Tory businessman candidate for mayor wants public service ‘mutuals’ – a Trojan Horse for cuts and privatisation

Andy Street, the Tory candidate for mayor of the WM Combined Authority, wants to take public services away from local government and turn them into ‘mutuals’ and social enterprises, owned and run by their staff.  Don’t be fooled: Continue reading

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Councillors, start a mass public campaign to demand government stops the cuts and funds our services!

Birmingham Council budget and services are being cut to the bone. But our Labour councillors say there is nothing they can do, it’s the government. We say: Yes there is – start a mass public campaign against government cuts to Council services and the NHS. Give a lead to the people of Birmingham to tell government to give us back our funding. This is what you could do, right now: Continue reading

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Three WM Mayor hustings in Birmingham – next one Tue 7 March at the Rep 1.30-3. But why is the WMCA keeping them secret?

Come and hear and challenge the candidates – there are 6: Sion Simon (Labour), Andy Street (Tory), Beverley Nielsen (Lib Dem), James Burn (Green), Graham Stevenson (CP), and Ukip. Continue reading

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Crisis in the NHS, Social Care and School Funding: Birmingham Budget Day Protest Wednesday 8th March 5 – 6 pm outside Waterstones in the High St

  • Disability benefit cuts
  • Birmingham School budget cuts 
  • Mental Health
  • Birmingham Library Cuts

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The West Midlands Combined Authority: business dominance against local democracy

The attached paper is a detailed case study of the WMCA: what is wrong with it and what we can do to change it.  Continue reading

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A union rep on the Board – a first step towards democratising the WMCA?

At the WMCA Board Meeting on 17 February it was agreed “that the Trade Union Congress (TUC) be co-opted (1 seat) onto the WMCA Board” and have “a seat on relevant working groups”, with voice but no vote. Continue reading

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The NHS Crisis and STPs – How Should Labour Respond? Public Meeting 7pm Wed 22 Feb

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by | February 15, 2017 · 4:33 pm