Friday, September 27

Bedroom Tax to be Challenged in the Court of Appeal

Lawyers representing adults and children with disabilities who are challenging the Government's 'Bedroom Tax' have been granted permission to take their fight to the Court of Appeal after losing their High Court challenge in July this year.

The permission granted yesterday (25th September 2013) will allow for the Government's controversial new housing benefit regulations to once again be challenged in a Court of Law.

Giving his reasons for granting an appeal hearing, the Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Aikens said that the cases "…raise issues of public importance concerning the amended housing benefit scheme and the needs of disabled/ young people and so should be considered by the Court of Appeal."

Justice Aikens continued: "Further, the points raised in the grounds of appeal and the proposed 'skeleton' argument have a reasonable prospect of success…"
Read more: <>  LeighDay, 26 September 2013

Tuesday, September 17

Calling Notice NUJ October Branch Meeting

Tuesday 1st October 2013
Kahawa Cafe
163 New Union Street
6:00 pm for 6:30 start

Any apologies to branch chair:


Guest Speaker:  West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones

1) Introduction by chair/those attending

2) Minutes of September meeting

3) Secretary/Treasurers reports

4) Branch reports

5) Up date on disputes

6) Any other business

Tuesday, September 10

Safety of Journalists -  UN Human Rights Council
In keeping the general public informed, journalists and other media professionals play an essential role by ensuring transparency and accountability in the conduct of public affairs and other matters of public interest. It is precisely as a result of this crucial role, however, that journalists are frequently subject to violations of their most fundamental human rights, including abduction, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, expulsion, harassment, killing, surveillance, search and seizure, torture and threats and acts of other forms of violence. Female journalists face additional risks, including being subjected to forms of sexual violence while covering public events or when in detention.
Download the full report <>  here . . . .

Friday, September 6

Local Trade Union coaches for Manchester 28th September

UNITE  -  0121 643 6221
PCS   -  0121 643 4342
UNISON -  0121 6854410
FBU  -  01384413633
GMB  -  0121 550 4888
CWU -  0121 2334222
NUT -  01785 244 129
Birmingham Trades Union Council  0121 643 8668

For more information:

Coaches to the Manchester march and rally 29th September

Sunday 29th September will see the biggest demonstration against cuts to public services since the March for the Alternative in London earlier this year. This September trade unionists and members of the public will be marching in Manchester to tell the Conservative Party conference that their cuts to jobs and services are not acceptable.

The details for coaches to Manchester for the march and rally can be found on the False Economy website here

The march and rally have been called by the North West TUC, backed by unions and NHS campaign groups. We will be assembling at Liverpool Road (M3 4FP) from 11am, and marching past the conference venue to a rally in Whitworth Park.

To keep up to date you can follow the campaign via the website and Twitter feed:
Twitter: @NHS299

Wednesday, September 4

EDM 467: State Pension Changes For Women Born In 1953 And 1954
That this House is aware that women reaching 59 and 60 years of age in 2013 have to contend with two changes to their state pension age leaving little time if any to make further arrangements; is further aware that a large proportion of them will miss out on the increased basic state pension scheduled to start in April 2017; and calls on the Government to rethink this unfairness which would lead to this group of women having to work an additional four to five years without the prospect of receiving even the increased basic pension at the end of their working lives.

Sponsors: Meale, Alan/ Benton, Joe / Crausby, David / Dobbin, Jim / Lavery, Ian / Sheridan, Jim   -   <>  House of Commons: 03.09.2013

EDM 469: BBC Censorship At The Proms
That this House condemns the BBC for censoring comments made by violinist Nigel Kennedy when he spoke during a BBC Proms concert from the Royal Albert Hall while performing with a group of young Palestinian musicians; believes that the BBC’s worldwide reputation for impartiality and fairness has been undermined as a result of such censorship when it broadcast the concert on BBC 4 on 23 August 2013; applauds Mr Kennedy for drawing attention to the apartheid being operated by the government of Israel; and urges the Government to seek an explanation from the BBC as to whether its decision to delete the comments made by Mr Kennedy in the course of the concert was because of a complaint from former BBC Governor Baroness Deech.

Sponsors: Russell, Bob/ Hancock, Mike   -   <>  House of Commons: 03.09.2013