Council services

Any information on non-essential council services being suspended temporarily will be posted on this web page.

Non-essential council meetings are now being cancelled and wherever possible we are using digital and telephone facilities for essential meetings.

Help in a crisis

If you find yourself without the finances to feed yourself or family or heat your home, help is available from Salford Assist.

The Salford City Council scheme offers short-term support to people who can’t meet their own or family’s basic needs because of a crisis, emergency or disaster.

Support is discretionary but could include help with baby items, essential furniture, gas and electricity or necessary documents for people who are homeless. Salford Assist can also signpost to debt, benefits and affordable energy advice.

More about Salford Assist 

Achieve Drug and Alcohol Service

Address: The Orchard, Langley Road South, Salford, M6 6GU
Website: Achieve Recovery Services

Open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, but now only taking telephone calls not face-to-face:

  • 0161 358 1530, or
  • 0161 723 3880 (Young Peoples Team)


Advice to all plot holders about coronavirus.


Scroll down to H for information on Housing Benefit/Council tax reduction and Blue Badge Service.

Bereavement Services

The service is fully open as usual for burials, cremations and cemetery visitors, but:

  • We ask that you observe social distancing at all chapel services at Agecroft Crematorium, Peel Green Crematorium and Swinton Cemetery Chapel.
  • Live webcasting and recording facilities are available for those unable to attend services (there is a charge for this service).
  • Agecroft Cemetery Office open for:

Further details about the service and how to contact them.

The out of hours emergencies only number is 0161 794 8888.

Bin collections

Currently operating as usual.

Further details about the bin collection service.

Business rates

We appreciate that this is a difficult time for many businesses and that coronavirus is having a significant impact on the economy. Please see our latest information on business rates.

Children’s 0-19 Services

Open Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm.

Telephone numbers and email addresses for each locality.

Commercial Catering Services

Services include Buile Hill Park Hall and Worsley Court House, and outside catering, they are fully open for enquiries.

Further details about the catering service

Community centres, libraries, leisure centres and other service provided by Salford Community Leisure

Please see the Salford Community Leisure website for the latest information.

Services that will continue to operate will be a number of library services; the Books@Home where we will continue to take the library service to people in these difficult circumstances and the Schools’ Libraries Service to ensure that books and learning materials are provided for children and teachers remaining in school.

MAPAS (Music And Performing Arts Salford) will also continue to provide some services to schools for children and teachers who are remaining in school.

The cafe at Clifton Country Park will also remain open during this closure.

In the light of these closures, Salford Community Leisure staff will be supporting Salford City Council to help staff frontline services to support the most vulnerable people in the city.

We are working to keep our members and customers updated with relevant information via the Salford Community Leisure website and social media and access to all our online services will continue throughout the closure of buildings.

Free books and magazines – join the library

There’s never been a better time to stay home and catch up on your reading.

You can join Salford’s libraries online to borrow books 24/7 online or read top magazines such as the Radio Times for tv schedules, women’s magazines including  Cosmopolitan, Prima, photography, crafting, cookery including BBC Good Food and children’s magazines and more.

Trace your family history

If you’ve ever wondered about your ancestors, now’s the time to trace your family history.

Being a member of Salford Libraries gives you free access to Ancestry’s Library Edition which has millions of records from the UK and beyond.

Join Salford Libraries

Council tax

We appreciate that this is a difficult time for many residents and that coronavirus is having a significant impact on the economy. Please see our council tax support page for available help.

Digital resources to help stay connected

For those needing help with digital skills to stay connected, our partners Good Things Foundation (GTF) have created a resource with free courses, tools and templates that you can trust.

GTF are the UK’s leading digital and social inclusion charity which helps people to use and engage with digital to improve their lives and helping us with our Digital You programme in Salford. GTF also have training guides for local organisations who help residents get online. 

Dog warden service

We have reduced the dog warden service to ‘Found’ dogs only. This means we will still collect a stray dog from a member of the public whilst demonstrating social distancing. We would encourage lead walks for your dogs to minimise the risk of them becoming lost. As always, we will do everything we can to reunite any lost dogs with their owners.

Employment and training advice for 16 to 24-year olds

Salford Connexions Service delivered by Career Connect continue to provide support to young people and their parents via telephone and digital channels.

Free school meals

If your child already receives a free school meal please contact your school for further information on how to access this.

If you believe that you are entitled to a free school meal you can apply on our free school meal page.


Customer service receptions in the Gateways and the Broughton Hub are open.

You can also contact us via Twitter @SalfordCCHelp or visit this website for online forms and live chat. For those unable to go online, our customer services team can be called on 0161 793 2500.

Support available to people

Our Spirit of Salford Helpline is for people to get help, support and advice on lots of different issues that they might be facing at the moment. The helpline number is 0800 952 1000 and is open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. Or you can contact us online, find out more about the Spirit of Salford Helpline.

