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SALFORD PRECINCT SHOPPERS STUNG BY PARKING `RACKET’

Star date: 2nd December 2016

SALFORD SHOPPERS GET FINED FOR SHORT STAY PARKING

"They're just trying it on...It's a racket..." car parker

Shoppers visiting Salford Precinct have told how they are being fined £100 for leaving their vehicles in the official G24 Ltd car parks. The company allows three hours free parking but people have been getting tickets even though they have stayed at the site for a less than an hour's total during the day.

Full details here...

 
 
BENEFIT SANCTIONS COSTS OF HUNGER AND HARDSHIP NOT BEING MONITORED STATES NATIONAL AUDIT OFFICE

Star date: 1st December 2016

DAMNING SANCTIONS REPORT AS AUDIT OFFICE QUESTIONS FAIRNESS

The National Audit Office has slated the Government's sanctions regime in a new report. It states that, while 400,000 sanctions were imposed last year, the fact that they are widespread "does not mean they are well designed, fairly administered or effective".

The report adds that `wider costs' – "the direct impact on people who get sanctioned" - such as financial hardship, hunger and depression, are not being cost monitored by the DWP. Indeed, it could be costing more to impose sanctions than is saved in benefit non-payments. The report concludes that the "use of sanctions is linked as much to management priorities and local staff discretion as it is to claimants' behaviour".

Full details here...

 
 
DIANNE NGOZA'S UNLAWFUL REMOVAL FROM UK STOPPED

Star date: 30th November 2016

11TH HOUR REPRIEVE FOR MANCHESTER CAMPAIGNER

"I am overwhelmed with what has happened today..." Dianne

Attempts to deport Zambian nurse and anti-destitution campaigner, Dianne Ngoza, have been stopped at the eleventh hour, as her solicitor lodged judicial review proceedings, and Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill cancelled removal instructions for her case to be considered further.

"Through sustained, detailed and collective action Dianne, and the very many organisations and individuals who have come together to challenge this unlawful act by the Home Office, have succeeded in stopping the state" said Dr Rhetta Moran, of RAPAR.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD SECOND HIGHEST HOMELESS HOTSPOT IN NORTH WEST

Star date: 30th November 2016

ONE IN 765 SALFORD PEOPLE HAVE NO HOME AS HOUSING CRISIS GROWS

To mark its 50th anniversary housing charity, Shelter, has gone back to research which its formation was based on, and has produced a shocking homelessness hotspot table which puts Salford second worst place in the whole North West, with one in 765 people homeless in the city.

"Fifty years on a modern day housing crisis is tightening its grip on our country" says Shelter Manchester Hub manager, John Ryan "This is the tragic result of a nation struggling under the weight of sky-high rents, a lack of affordable homes, and cuts to welfare support."

Full details here...

 
 
SALIX HOMES MOBILITY SCOOTER RULES WILL LEAVE DISABLED HOUSEBOUND SAY RESIDENTS

Star date: 29th November 2016

NEW SAFETY RULES FOR SCOOTERS ANGER ELDERLY AND DISABLED RESIDENTS

"It's diabolical, what they are asking..." Salix tenant

Salix Homes has brought in new safety rules for owners of mobility scooters which, on the surface, seem quite reasonable. However, elderly and disabled residents are saying that the company is discriminating against them, and that many will be left housebound by the new edict.

Full details here...

 
 
MAXINE PEAKE, CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON ET AL RAISE THOUSANDS FOR SALFORD WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY

Star date: 28th November 2016

"IF WE DON'T LEARN FROM THE PAST WE END UP WITH A FUTURE A BIT LIKE WE'VE GOT NOW..." MAXINE PEAKE

Hundreds of people packed into Salford University's Maxwell Hall yesterday to hear Maxine Peake, Christopher Eccleston, Sheila Hancock, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Mike Joyce do Radical Readings from Salford's history and struggles.

The top class event was poignant, political and in parts hilarious, with Maxine Peake ending the day by explaining why it's so important to support the Working Class Movement Library... "If we don't learn from the past we end up with a future a bit like we've got now" she said, to thunderous applause.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COMMUNITY ACTIVIST HARRY DAVIES LOSES CANCER FIGHT

Star date: 28th November 2016

KERSAL ENVIRONMENTALIST AND COUNCILLOR PASSES ON

Community activist, environmentalist and, latterly, Salford councillor, Harry Davies, has lost his long running fight against cancer. Harry was incredibly well known and respected in Salford, from fighting fracking at Barton Moss, to warning of the Boxing Day flood and helping people to stand up for their rights. He will be sadly missed in the community.

