At least 50 homeless people died in Greater Manchester last year, according to the first ever official data on the tragedies. Brand new figures issued by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) also show those deaths shot up a massive 66pc across the region in 2017. Greater Manchester recorded the highest numbers nationally outside London. In findings mirrored by the Manchester Evening News' own investigation - The Deaths They Don't Count - the vast majority of people who died were men, with an average age last year of 44. Nationally, the most common cause of death was accident - including drug poisoning - followed by suicide and liver failure. Homeless people now account for 5pc of drugs death nationally, with heroin use the most frequent cause. The ONS announced it would be recording homeless deaths for the first time a few months ago, following an investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism - which incorporated the M.E.N's findings - showed at least 449 people had died … [Read more...] about Fifty people died while homeless in Greater Manchester last year
Greater Manchester leaders are proposing to charge the dirtiest commercial vehicles to drive in the conurbation under their latest air quality plans, revealed by the M.E.N. today. While no decision has yet been made, officials have been asked to look in detail at a potential 'clean air zone' covering all ten council areas, which would use cameras to tax the most polluting vans, lorries, taxis and buses - but not private cars. The move is the result of orders from government that force all councils with serious pollution problems to slash deadly nitrogen dioxide levels as quickly as possible. Local leaders - who are keen to avoid hitting private motorists with penalties - agreed in private on Friday that their 'preferred' measure would currently be to charge all of the most polluting commercial vehicles entering or driving around Greater Manchester. Here we outline how the measure could work. Vans The proposal would charge all diesel light goods vehicles that do not comply with the EU's … [Read more...] about How would Greater Manchester’s latest clean air tax proposal work?
Shoppers are being offered huge savings at Mothercare in the run up to Christmas ahead of plans to close dozens of stores. The closing down sale launches today (Wednesday December 19) at Mothercare in Stockport and Denton - with all stock reduced to clear. It comes after the mother and baby specialist announced it was closing both stores over the coming months. The stores are among 60 being closed across the country. The Denton store is due to close in March, according to staff, while the date for Stockport's closure hasn't been revealed. It means Greater Manchester's only remaining Mothercare store will be in Manchester at the Fort. Mothercare announced in July a huge swathe of its 137 stores in the UK would close by June 2019 as part of a restructuring programme. A spokesman for the company said customers will find "significant reductions" throughout Mothercare Denton and Stockport from Wednesday in toys, gifts, clothing, pushchairs and more. He added: "This is a great opportunity … [Read more...] about Two Mothercare stores in Greater Manchester launch closing down sales
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called for more transparency around preparations currently being drawn up as part of a Clean Air Plan in GM. The plan, currently being finalised by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), could see a raft of measures introduced across Greater Manchester to reduce pollution levels. This could include pollution charging for older diesel vehicles, but could also combine other measures, from increased parking charges at certain times of the day to reduce peak-hour car travel. It may also include the introduction of a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) – effectively a tax on car parking spaces owned by businesses. The FSB says it is concerned changes being considered could prove damaging to businesses right across the region, and that most GM based businesses are totally unaware about the plans. This may therefore have a significant financial hit for many small firms running older fleets across the region. Development Manager Robert Downes said: … [Read more...] about FSB calls for transparency over Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan
Houses near Greater Manchester’s top state schools cost £67,000 more than those near poor performing schools. An analysis of Land Registry data shows that families may be paying a massive premium to move near to better performing schools in our area. We list the average house price near Greater Manchester's best - and worst - performing schools further down the page. The data reveals that properties that share the first half of their postcode with the best state schools in Greater Manchester were priced at an average of £204,460 in 2018. That’s schools within the top 20 per cent nationally for average attainment 8 scores. Attainment 8 is part of the new system that was implemented for all schools from 2016. It measures the average achievement of pupils in up to eight qualifications, including English and maths, along with further GCSE qualifications,English Baccalaureate qualifications and any other non-GCSE qualifications on the Department for Education … [Read more...] about This is how much it costs to live near Greater Manchester’s best schools