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SALFORD POLIO SUFFERER WAS TRAPPED UPSTAIRS FOR THREE MONTHS AS HOUSING ASSOCIATION WON’T FIT LIFT

Star date: 23rd November 2017  

DISABLED SALIX HOMES TENANT TOLD TO FIND NEW PROPERTY

Salix Homes tenant, Thomas West, has a worsening polio condition that meant the stairlift at his house in Weaste needed alterations but then kept breaking down, leaving him trapped upstairs for three months at one point.

Thomas has been advised by Salford Council that he needs a vertical lift fitted but Salix Homes state it is against their policy and have asked him to consider moving to 'more suitable accommodation'... "I don't want to move" he says, suspecting financial concerns are being put before his needs.

Full details here...

 
 
COURT THROWS OUT SALFORD SCHOOL FINE FOR MUM WHO KEPT SERIOUSLY ILL SON AT HOME

Star date: 22nd November 2017

HIS BROTHER HAD ALREADY DIED OF SAME ILLNESS BUT 'HEARTLESS' SCHOOL FINED MUM FOR UNAUTHORISED ABSENCES

"He wasn't going out enjoying himself; he was actually at home trying to breathe..."

A judge at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court has thrown out a fine given by Buile Hill Visual Arts College to mum, Nicola Newns, for 'unauthorised absences' of her son, Jacob, despite him suffering from the same serious illness that tragically took the life of his younger brother, Ben, a few years ago.

Court papers showed that the school complained it took them two hours once to contact Nicola – when she was actually in an ambulance with Jacob on the way to A&E; and then couldn't contact her for four days...when she was sat by his bed in intensive care "Praying he gets better".

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER PRE-BUDGET RALLY HEARS CALLS TO BRING DOWN TORY GOVERNMENT

Star date: 21st November 2017

'ARROGANT AND CRUEL' TORY GOVERNMENT GOT TO GO SAY JULIE HESMONDHALGH, TRADE UNIONISTS AND LABOUR COUNCILLORS

Tonight, a Pre-Budget rally on the steps of GMex in Manchester heard constant calls for the 'arrogant and cruel' Tory Government to be brought down.

Speakers at the Manchester People's Assembly rally included trade unionists, Labour Party councillors, the Canon of Manchester Cathedral, plus a message from Julie Hesmondhalgh condemning the Tories' "Unspeakable acts of injustice...against the most vulnerable in our society".

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD SALIX HOMES DISABLED RESIDENT SUICIDE ATTEMPT AS CRIES FOR HELP IGNORED

Star date: 21st November 2017

'HORRIFIED' PARENTS TELL OF SALIX 'TURNING BACK' ON DISABLED SON 

"We can't understand how anyone can let a company do this to a vulnerable person forcing him to try and take his own life..."

The parents of a disabled man living in a Salix Homes flat off Blackfriars Road have written to the Salford City Mayor, Salford MP and local councillors after their son tried to commit suicide in a motorway car park.

The email states that Salix refused to help deal with anti-social behaviour and disability access issues, and "refused to accept that he is even disabled" despite him receiving full PIP... "The fact that his urgent cries for help have been ignored and his landlords have turned their back on him and instructed solicitors rather than provide the help that he urgently needs is horrifying".

Full details and email here...

 
 
NEW NETPOL REPORT SHOWS POLICE USING INCREASINGLY VIOLENT TACTICS AGAINST ANTI-FRACKING PROTESTERS

Star date: 20th November 2017

NETPOL CALLS FOR 'URGENT EXTERNAL REVIEW' OF ANTI-FRACKING POLICING

"Our fundamental right to protest is being eroded by ever more oppressive policing" Keith Taylor, MEP

Community watchdog, Netpol, has today published a damning report on the policing of anti-fracking protests over the last year, which shows police using "increasingly confrontational and violent tactics against protesters", and calls for an 'urgent' and 'external review' of policy.

The report states Netpol has seen evidence of "police officers pushing people into hedges, knocking campaigners unconscious, violently dragging older people across the road and shoving others into speeding traffic..."

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER LAW CENTRE PROVIDES FREE HOUSING ADVICE

Star date: 19th November 2017

GM LAW CENTRE INTRODUCES FREE HOUSING ADVICE

Greater Manchester Law Centre has announced that it is now providing free housing advice for the community, via Platt Halpern Solicitors. The clinics take place by appointment in the afternoon of the second Friday of each month.

