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Council Budget 2016+ – key extracts 

15 Mar 16

Birmingham City Council approved its Business Plan and Budget 2016+ on the 1st of March.


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Protest against Osborne’s cuts budget 5-6 pm Wednesday 16 March 

9 Mar 16

Birmingham Against the Cuts is organising a protest on Wednesday 16 March from 5-6 pm outside Waterstones (next to the Bull Ring).


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End of the line for ‘Every Child Matters’ in Birmingham 

1 Mar 16

As Birmingham City Council votes to set its budget for 2016-17 it will also confirm plans to cut £10m from services for the under fives over the next three years which are likely to see the closure of many of … Continue reading…


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Rally to support the junior doctors Saturday 20th, 2pm, Waterstones by the Bull Ring 

17 Feb 16

Our doctors work hard and deserve to be treated well.


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What is wrong with the West Midlands Combined Authority and what we can do about it 

14 Feb 16

Devolution is intended to be an ongoing process not a one-time event.


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Back the junior doctors on strike this Wednesday 10th Feb. 

8 Feb 16

Save Our NHS WM is encouraging supporters to back the junior doctors on strike in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull where you can this Wednesday (10th Feb).


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Reinstate Simon O’Hara – No Academy at Small Heath School 

10 Jan 16

Petition to the IEB (the acting governing body) at Small Heath School and Birmingham City Council (click here to sign) Staff at Small Heath school in Birmingham have taken 5 days of strike action against the threat of their school becoming … …


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Why we need participation and democracy in the WMCA and what we can do about it 

10 Jan 16

The word ‘business’ appears 34 times in the WMCA Agreement but there is not a single mention of the word ‘union’.


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“An unprecedented threat to the Community Library service!” #brumbudget16 

7 Jan 16

The Council was criticised in the Kerslake Review of the city’s Governance arrangements of adopting a salami slicing approach to annual budget setting.


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Early Years services and the Budget proposal 2016+ 

4 Jan 16

The key fact is that the Labour Council is proposing that yet more money is taken away from the total amount being spent on services for the under 5’s in the city.


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#brumbudget16 – Four questions for Cllr Brigid Jones on ‘Preventing Family Breakdown’ 

22 Dec 15

Birmingham City Council has grouped its Budget proposals for 2016+ around a number of key themes one of which is the laudable aim of ‘Preventing family breakdown’.


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An extra Budget public meeting on Wednesday 6 January 

22 Dec 15

A third Budget public consultation meeting has been added, with Cllr Clancy and his Cabinet answering public questions at St Nicholas Place, 81 The Green.


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Adult Social Care cuts at a glance! 

15 Dec 15

A summary of Council Business Plan and Budget 2016+ Consultation factsheets – Maximising the independence of adults (excluding cuts to school transport and public health) The full document can be accessed here: http://www.


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Questioning the WMCA on economic growth and local democracy 

14 Dec 15

The final ‘West Midlands Combined Authority Devolution Agreement’ was published on 17 November, as was a summary document ‘WMCA Devolution Agreement: Key Points’.


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‘Open for learning’ and the future of our Community Libraries 

10 Dec 15

Birmingham City Council published its Budget for 2016-17 yesterday and brought forward proposals to make £90m worth of cuts and savings next year.


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Budget summaries and Public Meetings info 

10 Dec 15

Three short summaries of the Budget: Independent living underpinning council budget spells end of cradle to grave welfare state culture http://www.


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Birmingham FE review public meeting Tuesday 8th December – urgent call out 

1 Dec 15

FE has suffered a 40% cut since 2010.


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Your opportunity to probe the Council’s progress 

30 Nov 15

The Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel, appointed by the government to monitor Birmingham City Council’s improvement programme, has announced plans for its third public meeting.


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Osborne’s Autumn statement – BATC/People’s Assembly protest Wednesday 25 November 5pm Waterstones Bull Ring 

15 Nov 15

On Wednesday the 25th of November Osborne will make his Autumn Budget statement.


