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SALFORD STOCK TRANSFER CONSULTANTS TO BE PAID £1,250 PER DAY ON TOP OF £172,000 CONTRACT

Star date: 29th January 2015 

PWC CONSULTANTS TO BE PAID £1,250 A DAY FOR EXTRA WORK ON SALIX HOMES TRANSFER

PWC consultants is set to be paid an extra £41,875, or £1,250 per day, for 33.5 days work for a Lead Advisor/Project Manager to complete work on the council house stock transfer process to Salix Homes by March – even though there is a £172,000 contract already in place for work until that date.

The extra contract will mean that the consultants will have picked up a total of £403,875 for various `advice' and `support' contracts on the transfer. PWC had originally wanted £75,000 for the extra work.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD SOCIAL HOUSING RENTS TO RISE BY FOUR TIMES THE RATE OF INFLATION

Star date: 28th January 2015

SALIX AND PENDLETON TOGETHER TENANTS GET HAMMERED WITH RENT RISES - AGAIN

With the current rate of inflation running at 0.5%, tenants of Salix and Pendleton Together face rent rises of 2.2% in 2015-16, which will add almost £7 a month to bills. This comes on top of 17.3% rent rises seen over the last three years.

Meanwhile, service charges for both housing providers will `reflect the actual costs of providing those services', so some tenants will see decreases while others will see whopping increases.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RESIDENT CAUGHT IN HORRIFIC CARE AND CUTS STORM

Star date: 27th January 2015

CAN THIS GET ANY WORSE? WELCOME TO SALFORD 2015...

"It's all a nightmare...I don't know how I'm going to cope..."

Everything horrific about living under Council and Government `austerity' has come together in a perfect care and cuts storm for one parent caring for a severely disabled adult in Salford.

This mum has lived with a catalogue of cuts and ridiculous benefit policies that have left her with absolutely no income, bills coming in for Council Tax and Bedroom Tax, and inferior care for her son that has seen him wait five hours to go to the toilet. All because she had to have major surgery on her arms. What is real life like in 2015? Read this and weep...Or get angry.

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SALFORD MPS REFUSE TO BACK FREEZE ON FRACKING

Star date: 27th January 2015

SALFORD LABOUR MPS ABSTAIN IN FRACKING FREEZE VOTE

Salford's Labour MPs all abstained yesterday in a vote to declare a freeze, or moratorium, on fracking while an independent assessment is carried out into its impact on climate change, the environment, health and safety and the economy.

Instead the Infrastructure Bill was passed with some added conditions including a ban on fracking in national parks and stricter regulations, which Friends of the Earth hailed as a `Government retreat'.

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THE £13.8MILLION COST OF GREATER MANCHESTER DEVOLUTION

Star date: 26th January 2015

THE STAGGERING COST OF GREATER MANCHESTER DEVOLUTION

Latest figures from the GMCA (Greater Manchester Combined Authorities) and AGMA (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities) put the costs related to Greater Manchester devolution at £13.825million for just one year, 2015-16.

The costs include £12.4million for the "scale up to meet the commitments within the reform aspects of the Devolution Agreement", £475,000 "in relation to recruitment, communications, research, intelligence and policy development" and almost £1million to administer new housing policies and funds.

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SALFORD GETS TWO TUSC CANDIDATES IN GENERAL ELECTION

Star date: 26th January 2015  

TUSC TO STAND TWO ANTI-AUSTERITY CANDIDATES IN SALFORD

"I'm just a normal mum and someone has to fight for our kids. There's nobody else that can do it for us..." Noreen Bailey

As the anti-austerity Syrza pary swept to power in Greece yesterday, here in Salford the anti-austerity TUSC – Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition – announced that it is standing two candidates in Salford.

Trade union activist Steven North will be standing in Worsley and Eccles South, while Noreen Bailey, who has led the fight against cuts to transport for disabled adults, will be standing in Salford and Eccles. TUSC is also to stand in fifteen of the twenty wards at the local elections in May.

Full details here...

 
 
THE LEGACY OF SALFORD ICON EWAN MACCOLL

Star date: 25th January 2015  

EWAN MACCOLL – A SALFORD TRIBUTE

PART 3: THE CENTENARY LEGACY

"If you don't fight back they've succeeded in dehumanising you..." Ewan MacColl

One hundred years after the birth of Ewan MacColl, what is the legacy of the Salford icon? His traditionalist folk ballads and love songs, classic as some are, almost belong to a bygone era; his agitprop plays were of a bygone moment and the Communist Party to which he belonged is almost extinct in this country.

So what is Ewan MacColl's legacy? He was a Salford fighter.

