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Election Meeting – Springfield Ward

Birmingham Against the Cuts election meeting for Springfield ward

Wednesday 27th April 7pm

Saint John’s Church Hall, St John’s Street Sparkhill B11

All Candidates standing for election on May 5th in the Springfield Ward have been invited to come along.

This is to allow the local people to hear information about the cuts to public services in our ward and the views of each candidates standing in the election.

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Stirchley and Cotteridge Against the Cuts meeting

After its successful recent public meeting, Stirchley and Cotteridge against the Cuts held a follow up meeting of those who wished to continue the campaigning. It has agreed a programe of future activity and a next meeting.

 Its main focus is the local day centre for the elderly and the Cotteridge Neighbourhood Office. Our demand is that they both stay open and provide the same level of service as before. However, we are now waiting to see the outcome of the Council budget vote and how it will affect us.

 In the meantime, we will be focussing on building for the TUC demonstration on the 26th March and the Birmingham budget day protest on March 23rd.

 There will be a street stall on Saturday 19th March at Cotteridge island, 11am till 12.30pm, and street leafletting this Saturday (meet at the Grant Arms at 2pm), Sunday and Monday evening.

We agreed to try and attend the Selly Oak Labour Party meeting next Thursday with Ed Balls speaking, and we also heard a report of the new “Save our NHS West Midlands” campaign.

 Our next meeting will be on Monday 4th April, 7.30pm at the Stirchley Community Centre

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Next Meeting of Birmingham Against the Cuts

The next planning meeting for Birmingham Against the Cuts will take place on Monday 7th February at 6pm, at the Unison offices, 19th Floor, McClaren Tower, Priory Queensway.

All are welcome to attend.

The meeting will be focused on the public meeting to take place on 17th February, and the demonstration taking place on 26th February in advance of the Council Budget Meeting on 1st March.

Facebook event for the meeting

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Report from Alliance against Birmingham Academies

Tuesday 11 January. Richard Hatcher spoke with powerpoint presentation to meeting of around 25 governors of the Four Oaks cluster of 9 primary schools at Hill West primary, organised by the head, Beth Clarke.

Wednesday 12 January. About a dozen Alliance Against Birmingham Academies (AABA) supporters leafleted a meeting at Rookery primary school Handsworth organised by the head, Tracy Stone, with a speaker from Anthony Collins, Birmingham solicitors specialising in Academy conversion. (We hear that the chair of governors is employed by Anthony Collins – we’re following this up.) Heads of the 29 schools in the Handsworth Association of schools were invited – 12-15 attended. AABA has asked to speak at a future meeting of the HAS and we are hopeful of being included in the February meeting.

Thursday 13 January.

Richard Hatcher spoke with powerpoint presentation to meeting of heads of the 26 primary schools in the Sutton Coldfield consortium, organised by the head, Beth Clarke. The response at the Four Oaks and Sutton meetings can be summarised as: we don’t like Academies, we don’t want to leave the Local Authority, though we have criticisms of it, we don’t like the cuts, we don’t like being blackmailed by the government into becoming Academies, but if it’s a choice between that and losing jobs we reluctantly will. So all depends on the school budget allocation to be announced next month. However, a trickle of secondary schools are already taking the decision. Ninestiles and Arthur Terry/Stockland Green have already decided, as have the 5 King Edward grammar schools. We have just learned that Lordswood Girls, Bartley Green, Perry Beeches and Kings Norton Girls are planning to convert. Unions need to rapidly contact their reps and members and arrange meetings. One factor in schools deciding is the support services the LA can offer. They are now being turned into semi-privatised traded services, putting staff’s jobs and the survival of services at risk. The Campaign to Retain Our Support Services – CROSS – has two important activities in the next few days. They need our support.

Saturday 15th January – Petitioning outside Waterstones, Bullring, Birmingham City Centre. Before Christmas, we managed to collect almost 2000 signatures. A brilliant start but we need thousands more.

Forthcoming Meeting Monday 31 January 6pm – AABA planning meeting – NASUWT offices, Ludgate Ct, Water St. You are very welcome to attend. Please let us know if you are able to help with leafleting etc or have useful contacts – or if you have information about Academy and free school developments. The meeting will include a report back from the Anti-Academies Alliance AGM this Saturday.

Richard Hatcher On behalf of AABA

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