Staffordshire news and blogs Tuesday 16 January 2018


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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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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…