Families for Fair Funding – Fighting the cuts in school budgets
Speaker: Kath Scott, Boldmere Mums
Massive government budget cuts of £108million will affect nearly every school, including academies and faith schools. An average cut of 12% across Birmingham amounts to the loss of 3000 teachers and classroom assistants by 2019, only 2 years away – on average 6 in every primary school, 15 in every secondary school.
The cuts affect virtually every state funded school in the Birmingham local authority area. (Check your school’s cuts at www.schoolcuts.org.uk )
All the school unions are opposing the cuts. In Birmingham a hundred parents, teachers and supporters launched the campaign at a public meeting in Sutton Coldfield. We need similar meetings and protests all around the city. (See news of the national campaign at http://www.fairfundingforallschools.org/ )
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Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) – Fighting for our rights
Speakers: Sandra Daniels, Bob Williams-Findlay
Nearly half of all poverty is directly associated with disability. Since 2010 Government policies have taken away essential support from hundreds of thousands of Disabled people and our families, making us pay for a financial crisis we did not cause. Social care cuts have left many trapped indoors without support. The message sent by this Government is that Disabled people are too expensive to have the same quality of life as others or to expect to have our basic human needs met.
Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) West Midlands
Friends of The Libraries of Birmingham – Campaigning for all Birmingham’s libraries
Speaker: Martin Sullivan, Secretary
The Library cuts continue! We face the further reduction of the community libraries through contracting out staff to ‘partner’ organisations, reductions in space and services and a range of other changes to individual libraries, including to the Library of Birmingham, with no public consultation is required. Rather than solely fighting individual cuts in particular libraries within the reduced service we have now, we plan also to campaign for a restored, properly funded, high quality local and central library service.
Health Campaigns Together – Challenging the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans
The relentless squeeze on funding is set to continue until 2020. Now we are sounding the alarm over the potential impact on health care services of the Sustainability & Transformation. These plans all centre on achieving drastic “efficiency” savings to stave off projected “gaps” between needs and resources reaching into hundreds of millions of pounds.
Most of the core savings are to come from old fashioned cuts – closing hospitals, centralising services, squeezing more “productivity” from already hard-pressed hospital staff, redundancies and dumping more unpaid tasks onto GPs and primary care services, as well as onto family carers, overwhelmingly women. It also opens the door to selling off NHS estate to fund the NHS deficit, as well as to US-style privatisation.