Councils hit out at lack of new money in final settlement

by danielbarker on 28 February, 2017

Local government figures have expressed their disappointment at a lack of new council funding in the 2017/18 settlement. The local government finance setttlement, which was recently announced by communites secretary Sajid Javid, confirmed retrospective changes to the New Homes Bonus (NHB) and failed to find any new Whitehall funding for social care. Local Government Association […]

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Information from the Area Manager

by danielbarker on 28 February, 2017

Baby Shower Event – 22nd March 2017 Black Country Libraries in Partnership presents: Walsall Central Library Baby Shower 22nd March 2017 • Walsall Libraries offer a warm invitation to all expectant mums (& dads) to come along to our baby shower of information about enjoying a healthy pregnancy, birth and looking after your new baby. […]

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School funding cuts will ‘hinder’ the growth of cities and damage the UK’s economy in the long term, city councils tell Whitehall. London Councils and Core Cities UK have written a joint letter to education secretary Justine Greening urging the Government to invest £335m to enable the new school funding formula to be introduced without […]

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Back in October last year Walsall Council only had sufficient funding to keep one library open and that was the Central Library next to the Council House in Walsall. Things were so bad back then that there were proposals to close both the History Centre and the Leather Museum and incorporate them into the Central […]

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In both by-elections the Lib. Dems. increased their share of the vote, and in Stoke the swing to the Lib. Dems. was the biggest in the constituency. UKIP on the other hand failed to get their leader into Parliament. The Labour vote in Stoke was helped out by a UKIP campaign that lurched from one […]

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Budget goes through after political farce

by danielbarker on 24 February, 2017

If it had been a sporting contest, there would now be allegations about match-fixing. The Conservatives, given a golden opportunity to win, clearly set out to lose. With the Council finely balanced, the unexpected absence of Cllr Richard Worrall – struggling to get back from a day in the East Midlands thanks to Storm Doris […]

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Decision coming on contaminated land issue – we hope!

by danielbarker on 23 February, 2017

DEFRA officials have confirmed they will be reporting their decision on the Inquiry regarding who is liable to pay for the clean-up of the contaminated land within the Stonegate estate. A letter will be going out this week to affected residents informing them that a decision will be reached by the end of March. Considering […]

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It’s not just Walsall!

by danielbarker on 23 February, 2017

Services to be cut despite council tax rises, town hall chiefs warn Council tax rises designed to tackle the social care funding crisis will not prevent deep cuts to other local public services, town halls have warned. Analysis by the Local Government Association published today indicated that 147 out of 151 social care authorities are […]

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Put up or shut up

by danielbarker on 22 February, 2017

It’s amazing how many Conservatives are coming out of the woodwork at the last minute asking for Council money to save their library. Much of this will be discussed at tomorrow’s Council ‘Budget’ Meeting, and personally I don’t wish to add to all the hot political air that will be expressed at this occasion – […]

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The Government has ‘yet to prove’ the case for opening a new wave of grammar schools, MPs say. The education committee has published a new ‘evidence check’ report into Whitehall’s plans to open more grammar schools, looking at the impact they will have on the wider school system. The report said the academics and policy […]

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