Warning of deepening crisis at Housing Conference protest

Article published: Friday, June 26th 2015

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.

Thousands turn out to anti-austerity protest

Article published: Sunday, May 24th 2015

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.

Money meant for poorest handed back to government in housing benefits blunder

Article published: Wednesday, May 29th 2013

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.

Day care centres under closure threat

Article published: Tuesday, May 14th 2013

Yet more adult social care cuts are on the way, with Manchester City Council refusing to rule out potential day care centre closures for people with learning and physical disabilities.

Patient safety fears as council slashes health watchdog funding

Article published: Friday, March 1st 2013

Concerns are mounting over patient safety following severe cuts to Manchester’s independent health watchdog.

Slum city: how Manchester will be hammered by welfare reforms

Article published: Tuesday, February 5th 2013

The Economist magazine might list Manchester in the top 50 most expensive cities in the world, but the Coalition government’s welfare reforms will see an explosion in homelessness, debt and slum landlords.

Millions spent on PFI “white elephants” as fire service staff face sack

Article published: Tuesday, April 17th 2012

Hundreds of local frontline fire service staff face the sack despite millions of pounds of public money used to bailout a national initiative undertaken by the previous government and denounced by Parliamentary watchdogs as “one of the worst cases of project failure” they have seen “in many years”.