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WALKDEN IN A SALFORD WINTER WONDERLAND

Star date: 18th November 2018

STALLS, PERFORMANCES AND SANTA IN WALKDEN

The Walkden In A Winter Wonderland Christmas events programme kicks off on Saturday 24th November, with performances from Harrop Fold School, AK Theatre Arts and many others, free children's events, a thirty stall pop-up market, Santa and lots more.

Full details here...

 
 
YOUNG ONCE AT THE GREYHOUND IN SALFORD

Star date: 17th November 2018

MUSIC CLASSICS AND JOKES

Young Once
Saturday 24th November
The Greyhound, Boothstown free

From Dirty Old Town to Ed Sheeran songs, Young Once do great covers, original tunes and jokes, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD UNIVERSAL CREDIT RENT ARREARS DOUBLE THAT OF NON-UNIVERSAL CREDIT TENANTS

Star date: 16th November 2018

INCREDIBLE ARREARS INDICTMENT OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT

In a new City West Housing report for Salford City Council, it is revealed that, in Salford, the percentage of tenants on Universal Credit and in rent arrears is over double that for tenants who are not on Universal Credit. The figure is 78% compared to 37%.

City West currently has 1109 tenants claiming Universal Credit, and the company states that "The overall rent collection rate for these tenants for 18/19 is 93.05%, which is significantly lower than our collection rate for all tenants." It's yet another shocking indictment of the controversial benefit system.

Full details here...

 
 
OVER £100,000 SALFORD PARENT SCHOOL FINES NOT GOING BACK INTO SCHOOLS

Star date: 15th November 2018

CASH-STRAPPED SALFORD SCHOOLS NOT BENEFITING FROM PARENTAL FINES

A Freedom of Information response from Salford City Council has revealed that during the year 2017-18, £118,920 income was received from parental fines but didn't go directly to help cash-strapped schools in the city. Instead the money went to 'support council services generally'.

"I think the money should go back into education as the lack of funding is clearly apparent" says parent Mandi Lee, who put in the FOI request.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY COUNCIL TO FINALLY TIGHTEN UP ON PUPPY SELLERS

Star date: 14th November 2018

NEW REGULATIONS MEAN TIGHTER CONTROL OF ANIMAL BUSINESSES

New laws on the sales and keeping of animals mean that Salford City Council will be forced to tighten up on regulating puppy sellers and animal keepers through new national regulations.

One of the biggest changes is that a puppy at a breeder's "may only be shown to a prospective purchaser if it is together with its biological mother", and that inspections of premises are to be carried out by a qualified inspector, rather than the Council's Environment Health Team.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD FIRE HAZARD BLOCKS IN PENDLETON WON’T BE SAFE UNTIL 2022

Star date: 13th November 2018

PENDLETON TENANTS ARE FOUR YEARS FROM SAFETY

The nine blocks of dangerous flats in Pendleton, owned by Salford City Council and managed by Pendleton Together, won't be safe as buildings until 2022, according to the latest accounts posted by Pendleton Together Operating Ltd.

External cladding work, the accounts state, will be completed by 2021 but other internal fire safety measures won't be complete until 2022. Meanwhile, the company recorded a loss of £23.5million last year, and adds that the "cost of further works are estimated to be £35.5million".

Full details here...

 
 
PEEL HOLDINGS REFUSED PERMISSION TO BUILD HOUSING ON SALFORD GREENWAY BY SECRETARY OF STATE

Star date: 12th November 2018

SECRETARY OF STATE DISMISSES PEEL HOLDINGS APPEAL TO BUILD 600 HOUSES ON WORSLEY GREENWAY

This morning, the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has dismissed Peel Holdings' appeal against Salford City Council's refusal to allow the company to build up to 600 houses in the Broad Oak area of the Worsley Greenway.

The Secretary of State agreed with the Inspector that "the proposals would impact negatively on the character and appearance of the Greenway". Noel Gaskell, from RAID, the community group that opposed the development, told the Salford Star "It shows want can be achieved when the general public put their minds to stopping developments that would cause huge problems to the residents."

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SALFORD UNIVERSAL CREDIT CLAIMANT TOLD TO LIVE ON £47 A WEEK

Star date: 12th November 2018

'HOW AM I GOING TO MANAGE? I HAVEN'T GOT A CLUE...'

A Salford Universal credit claimant has been told that she must live on just £47 per week, or £190 per month, after 'migrating' from Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)... "How am I going to manage? I haven't got a clue" she tells the Salford Star.

This latest disgusting poverty setback comes on top of the shock of her father dying from a heart attack while waiting for a DWP appeal, after being told he was fit for work. His case, in retrospect, is being heard by an upper tribunal this week.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD STAR BENEFIT AT THE EAGLE INN

Star date: 11th November 2018

SALFORD STAR BENEFIT SEES FOUR TOP ACTS

Salford Star Benefit Gig
Sunday 18th November 7pm
The Eagle Inn £5

Next Sunday, 18th November, Red Rec Records and The Sandells are hosting a Benefit Gig for the Salford Star, with The Sandells, Four Candles, Matthew Hopkins and Sticky. Ian Leslie has a word with The Sandells about the gig.

Full details here...

 
 
PERFORMANCE POETS AND MUSIC IN SALFORD NUJ BENEFIT FOR EXILED JOURNALISTS

Star date: 11th November 2018

NUJ EXILED JOURNALISTS BENEFIT GIG

Benefit Gig for Exiled Journalists
Saturday 17th November 7pm-11pm
Waldorf pub, Manchester £5/£3

Next Saturday night, a great line-up of performance poets and musicians take to the stage in a benefit gig hosted by Manchester and Salford NUJ for journalists living in exile from their home countries.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD ARTIST DENIS WHITESIDE WINS MAJOR AWARD

Star date: 11th November 2018

DENIS WHITESIDE WINS JOHN PURCELL PAPER AWARD

Salford artist, Denis Whiteside, has won the prestigious John Purcell Paper Award for his creative use of paper, following an exhibition at the GX Gallery in London.

