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Universal Credit – another cut for many of the poorest? 

22 Sep 17

In 2015, Welfare Weekly reported that research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found that 2.6million working families on Universal Credit would lose £1,600 a year from the changes and 1.9 million would be £1,400 a year better off.


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Vindicated? Council leader had authority to act: a trial will be in the public interest 

21 Sep 17

The BBC reports that, at a High Court hearing in London on Wednesday, Mr Justice Fraser dismissed the council’s argument that Mr Clancy had no authority to make a deal at ACAS with Unite.


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The city’s Labour ‘moderates’ bear out Matthew Parris’ description   

18 Sep 17

“ Courage and principle.


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WMNEG: social changes in Sweden  

17 Sep 17

West Midlands New Economics Group meeting: Ulla Grant is going to talk about: “The Swedish Model”,  the historical background, its effect on social changes in Sweden, how the “Swedish Model” has declined since mid ‘70s due to economic and …


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Westminster to debate the PR petition on 30th October 

14 Sep 17

The Petitions team: UK Government and Parliament sends news that Parliament is to debate the petition “To make votes matter, adopt Proportional Representation for UK General Elections” on 30 October 2017.


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November event: Victorian Society, BMI 

12 Sep 17

Birmingham and West Midlands Group HOUSING FOR ALL CLASSES OF SOCIETY IN THE VICTORIAN MIDLANDS A day school at the Birmingham Midlands Institute,  Margaret St, Birmingham B3 3BU   Saturday 18 th November 10.15 am-4.15 pm, r egistration from 9.45…


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John Clancy resigns: a great loss to the city of Birmingham 

12 Sep 17

Full statement from the Birmingham Newsroom site “It has become clear to me that frenzied media speculation about the Birmingham waste dispute is beginning to harm Birmingham City Council and the Birmingham Labour Party.


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England’s entry to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games: ‘a degree of perspective’ 

11 Sep 17

The government will decide, in November, whether to make a formal bid to host the Games.


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Soho Loop opportunity 

11 Sep 17

Water taxis are already plying in several British cities, including London, Glasgow, Spalding, Lancaster , Leeds and Manchester .


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Solihull beset by illegally parked travellers, March-September 

8 Sep 17

The committee of the Solihull Ratepayers Association (SRA) attended the eviction of travellers from Shirley Park on Saturday 2nd September 2017 and made a photographic record of the occupation and eviction.


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Ambitious ‘moderates’ didn’t unseat Corbyn and shouldn’t affect Clancy 

8 Sep 17

The city has at last gained a council leader who really cares for the 99% (search housing blogs ) – the only one since Theresa Stewart was elected.


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Board-games: back in Stirchley and Uganda 

6 Sep 17

A new venture in Stirchley calls families to enjoy ‘good, old-fashioned fun   Annaliese Griffin of America’s Quartz Media writes : “I’m not saying that starting a board-game group in every town and village will put us all on the path to …


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NHS debt linked to global south debt through Public Private Partnerships: 7th October 

5 Sep 17

“DEBT AND ECONOMICS: EDUCATION FOR ACTION” WORKSHOP The Jubilee Debt Campaign invites all to an interactive, informative, educational day-long workshop from 11 – 16.30 on Saturday 7 th  October at the Islamic Relief Academy , 22-24 Sampson Road…


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September event: ‘How can West Midlands councils build community wealth?’ 

31 Aug 17

Thursday 14th September, 5.30 for 6pm start.


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UNA event: The Role of the United Nations in Addressing Climate Change 

28 Aug 17

Local author, Dr Christine Parkinson, who will be speaking about the United Nations’ role in addressing climate change, is a biologist who worked in medical research before coming to this city where she has co-founded regeneration projects, the …


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WMNEG at John Lewis Community Hub: Localism & Regionalism 

20 Aug 17

West Midlands New Economics Group meeting: 5-7pm on Thursday 31st August at the John Lewis Community Hub, available to community groups.


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Midlands Connect, please note London’s ‘third-way’ with passengers and freight   

17 Aug 17

Connectivity, though identified as such in the Midlands Connect strategy report ,   is not the greatest transport problem The Midlands Connect Partnership and the Department for Transport have developed a transport strategy that identifies the …


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Industrial action: councillor’s message to Birmingham citizens 

12 Aug 17

Councillor Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, sent a message to Birmingham citizens to say that the pattern of industrial action changed on August 11.


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Mark Blackstock – a tribute 

11 Aug 17

Time-pressed residents of Birmingham, Solihull, Cannock, Dudley, Coventry, Lichfield, Sandwell, South Staffs, Tamworth, Walsall and Wolverhampton who regularly scan their section of the Brummie site, appreciate the free service it gives, whatever …


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A new 70% state-owned West Midlands rail franchise 

10 Aug 17

Will passengers continue to face the removal of seats – and toilets – to enable more to stand sardine-fashion in West Midlands trains? Abellio promises standing room for 50,000 extra people on shorter rail journeys.


