Fracking protest grows..

Four demonstrators rushed into the head offices of Salford City Council at around noon today, Friday 31 January, in a sit-down protest over fracking.

Two protesters are glued together between a length of metal pipe in the foyer at the main entrance of the Swinton Civic Centre.

A third protester is superglued by the hand to the second.

A fourth protester has locked himself by the neck to a nearby window frame.

Greens take Government on over austerity agenda

 

29 January 2014

The Green Party today condemned Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, and Simon Kirby, the Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown -for going against their own party’s policy on council tax referendums.

As a response to central Government cuts, the minority Green administration in Brighton is proposing a referendum of local people on a council tax rise to protect services for the city’s most vulnerable.

Both Brighton and Hove Tory MP’s appear to support the Labour party in Brighton in opposing a referendum. (1)

Weatherley and Kirby’s opinions are in direct opposition to those of Communities Secretary Eric Pickles that councils are “dodging democracy” by not holding referendums on council tax rises and his deputy, local government minister Brandon Lewis who said: “This government has given local residents new powers to veto high council tax rises. We should trust the people.” (2)

Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party, said:

“As Greens we believe that decisions should be made closest to the people who are affected. Instead of letting Whitehall impose cuts on vulnerable people in Brighton & Hove, this announcement takes the decision to the people.

Three quarters of county councils and a third of other councils have already indicated that they plan to increase council tax to meet growing need and mitigate the worst of Westminster’s cuts. Only the Green Party is taking a courageous stand and we call for other councils to consider letting the people decide.

Well the Salford Star tells it again the reality of Life in Salford,all this while our Mayor and Councillors take the cream…

SALFORD COUNCIL TO CUT LIFE AND DEATH DEBT AND HOUSING SERVICES

Star date: 30th January 2014

IT’S A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH AS SALFORD MAYOR PROPOSING TO SLASH HOUSING, DEBT AND WELFARE SERVICES

“I can say with candid honesty that they saved my life…” Tom

While Salford Mayor Ian Stewart writes to the Prime Minister about Salford residents `at breaking point’, Salford Council is proposing to slash life saving services with the loss, we understand, of 27 jobs in Housing Advice and Welfare Rights and Debt Advice.

The residents who are `at breaking point’ give their own verdict on the Mayor’s proposals… “absolutely tragic”… “beyond disgusting…ignorant”…

Full details here…