Give youth a chance – our future depends on it

Rochdale retailer Paul Turner-Mitchell is struck by young people’s stories of seeking work at today’s Greater Manchester Youth Summit. He calls for action in a real crisis, with a quarter of under-24s in the north west joblessToday saw the Greater Manchester Youth Summit, a call for local action and a fantastic platform for young people. […]
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Striking waste centre workers left with ‘nothing to lose’

Budget cuts see the city council struggling as well as the recycling staff at the centre of a long-running dispute. Kevin Meagher reportsPity the gardeners of Sheffield if they wanted to take their household waste to one of the city’s five recycling centres last weekend. Workers there spent Saturday and Sunday, 1 and 2 September, […]
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City deals risk privatising economic development

Government structures for the likes of Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield give too much say to big local business, argues Kevin Meagher. This could skew the outcomes and pointlessly damage both the public sector and smaller firmsWhen I served on the board of a sub-regional economic partnership a decade ago I got used to the […]
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