RSPCA Mobile Welfare Clinic

Bury, Oldham & District Branch provides a subsidised veterinary clinic service for people in receipt of benefits or on a low income*. Funding is limited and therefore they can only treat animals on a preventative care basis. The mobile clinic provides the following preventative treatments; Health Check Vaccinations Worming treatments Flea Treatments They are also…

Salford council house rents rise by 6.6%

While Salford City Council started to publish a breakdown of their expenditure (more on this later), as per the coalition’s new initiative on transparent government, a council house rent rise three times the rate of inflation went largely un-noticed. Salix Homes tenants will be faced with rent rises of around £4 per week, which may…

More help for pensioners as pension rises are announced

So much has been written about Tuition Fees of late, it’s not surprising this bit of good news for pensioners hasn’t made it to any mainstream media. The state pension will rise for single people from next April, it was announced today. Liberal Democrat Pensions Minister Steve Webb said the pension for a single person…

Marriage without Borders

I was honoured to be invited to talk this morning on Gaydio, Manchester’s first radio station for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Gaydio became the UK’s first full time LGBT FM radio service in June of this year. It was a delight to talk about my involvement over the past few years…

Heatseeker van reveals Salford homes poorly insulated

I have been spending the last month following hot on the heels of the Heatseeker van (no pun intended!) that has been driving around the streets of Salford, detecting heat-loss from poorly insulated homes in the area. With the full blessing of Salford City Council, Heatseekers is a new scheme aimed at homeowners and private…