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The Happiness Building 

7 Aug 17

Steve Beauchampé recalls the Cadbury Barn, a little known but once much-loved Birmingham building destroyed by fire last week.


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Boardgames trending in Stirchley – and Northern Uganda 

5 Aug 17

Next post brings board game news from Ben, a resident of Kings Heath for some years, now in Uganda h…


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Local author’s ‘work in progress’ 

3 Aug 17

At the BMI recently it was a pleasure to meet Fiona Joseph from Acocks Green (right), who wrote BEATRICE The Cadbury Heiress Who Gave Away Her Fortune (2012) and Comforts For The Troops (2015) .


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National Express proposal: remove the bus to Bournville railway station 

30 Jul 17

A reader alerts all to National Express West Midlands’ review of Birmingham’s bus network.


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Employee ownership in the Jewellery Quarter and Aston: building an entrepreneurial state at local level? 

29 Jul 17

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, speaking at the TAS Partnership , an employee owned transport company, said that wider levels of employee ownership could build an entrepreneurial state at a local level.


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‘Self-build’ housing for the city 

26 Jul 17

Birmingham City Council’s cabinet has approved a proposal to enable the development of new homes for self and custom build in the City; read more here.


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Ms May’s government does not discriminate: in good or bad health, all on low incomes lose 

25 Jul 17

In January, Aditya Chakrabortty pointed out that though statistically the UK is enjoying a recovery, in reality: “this has been a recovery for owner-occupiers in London and the south-east.


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WM New Economics Group meeting 27th July 

24 Jul 17

WMNEG meeting: Thursday 27 July, 5-7 pm A discussion on a book by Green Party MEP, Molly Scott Cato; Green Economics: An Introduction to Theory, Policy and Practice introduced by Robert Kornreich, Kings Heath   Open meeting: FOE Warehouse, 54 …


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Deprivation, job losses, depression and suicides follow cruel ‘welfare’ legislation 

21 Jul 17

Cuts protest during the last Prime Minister’s Questions session before parliamentary recess.


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Jacqui Smith has been elected to chair Birmingham’s Lunar Society 

21 Jul 17

Political Concern has recorded many instances of rewards for ethical commercial or financial failures.


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Chernobyl Children’s visit: July-August 

14 Jul 17

A volunteer with the project has drawn our attention to the visit of a group of teenagers from Chernobyl who will be welcomed to Solihull this summer for a four week recuperative holiday, organised by Chernobyl Children’s Project Solihull Group (…


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Times: Birmingham is one of Britain’s greenest places 

11 Jul 17

This upbeat article was omitted from the depressing daily e-alerts sent to the Murdoch-owned paper’s online subscribers, but – thanks to David Bailey’s retweeting – it will now reach others, including readers of the Brummie .


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July: EEF open days in Aston for future apprentices 

9 Jul 17

Young people in the West Midlands considering a manufacturing and engineering apprenticeship and their parents are invited to attend an open day at the EEF’s manufacturing and engineering at the Technology Hub  in Aston, Birmingham.


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Meeting in Earlswood, Monday 10th July 

8 Jul 17

Learn more about renowned botanist world traveller Ernest Wilson, trained at Edgbaston Botanical Gardens, next Monday evening, at 7.30.


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Birmingham’s drinking water:  expensive fluoride has not protected first teeth 

7 Jul 17

  Royal College of Surgeons’ dean points to ‘sweet habits’ as first teeth are removed It has been reported that NHS data obtained by the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) shows there were 9,206 extractions …


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Birmingham’s refuse collection services … food bins one day? 

1 Jul 17

The sketchy reports on the dispute about the refuse collection changes on the BBC and Birmingham Mail websites have been supplemented by welcome information from Jacqui Kennedy , Corporate Director for Place.


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This weekend: independent coffee houses and speciality roasters hold a coffee festival at the Custard Factory 

30 Jun 17

40 Vendors.


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WMNEG, 29th June: project based at Uplands Leisure Gardens, Handsworth Wood 

23 Jun 17

  Open meeting   West Midlands New Economics Group FOE Warehouse, 54 Allison St, B5 5 TH ‘MISSION POSSIBLE’ Thursday 29 June, 5-7 pm   29 June  – The ‘Mission Possible’ project based at the Uplands Leisure Gardens in Handsworth Wood…


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Housing 26: Labour champions Brummie Bonds, first proposed in 2004 

19 Jun 17

Proposals for Brummie Bonds were first put forward by former Greenpeace economist Colin Hines at the end of 2004 ( Birmingham Post – Comment: 5.2.04 ), at the end of 2004 by then Conservative council leader Mike Whitby mentioned here , advocated in …


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Exhibition: local canal views, BMI Margaret Street 

19 Jun 17

MARGARET FAIRHEAD RBSA: Exhibition in Reception Foyer Canal views – Farmer’s Bridge Flight, Birmingham Fazeley Canal Until Friday 7 July Margaret’s remarkable exhibition of works featuring manipulated machine stitching incorporating a variety …


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Madin’s commanding landmark destroyed 

17 Jun 17

The Powergen building, in Shirley Solihull, was vacated in 1995, when the council refused planning permission for the CEGB to extend this striking   Madin building.


