10 takeaways in Oldham have been ordered to close after they failed routine food hygiene inspections and potentially “put residents at risk”.
Oldham Council explained that Environmental Health officers regularly visit premises – including takeaways, restaurants, and other sites where food is prepared – across the borough to check they are up to standard, and while the majority are found to be clean and are maintained to a good standard, unfortunately, a small number don’t meet this standard.
At some of the takeaways ordered to close, Council staff found “uncontrolled pest infestations” – including mice and cockroaches – and droppings were even discovered on surfaces and food wrapping material.
This meant that the food customers ate “could have been contaminated”, the Council said.
All of the businesses were immediately closed, Oldham Council confirmed, and they will remain shut until they have been re-inspected and food hygiene standards have improved.
As investigations are ongoing and further legal action could take place. the businesses cannot be named at this stage.
“The council never wants to close a business and stop people earning a wage, especially at a time when money is very tight,” explained Councillor Jean Stretton – Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Oldham Council.
“But our officers found these places were dirty and unhealthy.
“If we had failed to act, then people could have become ill due to the conditions food was being served in – and we aren’t prepared to let that happen. Food businesses must be clean and adhere to food hygiene laws and we’ll take action against the ones that don’t.”
Cllr Stetton added that any food business owners in the borough needing advice should get in touch for Environmental Health officers’ help, and if residents know of any food premises that are dirty and unclean, they should be reported.
Oldham Council is also urging all food businesses to employ a professional pest control company, keep their premises clean, and carry out their own hygiene checks.
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Question Time audience stunned as first-time buyer says mortgage quote DOUBLED
Thursday night’s Question Time audience could be heard audibly gasping after a fellow crowd member revealed that her mortgage quote had doubled followed the recent mini-budget.
Taping in Manchester on 29 September, the current events and politics programme was discussing property when would-be first-time buyer Rabia revealed that her mortgage offer had jumped from an initial amount of 4.5% interest to a shocking 10.5% in just a matter of days.
As you can see in the incredible clip, both the audience and the panel are taken aback at the revelation.
The Greater Manchester resident said she is desperate to know what the government’s plan for mortgages is as following the latest revision, she says she simply cannot afford to put the money down on her first home.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer weighed in on the social media reaction, quote tweeting the clip from his party’s own account and stating that “the Tories must get back to Parliament and reverse their kamikaze budget” as the current economic mess is being “paid for by working people”.
To make matters worse, Rabia was given no clarification from her lenders, only that they were pulling her offers. Conservative MP and Minister for Local Government, Faith and Communities, Paul Scully had little information to offer her either, simply stating it is a short-term effect and that the market will stabilise.
Scully was subject to an entirely different reaction from the audience as well after his blind attempts to defend Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng were met with laughter. Conversely, Richard Bacon was met with applause after he labelled the mini-budget “absurd”.
As if the anti-Tory sentiment wasn’t already at a high, the chancellor’s mini-budget – which saw the corporations, bankers and the generally wealthy benefit ahead of the working class – has seen fresh calls for a general election to be held as soon as possible.
Beyond declaring a so-called £2,500 limit on energy bills (which many have warned isn’t a guaranteed cap), there was seemingly very little in the way of policy that
For those still unclear as to what was announced in the divisive mini-budget, here is a quick summary:
Speaking in a speech at the Labour conference in Liverpool on Tuesday, Starmer said that the government “haven’t just failed to fix the roof, they’ve ripped out the foundations, smashed the windows and now they’ve blown the doors off for good measure.