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Come together to campaign against the cuts in Birmingham Wednesday 28 June 7-9pm, Council House 

19 May 17

Families for Fair Funding – Fighting the cuts in school budgets Speaker: Kath Scott, Boldmere Mums Massive government budget cuts of £108million will affect nearly every school, including academies and faith schools.


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#StoptheToriesintheirTracks – Disabled People Against Cuts Protest, Wed 17 May 2-6pm, Birmingham city centre 

12 May 17

Protest @ 2pm – Congregate at the lower end of Bull St Rally @ 4pm – Waterstones, High St  PROTEST & SURVIVE Why we fear and oppose the Tories Why this General Election matters to Deaf and Disabled people – … Continue reading…


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CITY COUNCIL SHELTERED HOUSING TENANTS – PAY MORE, GET LESS 

8 May 17

We understand City Council Sheltered Housing Tenants (many of whom are vulnerable and in a lot of hardship) are now being charged nearly £100 per year for the hardwired Careline security system which is installed in this type of accommodation.


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Birmingham schools in crisis: massive government budget cuts will affect nearly every school 

4 May 17

An average cut of 12% across the city amounts to the loss of 3000 teachers and classroom assistants by 2019, only 2 years away – on average 6 in every primary school, 15 in every secondary school.


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EDUCATION CONFERENCE: What is Conservative Party education policy doing to our schools? What is the alternative vision? Thursday 11 May, 6.45-8.45pm, Moseley School. 

4 May 17

Speakers: Cllr Brigid Jones, Birmingham Cabinet Member for Children, Families & Schools Emma Lewell-Buck MP, Shadow Minister for Children & Families Rachel Gillies, ‘Love Brum Schools’ Sarah Barton, ‘Ask Parents First’ Chair: Rosi Edwards, …


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“Embedding the Universities” in the WMCA: will they speak truth to power? 

1 May 17

The WMCA Board Meeting on 21 April approved a report titled “Embedding the Universities – Higher Education Representation” (pp21-28 of the agenda papers on the WMCA website).


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Jolyon Jones: a fearless campaigner for public services in Birmingham 

30 Apr 17

We are very sad to report the death of Jolyon Jones, who has been an activist in Birmingham Against the Cuts for many years.


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SAVE SUTTON COLDFIELD LIBRARY! LOBBY YOUR TOWN COUNCILLORS TUESDAY 25 APRIL 

20 Apr 17

We are asking you to lobby the councillors of Sutton Coldfield Town Council at this month’s council meeting, at which the future of Sutton Coldfield Library will again be discussed.


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The hypocrisy of Tory Andy Street 

4 Apr 17

Street claims that “Caring for those who need it most is a fundamental value for me as a person, and is one of the main reasons I want to run for Mayor” but he avoids mentioning, let alone opposing, his … Continue reading…


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West Midlands Mayoral Debates in Birmingham 

20 Mar 17

Here is the list as far as we know.


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

9 Mar 17

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.


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

7 Mar 17

Birmingham Council budget and services are being cut to the bone.


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WHERE DO BIRMINGHAM’S LIBRARIES GO NOW? 

3 Mar 17

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARIES OF BIRMINGHAM 2 March  Birmingham City Council has now agreed the city’s budgets, which incorporate the various cuts packages announced in October and finalised last month.


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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 

3 Mar 17

Disability benefit cuts Birmingham School budget cuts  Mental Health Birmingham Library Cuts Media coverage by the BBC, ITV and Sky News of the crisis in the NHS and Social Care has put enormous pressure on the government to make concessions on …


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The West Midlands Combined Authority: business dominance against local democracy 

1 Mar 17

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


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

21 Feb 17

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.


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Birmingham TUC mini-bus to the Health Campaigns United/Peoples Assembly demo, Saturday 4th March, London 

19 Feb 17

There are places on the Birmingham TUC minibus.


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Local Health Campaigns: a report from Keep Our NHS Public Birmingham – and a public meeting on 22 February and the national demo on 4 March 

15 Feb 17

 STPs (“Sustainability & Transformation Plans”) – no further ‘engagement’ events in the Black Country to date (none at all in Birmingham!) so continued lack of consultation to proposed changes (and possible cuts) to NHS prevails.


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Public campaign saves two libraries – but one to close and staff numbers cut 

8 Feb 17

The campaign by Friends of the Libraries of Birmingham has been key to saving two libraries – Aston and Sutton Coldfield.


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Challenge these claims that the WMCA will be controlled by a presidential executive Mayor 

31 Jan 17

Why it is important to challenge these attempts to assign monopoly power to the Mayor is that it is exactly what the government wants: to marginalise the role of elected councillors in the WMCA and to create an all-powerful executive … Continue …


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Birmingham schools will lose £97 million by 2019. That’s 2,604 teachers and £579 per pupil. Find out here how much your school will lose, and support the campaign. 