Meanwhile, the Law Centre is holding a fundraising Christmas Law and Disorder Quiz on Thursday 7th December at TROF in Manchester's Northern Quarter.

Full details here...

 
 
KEN LOACH, RICKY TOMLINSON, JB BARRINGTON STAR IN SALFORD COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTRE FUNDRAISER

Star date: 19th November 2017

WATCH KEN LOACH FILMS WITH KEN LOACH!

Films and Conversations With Ken Loach
Thursday 23rd November 2pm-midnight
Moston Miners' Community Arts Centre £20/£10

This Thursday, there's a chance to watch Ken Loach films, I, Daniel Blake and Spirit of '45, together with the man himself, plus there's entertainment from Ricky Tomlinson, JB Barrington, Smug Roberts and more in a special fundraiser for the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre.

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER CHRISTMAS SHOPPER SHOCKER AS ‘THERESA MAY’ AND CO TAX RAIN, SMALL CHILDREN AND PUPPIES

Star date: 18th November 2017

MANCHESTER PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY SUGGESTIONS FOR TORY BUDGET TAXES ON SANTA AND CARING THOUGHTS

Market Street in Manchester City Centre became a showcase for Tory Government pre-budget suggestions this afternoon, with 'Theresa May' and 'Philip Hammond' liking the idea of taxing everything from the northern rain to Santa himself.

It was all part of a Bodge The Budget performance from Manchester People's Assembly, and a pre-amble to the organisation's big Eve of Budget Rally to Shine A Light On Tory Failure, this Tuesday 21st November at 6:30pm, at GMex.

Full details here...

 
 
PENDLETON SIXTH FORM COLLEGE GRAPHIC DESIGN EXHIBITION

Star date: 18th November 2017

EX STUDENTS, CURRENT STUDENTS AND POTENTIAL FUTURE STUDENTS INVITED TO SPECIAL SHOWCASE

Pendleton Graphic Design Alumni Exhibition
Tuesday 21st November from 5:30pm
Pendleton Sixth Form College

After a fire hit the Graphic Design Department at Pendleton Sixth Form College 18 months ago, the place has risen from ashes with new state-of-the-art facilities. And to celebrate, next Tuesday, successful former students will holding an exhibition; a "must-see show for any aspiring designers or anyone interested in creative arts and design" state the organisers.

Full details here...

 
 
REVEREND RACCOON CONVERTS THE KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 18th November 2017

SPIRITUAL SALVATION NOT GUARANTEED BY REVEREND RACCOON

The Life and Crimes of Reverend Raccoon
Monday 20th November 7:30pm
The Kings Arms £5/£4

Loss, faith and spiritual quackery are explored in The Life and Crimes of Reverend Raccoon, that plays out at The Kings Arms on Monday. It's a one man dark comedy that parodies the archetypal tv preacher, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full details here...

 
 
FIVE CANDIDATES TO STAND IN SALFORD LANGWORTHY BY-ELECTION

Star date: 18th November 2017

TWO MAIN PARTIES PLUS GREENS, LIBDEMS AND INDEPENDENT STAND IN LANGWORTHY

Five candidates have put themselves forward to stand in the Langworthy by-election which takes place on Thursday 14th December. Joining the Conservative and Labour Party are the Greens, LibDems and Michael Felse standing as an Independent.

Full details here...

 
 
CORONATION STREET GORE FEST SLATED IN NEW POEM

Star date: 18th November 2017

HORRORNATION STREET CALLS ENA SHARPLES TO THE RESCUE

What would Tony Warren think of Coronation Street, 2017 style? Dave Bishop, who actually stood in a by-election on a manifesto of scrapping the Street and its depressing storylines, has written a short poem...

Full details here...

 
 
GREENPEACE SPOOF COCA COLA CHRISTMAS ADVERT DE-RAILS THE REAL THING

Star date: 17th November 2017

'DON'T LET COKE CHOKE OUR OCEANS'

Tonight, as Coca Cola releases its new slushy Christmas advert, Greenpeace has unveiled its own version, complete with big red truck and creepy Santa dumping loads of plastic cola bottles into the ocean.

"Coca Cola is the world's biggest soft drinks producer and the source of over a hundred billion disposable plastic bottles every year" states Greenpeace "This Christmas, we're asking Coke to show some goodwill to our oceans and shrink their enormous plastic footprint."

Full details here...

