Monthly Archives: February 2013

Cutbacks in healthcare – how they affect Birmingham and the whole of the UK

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Since forming in the aftermath of the 2010 General Election, the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government have presided over massive cuts in many departments. Welfare, education, health – it seems that nothing has been spared from the chop, all in the name of austerity and trying to bring the deficit down. Healthcare and benefits are two areas that have been cut a lot.

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Leafleting Sessions For 26th Feb Day Of Action Against Council Cuts

feb 26th front as imageAt last nights meeting a number of leafleting sessions were agreed to help mobilise for the day of action against council cuts on the 26th February, please come and join us.

Printed leaflets are available, please email BirminghamAgainstTheCuts@gmail.com to arrange collection or delivery.

Further leafleting sessions may be arranged – if you want to leaflet at a time not listed here let us know and we’ll help get people along.

Monday 18th February

8am-10am Leaflet at Lancaster Circus and Woodcock Street buildings – two of the the city centre. 1,000 jobs will go in the 2013/14 budget cuts.
Meet at Lancaster Circus, 1 Lancaster Circus, Queensway, B4 7DQ – click here for directions

Saturday 16th February

Local groups will be leafleting in their area. If you are organising something by you let us know so we can advertise it and get more people along to help.

Saturday 23rd February

12-2pm City Centre leafleting, by Waterstones High Street near the Bullring.

12-2pm Moseley, Kings Heath and Balsall Heath Against The Cuts, stall and leafleting – Kings Heath High St, outside ASDA

11.30-1.30 Handsworth Against The Cuts, Soho Road leafleting, Meet outside Handsworth Library at 11.30

Monday 25th February

8am-10am Leaflet at Lancaster Circus and Woodcock Street buildings – two of the largest council buildings in the city centre. 1,000 jobs will go in the 2013/14 budget cuts.
Meet at Lancaster Circus, 1 Lancaster Circus, Queensway, B4 7DQ – click here for directions

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Bedroom Tax Discretionary Housing Payment Fund Blow For Birmingham

how the bedroom tax worksAmongst the variety of welfare cuts and reforms that will come into effect in April is the bedroom tax (official name: under-occupancy penalty).

See this from the Housing Federation as a good guide to the bedroom tax.

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Workfare Can Be Broken – Join the Week of Action and help make it happen

dec8 016Take part in the week of action 18-24 March called by Boycott Workfare. We’ll be organising events around Birmingham – get in touch if you want to be involved in decided what, where and when or keep an eye out for announcements as we get towards the week of action to break workfare. Email BirminghamAgainstTheCuts@gmail.com

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Leaflets Available For 26th Feb Day Of Action

Printed leaflets for the day of action against council cuts on the 26th February are now available – they can be collected at the Birmingham Trades Council meeting tonight or at the Birmingham Against the Cuts meeting on Monday. Please email BirminghamAgainstTheCuts@gmail.com to arrange collection or delivery at other times.

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It’s Time To Shut The City Down – Day Of Action Against Council Cuts, 26th February

feb 26th front as imageOn 26th February Birmingham City Council meet to vote on the 2013/4 budget, with £102m of cuts. There will be a day of action to protest the planned cuts, following on from the council house balcony occupation and demonstration yesterday. There will also be actions and events happening between now and the 26th to build this day into the largest show of local resistance to the Tory coalition yet – we call on Labour councillors to join us in the fight, to defy the Tory cuts, not to implement them.

12:30-1:30 Picket of the council house

2pm Budget meeting starts

All Afternoon Different groups will be arranging civil disobedience actions around the city centre, highlighting some of the cuts that are being made at local and national level, and the alternatives that could be implemented instead.

5pm Mass demonstration and march – meet at the council house from 5pm. March followed by rally back at the council house. Speakers to be confirmed – if a service you use or work for is being cut, get in touch if you’d like to speak.

Please join and invite your friends to the Facebook event

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Occupation and Demonstration Greet Labour Councillors Meeting To Vote On Budget Cuts Proposal

feb 4 demo (2)The Labour group met yesterday to agree internally their budget proposal which accepts the £110m of cuts to the council budget as a result of the Tory coalition slashing central government grants. The full council meets on Tuesday 26th February to discuss and vote on the proposals put forward. In protest at the cuts and the Labour group’s decision to implement them on behalf of the Tory coalition, 20 people occupied the council house balcony from lunchtime until 6pm, and a demonstration of around 200 people marched up New Street to the council house where the meeting took place. There was coverage of these actions in The Birmingham Mail and BBC Website.

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