The Factory arts venue faces huge funding shortfall

Originally costing £110m, The Factory arts centre is now expected to cost £186m and the project is currently tens of millions short of its target. Manchester City Council say they can’t fill the gap because of the dire financial straits they face due to Covid.

ALL FM: radio ‘for the community, by the community’

ALL FM are an award-winning community radio station that normally broadcasts live from their Levenshulme studio.

But when the pandemic hit they had two options: transition their 100+ volunteers to working from home, or close down. Conrad Bower finds out how ALL FM has kept the show going.

Graffiti flourishes on the Fallowfield Loop

The Fallowfield Loop has been a boon to many during lockdown, offering a safe green space to exercise and get some fresh air in Manchester’s urban environment.

Those using this calming green corridor through the city, have been treated to some outstanding graffiti that has flourished during the pandemic.

Social housing companies extracting huge shareholder payouts from housing benefits paid to vulnerable tenants

Thirteen registered providers of social housing are using this financialised lease-based model in Greater Manchester. Five have regulatory judgements against them. Wigan is the borough with the highest amount of this type of housing which is fueling substantial dividend payments to shareholders, all derived from public money paid to house people with disabilities. Social housing […]