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SALFORD HOMELESSNESS CONFERENCE EXCLUDES HOMELESS AT OVER £325 PER TICKET

Star date: 16th January 2018

SALFORD UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE PROMISES 'UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO CAUSES OF HOMELESSNESS' – WITH NO HOMELESS PEOPLE PRESENT

A University of Salford conference which promises to "provide unique insights into the underlying causes and potential solutions to the homelessness crisis" is charging £325+VAT per ticket, thus excluding not only the homeless but also grass roots housing organisations.

One of the speakers is Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, while a panel will ask 'How can we most effectively improve services to vulnerable homeless households and individuals?'...without any 'vulnerable homeless' people there to share their views.

Full details here...

 
 
‘NO COMPASSION’ AS MANCHESTER HOMELESS SQUAT EVICTED

Star date: 16th January 2018

BETFRED SQUAT EVICTED AS 17 HOMELESS PEOPLE BACK ON STREETS

Yesterday's early morning eviction of a squat above the BefFred shop opposite Manchester Town Hall has been roundly condemned by housing campaigners, as 17 homeless people were put back on the streets.

Greater Manchester Housing Action stated "shame on whoever it was that made the decision to evict"; while Angela Barratt, of Salford Manchester Street Support, who was volunteering at the squat's night shelter as the eviction happened, told the Salford Star that "There was just no compassion..."

Full details here...

 
 
PEEL HOLDINGS SALFORD BUILDING SQUATTED BY HOMELESS

Star date: 15th January 2018

PEEL OFFICES IN ECCLES SQUATTED

As the Manchester squat above BetFred in the city centre was evicted this morning, homeless people in Salford have occupied an office building owned by Peel Holdings near Eccles.

Peel recently received a cheap public money loan of over £8million for its Lightbox apartments in MediaCityUK, where flats cost up to £400,000... "This was our only option" says John who has been homeless for almost five years.

Full details here...

 
 
80 YEAR OLD SALFORD PERSON WANTED TO PLANT 80TH ANNIVERSARY TREE IN BUILE HILL PARK

Star date: 14th January 2018

BUILE HILL PARK CELEBRATES 80TH ANNIVERSARY

This month, it's the 80th anniversary of Buile Hill Park since it was inaugurated at its present size. And to celebrate this oak anniversary, the Friends of Buile Hill Park are looking for an 80 year old Salford person, preferably born in January 1938, to help plant a tree.

The Friends are also searching for any living relatives of John Thomas Harrison, who was Chairman of the Parks Committee in 1938.

Full details here...

 
 
THOMAS PAINE TO BE CELEBRATED AT SALFORD WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY

Star date: 14th January 2018

A PAINE IN THE DEMOCRACY FARCE

Celebrating Thomas Paine
Saturday 27th January 1pm free
Working Class Movement Library

The Mary Quaile Club and the Working Class Movement Library are to hold a celebration of legendary Brit radical Thomas Paine, whose ideas on democracy and more still hold major relevance two hundred years on. Top tv and film writer Trevor Griffiths will be one of the speakers.

Full details here...

 
 
EMPOWER HELPS SALFORD DISABLED PEOPLE TO BE MORE ACTIVE

Star date: 13th January 2018

80% OF DISABLED PEOPLE WANT TO BE MORE ACTIVE BUT ONLY 17% HIT LEVEL

80% of disabled people want to be more active, but only 17% meet the recommended levels of activity, and for people with sensory impairments it's even lower. Empower, founded by Ben Andrews, is aiming to change this by supporting disabled people to better manage their health and well-being in Eccles, Pendleton and Swinton.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD TUC FIRES NEW SACK ESTHER MCVEY CAMPAIGN

Star date: 13th January 2018

BENEFIT SANCTIONS MP FACES NEW CAMPAIGN FOR SACK

Salford TUC is firing a new campaign to 'Sack Esther McVey Again', having four members on its national steering committee, including two Salford councillors, and making the first donation towards its funds.