16 Jan 17

The updated Schoolcuts website – http://www.


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LAUNCH EVENT FOR THRIVE WEST MIDLANDS: AN ACTION PLAN TO DRIVE BETTER MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING IN THE WEST MIDLANDS 

14 Jan 17

An invitation from the West Midlands Combined Authority Mental Health Commission for Tuesday, 31 January 2017 from 12:00 to 14:30 at the Warwickshire County Cricket Club Edgbaston Stadium.


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Final consultation meeting on Council budget cuts – Friday 13 January, 2-3pm, Stirchley Baths 

11 Jan 17

This is the second of only two public sessions, each only one hour long.


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Conflicts of interest of LEP representatives on the WMCA Scrutiny Committee? 

11 Jan 17

How is the West Midlands Combined Authority supposed to be held to public account? In the absence of an elected Assembly, as in London, the whole responsibility lies with its Overview and Scrutiny Committee.


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Unison and the Green Party candidate for Mayor say Democratise the WMCA 

29 Dec 16

  Birmingham Against the Cuts has repeatedly made the case for the democratisation of the WMCA.


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Unison’s 20 manifesto ‘asks’ for West Midlands Mayor candidates 

23 Dec 16

  Unison has just launched its manifesto for the West Midlands Mayor election, with a list of 20 ‘asks’ for the candidates.


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Tory plans put Birmingham’s NHS into ‘critical care’! 

20 Dec 16

  Remember David Cameron claiming that the NHS was ‘safe in his hands’? After 6 years of Coalition and Tory rule the evidence is mounting of a developing financial crisis in the NHS resulting from the Health and Social Act … Continue reading…


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The Strange Death of Municipal England 

18 Dec 16

A brilliant extended analysis by Tom Crewe of the attack on local councils, just published as a free essay by the London Review of Books.


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The WM economy needs a public investment strategy for inclusive growth based on social priorities 

13 Dec 16

The Resolution Foundation report ‘Midlands engine trouble: The challenges facing the West Midlands Combined Authority’ was published a few days ago (http://www.


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Your chance to challenge Council budget cuts 

9 Dec 16

The council is running public consultation sessions on its budget plans for 2017 onwards.


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SUTTON COLDFIELD LIBRARY RALLY & MEETING Saturday 10 December from 11 a.m. 

8 Dec 16

  The Library Lobby, which is leading the campaign against the closure of the town’s library, is holding a march and meeting on Saturday.


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Chancellor’s Autumn Statement protest 23rd November 5-6pm Waterstones, Bull Ring 

19 Nov 16

On Wednesday 23rd November Phillip Hammond, the new Tory Chancellor, will make his Autumn statement.


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TIME TO END THE RUN-DOWN OF THE LIBRARY SERVICE 

19 Oct 16

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARIES OF BIRMINGHAM.


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The West Midlands Combined Authority, employers and the claimed ‘skills deficit’: the implications for schools 

14 Oct 16

The WMCA has recently published its Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), ‘Making Our Mark’ (1).


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Health campaigners slam NHS plan secrecy 

27 Sep 16

(taken from the Slide presentation to the Scrutiny Committee) Health campaigners have criticised the decision to withhold the Sustainability and Transformation plan on the future of the local NHS from the Health, Wellbeing and the Environment …


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BATC Public meeting: The West Midlands Combined Authority – what it is and what it should be for? 

26 Sep 16

The West Midlands Combined Authority – what it is and what it should be.


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Green light given for Children’s Services Trust outsourcing proposals 

21 Sep 16

Moves to outsource children’s social care services in Birmingham progressed after the Council Cabinet yesterday gave the green light for detailed proposals to be drawn up for either a wholly owned company or an employee owned mutual to run the … …


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Act now to keep your Children’s Centre open! 

20 Sep 16

The redesign of Birmingham’s Early Years services is likely to take the best part of 5-6 years from conception to execution.


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NHS plans slammed as ‘opaque and semi-secretive’ 

14 Sep 16

Cllr John Cotton heavily criticised the lack of public accountability and transparency involved in drawing up the Sustainability and Transformation Plans which will shape how local NHS services are provided over the next five years.


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National conference on Combined Authorities called by Greater Manchester TUCs on 24 September 

22 Aug 16

Devolution: a grassroots assessment and response – towards a  People’s Plan? Contributions from trades union activists, community campaigners, academics and politicians on economic strategy, housing, transport, environment, NHS, democracy etc.


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Trade unions and the WMCA – now take the seats allocated , and demand parity with employers at the top tables 

20 Aug 16

Trade Unions have been allocated seats on 8 lower-level committees alongside employers’ representatives.


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Closure proposals for city NHS Walk-in Centres 

11 Aug 16

Proposals that could see the closure of all or some of the current of Birmingham’s 8 urgent care centres are being prepared for public consultation in the Autumn by the Cross City Clinical Commissioning Group.


