Empty homes increase by 19% across Manchester in a year

Empty homes increase by 19% across Manchester in a year

The number of empty homes increases across Greater Manchester, with eight out of ten boroughs recording an increase between 2019 and 2020. National online rally to highlight the issues calls on housing campaigners to join forces and put the issue ‘on the national agenda and make the politicians listen’.
Burmese in Manchester give three fingered salute and call for justice for pro-democracy protestors killed by the military junta

Burmese in Manchester give three fingered salute and call for justice for pro-democracy protestors killed by the military junta

Tribute to victims of Myanmar military oppression takes place in Piccadilly Gardens as supporters raise awareness to the killing of Burmese pro-democracy protestors opposing the military coup.
‘Greed and capitalism will not get the vaccine to the poorest nations on earth’: Manchester fights for fair access to vaccination

‘Greed and capitalism will not get the vaccine to the poorest nations on earth’: Manchester fights for fair access to vaccination

Stephen Pennells investigates the inequitable distribution of Covid vaccinations to poorer countries, ahead of a public meeting to debate the issues and push for a ‘Peoples Vaccine’.

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Have your say on Manchester’s statues and monuments – do they do the city justice?

Have your say on Manchester’s statues and monuments – do they do the city justice?

Go outside in the city centre and you will see monuments wherever you are. You might pass many of them by without a glance, or you might not even think of them as monuments. But they are all there, each…

‘Greed and capitalism will not get the vaccine to the poorest nations on earth’: Manchester fights for fair access to vaccination

‘Greed and capitalism will not get the vaccine to the poorest nations on earth’: Manchester fights for fair access to vaccination

Stephen Pennells investigates the inequitable distribution of Covid vaccinations to poorer countries, ahead of a public meeting to debate the issues and push for a ‘Peoples Vaccine’.
Meteor reporters reflect on a year dominated by Covid-19

Meteor reporters reflect on a year dominated by Covid-19

Today is the anniversary of a very strange Covid-19 lockdown year. Six Meteor reporters reflect on working through the pandemic and the challenges faced.
‘Why don’t we have a Marcus Rashford statue?’

‘Why don’t we have a Marcus Rashford statue?’

Manchester Histories chief executive Karen Shannon and youth worker Kerin Morris answer questions about Manchester’s cultural heritage of memorials and statues in our public spaces. Online public consultation gives you the chance to have your say.

Piccadilly Gardens redevelopment must challenge inequalities

Manchester Central Foodbank’s Matthew Stallard looks at the city’s inequalities in plain view in Piccadilly Gardens and points the way to a redevelopment to address them.

Greater Manchester must leave green belt post-Covid and build on brownfield instead

Storm Christoph showed that Manchester is susceptible to the adverse effects of extreme weather events, which are forecast to become more regular occurrences.

Greater Manchester Labour for a Green New Deal argue that we must abandon the idea of developing on greenbelt, and instead embrace bold alternatives which reflects the urgency of the climate crisis﹣starting with sites like Carrington Moss.

Today is our last chance to save New Islington Green

Alan Good, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Ancoats & Beswick, ran a survey that found 91% oppose development plans for New Islington Green. He recaps the overwhelming support for saving the Green, and questions how much the council really stands to gain financially from the development.

‘Art can be for all people’ says artist behind new mural trail to be created in Old Trafford

‘Art can be for all people’ says artist behind new mural trail to be created in Old Trafford

Funding secured by creatives in Old Trafford has led to five artists, including Russ Mehan of Mural Life , being selected to design and paint murals on buildings and walls in Old…

Four must-see films at the Manchester Film Festival 2021

Four must-see films at the Manchester Film Festival 2021

This year Manchester Film Festival, taking place 11-14 March, will be a virtual event due to Covid-19, with screenings and Q&A’s taking place online. Although you will have to watch…

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New bike park in Little Hulton crowdfunding to provide vital access for people with disabilities

New bike park in Little Hulton crowdfunding to provide vital access for people with disabilities

Crowdfunder launched to provide support for disabled young people’s cycle lessons at the new bike and skate park in Little Hulton, Salford.
Andy Burnham slams Go North West bosses, promising that bus franchising will be ‘no race to the bottom’

Andy Burnham slams Go North West bosses, promising that bus franchising will be ‘no race to the bottom’

Fire and re-hire has no place in Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said. Standing for re-election as Greater Manchester Mayor, on Wednesday he slammed the bosses of Go North West, currently in a ‘fire and re-hire’ dispute with bus drivers. Mayor Andy Burnham said: “I do not believe that the way in which this has been […]
Greater Manchester Shows That Public Buses Are the Future

Greater Manchester Shows That Public Buses Are the Future

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has announced that the region’s buses will be brought back into public control – it’s a victory for campaigners and a model the whole country should follow.