Community and the carnivalesque – thoughts on the Manchester bus driver picket line

Community and the carnivalesque – thoughts on the Manchester bus driver picket line

The picket line outside Queens Road Depot exhibits camaraderie, community and the carnivalesque. Solidarity is undoubtedly strong in the communities supporting the bus drivers in their ‘fire and rehire’ industrial dispute with Go North West.
Stockport sees four-fold increase in deaths amongst people receiving care at home during pandemic

Stockport sees four-fold increase in deaths amongst people receiving care at home during pandemic

The increase in home care deaths in Stockport during the pandemic is amongst the highest in England. Deaths across all ten GM boroughs are revealed in an investigation which brings to light the fragmented and complex system of home care provision across the country.
Fossil fuel holdings increase at GM Pension Fund, after claims it would divest from them

Fossil fuel holdings increase at GM Pension Fund, after claims it would divest from them

Analysis of the Fund’s 2021 annual report by Fossil Free Greater Manchester shows the Fund increased its holdings of fossil fuel shares between 2019 and 2020, undercutting its claims it has made moves to divest.

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Meteor reporters reflect on a year dominated by Covid-19

Meteor reporters reflect on a year dominated by Covid-19

It was a year ago today when the strict pandemic lockdown restrictions were announced by the Prime Minister to the whole nation. Changing the way we live, work and play overnight. Meteor reporters are taking this anniversary of a very…

Community and the carnivalesque – thoughts on the Manchester bus driver picket line

Community and the carnivalesque – thoughts on the Manchester bus driver picket line

The picket line outside Queens Road Depot exhibits camaraderie, community and the carnivalesque. Solidarity is undoubtedly strong in the communities supporting the bus drivers in their ‘fire and rehire’ industrial dispute with Go North West.
The Salford Star, reporting with ‘attitude & love’ for 15 years, is closing

The Salford Star, reporting with ‘attitude & love’ for 15 years, is closing

‘I can think of only two local newspapers that consistently hold power to account: the West Highland Free Press and the Salford Star’ said journalist and author George Monbiot. The Salford Star is to close after the elections in May. Judith Suckling talks to Stephen Kingston, the journalism powerhouse behind the Star, on its rise and fall.
‘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’.

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.

‘Lifelong fans no longer matter’ – Manchester responds to news of European Super League

‘Lifelong fans no longer matter’ – Manchester responds to news of European Super League

The bombshell that a group of 12 elite English, Italian and Spanish clubs would form a European Super League (SL) sent the footballing world spinning this week. Manchester City and…

‘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…

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Electoral Reform Society concern over Salford council ‘one-party fiefdom’

Electoral Reform Society concern over Salford council ‘one-party fiefdom’

A new missive from the Electoral Reform Society warns that ‘Local one-party fiefdoms plague local government in England – with growing powers often wielded with shrinking oversight. It is a potential gift for lobbyists and shady contractors.’
Manchester zine takes top spot in the Post Growth Challenge

Manchester zine takes top spot in the Post Growth Challenge

The Post Growth Challenge was set to provide concise and accessible summaries of the alternatives to the dominant global economic system which says infinite growth is possible on finite planetary resources.

Steady State Manchester presents the entries to the challenge, including the zine created by University of Manchester students which earned top spot.
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.