I have made a decision to stop buying "The Manchester Evening News". In my opinion it has priced itself out and presents "yesterdays" news. Most of the news I get on the day it happens from local radio and TV.
I don't know whether it is given free in the city still, but that, I am sure, must have contributed to the ever increasing cost the the paper. I believe that the "Stockport Express" gives better value albeit it does carry over a lot from it's parent "M.E.N. 50p an issue-no thanks!