At last all of the chapters of Manchester 1984 are now on this site. (Image Credit: Fireworks By Fieldington at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28678368)
Monthly Archive: April 2016
Margaret Roff (1943-1987) is mentioned several times in this book, so I thought I would collect together her story in a blog post to mark the publishing of chapter 15...
The Budget Review Working Party (BRWP) had the purpose of scrutinising every budget item in every department (on a rolling programme) in order to identify possible savings.
The portfolio of Leisure Services covers a wide range of things that are often highly valued by the public. Manchester City Council owned and was responsible for parks and gardens, public baths and laundries, sports halls…
Given that Kath was Deputy Chair of the Education Committee for a year (1989/90) and then Chair for four years (1991-95), this is the most personal chapter of the book.
This chapter covers those changes and the responses to failing standards in the Council’s elderly persons’ homes (EPHs) and the requirements of the Care in the Community legislation.
The Local Government and Housing Act 1989 brought in requirements for the local authority to establish a Housing Revenue Account (HRA) that ring-fenced all housing income and expenditure, and prevented any subsidy to or from any other parts of the Council’s budget.
I can only identify a handful of the people in the picture so welcome any additional information. 79 of the 99 councillors on Manchester City Council after the May 1994 elections.