The Council plans to close 26 Birmingham children’s centres

Almost half of the city’s Children’s Centres are threatened with closure to cut costs, according to the Birmingham Post. See below for the list.

 The GMB union, which represents children’s centre staff, has reacted with anger to the proposals which it says will hit struggling families and place dozens of jobs at risk.

GMB regional organiser Gillian Ogilvie said: “These plans are absolutely disgraceful – and a shocking indictment of austerity Britain.

“Birmingham City council needs to do more to stop these devastating closures and listen to the people that need to use these services, rather than just allowing the government to continue with their austerity agenda.

“The GMB is calling on the council to try and prevent these closures and demand more money from the government to ensure vital support for parents and families are provided.”

 Erdington MP Jack Dromey said: “Erdington is rich in talent but is one of the poorest constituencies in the country and closing four of our much needed Children’s Centres is simply wrong. I have seen first-hand the outstanding work they do. It would be quite simply heart-breaking to see them go.” He promised to lobby Downing Street for extra funding for the service.

 BATC will be campaigning with parents and Centre staff to keep the Centres open, starting with our public meeting on Wednesday 28 June 7pm in the Council House (see previous post).

 See the Birmingham Post report by Neil Elkes, 20 June, at

http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/news/regional-affairs/26-birmingham-childrens-centres-risk-13207580

 The Centres at risk of closure:

Four Dwellings – Edgbaston

Lillian de Lissa and Belgravia – Edgbaston

Shenley Fields – Edgbaston

Barney’s – Erdington

Lakeside – Erdington

Osborne – Erdington

Pype Hays – Erdington

Anderton Park – Hall Green

Hall Green (Gospel Oak) – Hall Green

Job Marston – Hall Green

Muath – Hall Green

Park Road – Hall Green

Adderly – Hodge Hill

Washwood Heath – Hodge Hill

Bordesly Village – Hodge Hill

Six Ways – Hodge Hill

Summerfield – Hodge Hill

Kings Norton Camp Lane – Northfield

Merrishaw – Northfield

Weoley Castle – Northfield

Maypole – Selly Oak

Reameadow – Selly Oak

Bush Babies – Sutton Coldfield

Four Oakes – Sutton Coldfield

The Deanery – Sutton Coldfield

Bordesley Green East – Yardley

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Now step up the fight to defend public services – Come together to campaign against the cuts in Birmingham Wednesday 28 June 7-9pm, Council House

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Reminder: SCHOOL CUTS: FAMILIES FOR FAIR FUNDING March and Public Meeting, Sutton, Saturday 3 June 11-1

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Come together to campaign against the cuts in Birmingham Wednesday 28 June 7-9pm, Council House

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Families for Fair Funding – Fighting the cuts in school budgets

Speaker: Kath Scott, Boldmere Mums

Massive government budget cuts of £108million will affect nearly every school, including academies and faith schools.  An average cut of 12% across Birmingham amounts to the loss of 3000 teachers and classroom assistants by 2019, only 2 years away – on average 6 in every primary school, 15 in every secondary school.

The cuts affect virtually every state funded school in the Birmingham local authority area. (Check your school’s cuts at www.schoolcuts.org.uk )

All the school unions are opposing the cuts.  In Birmingham a hundred parents, teachers and supporters launched the campaign at a public meeting in Sutton Coldfield.  We need similar meetings and protests all around the city. (See news of the national campaign at http://www.fairfundingforallschools.org/ )

Contact: KathScott102@googlemail.com

Boldmere Mums on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/boldmere.mums

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) – Fighting for our rights

Speakers: Sandra Daniels, Bob Williams-Findlay

Nearly half of all poverty is directly associated with disability. Since 2010 Government policies have taken away essential support from hundreds of thousands of Disabled people and our families, making us pay for a financial crisis we did not cause. Social care cuts have left many trapped indoors without support. The message sent by this Government is that Disabled people are too expensive to have the same quality of life as others or to expect to have our basic human needs met.

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) West Midlands

Contact: DPACWM@groups.facebook.com

Friends of The Libraries of Birmingham – Campaigning for all Birmingham’s libraries

Speaker: Martin Sullivan, Secretary

The Library cuts continue!  We face the further reduction of the community libraries through contracting out staff to ‘partner’ organisations, reductions in space and services and a range of other changes to individual libraries, including to the Library of Birmingham, with no public consultation is required. Rather than solely fighting individual cuts in particular libraries within the reduced service we have now, we plan also to campaign for a restored, properly funded, high quality local and central library service.

Website:  https://birminghamlibrariescampaigns.wordpress.com

e-mail:  friendsoflibraryofbirmingham@gmail.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/friendsofthelob

Twitter:  @folob_

Health Campaigns Together – Challenging the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans

John Lister

The relentless squeeze on funding is set to continue until 2020. Now we are sounding the alarm over the potential impact on health care services of the Sustainability & Transformation. These plans all centre on achieving drastic “efficiency” savings to stave off projected “gaps” between needs and resources reaching into hundreds of millions of pounds.

Most of the core savings are to come from old fashioned cuts – closing hospitals, centralising services, squeezing more “productivity” from already hard-pressed hospital staff, redundancies and dumping more unpaid tasks onto GPs and primary care services, as well as onto family carers, overwhelmingly women.  It also opens the door to selling off NHS estate to fund the NHS deficit, as well as to US-style privatisation.

Health Campaigns Together at www.healthcampaignstogether.com and https://www.facebook.com/SaveOurNHSwm . See also stpwatch@gmail.com

Keep Our NHS Public (KONP) is campaigning in the Birmingham area. Contact: Email: btuchcc@hotmail.com . Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/369322913110349/

 

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#StoptheToriesintheirTracks – Disabled People Against Cuts Protest, Wed 17 May 2-6pm, Birmingham city centre

Protest @ 2pm – Congregate at the lower end of Bull St

Rally @ 4pm – Waterstones, High St

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SCHOOL CUTS: FAMILIES FOR FAIR FUNDING March and Public Meeting, Sutton, Saturday 3 June 11-1

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CITY COUNCIL SHELTERED HOUSING TENANTS – PAY MORE, GET LESS

We understand City Council Sheltered Housing Tenants (many of whom are vulnerable and in a lot of hardship) are now being charged nearly £100 per year for the hardwired Careline security system which is installed in this type of accommodation.

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