Esther McVey, the former Employment Minister who introduced benefit sanctions guidelines, lost her seat in the Wirral after a huge 'Sack Esther McVey' campaign, but then got re-elected in Tatton at the last General Election, and was recently handed the job of Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions – an appointment Jeremy Corbyn said would be "a cause for alarm for disabled people".

Full details here...

 
 
£14MILLION GOVERNMENT WORKING WELL JOB SCHEME MADE ALMOST NO IMPACT IN GREATER MANCHESTER

Star date: 12th January 2018

70% OF SALFORD PEOPLE ON JOB SCHEME SAY IT DID NOT IMPROVE EMPLOYABILITY

A £14.4million Government Working Well scheme to help benefit claimants into long-term jobs, piloted in Greater Manchester, "has not increased the chances of individuals moving into work", states an early impact study from the Department for Work and Pensions, published yesterday.

Meanwhile, a separate independent evaluation done for Big Life Enterprises, which got the Salford contract, reported that over 70% of those who gave feedback thought that Working Well did not improve their employability. The GMCA is about to start a £52million extension to the programme.

Full details here...

 
 
UNDER FREEDOM OF INFORMATION SALFORD CITY COUNCIL FINALLY RELEASES VIABILITY ASSESSMENT – WITH EVERYTHING REDACTED!

Star date: 11th January 2018

AFTER MONTHS OF WAITING, BROWN COW PUB VIABILITY RELEASED – WITH EVERYTHING BLANK!

After waiting months for a response to a Freedom of Information request to see the full viability assessment for the Brown Cow pub development, Salford Council finally released the documents today – with 99.9% of information blanked out!

The Salford Star originally estimated that developers, Caspia Management Ltd and Robinsons Brewery, had avoided £100,000s in planning fees through the loophole that their profits wouldn't be big enough if they had to cough up. The Star wanted some transparency in the process...er...

Full details here...

 
 
A TOUR THROUGH SALFORD COUNCIL SPIN ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Star date: 10th January 2018

IT'S NOT WHAT THEY TELL YOU, IT'S WHAT THEY DON'T TELL YOU

Today, Salford City Council issued a press release outlining its plans to "build the first council houses in the city for a generation" and how its new housing company, Derive, "is already involved in projects to deliver around 900 affordable homes by 2021".

Here, the Salford Star goes through the spin and discovers that it's not what they tell you but what they don't tell you...

Full details here...

 
 
KOUKASH OUT AS SALFORD RED DEVILS OWNERSHIP ‘IN HANDS OF SUPPORTERS’

Star date: 9th January 2018

'FANS CONSORTIUM' SALFORD RD HOLDINGS TAKES OWNERSHIP OF SALFORD RED DEVILS

Salford Red Devils has announced the takeover of the club by a not-for-profit consortium, Salford RD Holdings, with four new 'fan' board members. The move signals the end of the controversial reign of Marwan Koukash who, the club states, has relinquished control.

"The new ownership structure puts the control of the Club into the hands of the supporters" says board member Andrew Rosler.

Full details here...

 
 
COMMUNITY SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN HOLDING COUNCILS TO ACCOUNT STATES PARLIAMENT REPORT

Star date: 8th January 2018

75% SAY PARTY POLITICS AFFECTS SCRUTINY

The findings of a new House of Commons report on 'Effectiveness of local authority overview and scrutiny committees' concludes that party politics affects the way that council leaders are held to account; that the public and service users should be involved in scrutiny; and that council leaders and officers should 'welcome constructive challenge and democratic accountability'...

In Salford? In your dreams!

Full details here...

 
 
A TRIP INSIDE THE CRESCENT SALFORD POLICE STATION

Star date: 7th January 2018

THE DERELICT EXPLORER TOURS THE CRESCENT POLICE STATION

In the midst of all the development along the Crescent and Chapel Street, the old Salford Police Station HQ still stands empty as developers and Salford Council are at loggerheads over its future.

Meanwhile, Matt Holmes, the 'Derelict Explorer', managed to gain entry into the building and took some extraordinary photos... "The inside is extremely dangerous and deteriorated" he says but adds that "The building needs to be saved".

Full details here...

