Like Toto in the Wizard of OZ, the coronavirus crisis has pulled back the curtain to reveal the inner workings of our society. The precarity of the vulnerable and how many of us are much closer to that vulnerability than we realised. The new light has revealed who’s work is truly essential and how deeply […]
Whilst spreading the ‘stay at home’ message, our news outlets have also been flooding us with images of people in parks and outside, fueling widespread suspicion and mistrust throughout communities. Police have reported an increase in calls and groups set up for mutual aid are being inundated with videos and pictures of neighbours playing in […]
There has been a suspected spike in domestic abuse during lockdown. Safe Spots charity stresses that women can still get help during this time and are taking donations in order to be able to continue providing help. First published in The Northern Quota, 20 April 2020 Concerns have been raised about the potential rise of […]
The UK and US trade deal negotiations are still underway, aiming to be finished for the end of the Brexit transition period with the EU in December. Campaigners in Manchester are determined to oppose the introduction of chlorinated chicken and continue the fight for the UK to keep its higher standards in farming and food […]
Four organisations supporting vulnerable communities in Manchester speak of the difficulties they are facing in carrying out their work due to the coronavirus crisis Disadvantaged and marginalised communities in Manchester face hardships at the best of times. Organisations offering help to these communities usually top up government support with charitable contributions from the public. With […]
Stuart Mills a PhD researcher at Manchester Metropolitan University, reports on the use of behavioural science nudges, by the UK government in combating the coronavirus crisis. The UK government’s handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic has come under serious criticism, not just from citizens, but from leaders around the world. One of the reasons for […]
Renters reliant on sick pay are at risk of eviction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Housing activists in Greater Manchester are calling for more protection for those in the Private Rented Sector affected by the coronavirus and for the homeless to be housed during the crisis. Dismayed at the lack of protection offered to private renters […]
‘You couldn’t leave your husband. It wasn’t done’ – the women behind the first domestic violence refuges
The story of the pioneering women who set up the first women’s refuges in the UK, challenging the perceptions of domestic abuse and providing drastically needed support to those suffering from it. Guest article from The Conversation.
The latest IPCC report is a damning indictment of our failure to tackle emissions leading to climate change. Matthew Paterson, of the University of Manchester, reports on the reasons for that failure, offers solutions and discusses the important role of the report in the upcoming COP26 negotiations in Glasgow.
Migrants refused registration at Manchester GP surgeries, preventing vaccination, in contravention of NHS guidlines
An investigation into GP registration and access to Covid-19 vaccinations found that undocumented migrants are being refused registration despite being eligible.
Manchester authorities and national healthcare experts share their concerns on the barriers raised preventing effective vaccination of a vulnerable minority.