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)

Agenda

1. Review of the City Council budget consultation meetings

2. Report from the Birmingham Against the Cuts 13.1.13.

3. Joint GMB/Erdington Against the Cuts meeting on the sacking of classroom

assistants

4. Birmingham TUC NHS Conference 11 am Saturday 22nd February Priory

Rooms Bull St

5. Closure of Erdington Leisure centres

6. AOB

Notes

Supporters of Erdington Against the Cuts attended the City Council consultation meeting on 10.12.13. It was a lively session with many people challenging Albert Bore and other Labour councillor’s meek acceptance of the massive Coalition cuts. There were contributions and questions on the closure of the Erdington Swimming Baths, the massive reduction in the number of Leisure facilities in the City as a result of Council plans and the high charges expected for the use of Leisure facilities as a result of them being run by private companies.

A couple of questions were focused on the failure of the Council to protect vulnerable children in Birmingham. Given the threat by the government to take over child protection in Bham the Council were reversing £9 million of cuts in this sector but still implementing £30 million of cuts in Children services in the next 2/3 years. Ian Ward, the deputy leader, in particular was annoyed when replying to points that he was merely passively doing the dirty work of the Tory/Lib Dem Coalition in implementing these massive cuts. We also gave out the excellent Birmingham Against the Cuts four page briefing leaflet and a leaflet advertising the BTUC NHS conference.

The meeting needs to discuss if we can develop a local campaign against the closure of Erdington Leisure services in particular the Swimming Baths.

Stuart Richardson 0777 156 7496 ser14@btinternet.com

 

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