Monthly Archives: October 2015

Council roadshows 4-12 Nov: have your say about the cuts in Council services

The Council has organised a series of 10 question and answer sessions with councillors and officers from November 4 to 12. Continue reading

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Midland Metropolitan PF2 – appeal for an independent review

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We are appealing for your support in funding and publicising the need for an independent review of the case for the PF2 scheme to Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Sandwell.

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40 percent funding reduction would devastate local services and communities, councils warn

Local Government Association media release 19 October 2015

A further 40 per cent real terms reduction in local government grant funding in the Spending Review would deliver the £10.5 billion knock-out blow to cherished local services, the Local Government Association warns today.

Non-protected government departments have been ordered to draw up savings plans worth, in real terms, 25 and 40 per cent of their budgets ahead of the Spending Review on November 25, which will set out government spending plans for the next four years. Continue reading

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NHS – THE PERFECT STORM OR AN OPPORTUNITY TO INTEGRATE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE?

Public Meeting FRIDAY 30TH OCTOBER 11.00 a.m. BIRMINGHAM COUNCIL HOUSE

SHOULD A WEST MIDLANDS COMBINED AUTHORITY FOLLOW THE GREATER MANCHESTER MODEL AND TAKE OVER THE INTEGRATION OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE?

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IS DEVOLVING HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TO COMBINED REGIONAL AUTHORITIES THE “TROJAN HORSE” THAT WILL LEAD TO THE BREAK –UP OF OUR NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE?

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Education after the Election – Birmingham Campaign for State Education public meeting 11 November 7.30 Council House. Question and answer panel with the five teachers unions

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The West Midlands Combined Authority: a government-driven business agenda at the expense of local democracy

The seven West Midlands metropolitan councils submitted their bid for a Combined Authority on 4 September. It has not been discussed by any of the councils in a public meeting and is supposedly secret, but a leaked copy was published in the Coventry Telegraph.

Under the proposed agreement some powers would be in the hands of a directly elected Mayor, who would chair the WMCA, and some in the hands of the CA ‘Cabinet’ comprising the seven council leaders, with the Mayor as Chair. There is opposition to a directly elected Mayor from many councillors – and of course it was rejected in a referendum in Birmingham in 2012 – but it has been accepted because it is the precondition of the devolution the council leaders want. Continue reading

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