The petition to save Charles House, the respite home for disabled children in West Heath, from closure will be submitted to Birmingham City Council tomorrow.

The petition has been signed by over two and a half thousand people, including 318 online on B31 Voices.

Many thanks to all who signed (online or on paper) and who helped to spread the word! :)

Councillor Andy Cartwright will present the petition at tomorrow’s (Tuesday 6th Dec) full council meeting, so that he can raise the issue in front of a full chamber. Andy is councillor for neighbouring Longbridge ward but is also a member of Birmingham City Council’s Vulnerable Children Committee. As such, he has shown his support to the parents of Charles House children from the onset of the campaign.

Later this week, parents and supporters will have the opportunity to meet Northfield Councillor and cabinet member for Children, Young People and Families, Les Lawrence.

The home, which has recently received a second “outstanding” award from Ofsted, is threatened with possible closure under the council’s budget proposals for 2012/13. Residents of Birmingham are being encouraged to submit their opinions (online, by email, by text message etc) on the budget proposals as part of the consultation process.

Throughout their campaign, the Charles House parents have received support from members of the Stirchley and Cotteridge Against the Cuts campaign group.

If you are affected by these budget cuts or would like to offer support to the campaign to save Charles House (and 3 other similar homes around the city), please contact us or email


Read all our posts tagged with Charles House – includes campaign history and parent testimonies

Read about the council’s 2012 budget consultation and how to have your say

Read Stirchley and Cotteridge Against the Cuts’ posts on Charles House


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