Monthly Archives: June 2016

Early Years budget ‘less than a third of what is need’

A green light has been given by the Council Cabinet today, 28 June, to put all the Early Years services including Children’s Centres out to tender with the contract worth £34m p.a. over a five year period. Cllr Brigid Jones told Cabinet colleagues that the budget of £34m is a third of what was needed to adequately fund services. Continue reading

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The Governance of the WMCA – where’s the democracy and public participation?

The West Midlands Combined Authority was officially launched at its AGM on 10 June. It confirmed the lack of democracy and public participation that BATC has criticised before:

  • The CA Board – a white men’s club holds the power
  • The exclusion of workers and their unions, the users of services, and local communities
  • The WMCA Overview and Scrutiny Committee isn’t capable of holding the CA to account
  • Public Consultation, but no dialogue and debate

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‘What is happening to our NHS? What could this mean for our local services?’ Handsworth Against the Cuts public meeting 7pm, Monday 27th June, St. Andrews Church Hall, College Road, Handsworth, B20 2HX. Guest speaker: Dr William Murdoch GP, Laurie Pike Centre, Aston.

We are delighted to announce that Dr Murdoch has agreed to talk to us about the changes that are taking place to our NHS at a national level and to explore the possible impact that these changes will have on the quality and provision of our local services in Handsworth.

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‘Don’t Even Think About Cutting Oakland Young People’s Centre!’

Legendary photographer Vanley Burke leads ‘pop up’ photoshoot of supporters of Handsworth public services.

Friends, supporters and users of Handsworth public services gathered outside of the Oakland Young Peoples’ Centre on 10 June to take part in a unique ‘pop up’ photo shoot, led by the ‘Grand Father’ of Black British documentary photography, Vanley Burke. Continue reading

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The Right Hospital and the Right size? Come and hear about flaws in the privately-funded £335m project to build the Midland Metropolitan Hospital

You are invited to the launch of the Independent Review of Midland Metropolitan Hospital PF2 Project Business Case  6:30- 8:30 pm on Wednesday 15th June at the Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS, held on behalf of Keep Our NHS Public Birmingham Continue reading

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