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SALFORD DEPRIVATION REVEALED IN AGMA REPORT
 

Star date: 3rd September 2015 

UNHEALTHY, DEPRIVED SALFORD LAID BARE IN GREATER MANCHESTER STATISTICS

AGMA, or the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities, has just finished consulting on a `scoping' report for what it calls an `Integrated Assessment of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework' - which is the first step in allowing a Greater Manchester Mayor power over planning for housing and employment land.

The consultation was accompanied by a 181 page document which shows the shocking state of Salford, compared to other areas in Greater Manchester...in poverty, health, employment and pollution.

Full details here...


The first stage in planning power being taken from Salford and handed to a future elected Greater Manchester Mayor is currently happening, with AGMA, or the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities, having finished its `scoping' consultation on what it calls an `Integrated Assessment of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework'.

While the title is a gobful, and the document is preparing planning for housing and employment land to be decided at a Greater Manchester level, the 181 page Framework sets out demographic and deprivation statistics that show the state of Salford in comparison to other Greater Manchester areas and England as a whole. And it's not pretty reading...

For women, Salford has the second lowest life expectancy in Greater Manchester, with 80.5 years, compared to Trafford with 83.7 years and the England average of 83 years. Men also have the second worst life expectancy in Greater Manchester (GM) at 76.1years, compared to Trafford with 79.6 and an England average of 79.2 (figures are for 2012; for an example of the wide differences between wards see previous Salford Star article – click here).

Salford is the fifth worse area in the whole country, and second worst in Greater Manchester, for `health and disability' rankings which measure `premature death and impairment of quality of life by poor health'.

Salford also has the second lowest percentage of people who are buying or own their home with 50.3% (GM average 60.1%) and the second highest number of those living in social rented homes (28.8%) and private rented homes (18.8%).

These are all indicators of poverty and there's even a national table of `barriers to housing and services' in which the lower the number, the more deprived the local authority area is in relation to housing and services. Salford, with its score of 191, is the second most deprived in Greater Manchester.

In the Index of Multiple Deprivation (2010), Salford is ranked 26th most deprived area in the whole country, and second worst in Greater Manchester. Salford also has almost 7% of its ward areas, or LSOAs, within the 1% most deprived in England, and is ranked 8th worst in the country.

The poverty indicators go on and on, with the city's unemployment rate up from 5.2% in 2004, to 7.3% in 2014. Salford is the top area in Greater Manchester (2014) for young people who are NEET, or Not in Education, Employment or Training, with 8.1% compared to a GM average of 5.5% and an England average of 5.2%. 

Pollution-wise, Salford has the second highest `per capita' emissions (Trafford is top), with the second lowest area of Green Belt land in Greater Manchester.

On virtually every single table in the Framework document's statistics, Salford is second worst in Greater Manchester, only to Manchester itself which comes top in most deprivation indicators much to the shame of its own Council.

It all adds up to a picture of Salford as an unhealthy, deprived city, despite all the regeneration and despite all the hundreds of millions of pounds of public money that have been pumped into the place. Serious questions need to be asked about where that money has gone and the impact it is having.

Meanwhile, the Greater Manchester devolution process rolls forward, planning for housing and employment land affecting many of the poverty indicators soon to be in the hands of an elected and distant Greater Manchester Mayor...

hell in a hand cart wrote
at 12:56:50 AM on Saturday, September 5, 2015
al sackem, correct, you now have no separation of power, the courts, council and police are all working hand in hand. They are all operating ultra vires (beyond one's legal power or authority) in many instances their actions are illegal and criminal. How does anyone you get any justice?
 
Michael F in Salford wrote
at 7:18:53 AM on Friday, September 4, 2015
Hi Tahir, As a long time supporter of Labour I do feel we must not blame the Conservatives for the mess in Salford. Blame our Labour Councillors. I would even put up for the Conservatives to take over the Council Chamber Chair to over-rule the disgusting Labour fools who ignore problems in Salford. I would do the job for free to rid our City of the Councillors that have not got a clue. Truly, the things that matter to me are honesty, integrity, scrutiny and openness.
 
al sackem wrote
at 3:56:13 AM on Friday, September 4, 2015
Corruption ! Fraud ! Dishonesty ! Theft ! This hellhole urgently needs auditing for criminality
 
Tahir Chakotai (Independant Housing Advocate) wrote
at 3:27:18 PM on Thursday, September 3, 2015
I feel absolutely disgusted by this article. Not because the Salford Star have reported the facts incorrectly, but because these facts and figures are completely accurate. How can an ever evolving city / cities, be letting its citizens live in such poverty. There should be millions of pounds amassed from development to ensure all health and housing services are performing to the national average. I do understand that massive budget cuts by the Concervatives have resulted in the cutting of some vital services, however the Manchester and Salford Council should have something called a "B Fund". This pot of money is amassed from developers. Let me explain. When a developer wishes to build on some land, he or she can approach the council, and as a sweetener, can either offer them monies, "B Fund", which is to be used within the local community to support vital services, and / or offer to build Local Schools, Medical Centres, and in some cases, even extensions to Local Hospitals. However the monies amassed by the Local Council, using the "B Fund Initiative", seem to have run dry. In fact, they don't seem to exist at all. What is also very suspicious is the fact they are throwing money down the drain, via a certain Rugby Club. The Salford Autism Hub, based at the old Eccles Town Hall have been trying to get the Salford Council to pay their expenses, and fund them. However they were told there is no money, at this time, to fund their Autism Hub. Salford and Manchester are the only cities in UK, who currently do not have any Autism Services for Adults. This has lead to an increase of 12% in attempted suicides and self harm. The mentally disabled deserve to be treat with dignity and respect. So the question is, where has all the money gone? Until that question is answered, things will get worse in Salford and Manchester. I also cannot understand how Manchester was deemed the best city to live in, by the Manchester Evening News. Obviously they only asked the opinions of the rich and corrupt. The "B Fund" that belongs to the Salford Council needs to be located, and using a "Freedom of Information Request" a breakdown of costs needs to be obtained by its citizens, to see where this money has been spent. Then, and only then, can we as citizens move forward to improve what is left of our dwindling health, social care, and housing services.
 
Reader wrote
at 3:27:08 PM on Thursday, September 3, 2015
Much better the powers are local than in the hands of an even-more-distant London based minister or mandarin as they were before.
 
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