The truth about one of the most mismanaged & discriminative anti-vox populi boroughs in England.
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Please sign the petition to be sent to the Labour leader the Rt Hon Edward Miliband MP: Remove Oldham Council Leader James McMahon from his position.
Councillor James (Jim) McMahon has been Oldham Labour Council leader since May 2011 yet until the week ending 17/02/2013 he continued to work simultaneously as the Town Centre Manager for rival Town Middleton. By early 2013 Oldham had the fourth highest levels of closed shops for medium sized towns in the country. The job specifications for his Middleton replacement identified Oldham as a catchment area from which to attract potential shoppers to Middleton. This was a clear conflict of interests and within any other UK job sector I can identify this would have not been allowed. Other councillors should have spoken out and tabled a motion of no confidence about this when it was first identified they did nothing. Oldham had and still has the highest birth rates in Greater Manchester and some of the lowest levels of growth sector employment.
Adverse job seekers allowance sanctions against claimants from Oldham between 22nd October 2012 & 30th June 2013 totaled 3860. This could be for anything from refusing employment to missing an interview appointment or refusal to undertake work experience schemes. Breakdown of adverse Oldham job seekers allowance sanctions by month between October 2012 - June 2013 is as follows: 140 430 410 490 310 420 510 640 530
Oldhams struggle against endemic poverty, low wages, worklessness and the new scourge of fuel poverty in the face of soaring prices has been well documented. In a Sunday Mirror revelation it has been revealed that ‘defender of the Oldham poor’ Oldham East & Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams claimed £885.77 of her energy bills on MP’s expenses. Having your energy bills paid for by tax payers whilst making constant reference to others suffering fuel-poverty is at best crass and at worst unethical.
Multi-millionaire Michael Meacher MP for Oldham West & Royton claimed £392.09 towards energy bills.
The combined Oldham bill for Housing Benefit (social housing) & Local Housing Allowance (private rented sector) 2012/13 was over £38 million for a total of 10,049 properties. Social housing payments per household averaged £326 per month & private rentals averaged £312 per month.
It was also reported last week that Oldham has the 4th highest rates of UK home repossessions, since 2012 Oldham Council & partners have issued 29,134 court summons.
Oldham Council have come under criticism for fitting a brand new £3000 carpet, so deep that doors had to be sanded, in the Labour council deputy leader Shoab Akhtar’s office and the council leader Jim McMahons waiting area. This came in the wake of budget cuts and further council redundancies being announced.
Lack of access to local Hospital diagnostic and surgical procedures was a significant cause of the permanent condition I will suffer from for the rest of my life. My partner has to wait 5 months between registering for hospital tests and her actual test appointment at The Royal Oldham Hospital in December. If Hospitals cannot afford tax paying residents treatment I question the provision of superstitious services they waste money on which is why I made the Freedom Of Information request below.
Freedom of Information request - Cost and effectiveness of Hospital Chaplaincy Services
Dear Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust,
Can you please provide details of the following:
(1) The cost to the trust of Chaplaincy & equivalent services for other religions in the financial years 2011/2012 & 2012/2013? For the year 2011/12 the total expenditure for the Spiritual Care Team was £250,922 and for the year 2012/13 the total expenditure for the Spiritual Care Team was £224,419.
(2) Does the trust have any statistical evidence (not opinion) that the provision of non-medical religious counselling services has any positive impact on patient recovery rates or reduces mortality levels? No
(3) If the answer to question(2)is no; does the trust have any plans to make Chaplaincy & equivalent roles purely voluntary so the money can be allocated to services that can positively impact health outcomes? No
Oldham’s Westwood Primary School is 1 of only 5 in England where 100% of pupils do not speak English as a 1st language. I fail to understand how this worrying new development benefits cohesion in a borough of disjointed communities living within parallel but completely antagonistic cultural norms.
Oldham’s population density statistics for LSOA’s have been released today showing that four Oldham areas 022C Glodwick, 024C-035A Coppice and 035C Werneth each have population densities three times the Oldham average.
In 2012 Oldham had the lowest levels of Civil Partnerships in Greater Manchester: 4 Female & just 1 male ceremony for every 100,000 residents which is Less than 50% of the next lowest levels. Unsurprisingly the City of Manchester had the highest levels with 78 male & 61 female ceremonies.
Oldham council continues discriminative housing policy where new social housing in the borough is almost solely targeted at families with children. The council continues to build 4/5 bedroom social housing projects with partners to pander to it’s core voting demographic leaving single people and couples without children to fend for themselves whilst still being expected to pay-up to OMBC’s over-population master plan. As of 12/08/2013 there were 6175 applicants on the Oldham housing register who needed 1 bedroom accommodation you can add to that 1445 social housing tenants deemed to be under-occupying by Oldham Council so also needing to move into 1 bedroom properties making a total of 7620 people. Across all of Oldham councils approved housing providers only 19 properties with 1 bedroom were available.
