Motion to oppose Birmingham Council Cuts – for the Budget consultation meeting on December 19th 6-8pm in the Council House

1. We call for open local meetings to be set up across the city by the Council, to which ordinary citizens, community and campaigning groups are invited to participate.

2. These meetings would have the aim of drawing up a charter of services needs, campaigning for Birmingham’s money to be returned and developing a vision for a new people’s city, a new Birmingham. Continue reading

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Partnerships with Capita, Carillion, and Amey have proved a very costly exercise

While agreeing that “the Paradise Project is a fiasco” (no name and address Post letter 29 Nov 2018) I draw a somewhat different conclusion as to who is to blame. Continue reading

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How the Council’s Budget will increase inequalities in the city

In their Introduction to the Council’s 61-page Budget Consultation 2019+ document Councillors Ian Ward and Brigid Jones, Leader and Deputy, say:

“This continues to be the most challenging period in Birmingham City Council’s history. Funding for vital services to support the people of Birmingham has reduced by more than £690 million since 2010, with a further £86 million reduction to come over the next four years.” (p4) Continue reading

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Save the Day Nurseries – Support the lobby of the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 11 December from 9.30am outside the Council House

The Council has decided to hand over its 14 Day Nurseries to private providers or close them

Reports about the Nurseries on the Cabinet’s agenda include an Analysis of Consultation Responses. 159 people attended the 14 consultation meetings in January and February 2018 about the Council’s plans to privatise or close the 14 Day Nurseries.

This is what the document says parents and community members said:

 “Overall, their feedback at the meetings suggests that there is little or no support for the current proposed ideas”.

Other key themes included “Negative comments about private, voluntary and independent (PVI) providers, particularly around their motivations and lower quality of service compared to council run day nurseries.”

The Summary of feedback from consultation survey says “In terms of the open comments, there is overwhelming criticism disagreement with any cuts and closure to the day care nurseries, with respondents giving examples of how this will negatively impact on families and deprived neighbourhoods who rely on the nurseries.”

“Many respondents state they have had positive experiences of using a council-run nursery and prefer them to stay as council-run, as they provide a better quality care.”

“Respondents are generally wary and critical about private, voluntary and independent providers, stating that they are only interested in doing the bare minimum, thought only of profit, and did not provide the same quality of service.”

That is why we are supporting the protest against the Council’s plans to sell-off or close the 14 Day Nurseries

Read the detailed response to the Council’s plans for the Day Nurseries on the Birmingham Against the Cuts website on 5 December at https://birminghamagainstthecuts.wordpress.com/

 

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The Council has decided to hand over its 14 Day Nurseries to private providers or close them

Councillor Kate Booth, cabinet member for children’s wellbeing, said: “Our nurseries are running at a loss and this deficit will be £1.2 million next year. We’ve had the opportunity to sit down with the GMB and explore all the options and come to the same agreement together that it is best to transfer the nurseries to the private, voluntary and independent sector.” (Birmingham Mail 30 November). Continue reading

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Reclaim Social Care – Conference follow-up meeting Thursday 13th December 1.30-4pm Carr’s Lane Centre B4 7SX

Dear friend/colleague,

Thank you so much for registering for the Reclaim Social Care Conference on 24 November. I hope you agree that it was a great day with a lot of energy and detailed thinking.  If you could not attend we hope you will be interested in the outcomes and want to be involved in the follow up. Continue reading

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Our schools need more than”little extras”! Rally against the cuts Saturday 24 November 11.30-1pm outside Waterstones

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