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SALFORD ICON EWAN MACCOLL AND THE DIRTY OLD TOWN

Star date: 25th January 2015  

EWAN MACCOLL – A SALFORD TRIBUTE

PART 2: DIRTY OLD TOWN

Ewan MacColl perceived his home town Salford with a mixture of "love and hate". And he detested what Salford Council had done to the city... `cheap ...nasty...nothing but the worst for the working classes'.

Here, Ewan's third wife, Peggy Seeger, gives a unique insight into his views on Salford and those, like The Pogues, who, he reckoned, had wrecked Dirty Old Town. We also print the missing verse of that song. Plus did Salford Council really make him change the line from `Smelled the spring on the Salford wind'?

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SALFORD ICON EWAN MACCOLL CENTENARY

Star date: 25th January 2015  

EWAN MACCOLL AND HIS LEGACY – A SALFORD TRIBUTE

PART 1

Ewan MacColl, born in Lower Broughton 25th January 1915, is world famous for creating working class songs, plays, poems and protest. In this special Salford Star centenary celebration, split into three parts, we have a bit of everything – from the missing verse of Dirty Old Town to Peggy Seegar's recollections of her husband's attitude to Salford.

However, an equally fitting tribute showcases his attitude towards life – which, in these times of austerity and cuts, has much to offer a new generation. Ladies and gentlemen of Salford we give you the one and only Ewan MacColl...

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FRACKING NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE SAY MPS AS SALFORD CASE ADJOURNED UNTIL MARCH

Star date: 24th January 2015  

SALFORD MPS URGED TO VOTE FOR FRACKING PAUSE NEXT WEEK

Salford MPs – Hazel Blears, Barbara Keeley and Graham Stringer – are being urged to support a cross party vote for a moratorium on fracking across Britain on Monday when the Infrastructure Bill comes before Parliament.

The motion, backed by Bolton Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas amongst others, would put a pause on fracking for up to two and a half years while the risks are assessed. Meanwhile a potential dynamite court case surrounding the IGas site in Salford has been adjourned until March.

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ALIAS KID NEW BAD BOYS OF ROCK

Star date: 24th January 2015

SEX PISTOLS...HAPPY MONDAYS...ALIAS KID?

Alias Kid, managed by former Oasis and Creation Records svengali Alan McGee, are being touted as the new bad boys of rock. Attempts to chuck eggs at David Cameron's lair and run-ins with the law are the backdrop for some top tunes, as the band's debut single and album are about to be unleashed.

Here Graham Williamson catches up with Alias Kid's Maz and Sean, who sees possible success as an escape from his factory job in Salford.

Full details here...

 
 
NEW SALFORD SPIN ON BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Star date: 24th January 2015

THE REFLECTIVE THEATRE ADD FUN AND SPARKLE TO FAMILY CLASSIC

Beauty and the Beast
Tues Feb 3rd and Wed 4th
Adelphi Studio Theatre £5

Children's classic, Beauty and the Beast, is to get a panto makeover from University of Salford students who are promising to `make it fresh for a modern audience'.

The drama and comedy students have set up the Reflective Theatre company and 'Beauty is their first full length production... "It's a tale of love, magic and laughter that's fun for all the family"

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD PLANNING MAYOR FINALLY EXPOSES `PUBLIC SCANDAL OF IMMENSE PROPORTIONS’

Star date: 22nd January 2015

SALFORD ASSISTANT PLANNING MAYOR ACCUSES ERIC PICKLES OF ROBBING COMMUNITY TO LINE DEVELOPERS' POCKETS

Following Salford Star articles accusing Salford councillors of saying nothing about Government planning regulations that allow developers to escape paying millions of pounds to Salford City Council, Councillor Derek Antrobus, Assistant Mayor for Strategic Planning, finally let Tory Secretary of State Eric Pickles have it with both barrels at yesterday's full Council meeting.

It was "a public scandal of immense proportions that has seen Eric Pickles rig the planning regulations in order to deprive, to rob, local communities of its essential investment in order to line the pockets of landowners and developers" said Antrobus. And Salford Tory Leader, Karen Garrido, agreed that it was a "serious problem".

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SALFORD DISABLED TRANSPORT USERS LOSE APPEAL AGAINST SALFORD COUNCIL CUT

Star date: 20th January 2015

CAMPAIGNERS VOW TO FIGHT ON AFTER COURT APPEAL LOSS

"We are very disappointed with the outcome of this appeal and the massive consequences this will have on so many vulnerable members of the community in Salford" Mathieu Culverhouse, Irwin Mitchell

Michael Robson and Jennifer Barrett, the two disabled users of Salford Council's Passenger Transport Unit, today lost their appeal against an earlier High Court decision allowing the axing of the service as part of horrific cuts in the city.