Denis brilliantly embosses paper with words that take on different dimensions according to the light... "It's a pleasant surprise" he tells the Salford Star.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD BAND PATCHWORK RATTLEBAG MIX ART, SOUND AND POLITICS

Star date: 11th November 2018

NEW SINGLE AND WAY MORE FROM THE RATTLEBAGS

Salford band Patchwork Rattlebag do what they call 'Brain Pop', which is way more than sounds, with political artwork, videos and individual projects, including the collective's John Lowndes taking his sounds all over the world. They have a new single out, Abschattungen, as Ian Leslie speaks to John about, well, everything...

Full details here...

 
 
15 HOUSEHOLDS IN SALFORD STILL WATCHING TELLY IN BLACK AND WHITE

Star date: 10th November 2018

NEVER MIND THE NETFLIX HERE'S BLACK AND WHITE!

Fifteen Salford households are still watching black and white tellies, according to the latest figures from BBC TV Licensing. After fifty years of colour tv and all mod cons of internet viewing, over a dozen people in the city are still trying to work out the colour of snooker balls and the dresses on Strictly. And Greater Manchester has the third highest number of black and white licenses in the country!

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY UNISON LOCAL ORGANISER JOB FOR EARLY YEARS STAFF

Star date: 10th November 2018

SALFORD UNISON HIRING EARLY YEARS ORGANISER

Salford City UNISON is looking to hire an Early Years Organiser to recruit new members and help organise staff working in nursery and childcare settings across public and private providers. The job is for 16 hours a week and the pay is £12,702.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD TRADE UNIONS AND FIRE SERVICE REMEMBER WW1 FALLEN COMRADES

Star date: 10th November 2018

AGECROFT FALLS SILENT FOR WW1 COMRADES

Yesterday, members of the Greater Manchester Fire Service, Salford Trades Council and members of the public observed two minutes silence for fallen comrades in WW1 at a moving service at the Agecroft Road war memorial.

Full details here...

 
 
MORE CLADDING MISERY FOR SALFORD PENDLETON RESIDENTS AS THEY FREEZE

Star date: 9th November 2018

PLANE COURT RESIDENTS FREEZE IN CLADDING LIMBO

"We're all going to freeze to death!"

Plane Court is the only one of nine blocks managed by Pendleton Together to have its dangerous cladding removed – but now residents are freezing as the bare outer walls provide no insulation with temperatures set to plummet.

"It's really cold, absolutely freezing...it's like being in the north pole" one resident, who is pregnant and sleeps under silver thermal blankets usually given to the homeless,  told the Salford Star.

Full details here...

 
 
ST LUKE’S CHURCH SALFORD ADDED TO HISTORIC ENGLAND AT RISK REGISTER

Star date: 8th November 2018

ST LUKE'S CHURCH WEASTE AT RISK

The imposing Grade II listed St Luke's Church on Liverpool Street in Weaste is one of only eight buildings in the country to have been added to Historic England's Heritage at Risk Register 2018.

The Church is famous for hosting the wedding of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst in 1879 but is under threat from a leaking roof.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD JVA DO VETERANS HOMELESS REMINDER OUTSIDE WW1 REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

Star date: 8th November 2018

SALFORD GREAT AND GOOD SEE SOUP KITCHEN SET UP ON BROADWALK

Last night, as the Ceremonial Mayor, police chiefs and other worthies filed into St Paul's Church near Salford Precinct for a World War 1 remembrance service, outside a soup kitchen and No More Deaths On Our Streets banner was erected by the Joint Veteran Alliance (JVA) to respectfully remind them of the plight of modern day homeless veterans.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY COUNCIL TO ‘ENCOURAGE’ FREE SCHOOLS TO SOLVE PUPIL PLACE CRISIS

Star date: 7th November 2018

SALFORD COUNCIL TO "ENCOURAGE" THERESA MAY'S PET PROJECT

Free schools, which are outside local authority control and have been roundly condemned by teaching unions and the Anti Academies Alliance, are to be welcomed by Salford Council to fulfil a need to solve the school pupil places crisis.

The Council's Cabinet is to meet next week to approve a 'Free Schools Strategy' to "encourage applications from endorsed proposers". Tory Prime Minster Theresa May has also 'encouraged' the creation of free schools as one of her pet projects.

Full details here...

 
 
HORROR AS THOUSANDS OF SALFORD UNIVERSAL CREDIT CLAIMANTS COULD HAVE NO MONEY FOR CHRISTMAS

Star date: 6th November 2018

3,700 SALFORD PEOPLE STUCK IN BENEFIT 'MADNESS'

3,700 Salford people currently claiming Universal Credit 'Live' have been told by the DWP to transfer to the Full Service within the next four weeks, whereas normally the transition period is 13 weeks. There's worries that those who can't 'migrate' quickly enough will be left pennyless for Christmas.

"It's complete madness, everybody is just staggered" says Alec McFadden of the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre which helps people with claims "People are ringing up saying 'What are we going to do?'. They are pushing people into the arms of money lenders and loan sharks..."

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.

We also set the Salford Star up to tell the truth, to be the voice of the community, untouched by vested interests. Unfortunately we didn't realise that the reaction to those truths would be so brutal... Salford Council even re-wrote its own constitution for devolved money and ripped up our application for finance. Neither does it respond to Salford Star's requests for quotes or comments. Advertisers have told us that they can't be seen to support the Salford Star for fear of losing contracts…it goes on and on and on.

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