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Osborne’s WMCA trap: give up democracy if you want funding 

10 Nov 15

To those who say you can’t challenge the CA’s lack of democracy if you want them to listen to you, we say you can do both – and the more pressure for an assembly elected by the citizens of the … Continue reading…


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Birmingham People’s Assembly Trade Union Bill protest Monday 2nd 5pm Waterstones 

1 Nov 15

The Trade Union Bill is the biggest assault on our right to strike and organise for generations.


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Council roadshows 4-12 Nov: have your say about the cuts in Council services 

27 Oct 15

The Council has organised a series of 10 question and answer sessions with councillors and officers from November 4 to 12.


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Council roadshows 4-12 Nov: have your say about the cuts in Council services 

27 Oct 15

The Council has organised a series of 10 question and answer sessions with councillors and officers from November 4 to 12.


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Midland Metropolitan PF2 – appeal for an independent review 

23 Oct 15

We are appealing for your support in funding and publicising the need for an independent review of the case for the PF2 scheme to Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Sandwell.


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Midland Metropolitan PF2 – appeal for an independent review 

23 Oct 15

We are appealing for your support in funding and publicising the need for an independent review of the case for the PF2 scheme to Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Sandwell.


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40 percent funding reduction would devastate local services and communities, councils warn 

21 Oct 15

Local Government Association media release 19 October 2015 A further 40 per cent real terms reduction in local government grant funding in the Spending Review would deliver the £10.5 billion knock-out blow to cherished local services, the Local …


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40 percent funding reduction would devastate local services and communities, councils warn 

21 Oct 15

Local Government Association media release 19 October 2015 A further 40 per cent real terms reduction in local government grant funding in the Spending Review would deliver the £10.5 billion knock-out blow to cherished local services, the Local …


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NHS – THE PERFECT STORM OR AN OPPORTUNITY TO INTEGRATE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE? 

20 Oct 15

Public Meeting FRIDAY 30TH OCTOBER 11.00 a.


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The West Midlands Combined Authority: a government-driven business agenda at the expense of local democracy 

13 Oct 15

The seven West Midlands metropolitan councils submitted their bid for a Combined Authority on 4 September.


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4th October March on the Tory Conference 

28 Sep 15

The TUC / People’s Assembly demonstration at the Tory Party conference on 4th October in Manchester looks set to be massive, with transport being arranged from around the country.


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The City Leadership Group: a secretive unelected oligarchy with power over the Council? 

17 Sep 15

One of the key demands of the Kerslake report was for a ‘Birmingham leadership group’ to be set up independent of the Council.


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Deloitte’s, spin and and the small matter of £250m of cuts 

14 Sep 15

(UKuncut action against tax avoidance.


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Tory threat to Birmingham’s public health! 

24 Aug 15

‘Public health refers to all organized measures to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole.


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 Save the City Library Service 

22 Jul 15

The struggle to save the community libraries and the Library of Birmingham has been going on for several years now.


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Save the City Library Service 

22 Jul 15

The struggle to save the community libraries and the Library of Birmingham has been going on for several years now.


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The West Midlands Combined Authority Launch Statement: BATC’s response 

20 Jul 15

The Launch Statement of the forthcoming West Midlands Combined Authority, ‘Growing the UK Economy through a Midlands Engine’, was published on 6 July.


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Successful Rally against the ‘Procurement for Health’ conference at the ICC, Birmingham 9th July 2015 

17 Jul 15

We want to thank all the 100 or so people that made it a brilliant turn-out in Birmingham yesterday for the Rally against the ‘Procurement for Health’ conference.


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From PFI to PF2 – Business as usual for Carillion! 

29 Jun 15

We cannot give a guarantee that Carillion will not sell their equity investment in the Midland Metropolitan Hospital PF2 in the future.


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Labour Leadership Hustings: Questions for Labour Party members 

26 Jun 15

Urge your Birmingham Labour Councillors to reverse the Library cutbacks £88.8 million was spent on the New Library; it was opened by Malala and now is an international tourist attraction.


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Sir Albert: ‘There will be a discontinuation of services that the council currently provides.’ 

24 Jun 15

At the public meeting of the Birmingham Improvement Panel on 11th June 2015 Panel members challenged the Council leadership as to how they planned to make further substantial cuts to Council services over the next two years.


