The next open planning meeting of Birmingham against the Cuts will be on Monday October 13th at 6.00 pm in the UNISON Birmingham Branch office at 19th Floor McClaren Tower Priory Queensway. Note the adjusted time which is to suit the new opening hours of the building. If you arrive late and find the door locked ring me on 07538557155.
The provisional agenda is as follows:
1. Attendance and apologies
2. Plan to cut 6000 jobs by 2018
A) Service papers
C) Industrial Action tomorrow and ?
D) Joint campaigns
E) Public Meeting
F) Media campaign
A) Action today
B) Good Hope Hospital
C) Community Mental Health Partnership for 0-25yr olds
4 Children’s Services
A) Letter to Albert Bohr
B) Meeting October 23rd
5. Adult Care mutual
6. Libraries – public service mutual and future campaigning plans
7. Children’s Care letter and public meeting 23 October
8. Leisure Services
9. TUC demo October 18th
10. Conference on Council Governance October 28th
11. Date and content of next meeting (November 10th.)
12. Any other business
Disability and benefit campaigners have organised a vigil outside Birmingham Administrative Court to support a legal challenge to the PIP 20 metre descriptor. They would like anyone who can to attend to show how important this case is to disabled people.
This harsh tightening of the rules to claim the mobility component is yet another attack on the welfare state and disabled people. This government is making it harder for disabled people to claim vital financial support to keep them in work, at a time when the richest in society have had a 15% increase in their wealth.
Come and join the vigial outside Birmignham Administrative Court, Bull Street, from 1pm-2pm on July 9th
WEDNESDAY MAY 14th 7.30pm
BIRMINGHAM COUNCIL HOUSE
ALL PARTIES AND INDEPENDENTS INVITED TO SPEAK ONGOING ANTI-CUTS STRUGGLES ALSO INVITED
What Way Forward For Birmingham
Reject Butcher Bore’s Budget – City Budget Day Noisy Protest
Tuesday March 4th
12.30 -2.00 pm
Leaflets are available from Unison Local Government, Godfrey Webster or email BirminghamAgainstTheCuts@Gmail.com
The proposed city council budget for 2014-2015 is a disaster for the people of Birmingham. Cuts of £86 million or 9% of the controllable budget will see children’s homes shut, leisure services privatised, adult care packages downgraded and privatised. Cuts to district budgets are 30% this year rising to 50% next, meaning libraries, neighbourhood offices, leisure and play centres face decimation. Cuts to the grant to Centro will see less mobile people forced to pay extra for ring and ride. Around another 1000 jobs will be lost, with many expected to carry on working unpaid as volunteers.
This is just a taster of what is to come if the government’s future spending plans are allowed to happen. Free local services will be a thing of the past. Those who cannot afford to pay will have to beg for charity as in the nineteenth century.
BATC says it doesn’t have to be like this. Britain is still one of the richest countries in the world but the rich are taking a larger and larger share of national income. They see local government as just a potential market for their corporations (eg Capita), with services that can’t make a profit thrown to the wall. The Labour council should not be carrying out this process, but should be leading a nationwide fight to prevent it.