Labour’s candidates for WMCA Mayor, Steve Bedser and Sion Simon, have now published their manifestos. Neither of them makes any mention at all of the glaring lack of democracy and public participation in the structures and processes of the Combined Authority that BATC has repeatedly criticised: Continue reading
A cut in the total number of Health Visitors in Birmingham, leading to many young children and families being seen less frequently, is likely from September 2017 when the new Early Years service becomes operational. Continue reading
- Economic growth for social needs and well-paid jobs, not just private profit
- Improved public services, not more cuts
- Democracy – public participation in decision-making, not top-down diktats
In May next year we will elect a Mayor for the WMCA. Candidates are already starting their campaigns. The Mayor will have wide-ranging powers and responsibilities – in conjunction with the WMCA Board, local councils and business leaders in the Local Enterprise Partnerships – that will affect every citizen, family and community in the West Midlands. Continue reading
Children’s services support the most vulnerable children in our society. They are in our care; we, the state, are their parents; and we are failing them. It is our duty to put this right; to say poorly performing local authorities: improve, or be taken over. We will not stand by while children are let down by inadequate social services. (my emphasis) (1)
David Cameron – the Prime Minister
Birmingham City Council recently announced it had commissioned Deloitte to draw up plans which could see Council run Children’s social care services being transferred to an independent Trust. The Trust announcement was made immediately prior to the screening of a critical Dispatches programme where an ‘undercover’ social worker filmed within the social care department at the end of May.
The Trust proposal was discussed at the full meeting of the Council which took place on 14th June 2016 where the Conservative group called for the resignation of Cllr Brigid Jones the lead Cabinet member for Children’s services.
On the 24th May 2016 Birmingham City Council announced that it is setting out its intention to move its Children’s social care services to a voluntary trust.
This is what Cllr Brigid Jones, the Cabinet member Continue reading