Monthly Archives: October 2016

TIME TO END THE RUN-DOWN OF THE LIBRARY SERVICE

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARIES OF BIRMINGHAM.
Tuesday 18th October.
‘We have done the best we can to protect the city library service; the cuts could have been worse’, is the view of the Council leadership, and ‘the problem is caused by the huge cuts to the Birmingham rate support grant from central government, causing acute financial difficulties for the council’.

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The West Midlands Combined Authority, employers and the claimed ‘skills deficit’: the implications for schools

The WMCA has recently published its Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), ‘Making Our Mark’ (1). It indicates that the Combined Authority and the employers it represents will put pressure on schools in the West Midlands to align themselves more closely to the employers’ ‘skills agenda’. (2) Continue reading

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