Birmingham schools will lose £97 million by 2019. That’s 2,604 teachers and £579 per pupil. Find out here how much your school will lose, and support the campaign.

The updated Schoolcuts website – http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk/#/ – supported by NUT, ATL, GMB, NAHT, UNISON and Unite – shows how the Government’s own National Funding Formula proposals will, when combined with its funding freeze, affect each school. You can find out how your school will be affected – just put in the name or postcode. Continue reading

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LAUNCH EVENT FOR THRIVE WEST MIDLANDS: AN ACTION PLAN TO DRIVE BETTER MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING IN THE WEST MIDLANDS

An invitation from the West Midlands Combined Authority Mental Health Commission for Tuesday, 31 January 2017 from 12:00 to 14:30 at the Warwickshire County Cricket Club Edgbaston Stadium. Continue reading

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We’re lobbying outside BCC Monday 16th Jan, 10.30am, opposing cuts to vital housing support & prevention services

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Final consultation meeting on Council budget cuts – Friday 13 January, 2-3pm, Stirchley Baths

This is the second of only two public sessions, each only one hour long. Places are limited and you need to book at https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/brumbudget17 Continue reading

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Conflicts of interest of LEP representatives on the WMCA Scrutiny Committee?

How is the West Midlands Combined Authority supposed to be held to public account? In the absence of an elected Assembly, as in London, the whole responsibility lies with its Overview and Scrutiny Committee.  As it is at present constituted the Scrutiny Committee is seriously incapable of carrying out that responsibility. Continue reading

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Unison and the Green Party candidate for Mayor say Democratise the WMCA

 

Birmingham Against the Cuts has repeatedly made the case for the democratisation of the WMCA. Now Unison has published its manifesto calling for an elected Assembly and seats for union reps on the Board. And James Burn, the Green Party candidate for Mayor, has made a series of proposals about Scrutiny that echo what BATC has been arguing for. Continue reading

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Unison’s 20 manifesto ‘asks’ for West Midlands Mayor candidates

 

Unison has just launched its manifesto for the West Midlands Mayor election, with a list of 20 ‘asks’ for the candidates. Ravi Subramanian, Regional Secretary, said: “The election of the mayor for the West Midlands Combined Authority presents a golden opportunity for the region. This manifesto is not solely about the interests of public sector workers. It is a progressive, inclusive agenda around transport, education, housing, governance and the economy that will make the West Midlands a better place for the many, and not the few. UNISON are asking all mayoral candidates to publicly state which of our 20 asks they will carry out if elected.” Continue reading

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