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Wednesday 24 March 2010

Accounting mistake costs Manchester Council Tax payers £421,000 and it won’t be repaid

Manchester Liberal Democrats have asked the District Auditor to investigate the loss of £421,000 of City Council funds due to a basic accounting error.

The sum was part of funding that went to Marketing Manchester (the tourist board).

Manchester City Council was supposed to pay 35% of Marketing Manchester’s costs and another nine Councils would be responsible for the other 65% between them. But, since 2004 and due to a mistake, Manchester has paid around 56% and the other Councils just 44%.

At the last meeting of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) Deputy Council Leader Jim Battle (who attended as Manchester’s representative) ‘kindly agreed to waive the overpayment’. How generous!

Here are extracts from the minutes of the meetings:

Minutes of the AGMA meeting

Minutes of the AGMA meeting

The Manchester Green Party has backed calls for the District Auditor to be brought in.

Marketing Manchester doesn’t seem to have benefited from the mistake or been responsible for it. But regular readers of my site will be only too familiar with this organisation as the one that has ramped up Manchester Pride into the high cost tourist event that it is today.

One individual is now Chief Executive of Marketing Manchester, Chair of Manchester Pride and Chair of the (gay) Village Business Association. An unhealthy concentration of power in my opinion. What is good for tourism and businesses isn’t necessarily in the best interests of our Pride celebration and community.

Update (July 2010):

In an article published in May 2010, The Mule newspaper has information about other payments made by Manchester City Council to Marketing Manchester.


Filed under: LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 10:58 pm
Saturday 13 February 2010

Another reason not to trust Google and GMAIL

I have an arab friend from Saudi Arabia. Normally I message him using an email address that is attached to one of my domain names. But this weekend I am moving some domains including this one to different web hosting. So, via my domain registrar, I forwarded this particular email address to a GMAIL account temporarily. (more…)


Filed under: Net & technology,Politics — GS @ 11:54 pm
Monday 9 November 2009

Cruising crackdown prompts call for a ‘tolerance zone’

The police and Manchester City Council have announced the latest ‘crackdown’ on cruising in the city’s canal area. The Lesbian and Gay Foundation has promoted this in an article on its website, listing the various jail sentences that cruisers might incur (supposedly). (more…)


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 2:10 pm
Friday 6 November 2009

LGF receives award from hardship fund / Manchester Pride announces 2009 community fund

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation has been awarded £121,165 from a hardship fund that is run by the Community Development Foundation. (more…)


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 7:08 am
Wednesday 4 November 2009

Right-wingers stoke Islamophobia in Longsight churchyard planning mystery

Latest (25 March 2010): a video of my visit to the site today. This shows the current situation and casts further doubt on the claims of ‘desecration’.

As church attendance figures have plummeted over the decades many buildings have been saved by being converted to a different use.

One old church on Dickenson Road in Rusholme became the Mancunian Film Studios from 1947-1953. After that it was sold to the BBC which used it for Grandstand and the first editions of Top of the Pops. (more…)


Filed under: Buildings,History,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 3:47 am
Sunday 25 October 2009

‘Hazel Blears Must Go’ campaigners hand in an open letter at her constituency office

‘Hazel Blears Must Go’ campaigners hand in an open letter at her constituency office (video)
On Friday campaigners from the ‘Hazel Must Go‘ campaign handed in an open letter at Hazel Blears’ constituency office. (more…)


Filed under: Manchester,Politics — GS @ 7:24 pm
Saturday 24 October 2009

Latest figures show a 63% increase in homophobic crimes in Manchester

More4 News asks ‘are gay hate crimes taken seriously?’

As far as Manchester is concerned, based on my personal experience over the past year or so and the sheer volume of other incidents that people are discussing, I reject the suggestion that this increase in figures is due to more people being willing to report incidents to the police.


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 1:17 pm
 
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