BRISTOL & DISTRICT ANTI-CUTS ALLIANCE
BULLETIN – 9th December 2011
Bristol City Council’s Phoney Scrutiny & Consultation
Two weeks ago the LibDems on Bristol City Council published their draft budget for 2012/3. It means cuts of more then £21 million on top of £30 million pounds this year. 350 jobs will go. Services will be privatised. Services will close. Charges will increase. The headline services being targeted are care homes for the elderly and vulnerable (as predicted by BADACA and others over recent months) and youth services. But the cuts will extend into the full range of the council’s services. The budget will be agreed on February 28th. The full list of threatened care homes & day centres is available on our website here.
Throughout December & January there is a series of meetings at which councillors are supposed to scrutinise the cuts in the budget, as well as public consultation meetings on some areas of the cuts. BADACA supporters have attended all the scrutiny meetings held so far and public consultation meetings on the closure/privatisation of care homes and day centres.
Particularly on the issue of care homes and day centres, the process of scrutiny and consultation is a charade. Discussions take place based on the absolute minimum of information that the LibDems think they can get away with publishing. Cuts are dressed up as modernisation. Unless there is a major fightback the budget, which includes the expected savings from closing and privatising care homes and day centres, will be agreed on February 28th. But the details of the closure/privatisation of the facilities and their impact on users and the wider community won’t be announced until mid-March. You can already hear Barbara Janke and Jon Rogers telling us ‘It was agreed in the budget’ if anyone suggests the facilities should stay open and run by the council when the detailed proposals are available.
Either the detailed proposals on these important facilities must be published now, or the closure/privatisation policy should be removed from the budget. Any attempt by the council to approve the policy as part of the budget without being prepared to discuss the details in public is nothing less than underhand.
Similarly over £1million is to be saved by privatising Youth Services yet no detailed proposals are available as to how this will (or even can) be done.
BADACA will be working with trades unions representing council staff and users of the threatened services to stop all the cuts proposed in the budget. You can see a broad outline of the budget on the city council website here. At our January Open Meeting (9th January) we will be discussing campaign events up to and including the council meeting on 28th February. Come along and see how you can get involved.
Please support OccupyBristol in any way you can. They have appealed in particular for: firewood, blankets, food, money, entertainment, volunteers, campers, arts & crafts materials & wooden boards. Go down to see them. Check out their FaceBook pages here and their website here. Call the camp information line on 07415 139 464. There is more information on the BADACA website here which will be updated regularly. Photos of the camp can be seen here .
On December 14th there wil be a lobby of South Gloucestershire Council, opposing their plans to privatise the Home Care service with the loss of 140 jobs. Please support if you can – details are below.
Stroud Against The Cuts are actively campaigning against the government’s attempts to privatise the NHS. See their open letter here.
Please try to get involved in as many of the activities below as possible and pass the information on to others who may be interested.
If you want more information about anything below, email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on BADACA and events can be found at our website www.bristolanticutsalliance.org.uk and via the link to Facebook from there
If you have events you would like included in a future bulletin please email details to email@example.com . Our aim is to send out a bulletin every Friday. The deadline for inclusion of events is 5pm on Thursday.
Lobby South Gloucestershire Council – Wednesday 14th December
South Gloucestershire Unision are holding a lobby of the council meeting in protest at plans to privatise the Home Care service with the loss of 140 jobs. Meet at Kingswood Civic Centre at 5.30pm. Map here. Facebook here.
BADACA Christmas Social – Friday December 16th
BADACA supporters will be in festive moodon Friday December 16th. Join us at
Venue: King William Ale House, 20 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4EF
BADACA Open Meeting – Monday 9th January
Venue: Different venue for January. Look out for details
Start off the New Year by coming along to discuss the city council’s budget cuts and how you can get involved in the fightback. More details soon. All welcome. FaceBook here.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rave Against The Cuts – Friday 9th December
Venue: The Polish Club, 50 St Paul’s Road, Bristol BS8 1LP