Campaigners call on Greater Manchester councils to rethink their £250m financial aid package for Manchester Airport

Greater Manchester councils agreed to provide a finance package of more than £250m to Manchester Airport Group to alleviate the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the airport.  Open letter signed by eleven organisations asks the Greater Manchester Combined Authority council to reconsider their decision. An open letter addressed to the ten borough councils of […]

‘Community wealth building’ is key to creating stronger local economies post-pandemic, says Manchester based think tank

If we want to own the post-pandemic future we need to concentrate on community wealth building, and embrace the “new Leviathan” state released by the coronavirus crisis, say timely reports released by Manchester based think-do tank the Centre for Local Economic Strategies. The key to creating stronger post-pandemic local economies is ‘community wealth building’ say […]

Socialism and Degrowth aren’t the same thing

Mark Burton from Steady State Manchester joins the Manchester Green New Deal Podcast to discuss the limits of Growth, how Climate Breakdown and Growth interlock and how Degrowth can save us from disaster capitalism. The pandemic gripping the world has put Capitalism back into one of its classic cardiac arrests. With economies slowing to a […]

Businesses are struggling, the government’s schemes are not working and the UK economy is about to disappear

Political economist Richard Murphy believes the UK government’s business support scheme will fail to help many small and medium size enterprises survive the coronavirus crisis, and points to Europe for a workable solution. In Greater Manchester, in 2017, there were 100,510 firms fitting into the small and medium sized enterprise band, employing 1,166,740 people. I […]

Manchester’s Timetastic secures the Fair Tax Mark

Timetastic become the latest in a cluster of companies based in Manchester to achieve the Fair Tax Mark. Awarded to companies who are open and honest about the tax they pay. Timetastic a firm proud to declare that they are “made in Manchester”, secured Fair Tax Mark certification today. Joining the growing number of businesses […]

Manchester’s self-employed react to Chancellor’s aid package

Self-employed people in Manchester voice their concerns on the aid package announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak. The coronavirus pandemic lockdown in the UK has brought economic hardships to many, but the self-employed were ignored in the earlier government aid packages. Over the last 20 years, self-employment has been a growing area of the workforce. In […]

To combat Covid-19, Universal Basic Income must go viral worldwide

To combat the coronavirus pandemic a Universal Basic Income must be introduced to give people the financial security needed for them to self isolate effectively – argue Paul Harnett and Laura Bannister of campaign group World Basic Income. We are already seeing radical attempts across the world to lift people out of poverty so that […]

Wood Street Mission: helping families in poverty since 1869

Public services have been slashed by the false economy of austerity and child poverty is on the increase. Wood Street Mission is a charity in Manchester that provides a wide range of services for children and families that are most in need of help. Austerity has hit public services hard in Manchester and left vulnerable […]

Levenshulme Market wins Great British Market Award

Manchester’s Levenshulme Market, rooted in the community, starts 2020 on a high with a national award for Best Small Outdoor Market. Levenshulme Market are on the crest of a wave of success after being bestowed with the award for Best Small Outdoor Market at the Great British Market Awards 2020. This follows on from them […]