Monthly Archives: January 2014

Attend your District Committee – Make your anger known

dec 5th draft B council house gradientAll District Committees meet at the Council House in the daytime, just to make them inaccessible?
Members of the public have the right to attend but only to speak at the discretion of the chair. The current round of meetings will be discussing the district cuts to libraries, play centres, youth facilities, neighbourhood advice, car parking, etc. These total 30% of budget this year and 30% of what is left next year! making 50% overall.

Selly Oak Thursday 30th January 11.00
Perry Barr Thursday 30th January 3.00
Northfield Friday 31st January 2.00


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Birmingham City Council District Cuts Revealed

dec 5th draft B council house gradientDistricts of Birmingham City Council have started to reveal the details of how services will be cut as districts look set to lose nearly half their budgets over the next two years. What emerges from these documents is a clear strategy – re-allocate some budgets to schools and health, hope that others can become self-financing and cut orconsolidate buildings reducing opening hours across many services rather than ending fewer services entirely. Where there are reductions in staffing they will look to achieve this through voluntary redundancies. Consultation on these cuts is still to be decided by all districts.

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Save Laurel Road Community Sports Centre – Public Meeting – Sat 15th Feb

13.01202Following last Tuesday’s meeting of Handsworth Against the Cuts and the Save Laurel Road Campaign it was agreed to hold another of our popular Handsworth public consultation meetings, this time on the issue of the decision of the council to put the Laurel Road Centre forward for a ‘Community Asset Transfer’. If you wish to learn more of the impact that this could have on the future of the Centre and other council run public services, come along and join in the public discussion and debate. See full details below and find enclosed a doc. version you may wish to print out or forward on to your contacts.



Saturday 15th February, 2.00pm

at Laurel Road Community & Sports Centre, Laurel Road Handsworth B21 9BP

followed by coffee and cakes!

Further important dates for you diary – it would be great if you get to any of these meetings as events are moving at some speed.

Thursday 30th January, 3.00pm – Perry Barr District Committee, Council House, Birmingham. (Briefing paper to be presented)
Wednesday 5th February, 7.00pm – St Augustine’s School, Avenue Road, Handsworth, B21 8ED. (Public meeting hosted by West Handsworth Neighbourhood Forum)






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ATOS National Demo – February 19th

ATOS demonstration leafletThere will be a national demonstration, called by DPAC and the Black Triangle Campaign against ATOS Healthcare, and this government’s disgusting treatment of disabled people in the form of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) for ESA disability benefits, introduced by Labour in 2008. The WCA is a stupid and dangerous failure of a test to assess whether someone can reasonably gain employment and what level of support they need in order to be able to do that. Whilst using this test to force disabled people into work the tories are also closing Remploy factories and workplaces that provided supported employment for disabled people. Those either kicked off to JSA or in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) of ESA face an increasingly harsh and often bizarre sanction regime.

In Birmingham, there will be a demonstration from 12noon at the ATOS assessment centre, by Five Ways, Birmingham.
Facebook event:

The nearest train station is Five Ways train station but this does not have level access. From Five Ways train station, exit the station and turn left, and the ATOS assessment centre is in the DWP building on the left a few hundred metres up the road.

For level access, use New Street, Moor Street or Snow Hill Train Station, and go from Victoria Square, through Paradise Forum and down Broad Street until you reach Five Ways Roundabout, where you want to turn left, but cross the road, either under Five Ways roundabout or using pedestrian crossings.
Birmingham City Centre is step free.

The nearest accessible toilets to the demonstration will be in the cinema, restaurants or pubs along Broad Street, within 500 metres of the demonstration site. I think Tesco’s at Five Ways may have accessible toilets which will be closest if someone can confirm that they are there.

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Public need not private greed – Birmingham TUC Conference on NHS Privatisation – 22nd Feb

NHS belongs to the peopleOrganised by the Birmingham Trades Union Council.
Privatisation of our health service will reduce staff, service levels, cost us more for treatments, Concerned?

Following on from the successful TUC protest rally in Manchester in September, this important conference is open to all trade unionists and the public to see what we can ALL do to campaign against this threat to our NHS.

11am – 4:30pm, Saturday, 22nd of February 2014.
Priory meeting rooms, Bull Street, City centre, B4 6AF.

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Erdington Against the Cuts planning meeting – 16th January

7.30 pm Wednesday 15th January Erdington Methodist Church

Station Road Erdington (next to Erdington railway station)


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BATC Meeting 13.1.14

rot4The next open planning meeting of Birmingham against the Cuts will be on Monday January 13th at 6.30pm in the UNISON Birmingham Branch office at 19th Floor McClaren Tower Priory Queensway.

The provisional agenda is as follows:

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