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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

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.

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In The Socialist 17 November 2021:


NHS

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


News

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


COP26

Youth fight for well-paid green jobs and socialist change

Sunak's climate finance agenda typifies capitalism's COP26 failure


China

China: Bureaucracy grapples with new crises


International

Ten years on - where has Podemos's radicalism gone?

Belarus refugees - caught between a rock and a hard place


Workplace news

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


Campaigns

Resisting evictions in east London

Leeds solidarity protest says stop Sudan coup

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Why am I coming to Socialism 2021?

Birmingham People's Budget


Readers' opinion

Readers' opinion


 

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