Monthly Archives: January 2016

Scrutiny Week – January 2016. #Manchester

Manchester City Council has 6 “scrutiny” committees that are supposed to keep tabs on what the 9 member Executive and the officers are up to. Supposed to. One of the problems is, there is not a single non-Labour councillor. So, … Continue reading

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Basic question about the Low Carbon Hub and “consistent public reporting” #transparency #climate #Manchester

Dear Councillor Derbyshire, I am writing to you in your capacity as the chair of the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub. I hope the event on Saturday morning that Friends of the Earth has organised goes well. Sadly I cannot … Continue reading

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#Manchester Council spends £70k on Steering Group. Gets what exactly? #climate #debacle

Manchester City Council has spent roughly seventy thousand pounds supporting a group that can’t even organise its own website, submit grant applications  and will not allow councillors attend its meetings.   The “Stakeholder Steering Group“, (also known as “MACF”)  for the … Continue reading

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#Manchester Council admits in breach of FoIA rules over carbon literacy #climate debacle

Manchester City Council has had to admit its failure to keep to the Freedom of Information Act rules. Almost a year ago it said it would provide the names of Councillors who had completed “carbon literacy” training, or explain why … Continue reading

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Global Justice Now #Manchester’s 2016 plans

We’re asking different groups to tell all about their plans for the coming year. So far Kindling Trust and Carbon Co-op have revealed all, while Green Party, Friends of the Earth, Steady State Manchester,and Reclaim the Power have kept schtum. … Continue reading

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PRESS RELEASE: Anti-fracking activists stop work at Carrington gas power station

Press Release ANTI-FRACKING ACTIVISTS STOP WORK AT CARRINGTON GAS POWER STATION For immediate release: Saturday, 16 January, 2016 Media Contact: / 07778169190 / @nodashforgas **Photos and interviews with protesters on site on social media and hi-def here** Early this morning, … Continue reading

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Learning adaptation from Mozambique. #Manchester lags behind… #LootingTIvoryTower

Manchester could learn from Mozambique is the message in this second “Looting the Ivory Tower” blog post. But do we have the either the humility and capacity to do so?  Jon Silver of Durham University reviews a really good academic … Continue reading

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