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SALFORD MAY DAY SEES PROTESTS AGAINST DISABLED CHILDREN’S HOME CLOSURE BY LABOUR COUNCIL
 

Star date: 2nd May 2017

SALFORD MP AND MAYOR SEE SAVE THE GRANGE PROTESTS ON MAY DAY

Yesterday, Salford Labour Party turned the annual May Day march and rally into the launch for its General Election campaign, with speeches by both Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey and Salford Mayor Paul Dennett urging backing for Jeremy Corbyn.

Long-Bailey urged "a society where we actually care for each other because that is the benchmark of a civilised society". Throughout her speech, and the Mayor's, Save The Grange placards were raised, objecting to Salford Labour Council closing the only residential disabled children's home in the city.

Full details here...


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Salford held its annual May Day celebrations yesterday with a march from Sacred Trinity Church to a rally at Bexley Square. With the Greater Manchester Mayor election this week, and a General Election in June, Salford Labour Party turned the event into a launch for its policies.

Speeches from both Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, and other Labour Party members urged the city to get behind Jeremy Corbyn...

"Over the last seven years, with Theresa May like some sort of turbo charged Margaret Thatcher, we've seen our public services be absolutely destroyed" said Rebecca Long-Bailey, adding that for this General Election "it's a choice between a labour movement and a Labour Party that will stand up for the many, and a Conservative Party that will only stand up for a privileged few...

"We don't accept that the people of this city just have to put up with what they've got, that that is just the way it has to be; because it doesn't..." she explained.

In front of the Salford MP, campaigners held up Save The Grange placards, protesting at Salford Labour Council's plans to shut the city's only residential care home for disabled children...

Rebecca Long-Bailey added that Jeremy Corbyn's vision, shared by the many, is about transforming the way society is structured so that "we have a society where we actually care for each other because that is the benchmark of a civilised society..."

Campaigners also held up Save The Grange placards during the speech by Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, in the Square famous for its brutally repressed community fight against welfare cuts in 1931; what became known as the Battle of Bexley Square (see here).

"Since 2010 the Tory Government and the Coalition with the LibDems have taken £186million off this city, they've forced us to make cuts against our will, and will continue unless we get a Labour Government in the future" said Dennett "It's been absolutely heartbreaking in the first twelve months in office to implement another £16million of cuts this year, absolutely disgraceful..."

Salford's Labour Council wants to save £300,000 by shutting The Grange - while finding £300,000 extra for street cleaning in the city, over £2million in rents for empty posh offices and £19million for the RHS Garden in Worsley (see previous Salford Star articles – click here and click here).

After Dennett's speech, Save The Grange campaigners confronted him about the closure...

"The Grange is the only disabled children's home in the city and they, in their wisdom, want to close it which is totally unacceptable" Lynda Barton, from Save The Grange told the Salford Star "We need it for the children who are there now, and the children in the future who need to be extremely well cared for because they cannot be cared for at home."

Lynda was unimpressed by the speeches about caring for the vulnerable... "If you can get more vulnerable than disabled children I would like to see that because they've got to be at least at the top of that list" she explained "I said to the Mayor that he and Jeremy Corbyn are all saying they can support vulnerable people but we need to see it...

"To be fair to the Mayor and the problems he has, the reason is always the budget and I understand that" she added "He did listen and appeared to be genuine and I'm hoping he takes it on board. But he and the Council are going to have to get creative here. To me it's not difficult."

Lynda was in the Council chamber on the day the budget and The Grange cut was passed following a protest outside the Civic Centre (see here). At Bexley Square she also challenged Labour Councillor, John Ferguson, about his role in that meeting...

"I said to him, 'When you're in that chamber, instead of you all going 'Aye, aye, aye, aye', didn't one of you say 'Why don't we think about this?'" Lynda added "'And then to add insult to injury, £300,000 was spent because you did a survey and eight hundred people said they'd like to see the streets cleaned...while in the same breath you said you'd shut The Grange to save money'. To me it's no contest."

The Grange is Salford Labour Council's litmus test for putting into practice what it preaches...


Almost three thousand signatures against closing The Grange have been gathered on print and online petitions, with Salford Red Devils, Salford City FC supporters and even Greater Manchester Mayor candidate Andy Burnham backing the campaign (see here and see here and see here)

To sign the petition – click here

There is also going to be a Public Meeting to Save The Grange Again on Saturday 27th May, 10:30am at Swinton Moorside Cricket Club – more details to follow.

