LIBRARY RESTORATION CAMPAIGN EVENT 1.30 – 3.30 p.m SATURDAY 7 APRIL

The main aim of the event, to be held outside The Library of Birmingham, is to remind all the candidates in the May Birmingham City Council elections that the strong public support for our libraries, demonstrated in our campaigning over the past 3-4 years, is still there. Birmingham does not accept that the cuts to LOB and the community libraries should be permanent and that we should move on to next business. Continue reading

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A Labour government could free the school system of academies and grammar schools for good – let’s campaign for it now

Labour has published its plans to create a National Education Service. The Labour Party Manifesto Towards a National Education Service and the 10-point Charter for the National Education Service promise not just individual reforms but a transformation of the whole education system ‘from cradle to grave’. But to achieve that two structural obstacles in the school system needs to be removed: academies and grammar schools. Continue reading

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DEVOLUTION, AUSTERITY AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH: LESSONS FROM GREATER MANCHESTER

Presentation to Birmingham TUC Conference “The West Midlands Economy: Why we need a strategy for Inclusive Growth,” 10 March, 2018, by David Etherington (Middlesex University) and Martin Jones (Staffordshire University) Continue reading

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The West Midlands economy: why we need an inclusive economic strategy

This was the subject of Birmingham Trades Union Council’s conference on Saturday 10 March. The speakers were Richard Hatcher [1], Jonathan Payne on ‘The Question of Skills’ [2], and David Etherington on ‘What we can learn from Manchester’, and 27 people took part in a very useful discussion. Continue reading

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Save Our Nurseries campaign to lobby the Council meeting on Tuesday March 13 from 1pm

Parents and supporters will be gathering outside the Council House in Victoria Square from 1pm to protest against the threatened closure of 14 Council nurseries. Come and join them! Continue reading

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Save Our Nurseries Campaign – Planning the Next Steps, Saturday 3 March at 2pm in the Council House

Calling all Council Nursery Parents and Carers! You are invited to a Planning Meeting with parents and carers from all 14 Council Nurseries now under threat of closure. Continue reading

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Labour wants ‘Every Citizen Part of a Strong, Active Community with the Power to Shape Our City’s Future’ – we propose three reforms to achieve it

Birmingham Labour Party’s draft manifesto for the May elections, ‘The Road to the All-Out Election 2018’, has seven ‘Priorities’. Priority 7 is ‘Every Citizen Part of a Strong, Active Community with the Power to Shape Our City’s Future’.

The evidence from the low turn-out in the last local elections, and the views of citizens when you ask them, is that the large majority of people in Birmingham feel they have little or no power to shape the city’s future, which is why they don’t bother to vote for councillors or attend ward committee meetings. Continue reading

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