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Turning the tide of litter in Manchester

Volunteer litter pickers are stoically taking on the eyesore of street litter. Noora Mykkanen went along with litter picker Charles Kinniburgh to see why they do ...

Working Class Movement Library re-opens with Thomas Paine exhibition

Thomas Paine, the radical revolutionary of the American War of Independence, is the subject of the Working Class Movement Libraries first post-lockdown exhibition. The library in ...

‘Justice gap’ is widening due to legal aid cuts and Covid induced deprivation

The ‘justice gap’ is the increasing divide between people who can and cannot afford to pay for legal representation, due to legal aid cuts. With deprivation ...

How inequality explains the high impact of Covid-19 in Greater Manchester

An epidemiologist’s report reveals some startling figures linking the high levels of Covid-19 mortality in Greater Manchester to areas experiencing the most inequality and deprivation within ...

Wigan care home records most Covid-19 deaths in England

A care home in Wigan has recorded the most deaths due to Covid-19, over a year, of any care home in England, according to data released ...

City of Trees: tackling climate change and promoting sanity

With Covid and the climate crisis exacerbating mental health issues across society, City of Trees is tackling the problem by aiming to plant three million trees ...

Manchester council scraps school-based police officers

While anti-racism campaigners welcomed the move as “an important step”, they warn it “does not go anywhere near far enough” to remove police influence in Manchester’s ...

The Queen’s Gambit: Two Manchester chess prodigies take on the world

Two girls from Timperley in Trafford are taking on the world in the ultimate game of strategy. Guest article from The Mill. Tarini and Thisumi Jayawarna ...

Migrants refused registration at Manchester GP surgeries, preventing vaccination, in contravention of NHS guidlines

An investigation into GP registration and access to Covid-19 vaccinations found that undocumented migrants are being refused registration despite being eligible. Manchester authorities and national healthcare ...

Village Manchester FC – cup victors are united against bigotry and hate

After a six goal thriller full of twists, turns and a tense penalty shootout, Village Manchester Football Club win a historic third Gay Football Supporters Network ...

Social home care workers being underpaid, despite councils’ promises to pay living wage

Investigation into social home care pay rates across the UK shows that jobs are being advertised below the real living wage (RLW) despite councils signing up ...

Councillor Support Network will promote a Green New Deal and fight climate breakdown

Greater Manchester Labour for a Green New Deal believes that the fight against climate breakdown is one in which mutual support is imperative — the GND ...

Social housing evictions after Covid induced protections end

Following the end of the ‘evictions ban’, Greater Manchester Law Centre did some research into the social housing sector in Greater Manchester. Social housing providers’ responses ...

Planning decisions in Manchester are feeding the fires of inequality and ignoring the housing crisis

The passing of two controversial building proposals in Manchester raises the question – who does the city’s development model serves? A land commission for Greater Manchester ...

Put people – not profit – at heart of land use, says Liverpool Land Commission

England’s first Land Commission, facilitated by the Manchester-based Centre for Local Economic Strategies, said Liverpool’s leaders should recognise “the true social purpose of land” rather than ...

Manchester International Festival 2021 kicks off with “choreography of desire”

The opening night of Manchester International Festival 2021 this week saw an exhilarating dance piece take to Deansgate. Judith Suckling went along and reports on a ...

CLES welcomes Sarah Longlands as new chief executive

Former director of IPPR North and advocate for regional development in the North of England joined the Manchester-based ‘think and do’ tank in June. The Centre ...

Chinese artists call for action against “white occupancy” of the Chinese Art Centre

“It is time for the White occupancy of the Centre to end, and for agency to be placed back in the hands of East and Southeast ...

University of Manchester under pressure to cut ties with Tel Aviv University

The Manchester university highlights that the partnership is based on UK government guidance, but academics say it violates the institution’s publicly espoused values of anti-racism. More ...

Castlefield viaduct to become Manchester’s first ‘High Line’

Jonathan Schofield and how the National Trust have moved to beautify engineering. This article was originally published in Manchester Confidential. This is great news. The disused viaduct ...

The freedom to see my family overseas should not come at a price

Roberta Barcella recounts the tribulations of exercising her freedom to see her family in Italy during Covid-19. Like many Europeans, I waited months to see my ...

Neil McInroy: taking the fight for a fairer economy to America

At the forefront of establishing the community wealth building model across the UK, Neil McInroy is taking on a fresh challenge. The Meteor speaks to him ...

Hulme residents oppose new student tower blocks and call for community facilities

Hulme residents took to the streets to make their opposition clear to more student tower blocks. “There is nothing else for older people here,” says Sally, ...

Reshaping ownership within adult social care

Adult social care is broken. After years of marketisation and outsourcing we are left with a service where large market players dominate. Taxpayers’ money, and the ...

‘It makes Manchester special’ – locals slam plans to build on Hough End playing fields

“I’m not a quiet, retiree type… I’ve run thousands of miles on this field. It’s a beautiful space” he says. “I have used this field a ...

Community-led housing’s potential is yet to be realised

Community-led housing is on the rise. Local groups in need of suitable housing in Greater Manchester are being encouraged to get involved in creating genuinely affordable ...

We have a collective right to Manchester — let’s proclaim it

Our report on public land privatisation published two weeks ago has sparked a political debate across our city on how we might better manage our public ...

Orior Apparel – couple inspired by nature, plant a tree for every item purchased

Creative couple Abby and Matt Cassady launched an eco-friendly clothing brand earlier this year to channel their creativity into designs inspired by nature and Manchester’s music ...