Thursday 30 October 2014
Today I am launching my independent report Real Voices – Child Sexual Exploitation in Greater Manchester, which was commissioned by Police & Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd to examine what has changed since the Rochdale grooming case in 2012, and what still needs to change.
I was determined that the voices of young people should be heard very clearly through the report, and I’m keen to see a radical new approach to CSE, to be led by young people themselves. In the report, I have made a range of recommendations on how CSE cases can be better dealt with in future, and also how preventative measures including better training, raising awareness of the issues amongst young people, and increased joint working across police and local authority boundaries might help prevent CSE from taking place. I also recommend that CSE should be treated as a key public health priority in the same way that smoking and obesity are, so that a more strategic approach can be developed to combat it.
You can download the full report here: Real Voices Report
The Government recently asked Northern Rail to find ways of increasing the amount of money it gets from passengers, so that the money given by the government to the rail company can be reduced. How much passengers should contribute through the cost of rail tickets and how much the taxpayer should pay towards the cost of the transport system is always contentious.
A number of fare changes have been announced by Northern Rail and these changes came into effect on 8th September.
The Savoy cinema has been a feature of Heaton Moor for all the years I’ve lived there – in fact it opened in 1923. I certainly remember going to the pictures at the Savoy thirty years ago and I still enjoy the popular showings there. But now, without digital projection and in poor repair, the Savoy is up for sale.
Because it’s in need of complete renovation, the cinema is in danger of closing (as it almost did in 2009) or being sold off for other uses. So a huge effort is being made by people across the Four Heatons who hope to buy it and transform it into a community arts centre.