Manchester City Council

Sheila Newman - the city’s loss

It wouldn’t be right to return to normal posts without first talking about the tragic death of a colleague and comrade, Sheila Newman. There are parts of her life I know little about, not least the family that was so important to her, but I’m sure all our thoughts are with Eddy, their daughters, and her wider family and friends.

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Money, Money, Money

I’m going to talk about the Council’s budget today so really should have headed this “ Lack of Money, ..... “. On Wednesday the Council’s Executive agreed its budget recommendations to the special Council meeting that takes place early in March.

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Council Tax - a different perspective

Next week the Council’s Executive Committee will meet to make recommendations to the Council on the 2018/19 Council budget, including the Council’s share of the Council Tax bill it collects on behalf of itself, the Police, and the Greater Manchester Mayor including the Fire Service. This week Scrutiny Committees have been looking at the proposals that are particularly relevant to them.

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The Name’s the Same

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M4, Triple C and Going Rogue

The Council’s Executive Committee met yesterday but it was one of those blink and you’ve missed it sort of meetings so I won’t dwell on it here. Earlier in the week I went to visit the city council’s translation and interpretation service, the M4 referred to above, now apparently the only such local authority based service.

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The Big Move

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A Promise is a Promise

This will be my last blog before Christmas so in case I forget at the end, let me start by wishing all of my millions of readers Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

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Active = Health

The Combined Authority had its last meeting of the year today in Bolton. The main feature was the Walking and Cycling Strategy report given by Chris Boardman.

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Break on through....

Great to be able to attend at least part of Breakthrough UK’s twentieth birthday celebration today. It’s a pioneering organisation run by and for disabled people championing their rights and responsibility

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A Taste of Honey

Originally a play telling the story of a young working class girl in 1950s Salford. If the play was updated to today, no doubt Universal Credit would appear somewhere in it.

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