Devolution: a grassroots assessment and response – towards a People’s Plan? Contributions from trades union activists, community campaigners, academics and politicians on economic strategy, housing, transport, environment, NHS, democracy etc.
Trade unions and the WMCA – now take the seats allocated , and demand parity with employers at the top tables
Trade Unions have been allocated seats on 8 lower-level committees alongside employers’ representatives. But while employers also sit on the top-level committees where the strategic decisions are made, the unions are excluded. Continue reading
Proposals that could see the closure of all or some of the current of Birmingham’s 8 urgent care centres are being prepared for public consultation in the Autumn by the Cross City Clinical Commissioning Group. Urgent care is where an illness or Injury is urgent but not life threatening.
The Urgent care centres received a total of 322,058 annual visits at the last count . The busiest NHS walk-in centre is at Katie Road in Selly Oak which received some 64,000 visitors and is the only centre south of the city centre. The next busiest centre is Summerfield with 52,000 visitors. Continue reading
One of the key themes of the WMCA, driven by the three Local Enterprise Partnerships, is the claimed benefits of HS2. They make no pretence of offering a balanced case, weighing the pros and cons. Instead what they are engaged in is a high-powered sales campaign designed to convince you that HS2, currently estimated to cost at least £56 billion, is in the public interest as well as being a taxpayer-funded bonanza for business. Continue reading
Birmingham Against the Cuts asks Labour’s candidates for WMCA Mayor what they plan to do about the Combined Authority’s lack of democracy and public participation
Labour’s candidates for WMCA Mayor, Steve Bedser and Sion Simon, have now published their manifestos. Neither of them makes any mention at all of the glaring lack of democracy and public participation in the structures and processes of the Combined Authority that BATC has repeatedly criticised: Continue reading