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What is wrong with the council’s new plans for working with neighbourhoods, and what should be done: Participatory democracy means citizens influencing decision-making at the top, not just more engagement at ward level 

17 Aug 18

How should the city council work with Birmingham’s local neighbourhoods? That is the theme of a draft Policy Statement called ‘Working together in Birmingham’s Neighbourhoods’, published in July.


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Save the Nurseries planning meeting Monday 6 August, 9.30am, Oaklands Park nursery, Yardley 

2 Aug 18

The next planning meeting of the campaign to save the 14 Council day nurseries is on Monday 6th of August at 9:30 am at Oaklands Park day nursery, Boughton Rd Yardley, B25 8AJ.


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Why Unison Home Care workers are going on strike 

31 Jul 18

Birmingham Trade Union Council has received the following request of support from the Branch Secretary of the city’s UNISON branch representing the Birmingham’s Home Care workers.


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The Council tells home care workers to go part-time or face redundancy 

25 Jul 18

They will be on strike on Saturday 11 August.


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The West Midlands is full of diversity but its leadership bodies, public and private, are dominated by white men. What should be done? 

16 Jul 18

Last year the West Midlands Combined Authority set up a Leadership Commission to address the under-representation of people of all backgrounds in leadership roles in both the public and private sectors.


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Public meeting – West Virginia teachers’ strike and Springfield primary school strike, Monday 16 July 7.30 Council House 

12 Jul 18

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The Council must stop the forced academisation of Springfield primary school 

11 Jul 18

 A new angle on Springfield Primary has opened up.


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Carillion’s collapse leaves a rotting carcass of Midland Metropolitan Hospital 

6 Jul 18

The Keep NHS Public protest at the MMH hospital on the 5th July was a major success with 100-120 people from diverse communities when the organisers had only expected 30-40 in attendance.


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Birmingham’s affordable housing shortage – how developers exploit loopholes to put profit first 

3 Jul 18

The Council promised that 35% of new developments would be affordable housing, but achieved less than 10%.


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Springfield primary school strike update 

3 Jul 18

This week will see NEU members at Springfield Primary School, Birmingham take their 14th, 15th and 16th days of strike action in opposition to the proposed staffing restructure.


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CELEBRATE THE NHS’S 70TH BIRTHDAY – PROTEST THE PRIVATE FINANCE COLLAPSE at the Midland Metropolitan Hospital site, 5.30-6.30 Thursday 5 July 

20 Jun 18

The reason for the demo is simple: Almost exactly 2 years ago, we said “don’t build this hospital under private finance”.


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Building a National Education Service – what are Labour’s plans and how can we contribute? SEA Public Meeting Wednesday 20 June 7.30 Council House 

17 Jun 18

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Come to our next Nurseries campaign planning meeting! 

3 Jun 18

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How the school budget cuts are hitting one Birmingham school 

2 Jun 18

Michelle Gay is the headteacher of Osborne primary, a 270-pupil local authority school in Erdington, on the north-eastern edge of Birmingham.


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Why teachers are going on strike at Springfield Primary School 

27 May 18

NEU members believe that the proposed staffing restructure will have a negative impact on the educational provision for children at Springfield Primary School in Moseley.


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Save Our Nurseries campaign lobbies the Council and calls on Labour councillors to use the extra £95m reserves to fund services 

23 May 18

The Birmingham Mail report of the protest, with videos of speakers, can be seen here – https://www.


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Building a National Education Service – what are Labour’s plans and how can we contribute? SEA Public Meeting Wednesday 20 June 7.30 Council House 

21 May 18

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The Council’s reserves increased by £95m last year. We say use the extra money to fund vital services! 

19 May 18

The Save Our Nurseries campaign says the Council should find the extra money to top up the budgets of the 14 Council-run day nurseries.