On hearing the judgement, Michael's mother, Mary, said she was "disgusted" but added "We're not finished yet..."

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17,700 SALFORD PEOPLE WILL PAY MORE COUNCIL TAX WITH CUT IN SUPPORT

Star date: 20th January 2015

SALFORD COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT CUT WILL HIT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE

Tomorrow, Salford Council is due to rubber stamp its cut in support for those who can't afford Council Tax, making everyone of working age pay at least 15% of their bill, with 17,700 people affected.

Of those who currently claim on the Council Tax Reduction Scheme, over 74% disagreed with the increased payments in a Council consultation, while a Council report on the cut states that it "will reduce the disposable income of many on low incomes, increasing socio-economic inequality..."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL’S AJ BELL STADIUM RECORDS £5.2MILLION LOSSES

Star date: 19th January 2015

SALFORD COUNCIL LOOKS SET TO HAND STADIUM ANOTHER £1MILLION

"The directors have...received comfort from the directors of Salford City Council that the necessary level of support will be provided to the company" Stadium accounts 2013-14

Salford City Council's AJ Bell Stadium, a joint venture with Peel Holdings, has recorded a loss of £5.2million according to its latest set of accounts released last week.

The Stadium also has current net liabilities of £2.257million, which means that unless something spectacular happens Peel Holdings and cash-strapped Salford Council will have to put another £1.1million each into the company before December 2015.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD IGNORES EWAN MACCOLL CENTENARY

Star date: 18th January 2015

SALFORD ICON FORGOTTEN IN HOME CITY

Next Sunday, 25th January, marks one hundred years since the birth of Ewan MacColl, socialist activist, actor, playwright, poet and the writer of stunning songs like Dirty Old Town and The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

In Glasgow there's to be a special tribute concert featuring, amongst loads of artists, Jarvis Cocker and Ewan's four grandsons. Radio 4 is broadcasting a special documentary The Real MacColl with John Cooper Clarke, and there's also the release of a Ewan McColl cover album. But in Salford, his home town, there is nothing planned at all.

Full details here...

 
 
DAVID CAMERON SLATED AS SALFORD STATS SHOW OVER 600 INJURED AT WORK OVER LAST TWO YEARS

Star date: 17th January 2015

SALFORD HAS FOURTH HIGHEST RATE OF WORK RELATED INJURIES IN GREATER MANCHESTER

"Cameron has waged an unrelenting attack on the protective H&S laws and their enforcement which keep workers safe and healthy..." Hilda Palmer GMHC

New figures released by the Government's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that 654 people suffered work related injuries over the last two years, the fourth highest rate in Greater Manchester.

Responding to the Government figures, Hilda Palmer of the Greater Manchester Hazards Centre put the blame firmly on Prime Minister David Cameron's "lies" on health and safety, as he cut the HSE budget by 44%.

Full details here...

 
 
ANTHONY GRAINGER FAMILY CALLS FOR PUBLIC INQUIRY AFTER GMP CHIEF TRIAL COLLAPSES

Star date: 16th January 2015

GRAINGER FAMILY NO NEARER TO TRUTH BEHIND SALFORD MAN'S SHOOTING

The family of Anthony Grainger  has called for a Public Inquiry after the `health and safety' case against Greater Manchester Police Chief Sir Peter Fahy collapsed today.

Salford's Anthony Grainger was shot dead by an officer from Greater Manchester Police in 2012 but while the officer didn't face criminal charges, Chief Constable Fahy was to be charged under the Health and Safety at Work Act. While calling for a Public Inquiry into the shooting, Anthony's family solicitor this afternoon stated "The family of Antony are hugely disappointed at the decision not to proceed with the prosecution of Sir Peter Fahy."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD PLANNING COUNCILLORS QUESTION THEIR EXISTENCE

Star date: 15th January 2015

SALFORD COUNCILLORS FINALLY SLAM DEVELOPERS AT CHAPEL WHARF AND SALFORD QUAYS 

"I don't know what's going on here" Councillor Derek Antrobus
"Why am I here?" Councillor Karen Garrido

Councillors sitting on Salford Council's planning panel questioned their roles and power today as they slammed applications for over 1,500 flats which are set to lose Salford Council £4.4million in planning fees, with no affordable housing attached.

An application from Acroy/Dandara for 995 flats in Chapel Wharf was deferred pending clarification of housing policy, while an application from Amstone Ventures for 665 flats at Clippers Quay was passed, with Conservative Leader Karen Garrido abstaining from the vote complaining of the lack of affordable housing and pathetically low payments to the Council.

Full details here...

 
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