 
 
CIRCUS NIGHT AND CLUB BEATS AT SALFORD FUNDRAISER FOR LIFESHARE

Star date: 17th November 2017

CIRCUS AND CLUB NIGHT FUNDRAISER FOR VITAL HOMELESS SERVICE

A Night At The Circus
Saturday 18th November 10pm-3am
The Old Pint Pot £5 (adv) £8 (door)

Tomorrow night, 18th November, The Old Pint Pot is hosting A Night At The Circus to help raise funds for voluntary homeless service, Lifeshare, which is being evicted as part of the NOMA 'regeneration' and needs to find a new home. The night will have amazing circus acts as well as cool club beats from a wow of DJs.

Full details here...

 
 
CRIME UP BY 61% IN SALFORD – THE HIGHEST RISE IN GREATER MANCHESTER

Star date: 16th November 2017

VIOLENT CRIME UP 82%...SERIOUS VIOLENT CRIME UP 122%...SEX OFFENCES UP 61%

Increase in all crime has risen by 61% over the last year, the highest rise in Greater Manchester which recorded an average increase of 43% across the other boroughs.

Serious violent crime increased by 122%, violent crime by 82% and sex offences by 61%. All categories of crime increased by some degree, with the exception of the number of anti-social behaviour incidents recorded by police, which fell by 35%.

Full details here...

 
 
‘FORCE’ PEEL HOLDINGS TO OPEN SALFORD LIFTING BRIDGE SAYS IRLAM COUNCILLOR

Star date: 16th November 2017

'SCANDALOUS' PEEL HOLDINGS SHOULD OPEN BARTON LIFTING BRIDGE INSISTS IRLAM COUNCILLOR

Irlam Councillor, Roger Jones, insisted at yesterday's full meeting of Salford City Council that Peel Holdings should be "forced" to open the Barton Lifting Bridge.

Salford and Trafford Council are currently in the midst of a legal battle with Peel over who will assume liability for the bridge which collapsed last year during construction: "Who on earth would take liability for that bridge...it's madness?" said Councillor Jones, again accusing Peel of holding the authorities to ransom.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS ‘DON’T DESERVE TO EXIST’ SAYS TORY COUNCILLOR

Star date: 16th November 2017

COUNCILLOR BETS SALFORD MAYOR £10 THAT REDS WILL WANT MORE PUBLIC MONEY

Conservative Councillor, Robin Garrido, told a full meeting of Salford City Council yesterday that the local authority should not be a "prop" for Salford Red Devils... "If they can't survive they don't  deserve to exist" he argued, before betting Salford Mayor, Paul Dennett, £10 that within three years the club would need more Council money to "keep them going".

Full details here...

 
 
EVEN SALFORD TORIES SUPPORT LABOUR PARTY CALL FOR HALT TO UNIVERSAL CREDIT ROLL-OUT

Star date: 15th November 2017

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL PASSES MOTION TO HALT ROLL-OUT OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT

Today, as horror stories were related of Salford residents suffering under Universal Credit, a Labour Party motion calling for a halt to its roll-out was passed unanimously by councillors – even those in the Conservative Party.

Meanwhile, a demonstration by trade unionists in support of the motion was held in the public gallery of the Council chamber.

Full details here...

 
 
FIVE SITES IN SALFORD THAT COULD BE OPENED UP FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE

Star date: 14th November 2017

CRESCENT POLICE STATION...LANCASTRIAN HALL...BUILE HILL MANSION...PRECINCT ESTATE...MOCHA PARADE

"Open up buildings for night shelters..."

Last week, Salford was named by housing charity, Shelter, as the second worst place in the North West for homelessness. Yet Salford City Council is sitting on lots of properties that are lying empty, awaiting 'regeneration'.

Today, there are calls for the Council to take the tins off and use them to help the homeless... "People are freezing on the streets, open up buildings for night shelters...sod the red tape, just do it" states Salford Street Support.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL MOTION CALLS FOR HALT TO UNIVERSAL CREDIT ROLL-OUT

Star date: 14th November 2017

UNIVERSAL CREDIT 'CAUSING UNNECESSARY HARDSHIP TO LOCAL FAMILIES'

Salford City Council is set to approve a motion tomorrow calling for a halt to the roll-out of the hated Universal Credit. The motion, put forward by two Salford Labour Party councillors, states that Universal Credit "is causing huge increases in rent arrears" and "is causing unnecessary hardship to local families".

Before the full Salford Council meeting, which is set to approve the motion, Salford TUC, Unite Community and others have actually called a demonstration in support of the Council.

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.

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