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Beyond the hype: Assessing the WMCA’s claims for HS2 

10 Aug 16

  One of the key themes of the WMCA, driven by the three Local Enterprise Partnerships, is the claimed benefits of HS2.


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On the Voluntary Children’s Services Trust and problems of being a Corporate parent  

27 Jul 16

The fault lines of the proposed ‘Voluntary Children’s Services Trust’ model and its relationship with the Local authority started to appear at the discussion at Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.


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On options for the “Voluntary Children’s services Trust’ 

25 Jul 16

Dear Cabinet member, The future of social work with children and families in Birmingham On Tuesday you will consider a report prepared by Deloitte on the Birmingham children’s services model which sets out 19 potential models for delivering …


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Birmingham Against the Cuts asks Labour’s candidates for WMCA Mayor what they plan to do about the Combined Authority’s lack of democracy and public participation 

22 Jul 16

Labour’s candidates for WMCA Mayor, Steve Bedser and Sion Simon, have now published their manifestos.


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“The bottom line is that fewer health visitors will have less time to support young children!” 

17 Jul 16

A cut in the total number of Health Visitors in Birmingham, leading to many young children and families being seen less frequently, is likely from September 2017 when the new Early Years service becomes operational.


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What should the Mayor for the West Midlands Combined Authority stand for? 

5 Jul 16

 Economic growth for social needs and well-paid jobs, not just private profit Improved public services, not more cuts Democracy – public participation in decision-making, not top-down diktats In May next year we will elect a Mayor for the WMCA.


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A matter of trust! – the ‘spinning off’ of Birmingham’s Children’s social care 

4 Jul 16

Children’s services support the most vulnerable children in our society.


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Children’s services trusts – “They want to take that failed and untested approach and to apply it to our most vulnerable.” 

2 Jul 16

On the 24th May 2016 Birmingham City Council announced that it is setting out its intention to move its Children’s social care services to a voluntary trust.


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Early Years budget ‘less than a third of what is need’ 

28 Jun 16

A green light has been given by the Council Cabinet today, 28 June, to put all the Early Years services including Children’s Centres out to tender with the contract worth £34m p.


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The Governance of the WMCA – where’s the democracy and public participation? 

24 Jun 16

The West Midlands Combined Authority was officially launched at its AGM on 10 June.


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‘What is happening to our NHS? What could this mean for our local services?’ Handsworth Against the Cuts public meeting 7pm, Monday 27th June, St. Andrews Church Hall, College Road, Handsworth, B20 2HX. Guest speaker: Dr William Murdoch GP, Laurie Pike Centre, Aston. 

18 Jun 16

We are delighted to announce that Dr Murdoch has agreed to talk to us about the changes that are taking place to our NHS at a national level and to explore the possible impact that these changes will have on … Continue reading…


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‘Don’t Even Think About Cutting Oakland Young People’s Centre!’ 

16 Jun 16

Legendary photographer Vanley Burke leads ‘pop up’ photoshoot of supporters of Handsworth public services.


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The Right Hospital and the Right size? Come and hear about flaws in the privately-funded £335m project to build the Midland Metropolitan Hospital 

3 Jun 16

You are invited to the launch of the Independent Review of Midland Metropolitan Hospital PF2 Project Business Case  6:30- 8:30 pm on Wednesday 15th June at the Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS, held on behalf of…


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New WMCA documents and new consultation – why is Birmingham Council keeping it secret? 

28 May 16

  Why hasn’t Birmingham Council published the latest WMCA documents on its website? Why aren’t they on the Council agenda for voting before the WMCA launch on 10 June? Coventry Council has put them on its website and is voting … Continue …


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The first 100 days – what should be at the top of the West Midlands mayor’s in-tray? We say: democratise the Combined Authority! 

14 May 16

Centre for Cities is holding a policy discussion about the top priorities for the new West Midlands mayor on Thursday 21 July at 5.30pm in the Library of Birmingham.


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The Right Hospital and the Right size? 

4 May 16

Come and hear about flaws in the privately-funded £335m project to build the Midland Metropolitan Hospital with Dr.


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What will the West Midlands Combined Authority mean for jobs, services and local democracy? And how should we respond? A public meeting organised by Birmingham Against the Cuts, supported by Birmingham TUC Wednesday 11 May 7pm Council House 

28 Apr 16

Introductions by Richard Hatcher (Birmingham City University and NUT delegate to BTUC) and Jane Nellist (secretary, Coventry TUC) The WMCA will be responsible for economic strategy in the West Midlands, including ‘employability’ and ‘skills …


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Labour plans a national campaign with councils, unions and parents against forcing all schools to become academies 

12 Apr 16

Birmingham councillors are to campaign with the unions, media and the Local Government Association (LGA) to mobilise opposition against the White Paper’s key policy: total academisation, following the the national call to action from the LGA …