Thursday 27th October, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Alexander Stadium, Walsall Road, Perry Barr, B42 2LR
Wednesday 2nd November, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Sutton Coldfield United Reformed Church, 1 Brassington Avenue Sutton Coldfield, B73 6AA
Thursday 3rd November, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Newtown community Centre, 57 Newtown Shopping Centre
Monday 7th November, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Bournville College -new campus, 1 Longbridge Lane, Northfield, B31 2AJ
Wednesday 9th November, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Kings Heath Community Centre, 8 Heathfield Road, Kings Heath
Thursday 10th November, 6:30pm-8:30pm, The Council House, Victoria Square, B1 1BB, Committee Rooms 3 & 4
Saturday 12th November, 10am-12noon, Shard End Community Centre, 170 Packington Avenue, B34 7RD
You can read the council’s statement on the consultation here, and download the consultation document on that page.
It is important that we attend these consulation meetings to put pressure on the council, and to express our view that there should not be cuts.
Some of the cuts that are being consulted on are:
a. 400 jobs to go in home care
b. 105 out of 175 Connexions jobs to go
c. Adoptions budget to be cut and 5 childrens homes closed
d. Remaining four care homes to be shut
e. Environmental and trading standards to lose 71 out of 155 jobs
f. Ladywood Arts and Community Centre to be shut.
Meanwhile the council continues to spend millions of pounds of private sector consultants, and executive pay and allowances are not being considered..
These cuts will affect many people badly, the closure of 5 childrens’ homes for instance, will see the care of those children outsourced since councils have a legal duty to look after children in care – something which ended up costing the council more money than it saved last time they tried it.
We must oppose all cuts to services, and demand a needs based budget.
Please attend the meetings and make sure that the council knows that there is strong opposition to their cutting agenda.