What’s the sequel for Manchester’s libraries?

Article published: Monday, July 15th 2013

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libraries in Burnage, Fallowfield, Levenshulme, New Moston, Miles Platting and Northenden are having their funding withdrawn by Manchester City Council.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?

Supersize prison profits

Article published: Wednesday, April 24th 2013

“Supersize” Titan prisons are back on the agenda despite being scrapped four years ago due to widespread opposition.

Bedroom Tax: A personal account from Manchester

Article published: Thursday, March 14th 2013

This April the Department for Work and Pensions will be implementing the controversial ‘bedroom tax’, as part of the government’s welfare reforms. The ‘tax’ will affect 12,300 social housing tenants in Manchester alone, who will be hit by 14 per cent to 25 per cent a week penalties for having spare rooms. On Saturday 16 March, those against the new legislation plan to march in protest.

Letter: money for Central Library…but not for community libraries?

Article published: Friday, February 22nd 2013

The Manchester Evening News reported on a £500,000 donation to Central Library. At first glance it might seem impressive that the Wolfson Foundation can donate such a large figure to a public library. But this money is to carry out the ‘wish list’ of culture bosses, after £48 million has already been spent.

From behind bars

Article published: Tuesday, February 5th 2013

Iraqi journalist Rzhwan Amin, detained and at risk of deportation as a result of the UK government rejecting his claim for asylum, writes on freedom from inside Morton Hall immigration removal centre.

Why I helped occupy a gas power station in the name of a better future

Article published: Thursday, November 15th 2012

Early on Monday 29 October, sixteen activists occupied West Burton gas-fired power station, shutting it down for a week in protest against the expansion of gas-fired power stations. Lawrence Carter explains his involvement.

Why women travel

Article published: Tuesday, October 9th 2012

The first Marie Stopes abortion clinic in Northern Ireland will open this week in the face of draconian legal restrictions and threats by anti-choice groups to see it shut down. South of the border, around 4,500 women each year are forced to travel to England to access an abortion. An upcoming documentary, “Why Women Travel”, is to tell their story.