We the undersigned demand a public meeting over the conduct and future of Manchester Pride
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Last year just 3.7% of Pride's £991,656 income went to good causes -- £36,100 (this being topped up from money left over from previous years). Manchester Pride failed to release a charity figure on Friday 8th November, as had been promised. The amount is believed to be less than £29,000; perhaps just £20,000. With an income of almost £1 million and some 38,000 tickets bought this year, this is unacceptable.
We demand the figures are released without further delay.
Last year Manchester Council contributed a third of what it has previously; at £11,736 is this a fair amount when considering pride generates over £25 million for the local economy. Manchester Police also take a slice charging £52,500 for policing in 2010 (this representing a £32,500 increase since 2004) - one can presume this is to pay for the excellent police coverage the village receives the rest of the year........ It would appear that everyone apart from the LGBT charities are getting a cut of the money!
There were other issues this year, such as village workers being excluded from the main arena. The general public and gay village businesses have little say in how the event is run. The board of trustees is unaccountable and support for them within the community is all but gone - should the board therefore not step aside to allow fresh life to be breathed into Pride?
There is a lack of honesty and transparency in the way this registered charity operates and in the information it gives the public. We demand a public meeting between the Board, Manchester Council and The Police to take place before the end of the year to ensure we are entering a new year with a clear direction as to how Pride can move forward.
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