Full details here...

 
 
VIRTUAL REALITY COMES TO SALFORD IN POP UP ARCADE AT FUTURE ARTISTS STUDIOS

Star date: 27th November 2016

VIRTUAL REALITY AND RETRO GAMES ARCADE POPS UP IN CHAPEL STREET

Arcade Club on Tour at Future Artists Studios
Thursday December 1st – February 2017
77 Chapel Street £10/£6 - various times

Virtual reality is coming to Salford for the first time ever, at a pop-up arcade in the former Home of Honest Coffee on Chapel Street. The venue collapsed as a cafe recently due to the redevelopment of the area but now Future Artists is re-birthing with the Arcade Club on Tour, featuring Oculus Virtual Reality and Playstation VR, plus over fifty retro arcade games.

Full details here...

 
 
FORTY YEARS AFTER GRUNWICK AT SALFORD WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY

Star date: 27th November 2016

SEMINAL GRUNWICK STRIKE REMEMBERED

Looking Back at the Grunwick Strike 1976-1978
Saturday 3rd December 1pm-3pm
Working Class Movement Library free

In the two years from 1976 to 1978, the Grunwick strike became one of the most bitterly fought trade union battles of the decade, with police arresting hundreds of trade unionists on the picket lines. Next Saturday, the Mary Quaile Club marks the forty year anniversary with a film and top speakers.

Full details here...

 
 
VESPERADOS REV UP FOR SANTA RUN TO MANCHESTER CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Star date: 27th November 2016

ON YER BIKES FOR SANTA RUN

Vesperados Santa Run
Sunday December 4th
Starts at Henry Boddington pub leaving at noon

The first weekend of December can only mean the start of the annual Vesperados Santa Run, which sees loads of stunning bikes, trikes and vintage cars with elves and Santas on board heading for Manchester Children's Hospital laden with presents.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD ARTS THEATRE SNOW QUEEN PANTO

Star date: 27th November 2016 

AN ICE TIME AT ARTS THEATRE PANTO

The Snow Queen
December 9th – 7th January
Salford Arts Theatre from £6.50 

This year's affordable panto at Salford Arts Theatre is The Snow Queen, guaranteed to melt the most stoic of psyches..."We've kept the story quite traditional but it's got goodies and baddies and all the usual stuff" says Roni Ellis who plays the baddie Snow Queen "It's a fun afternoon or evening out for the whole family."

Full details here...

 
 
SPORTING MEMORIES FOR OLDER PEOPLE AT SALFORD LADS CLUB

Star date: 27th November 2016

A CHANCE TO SHARE SPORTING MEMORIES

Sporting Memories
Tuesday 29th November 11am-2pm free
Salford Lads Club

Older folk are being invited to take part in a unique social event at Salford Lads Club this week which uses sport to recall memories and provides an opportunity to have fun and meet new people.

"Social isolation is a challenge" says Jason White of the Sporting Memories Network "Something like this is fantastic because it gets people out of the house and gets them talking about something that they're really happy to talk about."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD SCHOOLS LAUNCH SOLAR ENERGY SCHEME

Star date: 26th November 2016

IRLAM PRIMARY AND FIDDLERS LANE PRIMARY GO SOLAR

This week, a unique community energy scheme was launched that sees almost 60kilowatts of solar panels installed on Irlam and Fiddlers Lane Primary Schools by Greater Manchester Community Renewables.

Funding for the scheme was raised from local people who bought shares in GMCR, and will help the two schools save money on their electricity bills... "We are absolutely delighted with the solar panels" says Elaine Darwin, Head Teacher at Irlam Primary School.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD ROASTERS BRING SPECIALITY COFFEE TO THE CITY

Star date: 26th November 2016

ROASTERS HOPE TO WAKE UP SALFORD TO THE FOURTH WAVE OF COFFEE

Nik Storey, a former Salford Council senior health improvement manager, is hoping to turn the city onto artisan and specialist coffee, via his new company Salford Roasters.

The beans are ethically sourced, the company has added social value and the coffee is available to drink at places like Deli Lama, Playfoots, Malaga Drift and at the National Football Museum. It's also on sale in special packs from the Christmas market at Spinningfields on 27th November and 1st, 2nd and 4th December.

