We like to write about things that are going on in Birmingham, we try to give a bit of analysis as well. We hope that if people better understand what is going on they will be proud habitants of Birmingham.
Slaney Street is simply a collective of writers and activists based loosely in Birmingham. We don’t seek to only publish our own thoughts we want the blog to be hub for the community to share its ideas & educate each other through. The blog is edited by a large group of people we try to give an information for your city.
Slaney Street was a street in Birmingham which was the home of the Union society, a radical pre-chartist organisation destroyed by police/repression in 1820 after its growing popular support started to seriously alarm the government. However the members went on to become the origins of the chartist movement which would win the vote for working men, gain rights for Workers and lay the foundations for the welfare state. We think It’s a good street to walk up.
The council’s budget plan aims to make £600 million worth of cuts by 2016/7, with cuts of £110.9 million coming in the next year alone (2013/14). This is following on from huge and incredibly painful cuts already delivered – since 2010 there have been cuts of £275 million and a reduction in the number of staff by 27%.These cuts are disproportionate to the rest of the country many rich Councils are getting off lightly. It is the poorest who are being made to pay the most – the average reduction in Government funding for councils as a whole is £74 per person. However, Birmingham’s reduction has been more than double the national average, at £149 per person.  The stories of these cuts taking place in Birmingham are going largely untold and widely misunderstood. The local political scene is dominated by right wing blogs & papers like the Birmingham mail, post and the Chamberlain files