Monthly Archives: August 2016

National conference on Combined Authorities called by Greater Manchester TUCs on 24 September

Devolution: a grassroots assessment and response – towards a  People’s Plan? Contributions from trades union activists, community campaigners, academics and politicians on economic strategy, housing, transport, environment, NHS, democracy etc.

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Trade unions and the WMCA – now take the seats allocated , and demand parity with employers at the top tables

Trade Unions have been allocated seats on 8 lower-level committees alongside employers’ representatives. But while employers also sit on the top-level committees where the strategic decisions are made, the unions are excluded. Continue reading

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Closure proposals for city NHS Walk-in Centres

Proposals that could see the closure of all or some of the current of Birmingham’s 8 urgent care centres are being prepared for public consultation in the Autumn by the Cross City Clinical Commissioning Group. Urgent care is where an illness or Injury is urgent but not life threatening.

The Urgent care centres received a total of 322,058 annual visits at the last count . The busiest NHS walk-in centre is at Katie Road in Selly Oak which received some 64,000 visitors and is the only centre south of the city centre. The next busiest centre is Summerfield with 52,000 visitors. Continue reading

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Beyond the hype: Assessing the WMCA’s claims for HS2

 

One of the key themes of the WMCA, driven by the three Local Enterprise Partnerships, is the claimed benefits of HS2. They make no pretence of offering a balanced case, weighing the pros and cons. Instead what they are engaged in is a high-powered sales campaign designed to convince you that HS2, currently estimated to cost at least £56 billion, is in the public interest as well as being a taxpayer-funded bonanza for business. Continue reading

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