Full details here...

 
 
UK GOVERNMENT TO DEPORT MANCHESTER CAMPAIGNER NEXT WEEK

Star date: 25th November 2016

HOME OFFICE MAKING UNLAWFUL ATTEMPT TO REMOVE DIANNE NGOZA

Dianne Ngoza the Zambian nurse and Manchester anti-destitution campaigner is set to be deported from the UK next Wednesday - despite having an outstanding human rights application pending.

"It is beyond my comprehension that the Home Office are doing this before looking at the evidence in my case" Dianne said from Yarl's Wood detention centre, where she was taken from Dallas Court in Salford last week "I am exceedingly grateful to all the people who are working for me and supporting me, without them I would be lost."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY FC PAYING COUNCIL JUST £27 PER WEEK FOR MOOR LANE GROUND

Star date: 25th November 2016

COUNCILLOR LASHES "ABSOLUTELY DIABOLICAL" RENT PAID BY GARY NEVILLE

Salford councillor Howard Balkind has slated Salford City FC's "absolutely diabolical" low level of rent paid to Salford City Council for its Moor Lane ground. The club, which attracts up to 2,000 fans, is paying just £1,400 a year, or £27 a week, and wants to redevelop the stadium and increase capacity to over 5,000.

A new lease was recently granted to a company called Powerscale Limited, of which Gary Neville is the sole officer.

Full details here...

 
 
NOTHING BACK TO SALFORD COMMUNITY FROM CHAPEL STREET REVEALS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION RESPONSE

Star date: 24th November 2016

AS MO CELEBRATES 32 YEARS SERVING THE ISLINGTON COMMUNITY, NOT A PENNY GIVEN BACK FROM CHAPEL STREET DEVELOPMENT

After a year long fight with Salford City Council, the Information Commissioner recently ordered the release of details for the Development Trust Account to the Salford Star. The Account is supposed to hold money for affordable housing and public realm paid by developers on the massive English Cities Fund (ECf) scheme of luxury houses, flats and commercial units on Chapel Street and beyond. But the Star can now reveal that not a penny has been paid into it.

Meanwhile, Mo, who owns the Shalimar convenience store in the midst of the redevelopment, yesterday celebrated serving the community for 32 years, despite the ECf handing one of the new units next door to the Co-op. This is the front line of what the Council is calling `transformational regeneration'...

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER PENSION FUND EVICTION STAVED OFF BY HOMELESS

Star date: 23rd November 2016

APPEAL LODGED AS HOMELESS POSTPONE EVICTION FROM PIZZA EXPRESS BUILDING

Today, homeless people who are occupying the old Pizza Express building off King Street in Manchester city centre got a slight reprieve as they lodged an appeal against an eviction attempt by Greater Manchester Pension Fund.

"All indications are that if we don't get this appeal granted, the eviction will take place on Friday and we are asking for more support then" said Danny Jones of Manchester Activist Network.

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER HOUSING CRISIS PUBLIC MEETING

Star date: 23rd November 2016

SALFORD HOUSING CRISIS – THE CAUSES

Greater Manchester Housing Action Public Meeting
Thursday 24th November 7pm-9pm
Central Hall, Oldham Street, Mcr

Tomorrow night, Greater Manchester Housing Action is hosting a public meeting that will discuss the housing crisis, from the lack of social housing to homelessness and spiralling rents. The results of the discussion will be fed into the GM People's Plan to be presented as demands to candidates standing for Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Speakers include Angela Barratt of Salford Street Support, Betsy Dillner of Generation Rent, and Stephen Kingston editor of the Salford Star. As an intro, here the Salford Star presents a huge article on the causes of the housing crisis in Salford.

Full details here...

 
 
HOMELESS PEOPLE TO RESIST GREATER MANCHESTER PENSION FUND EVICTION

Star date: 22nd November 2016

GREATER MANCHESTER COUNCILS TO EVICT HOMELESS FROM MANCHESTER BUILDING

The Greater Manchester Pension Fund, which carries £billions of assets from local council workers, is set to evict around thirty homeless people who have taken winter shelter in the old Pizza Express building that it owns in Manchester City Centre.

Despite twenty local councillors being on the Pension Fund management panel, the eviction is set to go ahead at 8am tomorrow, Wednesday 23rd November... "We will not go quietly" state the homeless people.

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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