Monthly Archives: March 2016

Handsworth Against the Cuts Public meeting Saturday 9 April How can we save our local public services?

11 – 1.30 (10.30 Registration and refreshments)
Oakland young people’s centre, Oakland Road, off Holyhead Rd, B21 0NA
Speakers:
Professor  Black, Handsworth cultural worker
Dr Louise Irvine, GP and chair of Save Lewisham Hospital campaign
Caroline Johnson, Unison branch secretary
For more info: nocutshandsworth@btinternet.com
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Birmingham Improvement Panel warns on Adult social care

 

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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

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Hold a public inquiry and a referendum over turning all schools into academies

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

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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.

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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

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Council Budget 2016+ – key extracts

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

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Protest against Osborne’s cuts budget 5-6 pm Wednesday 16 March

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

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