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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 November 2021
Birmingham People's Budget to end cuts and housing crisis
Socialist Party and Socialist Students members campaigning in Birmingham (Click to enlarge)
Joe Foster, Birmingham North Socialist Party
One Birmingham family - two adults with three children - one with ADHD who needs their own bedroom, are trying to survive in one-bedroom flat. The parents and a child sleep on a sofa bed, with a baby in the cot next to them.
They turn the lights out at 7pm to settle the children down! The council says people have to be "realistic".
There are 500 applications a week to Birmingham's council house waiting list. Less than half - 225 - are deemed eligible.
It took six months for one family to have their claim assessed. The average is 22 weeks.
The council owned 123,000 properties in 1981. Now it has less than half that.
The council plans to build 2,708 homes by 2029. This is not realistic!
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is hosting 'People's Budget for Birmingham' - an open forum for trade unionists, community and resident groups and anti-cuts campaigners.
Here we will be preparing a budget that we can fight for. A budget that could meet the real needs on homes, jobs and public services - a realistic fighting alternative.
- Saturday 27 November, 12-2pm, Kings Norton Ex-Servicemen's Club, 1853a Pershore Road, Cotteridge, Birmingham B30 3DJ
- 0797 4493525
- [email protected]
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In The Socialist 17 November 2021:
Cuts drag NHS to brink
NHS workers must take action now to save our NHS
Outsourced Barts health workers in strike ballot for a pay rise
Health and care staff shortages worsened by Tory vaccine sacking threat
Fund the fight for socialism
London MPs' second home swindle while workers and students struggle
Tory sleaze scandal continues, an ex-workers' MP responds
University bosses' pay piles up while workers are forced to strike
Youth fight for well-paid green jobs and socialist change
Sunak's climate finance agenda typifies capitalism's COP26 failure
China: Bureaucracy grapples with new crises
Ten years on - where has Podemos's radicalism gone?
Belarus refugees - caught between a rock and a hard place
S Wales Stagecoach bus drivers win £10.50 an hour
DVLA ballot turnout falls short of threshold
Striking Scunthorpe steel scaffs up the ante
Leeds cab drivers protest against taxi rank move
Fresh strikes on East Midlands Railway
An appeal to trade union members to stand as anti-cuts candidates
Clarks workers fight 'fire-and-rehire' pay cut
London couriers take action
St Mungo's report fails to address bullying and victimisation of workers
Resisting evictions in east London
Leeds solidarity protest says stop Sudan coup
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