Birmingham local elections are coming up in May and Unison has issuede a series of 11 asks for parties to consider .
Over the past 6 months we have held many conversations with our members that live in the City of Birmingham about the upcoming elections, and in particular, consulted with them over what they would like to see the Council deliver post May 2018.
This manifesto is made up of 11 asks that our members thought were important issues, not only for them but for Birmingham Citizen’s living across the City. If these 11 asks that are contained within this manifesto are implemented, this will help both members and the communities in which they live in.
West Midlands Regional Director Claire Campbell(left) said on February 22nd,
"Ian Ward, on behalf of the Labour Group, attended a manifesto launch event on 9 February to give a response from the Labour Group to the asks. He was very positive that the Labour Group could make undertakings on the majority of them. I have asked him to provide a written response, which I will then be able to share out with branches who can then share this with members. I have contacted Bobby Alden, Leader of the Conservative Group, to ask him for a response, but I am yet to meet with him".
So what are the "asks"?
1.Campaign for fair funding from Central Government, using an anti-austerity message.
2.Adopt UNISON’s Social Care Charter and agree a timescale for implementation.
3.Adopt UNISON’s Residential Care Charter and agree a timescale for implementation.
4.Birmingham City Council should seek to keep all services in-house.
5.Develop and implement a rough sleeping strategy with the aim of preventing rough sleeping, and ensuring help and support is available for everyone to find and keep a home.
6.Audit unused buildings with a view to using them for Youth Services to divert away from crime and anti-social behaviour.
7.Seek to drive standards of education upwards, supporting all schools to use best practice to become “good” or“outstanding”.
8.Promote Birmingham as a Living Wage city, making sure contractors working with the City Council are paying their staff the real Living Wage, and have commitments to job security.
9.Work with employers to increase the number of available apprenticeships across the City of Birmingham.
10.Set and consistently apply clear standards for collections of bins and street cleaning, evaluated both by council staff and residents themselves.
11.Complete an audit of parks and public spaces to establish if they are being utilised and if not develop a plan to increase usage.
You can download a copy of the Manifesto below for further details. Download Unison Manifesto for local elections 2018 File