 
 
KINGDOM LOST NEW ALBUM AND NIGHT AND DAY GIG

Star date: 6th January 2018 

IN THE CRUCIBLE OF KINGDOM LOST

Kingdom Lost
Thursday 11th January 8pm
Night and Day, Manchester £6

Salford band, Kingdom Lost, release their second euphoric album, and play Night and Day Cafe this Thursday. Ian Leslie admires their sound's subtlety and sub-text that makes them 'bang on the zeitgeist'...

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY COUNCIL WINS £7.3MILLION OUR FRIENDS IN THE NORTH AWARD

Star date: 5th January 2018

SALFORD COUNCIL WINS OUR FRIENDS IN THE NORTH MEMORIAL PRIZE AS DEVELOPERS AVOID OVER £7MILLION IN PLANNING FEES

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 11th annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

The Our Friends In The North Memorial Prize harks back to the brilliant classic drama series about regeneration gone rotten, starring Salford's own Christopher Eccleston; and this year's award goes to Salford City Council for letting developers avoid over £7million in planning fees and the provision of dozens of affordable houses...

Full details here...

 
 
UKIP WINS SALFORD STAR AWARD FOR SELF DESTRUCTION

Star date: 4th January 2018

THE END OF UKIP IN SALFORD AWARD GOES TO...UKIP

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 11th annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

In the run up to the various elections this year, UKIP disintegrated in Salford with allegations of sleaze and racism, and resignations of its leading lights. For all intents and purposes UKIP is no more. So, ladies and gentlemen, whip yourselves into a frenzy for the winner of the Salford Star Mary Burns Award For Self Destruction – UKIP!

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE WINS SALFORD STAR SHAMEFUL AND UNACCEPTABLE PRACTICES AWARD

Star date: 3rd January 2018

GMP WINS SHAMEFUL AND UNACCEPTABLE PRACTICES AWARD

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 11th annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

In July 2017, the United Nations finally issued its report on evidence gathered at the Barton Moss anti-fracking protests relating to the behaviour of Greater Manchester Police. It found GMP's practices "shameful and totally unacceptable". So, ladies and gentlemen, put your head in a muddy ditch, arrest a schoolgirl for walking slowly and run riot for the winner of the Shameful and Unacceptable Practices Award...Greater Manchester Police!

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY COUNCIL WINS STALIN AWARD FOR OPEN AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT

Star date: 2nd January 2018

SALFORD COUNCIL WINS UNCLE JOE STALIN AWARD FOR OPEN AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 11th annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

Salford Council's refusal to be open and accountable gets worse, with emails revealing an agreement with housing company Pendleton Together not to respond to legitimate press enquiries from the Salford Star. So, ladies and gentlemen, butcher the peasants of your democracy for the winner of the Uncle Joe Stalin Award for Open and Democratic Government – Salford City Council!

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY COUNCIL WINS GRENFELL TOWER URGENCY AWARD

Star date: 1st January 2018

SALFORD COUNCIL WINS GRENFELL TOWER URGENCY AWARD

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 11th annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

After the horrific Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in June, Salford Council was quick to come out and state that the fire trap cladding on nine Pendleton tower blocks would be removed... "There will be no waiting around in Salford" said the Mayor. Almost seven months later, the cladding is still on. So, ladies and gentlemen, adjust your aluminium composites for the winner of the Grenfell Tower Urgency Award...Salford City Council!

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY COUNCIL WINS CORBYNISTA COUNCIL OF THE YEAR AWARD

Star date: 31st December 2017

SALFORD COUNCIL CORBYNISTAS OF THE YEAR

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 11th annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

Many have pointed to Salford City Council as Jeremy Corbyn's political ideal but, hey, God help us if it's true! Shutting a disabled kids home, charging disabled kids' parents for transport, wage cuts, staff cuts, friendships with brutal Chinese regions and more. Ladies and gentlemen sing 'Ooooh Jeremy Corbyn, what the hell's going on here?' for the winner of the Corbynista Council of the Year...Salford City Council and Mayor Paul Dennett!

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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