Monthly Archives: September 2013
As the city celebrates the opening of our new Library of Birmingham an unanswered question hangs over its future.
Sir Albert Bore was asked at Question Time at the Council meeting in July to ‘give a commitment that the Library of Birmingham will remain publicly run and publicly owned for the forseeable future?’
Instead of answering ‘yes’ or ‘no’ Sir Albert gave a politicians answer and referred to the setting up of Strategic Management Board to oversee the new Library. He chose not to directly answer this very clear question.
£188m pounds of public funds have been spent on the development of the new Library and it is perfectly reasonable for the citizens of Birmingham to know whether the Council leadership intends to privatise the running of this service or not.
So in the week that the Library opens we believe that Sir Albert Bore should publicly and unambiguously answer this question on the public record.
Mary Pearson, President of Birmingham Trades Union Council
Jolyon Jones, Friends of the Library of Birmingham
The provisional agenda is as follows:
1. Attendance and apologies
2. BCC Green Paper on Sport and Physical Activity and consultations.(see below)
3. Handsworth Leisure Centre -public meeting
4. Library campaign
5. Bedroom Tax campaigns
6. Plans for BTUC Health Conference
7. NHS demonstration Manchester September 29th
8. Peoples Assembly against Austerity – Public meeting October 24th with Len McCluskey, Selma Yaqoob etc
9. Consultation meeetings on Adults and Communities and Neighbourhood Stategy
10. BATC intervention into 2014-2015 Budget consultation meetings
9. Date and subject for next meeting
10. Any other business
The green paper can be found at http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/cs/Satellite?blobcol=urldata&blobheader=application%2Fpdf&blobheadername1=Content-Disposition&blobkey=id&blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobwhere=1223534964707&ssbinary=true&blobheadervalue1=attachment%3B+filename%3D182772Green_Paper_Sport_and_Physical_Activity.pdf
The implication would seem to be that leisure facilities in the wealthier areas of the city
should look towards private sponsors and management, whereas those in poorer areas will have to
try and make a case for NHS funding for their health benefits or face mothballing.