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Disabled people here facing an uncertain future

Hundreds of the most severely disabled people in the North West face an uncertain future as a specialist government fund closes. The Independent Living Fund stops from today. It's currently a protected pot of money which allows people with disabilities to control their own care. Instead the funding will be managed by local councils. But many fear the move will lead to fewer disabled people being able to live independently.

Tony Lloyd takes up post as interim Mayor

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd will officially become Greater Manchester's Interim Mayor later.

Tony Lloyd Credit: PA

Mr Lloyd, the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner, will be sworn into the position at a meeting of the region’s town hall chiefs in Oldham. He beat Wigan council leader Lord Peter Smith to be selected just weeks ago. Mr Lloyd will provide a figurehead until 2017, when an elected mayor is voted in. His role was created as part of the 2014 devolution deal, which included control over housebuilding, planning and transport.


Stockport Council to buy football club's Edgeley Park ground

Edgeley Park Credit: PA Images

Stockport Council will make an offer to buy Stockport County's Edgeley Park ground.

The Council voted unanimously to make the offer after current owners Cheshire Sports allegedly received an offer from a third party who may have chosen to knock the ground down.

Councillors praised a petition with more than 4000 signatures presented to the Council previously in the hope they would buy the ground and keep it in operation.

Prime Minister in Runcorn to speak on welfare policy

The Prime Minister David Cameron is speaking in Runcorn about ending what he calls the 'merry-go-round' of taxation and benefits for people on low incomes.

Mr. Cameron is speaking in Cheshire to set out his argument that the UK needs a welfare system to encourage work.

The speech comes amid a heated debate about the planned £12 billion worth of cuts to welfare services.

Poet Lemn Sissay elected Chancellor of University of Manchester

Lemn Sissay Credit: University of Manchester

The poet Lemn Sissay has been announced as the next Chancellor of the University of Manchester.

He fought off competition from former Labour cabinet minister Lord Peter Mandelson and Halle Music Director Sir Mark Elder to win.

Sissay will take up the mostly ceremonial post at the beginning of August from current Chancellor Tom Bloxham MBE.

He said:

“Reach for the top of the tree and you may get to the first branch but reach for the stars and you'll get to the top of the tree. My primary aim is to inspire and be inspired. "

“I am proud to be Chancellor of this fantastic University and extremely grateful to everyone who voted for me.”

– Lemn Sissay


Wallasey MP Angela Eagle on ballot paper for Deputy Leader of Labour Party

Wallasey MP Angela Eagle Credit: PA Images

Wallasey MP Angela Eagle will campaign to be Deputy Leader of the Labour party after winning the backing of at least 35 MPs.

After the midday deadline Ms. Eagle tweeted "thrilled to have made it into ballot for Deputy Leader Thanks to all colleagues who supported me".

The other candidates for the post are Caroline Flint (Don Valley), Tom Watson (West Bromwich East), Ben Bradshaw (Exeter) and Stella Creasy (Walthamstow).

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