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Thursday 26 August 2010

Manchester Pride accounts: 2007, 2008 & 2009

If you would like to snoop into the accounts of Manchester Pride you can find them here on the Charity Commission website.

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Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 12:11 am
Wednesday 18 August 2010

Alternatives to Manchester Pride happening this month

Reclaim the Scene aims to build on last year, which was its first event, with another post-Pride-parade picnic and (Out of the) Village Fete. This year we’re promised it will be ‘bigger and better than ever, with free food, performers, live art, stalls, music, and kids’ entertainment!’

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Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 5:24 am
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
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
Friday 2 October 2009

Manchester Pride 2009 raises £135,000 for good causes

Manchester Pride 2009 has raised £135,000 for good causes.

It’s the highest figure for a number of years, but not if you take into account inflation (which is about 30% over a decade). Allowing for inflation it is about the same as was raised in 2000 from the free and much-smaller GayFest and less than was raised in the years from 2003 to 2006.

But, considering the current economic situation across the country, the organisers have done well to keep the figure anywhere near those of previous years.

I understand that (more…)


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 1:15 pm
Sunday 20 September 2009

New information comes to light about the charity money raised by Manchester Pride 2006

For almost three years, and along with most of the LGBT community in Manchester, I have believed that just £65,000 was raised for good causes by Operation Fundraiser at Manchester Pride 2006. This week, finally, I heard the full story from what seems to be a reliable source. (more…)


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 1:19 am
Sunday 6 September 2009

Passerby attempts to take rainbow flag at Liberation 09 march during Pride

Updated on: Thu 10 Sep 2009

Video footage has come to light of an intimidating passerby who tried to take away a large rainbow flag during Monday night’s Liberation 09 march. (more…)


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 6:23 pm
 
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