Kerry Jenkins

Honorary Alderman Michael Wilkes

We have been informed this morning of the very sad news that Honorary Alderman Michael Wilkes passed away on Friday 17th April.  michael-wilkes-3

Michael was elected to City Council on 3 May 1984-89 as an SDP (Social Democratic Party) Councillor, 1989–92 as an Independent Councillor and May 2000-12 as a Liberal Democrat Councillor, for Hall Green Ward. He became Lord Mayor of Birmingham 2009-10, Deputy Lord Mayor 2010-11 and was appointed an Honorary Alderman on 22nd May 2012.

During his time on the City Council, he served as a member on many following Committees:

Catering Committee (1984-85); Social Services Committee (1984-86); Central District Committee (1985-86); Women’s Committee (1984-85); Education Committee (1985-87); Finance and Management Committee (1987-88); General Purposes Committee (1988-89), Crime Prevention Sub (1988-89), Legislation Sub (1988-89), Motor Racing Sub (88-89), Nomination Sub (88-89), Services to Members Sub (88-89); Contract Services B Committee (1990-91); National Exhibition Centre and International Convention Centre Committee (1990-91); Budget Scrutiny Committee (2000-2001); Co-ordinating Overview and Scrutiny Committee (2001-06) – Chairman (2004-06); Council Business Management Committee (2004-05); Standards Committee (2004-05); Audit Committee (2006-08 & 2011-12); Public Protection Committee (2006-09 & 2010-11); Trusts and Charities Sub Committee (2007-09 & 2010-12) – Vice Chairman (2011-12) and also serving on the WMLGA – Regeneration Conference (2000-01).

Michael was a real champion for his community and our sincerest wishes go out to Vivienne, his family and friends.

Cllr Sam Burden, Cllr Barry Bowles and Cllr Kerry Jenkins

Cllr Sam Burden – Labour’s candidate for the 2015 Birmingham City Council local elections

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Cllr Sam Burden has been selected to stand as Labour’s candidate in the 2015 local elections by Hall Green Branch Labour Party.

Sam was the first Labour councillor elected in Hall Green for over 60 years in 2011.

Sam said “It has been a privilege to serve the people of Hall Green over the last four years and to work alongside Barry Bowles and Kerry Jenkins our other local councillors.

The last four years have been tough for Hall Green and Birmingham due to the Lib-DemTory cuts but we have fought hard for Hall Green and the local people.

Labour has a vision for Birmingham as a vibrant dynamic city.  Since Labour took control in 2012 we have seen the introduction of the living wage, devolution of local services, huge investment in cycling and the roll out of wheely bins to name just a few headlines.

In Hall Green top priority remains Hall Green library.  We have also supported youth work, seen the opening of Newey Park and run numerous campaigns to look after the area and retain its local character.”

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The sorry story of Nick Clegg – the un-credible shrinking man!

BIRMINGHAM LABOUR’S ELECTION PLEDGES

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TECH CITY

We’ll bring science and industry together to boost jobs of the future with a new University Enterprise Zone at the city’s heart.

A CITY OF APPRENTICES

We’ll create a Birmingham Apprenticeship Agency by bringing businesses and colleges together to double the number of apprentices over the next 18 months.

A LIVING WAGE CITY

We’ll work to get 10,000 more Brummies off the minimum wage of £6.31 and on  to a living wage of at least £7.65.

TACKLING CHILD POVERTY

We’ll create a Birmingham Child Poverty Commission to help the city’s schools, social care, health services and employers break the poverty that blights the lives of a third of our children.

TACKLING DRUG USE AND CRIME

We will always put victims first and tackle anti-social behaviour.  We will campaign to put police back on the beat.  Thousands are blighted by drug addiction and the crime that feeds it.  We will work with the NHS and the police, in a fighting partnership, to clean up addicts and take out their suppliers.

QUALITY HOMES

We’ll build 70,000 more houses over two decades and tackle rogue landlords to improve the quality of rented homes.

LEISURE AND OPEN SPACES

We’ll replace old leisure facilities with a £36m investment in leisure centres and work with residents to manage parks and open spaces.

STANDING UP FOR YOU IN EUROPE

Only Labour will protect rights at work such as 4 weeks paid holiday and time-off for Mums and Dads when their children are born.  The Tories and UKIP want to end these rights.

LABOUR’S ELECTION MESSAGE

Labour has got Birmingham moving again. More businesses opened their doors here, last year, than anywhere else outside London. We won more investment than anywhere else with the biggest Enterprise Zone in Britain. Our Youth Jobs Fund is getting young people back to work. Specialist school teaching is starting to give young people the skills they need for work. Now we want to go further: ¦ investing in jobs of the future; ¦ boosting apprenticeships; ¦ stepping up the fight for a Living Wage and the fight against child poverty; ¦ investing in new leisure centres and green spaces; ¦ driving out crime and drugs; ¦ building more homes for local people and driving out rogue landlords. This Tory-Lib Dem government has got it in for us. They’ve cut Birmingham’s budget twice as hard as the UK average – while giving Britain’s millionaires a tax cut. Only Labour is campaigning for energy bills to be frozen until 2017, free childcare for 25 hours a week for 3-4 year olds, a 10p rate of tax for the low-paid and a small firms business rate cut. Only Labour can make the difference; for Birmingham and for Britain.