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SAVE BIRMINGHAM NURSERIES – lobby of the new Birmingham Council, Tuesday 22nd May at 3.15 at the Council House 

10 May 18

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Save Our Schools rally Saturday 28 April from 1pm Victoria Sq Birmingham 

20 Apr 18

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School cuts stalls in Birmingham on Saturday 21 April 

15 Apr 18

City Centre 11am-2pm outside Midland Bank, New Street.


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Trades Council MayDay event Saturday 5 May 1-4pm Unite offices – all welcome 

12 Apr 18

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Three proposals for participatory democracy in Birmingham: a contribution to the Council’s “conversation across the city” 

29 Mar 18

The Council has opened up what it calls “a conversation across the city” about “how the City Council will work with local neighbourhoods in the years ahead.


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Austerity, Privatisation and Mental Health – BTUC meeting on 5 April 

28 Mar 18

BTUC meetings begin with a speaker or speakers on topics that matter to the trade union and labour movement, and all are welcome to attend.


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

22 Mar 18

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 … …


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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 

20 Mar 18

Labour has published its plans to create a National Education Service.


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DEVOLUTION, AUSTERITY AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH: LESSONS FROM GREATER MANCHESTER 

17 Mar 18

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) DEVOLUTION, AUSTERITY AND …


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

14 Mar 18

This was the subject of Birmingham Trades Union Council’s conference on Saturday 10 March.


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

9 Mar 18

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.


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

21 Feb 18

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.


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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 

6 Feb 18

Birmingham Labour Party’s draft manifesto for the May elections, ‘The Road to the All-Out Election 2018’, has seven ‘Priorities’.


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The WMCA’s new ‘Cohesion and Integration Portfolio’ – community cohesion and inclusive economic development? 

2 Feb 18

On the agenda of the WMCA Board meeting on January 12 was the launch of ‘The Cohesion and Integration Portfolio’.


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The campaign to save the Council’s 14 nurseries from the threat of closure is growing 

29 Jan 18

The nurseries provide a high-quality service in some of the poorest areas of the city, and parents are determined to keep them open.


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Carillion and the Midland Metropolitan Hospital PF2 project 

27 Jan 18

For over two years, Keep Our NHS Public Birmingham has campaigned on the whole question of a (part) privately-funded (PF2) hospital and the involvement of Carillion.


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LOVE YOUR LIBRARY – FOLOB EVENT SATURDAY 27 JANUARY 11 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. 

23 Jan 18

This is a warmup event for the campaign which we will be launching shortly to press for the restoration of a properly funded and publicly run library service.


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Birmingham Home Care workers will be on strike on Saturday 20th January, with a rally from 12 – 2pm in Victoria Square 

14 Jan 18

Please support our 350 home care workers who are in dispute over redundancies and a new rota system.


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Save the Nurseries – here is the list of Consultation Meetings 

12 Jan 18

Birchfield – 18 Jan 3-5pm Golden Hillock – 22 Jan 6-8pm Cherry Tree – 23 Jan 3-5pm Kitts Green – 24 Jan 4.30-6.30pm Lime Tree – 25 Jan 6-8pm Oaklands – 30 Jan 6-8pm Park Road – 31 Jan 6-8pm … Continue reading…


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‘The West Midlands Economy: Why We Need a Strategy for Inclusive Growth’, BTUC Conference on 10 March 1.30-4.30, Unite offices, Birmingham 

10 Jan 18

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Without an Impact Assessment of the Budget proposals the Consultation is a sham 

29 Dec 17

The Budget Consultation 2018+ lists the “Savings Proposals for 2018/19”.


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Budget Consultation 2018+ information 

14 Dec 17

Opened 12 Dec 2017, closes 15 Jan 2018.


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Support the campaign to save the 14 Council Nurseries from closure 

7 Dec 17

The Council is planning to close all 14 of its Day Nurseries.


