One of the key instruments by which the Government exercises control over the Council’s Budget is the annual auditor’s report by Grant Thornton. Their Final Report for 2018/19, just published, spells out their powers. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: March 2019
The Council’s auditors step up the pressure – ‘medium-scale savings’ aren’t enough – ‘hard decisions’ for ‘transformational savings’ are required
The Birmingham TUC (BTUC) along with Birmingham Against The Cuts (BATC) say enough is enough of the continuing disgraceful treatment meted out to the City’s care-workers of whom 95% are women on low pay.
Their dispute has gone on for some 15 months unresolved along with 60 days of strike action, whilst the Labour controlled council resolved the Bin workers dispute but has allowed the debacle of care-workers who also suffer changes in their work contracts with cuts in pay to continue.
These care-workers need the fullest public and trade union support to assist in their just claim of returning to their original terms and conditions in order to provide a service to this city’s needy who will be unable to afford private assistance.
The BTUC and BATC call upon Birmingham City Council to resolve this dispute as quickly as possible.
25 March 2019
In November last year the Council published a 66 page Budget Consultation document. It proposed ‘savings’ of £50m in 2019/20. It will increase in the years after that, rising to ‘savings’ of £86m in 2022/23. These reductions would be achieved by a combination of efficiency savings and cuts in services. Continue reading
Stop the school cuts – Kings Heath Primary School is the latest Brum school to close on Friday afternoons
Save Our Schools West Midlands is hosting an organising meeting for Kings Heath Primary School on Monday 18 March from 7.30 to 9.30 at the Loco Lounge, Kings Heath High St. Continue reading