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What is wrong with the council’s new plans for working with neighbourhoods, and what should be done: Participatory democracy means citizens influencing decision-making at the top, not just more engagement at ward level

How should the city council work with Birmingham’s local neighbourhoods? That is the theme of a draft Policy Statement called ‘Working together in Birmingham’s Neighbourhoods’, published in July. It is on the council’s BeHeard website for consultation. Continue reading



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Save the Nurseries planning meeting Monday 6 August, 9.30am, Oaklands Park nursery, Yardley

The next planning meeting of the campaign to save the 14 Council day nurseries is on Monday 6th of August at 9:30 am at Oaklands Park day nursery, Boughton Rd Yardley, B25 8AJ.  The meeting will be focused on the lobby of the September council meeting, where it is expected that the decision about the 14 nurseries will be made.

But bad news about the Fairway day centre in Kings Norton, used by people with disabilities. This week the Council’s Cabinet made a final decision to close the venue. “Chiefs were branded a ‘disgrace’ by one Fairway visitor as campaigners who have fought to save it filed out of the meeting room.” (B Post 2/8)



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Why Unison Home Care workers are going on strike

Birmingham Trade Union Council has received the following request of support from the Branch Secretary of the city’s UNISON branch representing the Birmingham’s Home Care workers.  Support the protest on Saturday 11 August in Victoria Sq from 12 noon till 2.30pm. Continue reading

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The Council tells home care workers to go part-time or face redundancy

They will be on strike on Saturday 11 August. Come to the protest in Victoria Sq from 12 noon till 2.30pm. Continue reading

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The West Midlands is full of diversity but its leadership bodies, public and private, are dominated by white men. What should be done?

Last year the West Midlands Combined Authority set up a Leadership Commission to address the under-representation of people of all backgrounds in leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. In June this year it published a 46 page report, Leaders Like You. Continue reading

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Public meeting – West Virginia teachers’ strike and Springfield primary school strike, Monday 16 July 7.30 Council House

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The Council must stop the forced academisation of Springfield primary school

 A new angle on Springfield Primary has opened up. The note below follows questions asked by parents, and David Room, the Birmingham NEU general secretary, about Springfield Primary School at Tuesday’s full council meeting. Today will be strike day 18.

Dear Ian and Brigid,

  Below is the response to a parliamentary question on revoked academy orders. The attachment at the bottom of the screenshot provides a list of these (3 in Birmingham). The circumstances of each may be different to the situation at Springfield but the point holds that these orders can be revoked. This is something that the Chair of the IEB has failed to grasp, or is unwilling to accept. Thus, it appears that BCC and  the IEB at Springfield Primary, are both very keen for the school to become an academy and join Reach 2 MAT. Furthermore, with a number of representatives of Reach 2 on the Springfield IEB it appears that ‘the fix is in’ with regard to Reach 2 taking over. This is unacceptable and something which needs to be exposed.

 We therefore request an urgent moratorium on the proposed academisation of Springfield Primary School in order that all alternative school improvement options are given full consideration. Furthermore, there is evidence that Reach 2 MAT is not an appropriate sponsor for Springfield Primary School and BCC must, as part of its due diligence requirements, explore this issue without delay.


 David Room

General Secretary, Birmingham NUT Section, National Education Union

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