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<b>Wednesday 19 November:</b> One council to up wages and another makes redundancies plus a wintry weekend warning and Robinho takes the bus

Published on November 19th 2008.


LOW PAID Manchester City Council workers, could receive a pay rise which would take their wage £1.01 above the minimum wage. Councillors are to vote to introduce an authority-wide base wage of £6.74 an hour in a bid to help recruit and retain staff. If approved, Manchester would be the first local authority outside London to introduce its own minimum wage. If it gets the go ahead, the council may work with other public sector organisations to encourage take up across the city.

MEANWHILE at Salford City Council, all 11,300 of the workforce have been invited to apply for voluntary redundancy. The council also plans to cut the wages of around 860 staff because the city is struggling with a £15m budget deficit. Council leader John Merry said: "We have made strenuous efforts to minimise the number of people that will lose out.”

SNOW is expected this weekend as an Arctic blast with freezing gale-force winds and blizzards hits Britain. A Met Office spokesperson said: “The wintry weather is a stark reminder that we are well into November and conditions will worsen.”Gale-force winds will hit northern areas from Thursday. A new £7m fleet of gritters will be used on roads across Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside and parts of Lancashire over the coming months.

BRITAIN'S MOST EXPENSIVE footballer, Manchester City's Robinho, turned down a flash car in favour of taking the bus to the Trafford Centre recently. The £32mBrazilian superstar who earns £140,000 a week, used public transport to take his girlfriend on a shopping trip.

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12 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

GezzabelleNovember 19th 2008.

Will you two just get a room?!

emma graceNovember 19th 2008.

fingers crossed fingers crossed fingers crossed!!

Met OfficeNovember 19th 2008.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:Very cold, strong northerly wind on Friday and Saturday driving snow showers into northern and eastern Britain, dry with sunny spells inland. Sunday, rain, preceded by snow, spreading east.Updated: 1122 on Wed 19 Nov 2008

emma graceNovember 19th 2008.

oh mancon...you got my hopes up for snow!!

scoteeeNovember 19th 2008.

oooooh ace ,I love snow!!!!!!

scoteeeNovember 19th 2008.

Are you hanging up your stocking on the wall???i just had a lovely lamb sausage in a bun with plum jam from the xmas market it was fab!!!

scoteeeNovember 19th 2008.

can mancon please reveal its sources?http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/5day.shtml?id=2613

Artie FufkinNovember 19th 2008.

Isn't it wonderful the council are increasing their own salaries 17%. Just when the real world are taking responsible steps to keep costs down. Are they just getting us used to council tax hikes in advance of the congestion charge?

ManconNovember 19th 2008.

source for weather: the Met Office

emma graceNovember 19th 2008.

to do what?! talk about the fact that it may or may not snow?!?!

burt CodeineNovember 19th 2008.

To be fair, the BBC Manchester weather report states freezing and below freezing for Friday and Saturday.To be fair again...I don't think a single report given by these 'tea leaves' readers has ever come true...this morning's report gave out a dry day till later this evening and just look at it now!Still, with friends up this weekend and a trip to the Euro markets I can't think of better weather, so yes...swingers crossed.I also prefer the 'arctic' action female, all snugly and wrapped up, over their high summer counterparts.

scoteeeNovember 19th 2008.

It states driving snow in to northern and eastern britain the rest of us will see dry and sunny spells or good old rain!!! How's that "Gale force winds" and "blizzards" ? Bloody melodramatic thats what I say! Ms Grace, I suggest you get the ends of those fingerless gloves stitched back on and as for you Gezzabelle,i wont charge you for the privelage of kissing my swingers!

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