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Book sale to raise funds for Stirchley Library 

12 Jun 17

Peter Walker, chair of Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum, forwards a notice from Theresa Summerfield, Chair, Friends of Stirchley Library.


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Co-operative showcase and networking event, 15th June 

10 Jun 17

Book now for our cooperative showcase and networking event, 15 June 2017, 4.30pm-7.30pm What connections will you make at our cooperative showcase and networking event? There will be facilitated and informal networking, a light buffet, short talks on …


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Election antidote: a nineteenth Birmingham hoax? 

9 Jun 17

Travelling menageries were popular in the 19th Century but Dr Helen Cowie, a historian at the University of York, says they “were not too preoccupied” with security and there were “an alarming number” of escapes and accidents.


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POSTPONED: BMI meeting, Monday 12th June 

7 Jun 17

  Focus on climate change and the UN role: 12 th June To be held in Moseley in autumn, date to be announced later.


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Discussion Group: Where is Putin going? Russian imperialism today 

5 Jun 17

The Birmingham Socialist Discussion Group public meeting at 7 pm 12 th  June committee room 1, Council House There will be two speakers : John Rees a leading figure in the Stop the War Coalition and author of a new book entitled the Levellers …


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In the FT: “Corbyn has caught the mood of a UK grown tired of austerity” 

5 Jun 17

Paul Mason, political economist and film-maker, examines the spectacular polling revival ‘staged’ by Jeremy Corbyn in the space of six weeks.


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Jeremy Corbyn: Energy and Environment Policy for the 60 Million 

2 Jun 17

A scientist recently asked in a private email message: “Just how much of a scientific rationalist is Jeremy Corbyn? As far as I know he has never distanced himself publicly from his climate-denialist brother Piers”.


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European leaders esteem Jeremy Corbyn – Theresa May has got it wrong again 

31 May 17

As Jonathan Walker has reported , “Conservative leader Theresa May attempted to turn the focus of the general election back on to Brexit by saying: ‘Jeremy Corbyn’s minders can put him in a smart blue suit for an interview with Jeremy Paxman, …


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Big business funding Conservatives: two recent media reports 

31 May 17

Deeply troubling? Is this democracy? Is this sovereignty?   Should not political decisions be taken in the interests of the 99% ? The Guardian article refers to  troubling revelations by Carole Cadwalladr in the Observer and notes that the …


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Conservative party chairman advises: “Don’t vote tactically” 

31 May 17

As the New York Times summarises, tactical voting is a response to a British electoral system in which millions of minority voices can be ‘drowned out’.


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Focus on climate change and the UN role: 12th June 

30 May 17

Local author Christine Parkinson, who will be speaking about the United Nations’ role in addressing climate change, is a biologist who worked in medical research before coming to this city where she has co-founded regeneration projects, the most …


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BREXIT – looking forward: WMNEG meeting 

19 May 17

West Midlands New Economics Group Thursday 25 th May 5-7 pm Open meeting: FOE Warehouse, 54 Allison St, B5 5 TH 25 May –  BREXIT – looking forward What do we want as the outcome to the negotiations? What worked for us in the EU? Are there …


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Can you help to make BFOE’s Warehouse energy efficient and accessible to all? 

19 May 17

BFOE’s community share offer closes on June 2 nd Birmingham Friends of the Earth own The Warehouse in Digbeth, operating it as a not-for-profit business whilst campaigning for the improvement of the local environment.


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San Carlo in Temple Street: ahead of the game 

18 May 17

    In February Pat Thomas wrote an article ‘ Let’s get UK chefs talking about GMOs’ .


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Octogenarian Brummie agrees with Plastic Hippo – up to a point 

18 May 17

Hippo says: “We can forget the divide between left and right or whatever other divide the ambitious politician might try to invent.


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Rumbush Lane Coppice: saved 

15 May 17

On 12 th May, the Chairman of the Dickens Heath Residents Association reports that the Planning Inspectorate has refused the landowner’s appeal against for permission to build a detached house in Rumbush Lane Coppice (B90).


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A win for the Conservatives is a loss for foxes and many human animals 

12 May 17

Theresa May has announced that the Conservatives will renew a pledge to hold a free vote on overturning 2004 ban on the blood sport.


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A Conservative vote will ensure a positive future for the richest and further cuts for the poorest 

10 May 17

An emboldened Conservative government would indeed be good news for ‘Strong and Stable’ funeral directors, as: air pollution continues unabated, the health service deteriorates, the incidence of adult depression and mental illness in children …


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A good outing: Birmingham Moor Street to the Saltisford Canal Centre 

8 May 17

Take the train to Warwick Parkway from Birmingham Moor St and visit Saltisford Canal Basin with tranquil moorings set in gardens and orchards.