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Save Our Children’s Centres Saturday 22 July 11-2 Victoria Sq

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Public sector worker wages down thousands in 2017, finds TUC

Public sector workers’ real wages in 2017 are down thousands of pounds a year compared to 2010, the TUC has found. Continue reading

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Save Our Children Centres Demo Saturday 22 July 11am~2pm Victoria Square Birmingham

GMB B49 branch will be holding a community demonstration about the potential closure of 26 of Birmingham Children’s Centres. The event will be free to attend for children and families and children’s activities including a face painter will be available. Continue reading

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The Council plans closures of Children’s Centres and Nurseries – Have your say at the consultation meetings

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The way that we deliver children’s centres, health visiting services and parenting support services in Birmingham is changing. Have your say on our proposals for a new service model that will bring these services together, for you, in your local area. Continue reading

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#ourNHSbirthday at City Hospital 5 July 11am – 2pm Dudley Road Birmingham – on the corner of Dudley Road and Weston Road

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July 5 Events

THIS Wednesday, in a hospital near you, campaigners and unions will Celebrate and Defend Our NHS with a 69th Birthday Party.

Health Campaigns Together and the TUC have worked together to coordinate events in hospitals all over England.

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Come and support the NHS on Wed 5 July

Unite the Community union have organised an all day 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:00 event. This is “Sign Our Brummie Birthday Card to the NHS” followed by a “Happy Birthday NHS” event at 5pm, All of this will be outside Waterstones Bookshop in High St Birmingham.

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The Council plans to close 26 Birmingham children’s centres

Almost half of the city’s Children’s Centres are threatened with closure to cut costs, according to the Birmingham Post. See below for the list.

 The GMB union, which represents children’s centre staff, has reacted with anger to the proposals which it says will hit struggling families and place dozens of jobs at risk.

GMB regional organiser Gillian Ogilvie said: “These plans are absolutely disgraceful – and a shocking indictment of austerity Britain.

“Birmingham City council needs to do more to stop these devastating closures and listen to the people that need to use these services, rather than just allowing the government to continue with their austerity agenda.

“The GMB is calling on the council to try and prevent these closures and demand more money from the government to ensure vital support for parents and families are provided.”

 Erdington MP Jack Dromey said: “Erdington is rich in talent but is one of the poorest constituencies in the country and closing four of our much needed Children’s Centres is simply wrong. I have seen first-hand the outstanding work they do. It would be quite simply heart-breaking to see them go.” He promised to lobby Downing Street for extra funding for the service.

 BATC will be campaigning with parents and Centre staff to keep the Centres open, starting with our public meeting on Wednesday 28 June 7pm in the Council House (see previous post).

 See the Birmingham Post report by Neil Elkes, 20 June, at

http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/news/regional-affairs/26-birmingham-childrens-centres-risk-13207580

 The Centres at risk of closure:

Four Dwellings – Edgbaston

Lillian de Lissa and Belgravia – Edgbaston

Shenley Fields – Edgbaston

Barney’s – Erdington

Lakeside – Erdington

Osborne – Erdington

Pype Hays – Erdington

Anderton Park – Hall Green

Hall Green (Gospel Oak) – Hall Green

Job Marston – Hall Green

Muath – Hall Green

Park Road – Hall Green

Adderly – Hodge Hill

Washwood Heath – Hodge Hill

Bordesly Village – Hodge Hill

Six Ways – Hodge Hill

Summerfield – Hodge Hill

Kings Norton Camp Lane – Northfield

Merrishaw – Northfield

Weoley Castle – Northfield

Maypole – Selly Oak

Reameadow – Selly Oak

Bush Babies – Sutton Coldfield

Four Oakes – Sutton Coldfield

The Deanery – Sutton Coldfield

Bordesley Green East – Yardley

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