Three recent stories from Co-op News cover the criticisms levelled at Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH). And why did they report on the social housing provider’s failures? Because the organisation was set up as a type of co-operative.
Glaciers in the Alps are melting faster than ever – and 2022 was their worst summer yet
For this week’s Friends Of The Meteor, we are republishing this article by a University of Salford academic, Neil Entwistle, whose research is in hydromorphology – the way that water interacts within its natural landscape.
RAPAR open letter to Stockport Council Leader re. concerns about safeguarding and security at Home Office subcontracted SERCO-controlled hotel
For this week’s Friends Of The Meteor, we are republishing the open letter sent by RAPAR to the head of Stockport Council, regarding the squalid conditions at a hotel being used to accommodate asylum seekers.
T-Levels: more vocational courses roll out – but post-16 choices in England are still limited
Today’s Friends of the Meteor article is from two University of Manchester academics, Elizabeth Gregory and Hannah Ruth McCarthy, on the early findings from the first school year group to complete the new T-levels as an alternative to A-levels.
When is it illegal to strike?
In the UK, never. But it’s often unlawful. The climate strikes have highlighted the draconian British anti-union legislation and exposed confusion about the law and the consequences of striking unofficially. TUC solidarity organiser Ian Allinson explains the current legal framework – and how it needs to be changed.
DWP: Are you poor and over 60? Get to work or drop dead. We’re here to help etc
This week’s Friends Of The Meteor guest article is by Kate Belgrave, who visited Stockport’s brand-new jobcentre and spoke with attendees about the farcical rules that jobseekers almost at pension age must follow to qualify for Universal Credit.
Co-ops and climate justice: Preview of October’s Ways Forward 2022
More than 150 co-operators are due to gather in Manchester to discuss community-led responses to the global heating crisis
The cost of living crisis has been many years in the making – but politicians on both sides ignore this
Even with the UK government’s Energy Price Guarantee, households are struggling financially, and the economy is in trouble. Things need to change, but no mainstream politicians are addressing the real issues.
Ukraine war prompts Baltic states to remove Soviet memorials
This week’s Friends of the Meteor is from Dmitrijs Andrejevs, an academic at the University of Manchester, on the subject of former Soviet states removing monuments from the days when they were part of the USSR.
Castlefield Viaduct: Manchester’s new park in the sky could transform the city – but who will benefit?
This week’s guest article is by Ian Mell, Reader in Environmental & Landscape Planning at the University of Manchester. He considers the possible impact of the city’s new sky park, and whether the benefits will be enjoyed by all Mancunians.