Cloud coffee and chat

We are also offering face to face chats with a member of the locality team via video calls. Find out more and book a chat.

Hackney carriage and private hire vehicle licences

Applications for new hackney and private hire licences are suspended until further notice. You can still make a renewal.

Health Improvement Connect

Online and telephone support to improve health and wellbeing:

Further details about Health Improvement Connect.


Latest information on how to get help if you are homeless.

Household and waste recycling centres

Household waste and recycling centres in Salford are open.

Salford waste collections will continue as normal until further notice.

Housing Benefit/Council tax reduction and Blue Badge Service

If you are already in receipt of Council Tax Reduction and/or Housing Benefit, payments will continue as normal. However, if anyone has a change in circumstances please complete our change in circumstances online form to update us.

Benefit claimants can find more information about coronavirus support on the GOV.UK website.

If you are self-isolating or without internet access and unable to complete online forms for benefits or the Blue Badge service, we can help. Please call us on 0161 793 2500.

If you have lost your job or aren’t getting paid and struggling to pay your council tax, please see our back on track pages where there is a wide range of support available. For example, you may be entitled to help with your council tax through the council tax reduction scheme or we may be able to change or extend your payment plan. 

You may also find our Better Off pages informative where there is guidance on a range of services including a benefits calculator.

You can find more information about coronavirus support for employees, benefit claimants and businesses on the GOV.UK website as well as Universal Credit.

If you need other types of assistance such as food shopping, getting essential medication, fuel (if you are on a pre-paid meter for gas or electric) or looking after pets, please complete our online Spirit of Salford form.

We are still here to help you but given the demands on our contact centre, we request that where possible you get in touch online.

Ingleside Birth and Community Centre

Ingleside Birth and Community Centre will reopen at 7.30am on Monday 1 June 2020.

Job help for residents and businesses

Latest information from the Salford Employ.

Mental Capacity Act/ Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (MCA/ DOLS) Team

The team can be contacted:

  • by calling: 0161 631 4777 (Adult Social Care Contact Team) (between 8.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday)
  • or email:

Parks and green spaces

Salford’s parks and green spaces are open for you to enjoy and spend time outside.

Outdoor gyms and multi-use game facilities are to close in line with government restrictions from Thursday 5 November.

For the latest information, go to our coronavirus update page.

Planning services

Latest information on how the coronavirus has affected the planning service.

Post Offices

If you need to pay a bill or send mail, some post offices are still open. Use the Post Office branch finder, which is updated regularly, to find your nearest location and opening hours.

Register Office

The Register Office is introducing emergency measures to prioritise their services. Find out more about these Register Office measures.

Regulatory Services

The full range of inspection services are available below. The core hours of the services are 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Food Standards

Trading Standards

Housing Standards

Environment Protection and Anti-Social Behaviour


Landlord Licensing

Home Improvement Agency

Salford Housing Options Point

Please contact our office by:

Further details about Salford Housing Options Point.

Salford Independent Domestic Abuse Support Service (SIDASS) 

SIDASS will continue to provide advice and support for those who are experiencing domestic abuse during this challenging time.

To provide more support through the pandemic, the telephone helpline 0161 793 3232 hours are being extended. The opening times for the helpline are:

  • Monday to Friday: 1pm to 4pm then 6pm to 9pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 1pm
  • Sunday: 1pm to 4pm

School Meal Service and Building Cleaning Service

Citywide School Meal and/ Building Cleaning Services are fully open as usual.

See our school meals page or our building cleaning page for further details.

School place appeals

Find out the latest about appeals for schools places.

Sexual Health Services

From Monday 23 March 2020 the Lance Burn Health Centre will become appointment only, due to the on-going coronavirus situation.

Main clinic address: Lance Burn Health Centre, Churchill Way, Salford, M6 5QX

Opening times are between 8.15am and 8pm across the clinics.

Please telephone for an appointment: 0161 206 1099.

See the sexual health web pages for further information.

Lance Burn Health Centre opening times:

  • Monday: 8.15am to 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 8.15am to 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 8.15am to 4.30pm
  • Thursday 8.15am to 7.30pm
  • Friday 8.15am to 4.30pm

Supported Housing (including temporary accommodation and rough sleeper services and A Bed Every Night)

Please contact this service by:

  • calling: 0161 607 1620, between 8.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday – this telephone number also has an answering machine after office hours
  • email:
  • text: 0796 631 6218

Further information about Housing Support Link, for people moving away from support services. 

For out of hours homelessness and rough sleeping emergencies only call 0161 794 8888.

Welfare Rights and Debt Advice Service

The Welfare Rights and Debt Advice Service is introducing emergency measures to prioritise their services. Find out more about the Welfare Rights and Debt Advice Service.

Press and media enquiries

Following government advice that staff should work from home if they can, please email us your press enquiry in the first instance to

The Communications Team will respond to your enquiry as quickly as possible. Please note this email cannot pick up customer service or council tax queries. For help, please go to our how to contact us page

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