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The failure to tackle deep-rooted race inequality and the post-Brexit rise in hate crime risks increasing race tensions, says equality commission. A new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) investigates race equality in Britain across a number of different areas, including education, employment, housing, and pay. Entitled Healing a divided Britain, the […]

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Council leaders have voiced their disappointment at the government’s long-awaited obesity strategy, saying the reforms do not go far enough to tackle childhood obesity. The Government has published its strategy, which includes the new Soft Drinks Industry Levy – known as the ‘sugar tax’. The levy will apply to all drinks with an added sugar […]

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Failure to fully fathom the ‘shy Tory’ at the 2015 general election didn’t just leave egg on the faces of opinion pollsters. It produced shock waves across the political spectrum; from a delirious Conservative party to Paddy Ashdown’s exasperated milliner. Of course psychologists weren’t really suggesting that a significant proportion of Tory voters are bashful […]

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A new study by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) revealed while there was a 30% increase in the total number of apprenticeships between 2010/11 and 2014/15, the number going to 17 and 18 year olds fell by 8,000. In 2015, the IPPR report, the ‘over 25s’ age group made up the largest group […]

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On Tuesday night, I along with several other councillors attended a briefing from Walsall Housing Group on how they would be tackling anti-social behaviour in the future. Despite there being a number of positives to come out of the meeting, it will be remembered by attendees for a heated exchange of views over the subject […]

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Council warns it could lose out on ‘hundreds of millions of pounds’ in the event of a Brexit, despite Government assurances lost EU funding would be covered. Cornwall Council has estimated it would lose £350m if the UK left the European Union and has pledged its support to the Local Government Association’s (LGA) campaign for […]

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Whitehall’s promise to honour EU funding commitments in the event of a Brexit ‘falls well short’, council chiefs say. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced at the weekend the Treasury would cover all structural and investment fund projects paid for by the EU on the condition the agreements were reached before the Autumn Statement. However, the Local […]

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A leaked report has claimed the government’s flagship Troubled Families programme has had ‘no discernible impact’ on employment rates, offending or benefit take-up. The Government has been accused of suppressing the report, a copy of which was leaked to the BBC’s Newsnight programme. The report by consultancy Ecorys, based on the analysis of 56 local […]

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Area Partnerships has received confirmation of funding for this financial year of 2016/17. We are seeking applications from various groups within the community. The Area Panel meeting date is listed below: Meeting Date Tuesday 27th September – Venue tbc – at 6pm For any group that is intending to submit a funding application for the […]

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British high streets and out-of-town shopping centres have reached the end of an era. By the end of this month, all 164 stores of the retail giant BHS, founded in 1928 by US entrepreneurs, will have closed their doors for the last time and around 11,000 employees will be facing an uncertain future. Two official […]

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