Protest march on 2 April starting in Piccadilly Gardens, forms part of a national day of action against the cost-of-living crisis. Organisers say, “We need urgent and significant intervention and it’s crucial we come together in unity to fight against all this.”
Loan sharks are circling in North Manchester: debt awareness is key to fending them off
Chain Reactions debt awareness event aims to help the increasing numbers of families struggling with debt, which threatens to drag them down with it, due to the cost-of-living crisis.
Local photographer highlights challenges for isolated older generation during Covid lockdowns
Vilija Skubute’s photography focussed on elderly individuals living on their own in the Manchester area, who faced months of isolation and uncertainty during the Covid pandemic lockdowns.
The Salford Star, reporting with ‘attitude & love’ for 15 years, is closing
‘I can think of only two local newspapers that consistently hold power to account: the West Highland Free Press and the Salford Star’ said journalist and author George Monbiot. The Salford Star is to close after the elections in May. Judith Suckling talks to Stephen Kingston, the journalism powerhouse behind the Star, on its rise and fall.
‘Greed and capitalism will not get the vaccine to the poorest nations on earth’: Manchester fights for fair access to vaccination
Stephen Pennells investigates the inequitable distribution of Covid vaccinations to poorer countries, ahead of a public meeting to debate the issues and push for a ‘Peoples Vaccine’.
‘Art can be for all people’ says artist behind new mural trail to be created in Old Trafford
Old Trafford is set to be adorned with a trail of beautiful street murals, designed with input from the local community.
Meteor reporters reflect on a year dominated by Covid-19
Today is the anniversary of a very strange Covid-19 lockdown year. Six Meteor reporters reflect on working through the pandemic and the challenges faced.
‘Long term’ and ‘sustainable solutions’ are needed to tackle the ‘systemic’ roots of homelessness
The progress made in housing rough sleepers during the pandemic is under threat as a post-pandemic Manchester approaches, with poverty and its attendant misery on the increase across the region.
Manchester’s lead councillor on homelessness alongside service providers Centrepoint and Mustard Tree believe homelessness is set to increase as we emerge from lockdown.
‘Financial impact has been absolutely devastating’: art venue managers and artists on the Covid crisis toll
To support struggling creative workers art organisations have joined forces to create the Greater Manchester Artist Hub. Many self-employed and freelance artists have been left without support by the government. Two artists tell of their Covid pandemic experiences.
Urmston couple launch Small Markets online platform for craft goods
The online marketplace built by Chris and Amy Monaghan of Urmston, Trafford, aims to provide a lifeline to the many craft artisans who are struggling to sell their goods due to lockdown restrictions.