Monthly Archives: September 2013

Sparkhill JCP – Early Morning Sessions Break Guidance – Sanctions Applied Incorrectly

Sparkhill JCP windowAs we have reported Sparkhill Job Centre was recently closed after a customer who had been sanctioned smashed several windows. Sparkhill Job Centre has drawn attention from campaigners as it is known as a high sanctioning office.
It is now coming to light that there are other developments in the office.

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Lobby The Council – 8th October

bbj-bedroom-tax-logo[1]Lobby the Council – 8th October.
Victoria Square 1 pm onwards.
No evictions

Stop all court summonses for arrears due to the bedroom tax.
Cancel all arrears caused by the tax.

We can’t wait for a Labour government to get rid of the bedroom tax – Labour councils must lead a campaign to get rid of the tax NOW.

Please bring any petitions against the bedroom tax to hand in to the council.
The meeting starts at 2pm – we need to be there before that to lobby the councillors as they go in.

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Oppose Government Proposal To Close All HMRC Public Drop In Facilities In The UK

(c) Geoff Dexter Sherborne Productions

(c) Geoff Dexter Sherborne Productions

PCS West Midlands representatives will be highlighting the intention of this Government to close all Public Caller facilities in the UK. The Birmingham Office sees the most members of the public of any office in the UK. Let us show our opposition to yet another cut in services & jobs.

Please do all that you can to join the demonstration

9.30 – 10 am Fri 27th Sept
HMRC building City Centre House “Tax Office”
30 Union Street Birmingham B2 4AD

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Birmingham TUC Coach To Manchester Tory Conference Demonstration

The Bham TUC has a coach to Manchester TUC demonstration on Sunday 29th September.

The coach will leave at 9 am at the Megabus stop The Priory Queensway (next to the McLaren Tower)
Birmingham City Centre. The coach will leave from Whitworth Park Manchester at 4 pm.

The coach will cost £5 and children will go free.

To confirm your booking ring Stuart 0777 156 7496 or email or contact
Doug 07506894825.


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Save Handsworth Leisure Centre and Public Services!

13.01202Under threat:

Laurel Road community Centre
Handsworth Play centre
Newtown Pool and Fitness Centre
Handsworth Library
Handsworth Leisure Centre


Saturday 21st Sept 2.00pm
Laurel Road Community and Sports Centre
Laurel Road (off Oxhill Road)
Handsworth B219BP

Contact Sue 07818068856
or Al 07846490408


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Sparkhill Job Centre Closed Yesterday After Sanctioned Claimant Smashes Windows

Sparkhill JCP windowSparkhill Job Centre was closed today after five windows were smashed by a claimant who it appears had been sanctioned by an advisor at the centre. No staff were hurt in the attack, which highlights the effect on people of the savage sanctions regime put in place by Iain Duncan-Smith and the tories in charge of the DWP. This is far from the only time a desperate claimant has been placed in a position where the only response they have is one of anger or pain. Last year a claimant set themselves on fire outside Selly Oak job centre, and staff at JCPs have been given training to deal with suicidal claimants.

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Erdington Against The Cuts Public Meeting – Keeping Our NHS Public In Birmingham

Erdington NHS meeting image SeptemberBirmingham people will have to get organised for a major fight to keep the NHS alive in the West Midlands. A major NHS funding crisis has been deliberately engineered by the Conservative / Lib-Dem Coalition government, and this is going to erupt between now and 2015.

Wednesday, 25th September 2013 7.30pm

Erdington Methodist Church Centre, Station Road, Erdington 323 GTX
(opposite the train station)
For directions telephone: 07771567496

Speaker: Terry Mandrell (Solihull Keep NHS Public)

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