For a full background on the closure of The Grange - click here

Martin murray wrote
at 7:12:03 AM on Wednesday, August 2, 2017
What a foolish decision this council maybe making. A respite care facility for the parents of children with a disability can be the lifeline that is needed to enable the parents to have a rest from what is a demanding role. Ultimately, a local authority has a statutory duty under the Childrens's Act and the SEND to support and assist parents to manage. Without respite care, ultimately some parents will say they can no longer cope & will ask for permanent residential care. Have they costed how much current levels of respite care will cost per annum? How much will it cost for the two existing residents to be moved to a new placement? Think again about this dreadful decision.
 
Linny loo wrote
at 3:15:19 AM on Thursday, May 4, 2017
I agree Mary the Grange should remain open and Andy Burnham said it IS unacceptable to send these children out of borough. I ask the question other boroughs have had to make cuts to their budget but still support a residential care unit for children with exceptional needs so why will Salford not do the same, because they can choose to keep the Grange open. Makes you wonder what they want to do with this building. If there are any families out there that feel they would need a place in the Grange in the near future my advice would be contact SavetheGrange campaign I m sure they d be interested to speak to you.
 
Mary Ferrer wrote
at 4:29:36 PM on Wednesday, May 3, 2017
I think you will find it will cost the people of Salford a lot more to send these children out of the city.Remember 2000,when the city was on it's knees. They closed buildings,sold the family silver. One of the main reasons they were in such a mess,was because of looked after children who were sent out of the city. And how can you put a price on the quality of life for a child and their families. I hope someone listens to the debate and can see why WE must keep the Grange open
 
Mark wrote
at 10:28:28 AM on Wednesday, May 3, 2017
@linnyloo the very fact that the council has to make these choices is a disgrace, especially when cuts to Salford Council budget by the Tories have be some of the most savage in the country whereas in richer Tory councils funding has INCREASED! That said, dirty streets means more rats and vermin spreading disease etc. Sadly we cannot look after the needs of every single individual and sometimes the tough even heartbreaking decision to move where one can be looked after and supported, needs to be made. Sad, but very very true.
 
Linny loo wrote
at 4:24:43 AM on Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Mark I see where you are coming from yes everyone has a priority. As you are able to speak for yourself able to do a little tidying outside no doubt live independently, well in the scheme of things you are managing to cope. You should be grateful you are able to remain in this city, and not be run out of it because of a disability. These children Mark have far more difficulties than you seem to think. If they didn't t they would be able to be cared for at home with support however this is not an option Don t run away with the idea that the cost to their care will be reduced by moving these children to another borough as Salford City will still be funding them. However on the street cleaning I am not convinced this £300.000 will make people more responsible for keeping their community clean and tidy, all people are not like you and with drop litter fly tip and expect others to clean up after them. Nature has dealt these children a bad hand in the first place, then not being asked to be cared for at home followed. Now the city of Salford say these most vulnerable children with complexed needs are not welcome not wanted in the city. Mayor says he,ll care for the most vulnerable don t make me sick!!
 
down but not out wrote
at 1:51:49 PM on Tuesday, May 2, 2017
It was a great turnout on the day. We will require strong leadership to beat the Conservatives because The North are being left behind in the budget stakes. We hope that the Grange can be saved, there is no point sending people out of Salford to costly units when we can use this facility for all the up and coming youngsters needing specialised support and turn this into a centre of excellence for our most vulnerable.
 
Mark wrote
at 1:51:45 PM on Tuesday, May 2, 2017
That's the problem 'Lynda', we ALL have priorities from the council. Mine isn't spending £300,000 on 3 or 4 people, who can be looked after elsewhere. I pay a lot of council tax every year so I've every right to make my own demands on the council. I didn't complete the survey but I do get inTouch with the council quite often to clean the streets. As a disabled person myself I clean outside my house as much as I can but I can't clean the whole street, so yes I would vote for street cleaning. You cannot tell me that the people affected by this closure aren't going to be well looked after elsewhere, as a disabled person myself, I know that's just not true. We are being screwed by the Tories, and to be honest if they said turn the Grange into a homeless shelter for 30 people I would get out and clean more of my street myself! It's all about what our own priorities are, and placards, sadly, mean nothing.
 
Andy wrote
at 12:16:24 PM on Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Unbelievable arrogance and ignorance of the self serving Politician Parasites for turning up and spewing the usual bullshit .
 
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