Hulme residents oppose new student tower blocks and call for community facilities

Hulme residents oppose new student tower blocks and call for community facilities

Hulme residents took to the streets to make their opposition clear to more student tower blocks. “There is nothing else for older people here,” says Sally, who has lived in Hulme since 1969.
Russell Howard kicks off summer of stand-up comedy at Homeground

Russell Howard kicks off summer of stand-up comedy at Homeground

Russell Howard trials material at HOME’s new outdoor venue Homeground ahead of Frog and Bucket’s Barrel of Laughs comedy night on Sunday.
Undressing centuries of exploitation within Manchester’s fashion industry

Undressing centuries of exploitation within Manchester’s fashion industry

The dark satanic mills of Manchester may have been transformed into chic apartments and office space, but the exploitation and abuse that went on in those mills hasn’t disappeared.

Our addiction to fast fashion means we import the majority of clothes made from global south countries, who have built there own satanic mills to replace our own. Fast fashion brands based in Manchester are making a killing from this trade.

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Francis House: supporting children, with life-limiting conditions, and their families

Francis House: supporting children, with life-limiting conditions, and their families

Austerity hit public services hard in Manchester, leaving many vulnerable people without the support they need. The Covid crisis has compounded the damage done and just like austerity it hits disadvantaged and vulnerable people the hardest. Many community groups and…

Undressing centuries of exploitation within Manchester’s fashion industry

Undressing centuries of exploitation within Manchester’s fashion industry

The dark satanic mills of Manchester may have been transformed into chic apartments and office space, but the exploitation and abuse that went on in those mills hasn’t disappeared.

Our addiction to fast fashion means we import the majority of clothes made from global south countries, who have built there own satanic mills to replace our own. Fast fashion brands based in Manchester are making a killing from this trade.
‘It makes Manchester special’ – locals slam plans to build on Hough End playing fields

‘It makes Manchester special’ – locals slam plans to build on Hough End playing fields

“I’m not a quiet, retiree type… I’ve run thousands of miles on this field. It’s a beautiful space” Phil says. “I have used this field a massive amount. I have walked my dogs and brought my kids here for years. They are going to take it away. Somebody should shout about it.”
Community-led housing’s potential is yet to be realised

Community-led housing’s potential is yet to be realised

Community-led housing is on the rise. Local groups in need of suitable housing in Greater Manchester are being encouraged to get involved in creating genuinely affordable housing tailored to their needs.

Established housing cooperative Homes for Change show what can be achieved when support is provided which allows people to work together to create housing solutions.

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.

Russell Howard kicks off summer of stand-up comedy at Homeground

Russell Howard kicks off summer of stand-up comedy at Homeground

Homeground is the new outdoor venue located on First Street near theatre and arts centre HOME, whose shows have been sorely missed during lockdown. The calendar of events for Homeground…

Orior Apparel – couple inspired by nature, plant a tree for every item purchased

Orior Apparel – couple inspired by nature, plant a tree for every item purchased

Early 2021 saw two University of Salford graduates, Manchester-born and raised Abby Cassady and her husband Matt Cassady, launch Orior Apparel. The couple’s love of the great outdoors and a…

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Reshaping ownership within adult social care

Reshaping ownership within adult social care

Adult social care is broken. After years of marketisation and outsourcing we are left with a service where large market players dominate. Taxpayers’ money, and the savings of older people, are being extracted out of the system for shareholder gain. The Centre for Local Economic Strategies have published a report on the issues involved.

The report’s author, Tom Lloyd Goodwin, reflects on how ownership models must be shifted to fix that broken system.
We have a collective right to Manchester — let’s proclaim it

We have a collective right to Manchester — let’s proclaim it

Our report on public land privatisation published two weeks ago has sparked a political debate across our city on how we might better manage our public assets. Here we publish reflections from an organiser at Greater Manchester Labour for a Green New Deal.
How Manchester’s bus drivers beat ‘fire and rehire’

How Manchester’s bus drivers beat ‘fire and rehire’

After 85 days on strike, Manchester’s bus drivers have forced corporate giant Go Ahead to abandon its plans to fire and rehire almost 500 workers – it’s a victory not only for them, but for workers across the country.