Former GMP officer breached Covid rules with pre-wedding party

A former Greater Manchester Police officer who broke Covid lockdown rules breached expected standards of behaviour and brought ‘discredit to the police service’. A disciplinary hearing ruled that Manisa Matloob’s behaviour amounted to gross misconduct and she would have been dismissed had she not already resigned. Miss Matloob, who resigned in February 2023 and did […]

Next steps for Westy LTN consultation confirmed

The council has confirmed the next steps linked to the low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) consultation in Westy, with a view to a final phase of consultation commencing in April. In advance of the consultation opening next month, an information flyer will be delivered to households today, Thursday 30 March, within the LTN area, which highlights […]

Attempted £28k fraud uncovered by Council sees business owner sentenced

A fraudster who attempted to obtain almost £28,000 in grant funding has been sentenced in court. Abbas Sharief, 60, of Doncaster Road, Manchester, was yesterday (Tuesday, 28 March) convicted of three counts of fraud by false representation. This came after an investigation by the Council’s Audit and Risk Management Team, with assistance from the Council’s […]

Liverpool signs first pledge in bid to protect its parks

Liverpool City Council has signed its first legally-binding agreement to protect the city’s parks forever. In one of her final acts as Mayor of Liverpool, Joanne Anderson, has sealed the deal to protect Falkner Square Gardens, in Toxteth, with the Council set to agree similar terms for another 20 much-loved parks and green spaces within the next […]

BLOG: Staff hold the key to the future of Liverpool City Council

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Frazer Lake, writes for Liverpool Express about the pivotal role of the Council’s staff in its future… Since I was elected to Liverpool City Council in May 2019, it’s fair to say it has been a tumultuous time for the organisation and our staff. As well as dealing with the impact of […]

Council apologises for failings in homelessness case

Liverpool City Council has accepted the findings of a ruling from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman into the case of a man who was left homeless for six months during the COVID pandemic. The man, who also had deteriorating mental health and a medical condition requiring surgery, was homeless from June 2020 – […]


St Helens borough residents suffering with the effects of Long COVID are being encouraged to seek out local support services to help them overcome the debilitating effects of the illness. Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, it is estimated that 1.8 million people in the UK have since been affected by symptoms of […]

Recipients of the Our Manchester Grants Programme for Voluntary and Community sector announced

The recipients of Manchester City Council’s Our Manchester Grants Programme for the Voluntary and Community Sector (OMVCS) have been announced. The OMVCS is the Council’s largest grant programme for the voluntary and community sector. The programme invests into Manchester’s thriving and diverse voluntary and community sector-  helping organisations provide the best support they can for […]

BLOG: We have cows to thank for vaccination – and that’s no bull!

Vaccination: “Dr Jenner performing his first vaccination, 1796”. Oil painting by Ernest Board. On the 200th anniversary of the death of Edward Jenner – the pioneer of the world’s first vaccine, Director of Public Health, Professor Matthew Ashton reflects on Jenner’s legacy and how life-threatening diseases like measles haven’t gone away – but are being kept at […]

Liverpool’s vaccination stories get a new home

‘Good News Stories’ telling the personal experiences of people from Liverpool who overcame barriers to getting the Covid vaccine, are being showcased at the Museum of Liverpool’s atrium screens until 31 January. Part of the Liverpool Vaccine Equity project – the ‘Good News Stories’ exhibition evolved from the work of innovative teams in the heart […]