BRISTOL & DISTRICT ANTI-CUTS ALLIANCE BULLETIN
27th January 2012
BADACA Makes A Mistake!
For several weeks we have been saying that the LibDems propose to cut £21million from Bristol City Council’s budget from April. The final figures as revealed at last night’s cabinet meeting are in fact £27 million! To sit through a cabinet meeting stuffed with self-satisfied LibDem councillors is like entering the world of Alice Through The Looking Glass. Words mean exactly what they want them to mean. There is nothing but good news, less is more, cuts are efficiency savings. Recently we half-jokingly suggested that the LibDems would be trumpeting their £50million borrowing to fund investment in transport and schools to distract attention from the cuts to services Bristolians want and need now. Well they must have been reading this bulletin because that’s exactly what they did. Grants to important community groups like the Malcolm X Centre, Easton Community Centre, St Werburgh’s Community Centre, Hartcliffe Community Park Farm and others are to be cut. In many cases this threatens the very existence of these groups and facilities. You can see the details of all the grant cuts here. And the LibDems want to cut the funding by the council to assist twinning of Bristol with other cities internationally. BADACA will be trying to organise a meeting of those effected with the aim of mounting a major lobby at the council meeting on 28th February where these will cuts will be voted on. See below for details. You can read BADACA’s statement to the cabinet meeting here.
Publicity for the Mark Serwotka meeting on Monday February 6thhas been circulated in many workplaces, especially those where people took strike action on November 30th. To spread the word about the meeting more widely, we are leafleting on the Centre in the rush hour on Monday morning (30th) and at Abbey Wood station on Tuesday morning (31st). If you can help on either of these mornings please see details below or here and here. As the public sector pensions dispute comes to a head with many unions having rejected the goverment’s ‘final offer’, this meeting is a vital part of the campaign to defend pensions, jobs & services. Mark has been at the forefront of those union leaders calling for no deal and is currently trying to build support among unions for further strike action. See his recent article in the Guardian here and BBC interview here. Come to hear him speak on ‘How We Can Win’. Full details below and here. Please use every opportunity to help build this meeting into a really significant event. The flyer can be downloaded from here. Please download it and forward it to friends, neighbours, work colleagues. Print it out and put it on notice boards
The project by people from OccupyBristol to develop a radically different vision of Bristol for the 21st century got off to a good start last Saturday. You can see details of the event here Look out for more in the future
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‘How We Can Win’ – BADACA Meeting with Unite the Resistance – Monday 6th February
Speakers: Mark Serwotka (PCS General Secretary), Jayne Taylor (Unite The Union), David Wilshire (CWU)
Chair: Anne Lemon (BADACA secretary & NUT exec)
Venue: The Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR
A meeting to discuss the way forward for the campaign to defend jobs, pensions and public services. All welcome. A flyer can be downloaded from here. A poster can be downloaded from here. Facebook here.
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BADACA Steering Committee Meeting – Monday 13th February
An agenda will be sent out to affiliated organisations and other members of the steering committee early next month but please make sure the date is in your diary now. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
BADACA Annual General Meeting – Monday 27th February
This meeting will review BADACA’s activities over the last year, discuss plans for the next year and elect officers to co-ordinate those activites. Full details will be circulated next month but please put the date in your diary now. Facebook here. For more information email email@example.com
Leafletting On The Centre – Monday 30th January
Leafletting at Filton Abbey Wood Station – Tuesday 31st January
BADACA Health Group Meeting – Wednesday 8th February
Venue: Bristol County Sports Club, Colston St, BS1 5AE. Time: 6.30pm Map: Here. This meeting will discuss how to continue the campaign locally against the government’s Health & Social Care bill. All welcome. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lobby Bristol City Council – Tuesday 28th February
This is the meeting when the budget (ie cuts) is put to the vote. We need to let councillors know that people across the city oppose their cuts. The meeting starts at 2pm but will go on into the evening. BADACA will hold a lobby at the start of the meeting but encourage those who can’t get there then to come in the evening. So meet outside the Council House from 1pm and again from 5.30pm. More details and Facebook here. For more information email email@example.com
Lobby South Gloucestershire Council – Wednesday February 29th
And this is when South Gloucestershire will agree their cuts. Again there will be a lobby. The meeting starts at 7pm. Meet outside Kingswood Civic Centre from 6pm. Map here. More details and Facebook here. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org