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I wanna sing, I wanna shout – Who Rules Busking? Join the buskers’ protest against the amplification ban – Monday 22 June 4pm outside Waterstones 

19 Jun 15

Have you heard about the proposed amplification ban on buskers in Birmingham? Want to say something about it? Next week we want to make a movement to bring people together on the topic.


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City centre Budget day protest 8 July 5-6.30 

19 Jun 15

Birmingham against the Cuts has agreed to call a Budget day protest at 5 – 6.30 pm on Wednesday 8th July outside Waterstones at the Bull Ring.


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Say No to this attack on free speech and democratic rights – consultation deadline extended to 29 June 

19 Jun 15

The city council is planning to ban loudspeakers and amplification in the whole of the city centre.


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Urgent: Say No to this attack on free speech and democratic rights 

15 Jun 15

The city council is planning to ban loudspeakers and amplification in the whole of the city centre.


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Midland Metro Hospital PF2: Call out for action 

15 Jun 15

Come to the AGM of the Sandwell and West Birmingham and Hospital Trust on the evening of 25th June (18.00 at Sandwell Hospital) to question and challenge the Trust Board on the true costs of the PF2.


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Eight things you should know about the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital! 

4 Jun 15

The proposed Midland Metropolitan Hospital is due to open in 2018 and will replace City and Sandwell General Hospitals.


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Demonstrate for the Library of Birmingham (and the wider library service) Saturday 13 June 

23 May 15

The Friends of the Library of Birmingham has decided to call a demonstration on Saturday June 13th.


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Goodbye Sir Norman Warner! 

18 May 15

What do Capita, the Cambrian Group and Core Assets have in common? They were all invited among others by Birmingham City Council to an event held in December 2014 entitled ‘Developing strategic partnering options for Birmingham’s children’s …


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Abortion Rights has called for a protest to oppose the anti-choice March for Life in Birmingham on Sat May 16th. Assemble Chamberlain Sq 2pm 

14 May 15

Abortion Rights has called for a protest to oppose the anti-choice March for Life.


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National END AUSTERITY NOW demonstration on Saturday 20th June 

14 May 15

From Birmingham Peoples Assembly The election of a Tory majority government last week was an ugly shock to millions of people.


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The forthcoming West Midlands Combined Authority: a threat to local democracy 

14 Apr 15

The policy of both the Tories and Labour is for the spread of Combined Authorities (CAs).


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Education Question Time Friday 20 March 7.30 Council House 

16 Mar 15

Birmingham NUT would like to invite you to our Education Question Time.


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Education Question Time public meeting Friday 20 March 7.30 

15 Mar 15

Birmingham NUT would like to invite you to our Education Question Time.


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Birmingham City Council Community Governance consultation 

15 Mar 15

The Council has produced a consultation paper on ‘The Future of Community Governance in Birmingham’.


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The neoliberalisation of the city: the transformation of city centres and city councils 

14 Mar 15

The decades from Thatcher onwards have seen the neoliberal transformation of cities in Britain.


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‘The Future of Community Governance in Birmingham’: A response by Birmingham Against the Cuts 

12 Mar 15

The Council has produced a consultation paper on ‘The Future of Community Governance in Birmingham’.


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If you want to see what Kerslake wants for Birmingham, look at Leeds 

12 Feb 15

Neoliberalism imposes a policy framework on local councils which has two components: ‘roll-back’ and ‘roll-out’.


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Birmingham’s District Committees exclude co-opted members elected by Ward Committees: Leeds welcomes them 

12 Feb 15

We think that Birmingham has something to learn from Leeds in terms of citizen participation.


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A response by BATC to the Kerslake Review (Quotes from the Review are in boxed italics) 

18 Jan 15

Sir Bob Kerslake is Permanent Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government.


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Ward Committees still won’t be fit for purpose! A response by BATC to the Council report ‘Are Ward Committees Fit for Purpose?’ 

18 Jan 15

The District and Public Engagement Overview and Scrutiny Committee Inquiry report ‘Are Ward Committees Fit for Purpose?’ was approved by Council on 6 January 2015.