Monthly Archives: December 2015

#brumbudget16 – Four questions for Cllr Brigid Jones on ‘Preventing Family Breakdown’

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Birmingham City Council has grouped its Budget proposals for 2016+ around a number of key themes one of which is the laudable aim of Preventing family breakdown’. Continue reading

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An extra Budget public meeting on Wednesday 6 January

A third Budget public consultation meeting has been added, with Cllr Clancy and his Cabinet answering public questions at St Nicholas Place, 81 The Green. Kings Norton. B38 8RU, on Wednesday 6 January at 6pm. Continue reading

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Adult Social Care cuts at a glance!

A summary of Council Business Plan and Budget 2016+ Consultation factsheets – Maximising the independence of adults (excluding cuts to school transport and public health)

The full document can be accessed here: http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/budgetviews  Continue reading

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Questioning the WMCA on economic growth and local democracy

The final ‘West Midlands Combined Authority Devolution Agreement’ was published on 17 November, as was a summary document ‘WMCA Devolution Agreement: Key Points’. (See http://www.westmidlandscombinedauthority.org.uk/.) There are two sorts of questions to ask about the agreement. One set concerns the claimed benefits. (Here we focus on Economic Growth and Employment.) The other concerns questions of public consultation and participation and local democracy.
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‘Open for learning’ and the future of our Community Libraries

Birmingham City Council published its Budget for 2016-17 yesterday and brought forward proposals to make £90m worth of cuts and savings next year. This is part of an overall cut of £250m over the next 4 years and is on top of the £500m reduction made to the Council Budget since 2010. What does this mean for the future of Birmingham’s Community Libraries?

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Budget summaries and Public Meetings info

Three short summaries of the Budget:

Independent living underpinning council budget spells end of cradle to grave welfare state culture http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/independent-living-underpinning-council-budget-spells-end-of-cradle-to-grave-welfare-state-culture/

Adult social services to bear brunt of ‘drastic’ £90m Birmingham council cuts http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/adult-social-services-to-bear-brunt-of-drastic-90m-birmingham-council-cuts/

 The savings at a glance http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/news/regional-affairs/birmingham-city-council-slash-250m-10576392

The full Budget Statement is here: http://birminghamnewsroom.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Business-Plan-and-Budget-16-Consultation-Document-FINALVERSION_updateBP-.pdf

BCC Public Meetings on the Budget

Cabinet members are scheduled to attend the following public meetings:

Tuesday 15 December 2015
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: The Lighthouse Centre, St Barnabas Church, High St, Erdington, B23 6SY
Register your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birmingham-city-council-budget-consultation-2016-at-st-barnabas-erdington-registration-19616301887

Wednesday 16 December 2015
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: Council House
Register your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birmingham-city-council-budget-consultation-2016-at-council-house-registration-19619726129

If you are unable to attend the meetings, you can put your questions to Cabinet in the two-hour Budget Consultation webcast from 6-8pm on Monday 14 December. Send your questions to press.office@birmingham.gov.uk.

 

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Birmingham FE review public meeting Tuesday 8th December – urgent call out

FE has suffered a 40% cut since 2010. This has resulted in 1 million student places going and with this thousands of teaching posts. This is at a time where there are 700,000 16-24 year olds without education, training or employment and 15% of 16 to 65 year olds have no qualifications whatsoever.

Alongside these cuts the government have launched ‘area reviews’. The stated aim of these reviews will be to create ‘ fewer but more resilient’ colleges. Birmingham has one of the first reviews taking place now, and the outcome could be very serious – mergers, course closures, job losses and of course loss of student places. We need communities to get behind college staff and students to stand up for education.

There will be a public meeting taking place at Carr’s Lane Church, Birmingham, on Tuesday 8th December, 6pm. You can register for this here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/birmingham-6th-form-and-fe-area-review-public-meeting-tickets-19636448145n

Please also call on your MP to stand up for further education – template letter and contact details here:https://100milesfromthesea.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/fe-review-birmingham-get-support-from-your-mp/

 

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