The case to obtain a ban against homeless protest camps within Manchester city centre had to be adjourned this week due to the defendants finding out that they had been refused legal aid part way through the hearing.
Solicitors are taking direct action to oppose further cuts to legal aid fees by boycotting all criminal law work in magistrates’ courts and police stations. They have been forced into it by the drop in earnings caused by the cuts and by concerns over the quality of legal representation available as a result.
The third eviction attempt of the homeless protest camp was heard at Manchester Civil Justice Centre on Monday. The council sought an eviction order for the protest camps in St Ann’s Square and Castlefield and a district wide injunction banning all further homeless protest camps from the city centre.
A group of protestors held a picket outside the Chorlton branch of B&M on Saturday as part of a national day of action called by Boycott Workfare. Gathering at the entrance of the store, campaigners held banners, handed out leaflets and expressed their opposition to the company’s participation in the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) controversial workfare scheme.
Protesters gathered outside Manchester Central conference centre yesterday to express their anger at the government’s housing policy. While Tory housing minister Brandon Lewis was delivering the keynote speech at the annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), campaigners warned of the ongoing disastrous impact of the bedroom tax and the deepening homelessness crisis.
Around 2000 people attended a rally in Piccadilly Gardens in protest against the Conservative government and their programme of austerity yesterday. As the crowd gathered in the afternoon sun to express their opposition to another five years of cuts and privatisation, the atmosphere remained optimistic, with a range of speakers and singers leading the demonstration.
The occupation of the University of Manchester’s Harold Hankins Building came to an end on Thursday after the students decided to leave. The protesters’ demands for free education and their fight against the marketisation of education resounded through the country in countless messages of solidarity.
The second in our series of Q&As with Thursday’s Friends of MULE Whose City? discussion panellists is Chris Allen, a lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University.
In the lead up to our panel discussion event at the Black Lion on Thursday 14 November we’re running a series of Q&As with the panellists so that you’ll be familiar with the speakers and can come prepared with your own questions. Starting off the series is Morag Rose, who runs the Loiterers Resistance Movement and will chair the debate on Thursday.
After months of flash mobs, petitions, occupation and protest six local libraries in Burnage, Fallowfield, Levenshulme, New Moston, Miles Platting and Northenden are having their funding withdrawn by Manchester City Council. What will the promised new “community” service look like?
Education Secretary Michael Gove doesn’t have the best history with religion in education. His plan to send a copy of the King James Bible to every school in the land – copies with references to his office printed on the spine – failed at first to attract private funding, reportedly stranding thousands of bibles for months in a distant warehouse. But what impact does his flagship Acadamies policy have on religious and secular education in Manchester? Najeeb Rehman reports.
Manchester City Council has given back to the government a “substantial” amount of funding intended for people falling behind on housing costs after thousands of pounds went unspent in the last two years.