Key policies which Paul has enacted which have improved the lives of residents and workers across the city of Salford.

Tackling poverty and inequality

  • £9m of missing social security entitlements has been secured for 3,283 Salford people through our free welfare rights and debt advice service
  • 47% reduction in the number of rough sleepers in Salford
  • The council’s new low cost funeral service helps Salford residents to reduce the costs of arranging a funeral in the city
  • Salford has been recognised as one of the best local authorities in England by the Money Advice Service for the fair way we collect council tax
  • 13% increase in membership of Salford Credit Union. There are now over 4,000 members
  • 28 accredited real Living Wage employers are now based in Salford, lifting the pay of 1,393 employees

Education and skills

  • 65% of pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths for primary level KS2, an improvement on last year’s figure of 61%
  • 75% of young people on council sponsored traineeship programmes have progressed into jobs and apprenticeships
  • 3,891 young people and adults were provided with specialist careers information, advice and guidance
  • The council, in partnership with the University of Salford introduced a new supported internship programme for young people with special educational needs and disability
  • 120 Salford employers have signed up to the city’s Employment Standards Charter, a 19% increase from last year

Health and social care

  • As part of the schools’ brushing programme 8,636 children aged two to five are now brushing their teeth with a fluoride toothpaste in Salford schools. Children have also been provided with brushing packs to take home
  • OFSTED inspectors judged the council’s children’s services as GOOD retaining our previous judgement, the only north west authority to do so
  • 91% of GP practices are rated as good or outstanding
  • Salford is exceeding the target set for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service wait times. In 99% of cases, the time of referral to the first contact or appointment was within 12 weeks
  • 83.2% of people aged 65 and over were still at home 91 days after discharge from hospital into reablement/rehabilitation services, an increase from 80% in the previous year
  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, the main provider of hospital and community services in the city has again been rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission

Economic development

  • 809 new jobs have been created as a result of regeneration and development
  • £13m of public sector and £462m of private sector investment has been secured
  • The council, working alongside our partners, has supported ten investment projects to relocate to Salford. These projects are forecasted to create 809 jobs with the value to the Salford economy estimated to be £40.2m
  • To get the maximum benefit from the expansion of city centre Salford, the council and University of Salford have developed a masterplan for a world class new city district. The plan was launched at the largest property exhibition in the world in March 2019
  • We have Six Green Flag awards for parks and open spaces across the city. There were 93 events within our parks and open spaces


  • 3344 new homes completed
  • 554 older and vulnerable residents have been supported to maintain their homes in a safe, warm and dry condition
  • The first 20 two and three bedroomed Dérive properties were handed over to tenants. More are now in the pipeline.
  • 272 more affordable homes, one of the best rates in Greater Manchester
  • 342 long term empty properties were brought back into use
  • 525 households were prevented from becoming homeless by helping them stay in their homes or finding new accommodation


  • Major highway improvement works for Trafford Road have been developed with Transport
    for Greater Manchester
  • 12 bids to the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Challenge Fund have been approved to improve walking and cycling routes across the city
  • Salford is working with other councils in Greater Manchester to develop a Clean Air Plan to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide on roads. Everyone in Greater Manchester will have the chance to have their say and help shape the plan
  • Construction work for the access junction to the RHS Bridgewater site has been completed. The potential for improved walking and cycling links to the site are also being explored
  • 21% increase in business miles by users of the Co-wheels car club. All miles travelled in the club are driven in low or no emission vehicles and have saved an estimated 1,232 tonnes of carbon

A transparent effective organisation

  • Council tax collection rose from 90% to 92.17% and business rates collection rose from 91.65% to 95.67% this year. These are our largest increases in collection rates
  • 4000 residents have been through the council’s Digital You programme, gaining the basic skills to boost their knowledge and confidence about using technology
  • In March 2019, the Local Government Boundary Commission published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements in Salford. There will be an election for 60 councillors across all 20 wards May 2020
  • The council’s employer index score with Stonewall has improved from 10.5 in 2018 to
    45 in 2019. Stonewall is a charity that champions the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. The council continues to learn and improve the experiences of LGBT staff and residents
  • 110 new apprenticeships have started across the council. The council launched the Salford Skills for Business Apprenticeship Fund. This new fund is investing in training with organisations to help create more apprenticeships for Salford residents

Social impact

  • The council published the Social Impact Report to share progress to maximise the benefits from all money invested in the city
  • £96.6m (59%) of the council’s direct spend is with Salford based suppliers
  • Using energy saving measures in council buildings helped save over 2,500 tonnes of carbon. That’s 42% less since 2007, exceeding our original target of a 40% cut.
  • Over 200 people attended our first Spirit of Salford Community Awards. The event was
    a fantastic opportunity to thank the people who work tirelessly to make our communities great places to live
  • 49% of the council’s wage bill goes to Salford residents
  • 18 council suppliers are accredited as Foundation Living Wage employers, 200% increase
    from 2017


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