Monthly Archives: March 2016
Handsworth Against the Cuts Public meeting Saturday 9 April How can we save our local public services?
Birmingham City Council’s future plans to cut its Adult social care budget were today thrown into question by the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel (BIIP). In what is expected to be its final report to the Department of Communities and Local Government the Improvement Panel noted the ability of the Council to achieve £30m in projected savings as a ‘cause for concern’.
The Panel noted the failure to make these savings through the integration of health and social care services has the potential to pull the Council’s Long term financial plan off course. Continue reading
The government has announced that every school in England will become an academy. The Anti-Academies Alliance petition for a public inquiry and referendum into academies has hit 100,000 signatures in under four days. What you can do: Continue reading
Devolution within Birmingham: “empowering communities” means triple democratisation of “triple devolution”
The Council is currently engaged in a discussion about restructuring at District and Ward levels, following the Kerslake recommendations and the new Council leader’s policy direction.
An appeal from Birmingham UNISON – support the Parliamentary petition to stop the cuts to Birmingham funding
Please see below an appeal from Birmingham UNISON for support for a Parliamentary petition to stop the cuts to Birmingham funding.
You can sign the petition here -> https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/123776/sponsors/nGjxBCMpfWNw919NDK
Birmingham City Council approved its Business Plan and Budget 2016+ on the 1st of March. The document is 244 pages – you can find the link to it at http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/budget. Here we are publishing some 6 pages of extracts which bring together the key points. We have commented on some of them in previous posts and will continue to do so in future posts. Continue reading
Birmingham Against the Cuts is organising a protest on Wednesday 16 March from 5-6 pm outside Waterstones (next to the Bull Ring). The protest is already being supported by the Birmingham Library Campaign and the Peoples Assembly. Continue reading
As Birmingham City Council votes to set its budget for 2016-17 it will also confirm plans to cut £10m from services for the under fives over the next three years which are likely to see the closure of many of the 60 Children’s Centres in the city. (see BATC’s earlier report on Budget proposals for cuts to Early Years services)