Author Archives: Birmingham Against The Cuts
Birmingham City Council have proposed implementing a Public Space Protection Order, which would cover central Birmingham and has the potential to be kept in place for three years, having a significant impact on those sleeping rough in our city. Continue reading
National Principles of EXTINCTION REBELLION
We are facing an unprecedented global emergency. To survive, it’s going to take everything we’ve got. Continue reading
Scrutiny Committees have the powers to hold the Council to public account – why don’t they use them?
The Council leadership has just announced the new composition of the ten Overview and Scrutiny Committees. (See end for the full list of Labour members.) Their intended role is to hold the Council to account. But how effective are they in doing so? Who scrutinises the Scrutiny Committees? The short answer is: no-one. Yet recent reports have strongly criticised Councils’ Scrutiny Committees for their lack of effectiveness. Continue reading
The document does not really live up to its billing as a “strategy” i.e. a high-level plan of action. A lot of the proposed “What can we influence ” and “What do we want to do about it” are somewhat weak and woolly, being largely statements of laudable aspiration but without much specific substance. The sections get weaker as the document progresses e.g. no specifics are given for “addressing poverty” and there’s a lot of “want to develop” without a hint of the costs or organisational implications. Continue reading
Don’t privatise Handsworth Leisure Centre, keep it under the control of Birmingham City Council. Continue reading