Category Archives: Democratic deficit

Lack of transparency, honesty, trust etc.

#Manchester City Council fails to respond to FoIA re setting up a blog

Manchester City Council has not responded to an information request about the Executive Member for the Environment’s promised but non-existent blog. On April 13 MCFly requested basic information about the correspondence between Councillor Kate Chappell, who, in 2014 had agreed … Continue reading

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#Manchester Steering Group, £100k, promises to overhaul website. Doesn’t.

Last July the the Manchester A Certain Future Steering Group*, which has received cash and seconded staff in excess of £100k from Manchester City Council,  published its annual report.  In that report they promised newsletters (a promise they broke). They … Continue reading

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#Manchester Labour Manifesto = April Fools Spoof, only worse.

Manchester Labour Party’s election manifesto seems to have been ‘inspired’ by a post on Manchester Climate Monthly.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that the post in question was an April Fool’s spoof, in which we announced that … Continue reading

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#Manchester Steering Group finally takes action! Redefines “not ignoring you”.

The Manchester A Certain Future “Steering Group”, (the one that gets loads of council money, holds meetings in secret, breaks promises to produce newsletters, and held a meeting with 2 present and 8 apologies) has finally taken some concrete action! … Continue reading

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Only 2 of Labour’s 32 #Manchester candidates answer ‘green’ survey

[Manchester Climate Monthly does not endorse any political party. Its editor never has been a member of any political party.] Only two of the Labour Party’s 32 candidates for the upcoming local elections have bothered to answer questions put to … Continue reading

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Exec Member for Environment has not attended last 6 Steering Group main meetings

Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, Kate Chappell, has not attended a meeting of the City’s climate change ‘Steering Group’ since July last year. An analysis of the official minutes of the meetings by Manchester Climate Monthly shows that … Continue reading

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Upcoming event: Undercover policing, democracy and human rights seminar April 14th #Manchester

Undercover policing, democracy and human rights seminar Thursday 14th April Sign up to attend (free) here. Presentations by: ‘Alison’: deceived by undercover police officer Harriet Wistrich: solicitor Eveline Lubbers: Undercover Research Group The Undercover Policing Inquiry was appointed following revelations … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Chair of #Manchester Health Scrutiny Committee about #climate change @bevcraig

Dear Councillor Craig, [cllr.b.craig@manchester.gov.uk, @bevcraig] I know you care about climate change (you are one of the councillors who has completed the face-to-face carbon literacy training, but not the online component). I know that the agenda of the Health Scrutiny … Continue reading

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#Manchester City Council in ‘not listening’ shocker. For 100,000th time

Below is a repost of an article that has appeared on the Manchester Friends of the Earth website.  The tl;dr is this – the City Council has had multiple opportunities to listen to informed and committed citizens.  It has ignored … Continue reading

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Exclusive: #Manchester City Council renames Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee

There’s a headline to lead the 6pm news, eh? Manchester City Council has decided to change the name of its “Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee” to “Neighbourhoods and Environment,” with the change taking effect in May. Neighbourhoods is one of six scrutiny … Continue reading

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