Nominations are in!

NOMS

Vote for change on May 22nd – vote for Kerry Jenkins

Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management Service Guidance

This document is important as it spells out what we should receive in terms of service from AMEY as a result of the 25 year contract given to them by the previous Liberal Democrat/Tory administration. If you do not feel like you are not receiving the service spelt out in this document then please let us know so that we can hold them to account.

AMEY was awarded this lucrative contract to ensure the improvement and repair of our roads, maintenance of our footpaths, bridges, street lighting and traffic signals along with the upkeep of street scenery such as safety barriers, seats and trees.

We do not feel that there is a system in place for accountability and your Labour councillors have demanded that a schedule of work be made available to them. They will do everything in their power to ensure AMEY is held to account over the services they provide.

If you need to report a problem or isuue then please ring the dedicated number – 0121 303 6644 – this call will be logged and this means we can track action taken.

For those of you online then a really useful website is Fix My Street and issues can be recorded here which will then be passed to the council.

New Benefit Advice Service

Starting on 6th February 2014, experienced Advisors are now providing Benefits Advice at Gospel Oak Centre, Redstone Farm Rd. B28 9NU.

Appointments are offered every Thursday between 11am-1pm and if you would like more information then please call 0121 764 4202 or Email: tg_erc02@hotmail.com for more information.

Welfare Advice Community is a project of “Your community resource for free and confidential advice, guidance and information”
Tyseley and Greet Employment Resource Centre, 541a Warwick Road, Tyseley, Birmingham B11 2JP

PMQs comes to Hall Green

In the current landscape of local government, Birmingham is being held up as a sacrificial lamb, and like other Labour controlled authorities, have faced disproportionate and swingeing reductions to their funding as a result of the government’s ideologically driven austerity programme.

The seeds of change that have been regularly voiced, particularly by Sir Albert and his infamous ‘jaws of doom’, warning us of  the end of local government as we know it have clearly been sown and are now impacting on us all at a more local level.

The main item on last night’s Hall Green Ward meeting was our budget.  A budget that had painstakingly put together over several months.  A budget that will have very real effects on people’s lives.  And a budget that will have a massive impact on all residents in Hall Green.

Putting the budget into some context, the reality of the situation is that Hall Green District must make savings of £1,098,000 for 2014/14 rising to £1.546,000 in 2015/16. This equates to a third of its controllable budget. Therefore, unsurprisingly, the budget included some very difficult proposals, based on very real choices being made between jobs and services.

So despite these choices, this is a budget that saves our library services. That saves our school crossing patrols. That still allows for a relatively large amount of community chest funding. A budget that maintains our youth service provision, our play service provision and one that will continue to support community arts.

All pretty good news for the residents of Hall Green? Well, perhaps not.

This was also a budget that was passed at the last District Committee by majority vote. Quite simply, the three Liberal Democrat Councillors for Hall Green District, all voted against it. Not only did they vote against it, they refused to attend meetings to discuss budget options; they put no other alternative proposals forward; they gave no indication as to which parts of the budget they agreed or disagreed with.

Quite simply, the three Liberal Democrat Councillors for Hall Green District, all voted against it. Not only did they vote against it, they refused to attend meetings to discuss budget options; they put no other alternative proposals forward; they gave no indication as to which parts of the budget they agreed or disagreed with. During the whole of this debate, about the most important aspect of OUR budget, the Liberal Democrat representative for Hall Green said nothing. Yes that is right . That representative failed to speak at all and failed to contribute to the debate. #Failing to stand up for us in Hall Green.

I took the opportunity at last night’s Ward meeting to ask our Liberal Democrat Councillor questions about this but it turned into a bit of a PMQs scenario with lots of huffing and puffing, lots of hot air and red faces and with my questions remaining pretty much unanswered (I clearly empathise with Ed here) and with no real clarity being given for the refusal to back this budget.

What I find even more astounding is the point blank refusal by the Liberal Democrat Councillor for Hall Green to enter into any discussions that might be deemed in any way to be ‘political’.  If ever the words ‘your government’ are spoken she retreats behind an invisible shield of ignorance.

I believe that local politics cannot just be about dog poo, dropped litter and grass verges…it must also encompass the complexities, challenges and difficulties that directly affect us all. We are real people with very real, but also very different problems.

Local issues such as littering are of course important concerns for the community and it is only right and proper that they be discussed and addressed. But problems being experienced by members of our local community, as a result of decisions made at a national level, such as the implementation of universal benefits and of course the unfair Bedroom Tax have resulted in real hardship for many of our own.

Our local politicians must be accountable to us, the electorate, and should be able to offer us an educated and reasoned argument for the decisions they take as our elected members.

But I also believe that they should be big enough to stand up and share the responsibility for the decisions taken by the political parties whose badges they wore to win our votes.

kerryKerry Jenkins, Candidate May 2014

 

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