BPCAC conference agenda

Conference at Bradford Resource Centre, 17-21 Chapel Street, Little Germany, Bradford BD15DT
Saturday April 21, 11am-3.30pm.

Alternative strategies at a local level

In the face of austerity and public spending cuts how do we create alternates in local government, in services and in communities?

11 – 11.15 am: welcome, register, coffee

11.15– 11.25 am: Introduction – setting the scene in Bradford – BCMDC have adopted a fairly conventional strategy and have improved their process of consultation – many local groups are interested in alternative strategies that can be pursued at a local level.

11.25 am – 11.50 am – Paul Gilroy branch secretary of Newcastle Council Unison – worker-organised “modernisation” of public services – trade union strategies to resist outsourcing and ensure local workers’ skills are retained and properly remunerated

11.50 am – 12.10 pm Hannah Mitchell Foundation (http://www.hannahmitchell.org.uk/ ) on the advantages of  increased autonomy for local councils and the scope for devolution.

12.10 pm – 12.35 pm Davy Jones, Red Pepper magazine – what can a local council do in the face of a central  government committed to public spending cuts and restructuring/”modernising” the welfare state  – reflections on the debate amongst Brighton Greens

12.35 pm – 1.00 pm questions to speakers including reflections from spokespeople from local political parties

1.00 pm – 1.45pm lunch

1.45 pm – 1.50 pm – introduction to the afternoon session

1.50 pm – 2.10 pm – alternatives at a local level:
co-operative approaches to local work, to housing and to community social centres

2.10 pm – 2.20 pm – introduction to participatory budgeting and reflections on the benefits (to community groups)  and disadvantages (downside of central government agenda)

2.20 pm – 3.00 pm tea/coffee and workshops on co-operative working/organising; participatory budgeting; regional devolution; opportunities and pitfalls of elected mayors; trade union strategies; green New Deal

3.00pm – 3.30 pm final plenary including reflections from spokespeople from local political parties


About Karl Dallas

Former BBC and IRN presenter, presenter of jazz, classical, movie and talk shows on Bradford Community Broadcasting, editor and presenter of VideoCaroline, "the best TV over the Seven Seas".
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