Architect of Boris Johnson’s government’s controversial overhaul of the English planning system, Christopher Katkowski QC is representing Manchester City Council in a judicial review of the local authority’s future use of the former Central Retail Park in Ancoats.
How arbitrary definitions and a focus on ‘headline figures’ are exacerbating the housing crisis.
Councillors, researchers and campaigners are united in their criticism of new government plans that will see planning powers taken away from local authorities. The government’s plans to overhaul the planning system in England has been met with fierce criticism from politicians, researchers, and campaigners in Manchester. While Boris Johnson says the changes will make it […]
School children mini-reporters pose challenging questions for Boris Johnson on his Covid-19 strategy
Media Cub mini-reporters have asked the PM to listen to their concerns and want to know why children have been left out of discussions about their future, but he has not responded. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, supports the school student campaign, Raise Your Hands, with a live Q&A on Monday 6 July. Greater Manchester […]
Marcus Rashford’s campaign to urge the government to extend free school meal vouchers over the summer holidays ended in victory following a government U-turn this week, and has been praised by sports groups and food poverty campaigners across Wythenshawe. Guest article from Wythenshawe Reporter. The Manchester United forward, who campaigned to keep the scheme which […]
Anti-poverty activist and journalist Charlotte Hughes, explains the experiences and the problems she encountered when she came down with Covid-19 and why she feels that the government let her down. Charlotte, who has previously interviewed Ken Loach, questions the motivations behind government decisions and how it affects the poor. Whilst I haven’t had a test […]
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 […]
Climate activists have submitted a dossier of evidence to Greater Manchester Police suggesting that Boris Johnson, and two former Conservative Prime Ministers have enacted policy decisions that have increased the risk of climate change rather than reducing it, and are therefore responsible for increasing numbers of deaths due to climate ‘genocide’. Activists fighting climate change […]
The big day is here! What has been called the most important General Election in a generation is upon us. The stakes couldn’t be higher, with the future of the NHS, public services, climate change and our position in Europe on the table. This has been a rambunctious campaign, characterised by an increasing amount of […]
In the run up to the election a dominant narrative pushed by the Conservative Party is that the Labour Party is the one that borrows and spends more. This analysis by economist Richard Murphy disputes that narrative with some hard facts. In an election where lies will play an important part in the messages some […]