Monthly Archive: April 2016

Fireworks By Fieldington at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Celebration Time – all of the chapters are now online

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,

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Chapter 18 The All-Powerful Budget Review Working Party is now online

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.

CC-BY Karen Cropper One of entrances to Victoria Baths Manchester

Chapter 23 Leisure Services is now online

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…

Councillors and officers holding Another Brick in the Wall documents in front of Houses of Parliament

Chapter 22 about Education in Manchester is now online.

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.

old people exercising CC-BY-NC Henry Rabinowitz and crossing sign CC-BY-NC Dan

Chapter 21 Social Services is now online

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.

Row of council houses

Chapter 20 on Housing is now online

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.

Photograph of Manchester City Councillors 1994

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.