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The Cuts in our School Budgets, Birmingham Trades Council meeting Thur 7 Dec 7.30 Council House 

4 Dec 17

The Trades Council has invited guest speakers, Kath Scott (Boldmere Mums) and David Room (NEU-NUT Secretary) to speak on the funding crisis in education for children and young people.


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Save our Nurseries Community Meeting Saturday 16th December 1pm-3pm Sparkhill 

2 Dec 17

Join the campaign to save the 14 Council Nurseries threatened with closure.


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UCU Academic Staff Protest, Birmingham City University,  Wed 6th December, 1-2pm, City Centre campus 

30 Nov 17

University and College Union PRESS RELEASE: After colleagues told they are no longer academics but ‘near-peer critical friends,’ facing a loss of academic jobs, salaries, freedoms and threats of redundancy at Birmingham City University.


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Save our Council Nursery say Sparkhill parents 

26 Nov 17

Parents and supporters gathered yesterday in Sparkhill Park to plan their campaign against the threat to close Park Road Day Nursery and the decision to hand over the Park Road Children’s Centre to a private provider.


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Birmingham CC ‘total climbdown’ in new bin-strike deal 

25 Nov 17

A new deal – or, more precisely, a new version of the original agreement – has been reached in new Acas-managed negotiations in what union insiders have called a ‘total climbdown’ by BCC.


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SAVE THE COUNCIL’S DAY NURSERY AND CHILDREN’S CENTRE IN PARK ROAD SPARKHILL 

23 Nov 17

The Council plans to close its Park Road Day Nursery and to hand over the Park Road Children’s Centre to a private organisation to run.


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Devo2 – the new West Midlands devolution deal 

23 Nov 17

Here for information are the government’s plans for Devo2, including Housing and Industrial Strategy.


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Say no to the replacement of professional library staff by volunteers 

20 Nov 17

Ward Committees across the city are now in the process of submitting bids to the Council’s Local Innovation Fund.


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These are the 14 Local Authority Day Nurseries the Council plans to close 

15 Nov 17

The Council is planning to close all its Day Nurseries.


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Save our 14 Birmingham Community Day Nurseries from closure 

13 Nov 17

The GMB union Birmingham Education branch has launched this petition.


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Cutting budgets, cutting corners and cutting services: Birmingham Council’s betrayal of disabled people 

25 Oct 17

The Council plans to close the Fairways Day Centre in Kings Norton.


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Sparkhill public meeting 29 October: Defending Birmingham’s Public Services 

23 Oct 17

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The Commonwealth Games will cost millions that should be spent on our public services 

22 Oct 17

The main commitment which a host city has to make to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is that the city has to meet 20% of the costs, i.


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The West Midlands Combined Authority has turned its back on inclusive economic growth to tackle inequality 

20 Oct 17

The West Midlands economy reproduces deep inequalities of wealth and poverty, cross-cut by gender and ethnicity.


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Support the Refuse Workers – a resolution for LP meetings 

16 Oct 17

A resolution for all constituency Labour Party meetings and a letter from Unite to all Birmingham Labour Councillors and Labour MPs.


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Nearly 9 in 10 schools are still facing cuts – join the Rally Saturday 14 October 12.30 at the Bullring 

8 Oct 17

£52,500 average cut to primary schools £178,000 average cut to secondary schools Go to this website to find out the probable cut in your school’s budget: https://www.


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Birmingham Council Children’s Services contracted out, Children’s Centres closed 

7 Oct 17

Big changes are under way in the Council’s Children’s Services.


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The WMCA is run by men – it needs powerful representation of women and inclusive economic and social policies to tackle gender inequalities 

6 Oct 17

There are 33 Members of the WMCA Board – 32 are men.


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STOP SCHOOL CUTS Birmingham Rally for Education Saturday 14 October 12.30 Bullring 

27 Sep 17

Despite Justine Greening’s funding announcement on 14thSeptember 2017 that there will be more money for schools, the reality is: The funding cuts have not been reversed There is no new money from the Treasury The historic underfunding issue has not…