Oldham Planning committee has approved the building of 160 “micro” apartments (bedsits) by Manchester Bright Investments Ltd who were in June 2013 given First Notification Of Strike-off Action In London Gazette(section 652)The company also has no checkable financial history other than in 2004/5/6 where it had a net worth of 2 GBP as of June in each of the three years. The company announced in a TV interview that they intend selling the apartments in other countries.
Richmond Primary School is transitioning into an Academy School and the associated daycare business is not included in the transfer plans of the school governing body. The daycare centre (registered with Ofsted as First Steps at Richmond Primary School) currently operates from the Coldhurst Children’s Centre site, which is attached to the School. Again we have another self governing free/academy school answerable to central government and in this case within a high birth rate religious demographic area. Yet governors don’t see educational or financial profitability in daycare facilities for their future pupils so dump the cost, responsibility and expansion costs of the schools former daycare centre on the council until the children reach an age where they can educate them free of a cohesive borough wide education policy. Of course the council are silent on the issue as always not wishing to upset their target voting demographics. Oldham’s diverse communities are already disjointed having singular faith/cultural schools exponentially increases the problem. Allowing communities to culturally subsist devoid of democratic principles or any intention to integrate is just dangerous practice.
This is Oldham Councils much lauded student market it uses the same “facilities” as Oldham councils other wonderful foray into town centre retail regeneration the craft market. As you can see it is in fact some office tables in a passageway not a market in any way shape or form. I feel sorry for the young people being cajoled by the council but it remains a fact tables selling tat will not revitalise Oldham and advertising it to potential shoppers as a market is very misleading.
This is Oldham councils Sound of Oldham event held by the council run Oproject which is designed to get more young people into Oldham Town Centre. This is their own picture, not mine, where are the young people? It demonstrates the councils ongoing town centre business management incompetence as it continues to waste tax payers money to secure future youth votes.
The Oldham Council Interim Chief Exec salary has been announced at £154,143. this is £23,000 less than Charlie Parker BUT Oldham Council are also paying Manchester City Council an undisclosed fee for the financial advisory services of Sir Howard Bernstein.
Oldham Councils “See it differently” promotional video to encourage investment in Oldham is currently doing the rounds on Youtube. Although the video bares no resemblance to the Oldham I live in the two most worrying aspects are the inclusion of the Foxdenton Business Park development as though it had already been approved and the fact the video is being circulated by individuals who are not potential investors but potential migrants in various countries. Oldham has endemic and migratory high poverty levels plus the highest birth rates in Greater Manchester yet one of the lowest percentages of growth sector employment in the North West - OLDHAM DOES NOT NEED ANY MORE OF THE WORLDS POOR TO SWELL THE RANKS OF ITS CURRENT RESOURCE DEPLETED POPULATION.
Oldham has been identified as one of 14 priority areas outside London for the teaching of English language to migrant communities under Eric Pickles £6,000,000 community based language teaching scheme. Six competition winning ideas will share the money including one that teaches English through faith groups in mosques, churches and gurdwaras and the ‘#TalkEnglish’ scheme which teaches lessons focused on practical language skills such as voluntary work, participation in residents’ associations and training local shop staff as ‘sympathetic listeners’ to encourage learners to try out their English.
Oldham Council are demolishing 155 to 159 Yorkshire St & 1, 29/31 Mumps thus "improving the look of the area in time for the arrival of Metrolink" obviously the council want to implement the planned illusion of Oldham as a centre of culture. Perhaps these empty premises would not have been empty if it was not for the ten years of zero net employment growth in Oldham 2001 through to 2011 or because they received little or no Council support during the three or more years of constant roadworks for a Town Centre Metrolink line that the Oldham public voted 4 to 1 against as a condition of the congestion charge.
Between 2002-2010 the two Oldham wards with the highest population increases were St Mary’s with an increase of 12.8% & Medlock Vale with 11.4%. Between 2002-2010 the two Oldham wards with the highest population decreases were St James' with a population decrease of -4.2% & Crompton with a decrease of -3.8%.
Cash strapped Oldham Council has agreed to allocate £312,500 to the AGMA GM Broadband project on proviso the other 7 Greater Manchester local authorities do the same. I very much doubt equality of payment contribution will result in equality of service provision or share allocation of external funding as the object is to supply high speed broadband where industry providers have no plans to extend networks.
In 2012 Oldham had the lowest percentage levels of educational
qualifications in Greater Manchester for people aged between
16 & 64 at every level from NVQ level 2 to level 4 & higher
Source ONS 29/11/2013
Tameside (39.9%) & Oldham (41.4%) have the worst 5 year new business survival rates in Greater Manchester for businesses started in 2007
In their actual words “The average wage rate in Oldham is 16% lower than the UK average, representing a significant cost saving for businesses considering locating in the borough” This is how Oldham Council continues to sell the working population of Oldham to the business community.
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