTERS, COUNCIL WORKERS AND CIVIL SERVANTS JOIN NATIONAL STRIKE

Thursday will see up to one and half million public sector workers take industrial action against the ConDem Government's 1% pay offer, attacks on pensions and huge workloads as unions including UNISON, Unite, GMB, NUT, FBU and PCS go on strike for a day.

Picket lines will be set up all over the city in the morning with a huge strike rally from 12:30pm-1:30pm in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester.

More details here…

 
 
SALFORD 4 GOOD LANDS END BIKE RIDE HITS HALF WAY

Star date: 6th July 2014

NEVER MIND THE TOUR DE FRANCE HERE COMES GRAHAM AND CURTIS

As the Tour de France hit Yorkshire, Salford's own Graham Cooper and Curtis White arrived home in Salford this week for a quick community reception en route from John O'Groats to Lands End.

The charity bike ride, which will benefit Salford4Good, is due to finish in Lands End this Thursday.

Full details and more photos here…

 
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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.

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