Short Heath’s Outdoor Gym taking shape

by danielbarker on March 26, 2015

The outdoor Gym on Short Heath Park is beginning to take shape. Just waiting for the safety surfaces to go in. The park itself is also looking good. new paths are in and the re grading work is moving forward. The weather has held things up recently. This is just one element within the Green […]

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Walsall staff, residents and partners can now find out about what’s going on in their local community, at the touch of a button by accessing Walsall Community Living Directory. Walsall’s Community Living Directory is an easy to use comprehensive website available online at www.wcld.co.uk/ Staff throughout the council and within partner organisations will find the […]

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Surgery on Thursday

by danielbarker on March 24, 2015

My latest surgery is this Thursday at 7pm at Winehala on Sandbeds Road. Come along if you have any council-related problems and I’ll see if I can help. Thanks, Dan Barker Cllr for Short Heath

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Evidence from schools suggests that the Coalition Government’s pupil premium programme is having a positive impact on performance. A study of the scheme, which gives schools extra funding for every disadvantaged pupil they take on, has shown that participation in arts or sports can push a pupil’s competence in the three Rs ahead by two […]

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By Cllr Ian Shires, Walsall Liberal Democrats Group Leader This was the pile of reports which went to Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting at Walsall Council. The eight Labour Cabinet members rattled through the hefty 27 Items contained in the 503 page reports book in the public session in just under 50 minutes. There were some weighty […]

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Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, writes in the Times that both Labour and the Conservatives need to tell us exactly where the axe would fall on spending. He states that the Conservatives should not be in any doubt that cutting as much as £12bn from the spending bill within three years […]

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Budget 2015 packed with Liberal Democrat policies

by danielbarker on March 20, 2015

The final Budget of this Parliament has Liberal Democrat policies at its core. The Budget confirms that Liberal Democrats in government are building a stronger economy and a fairer society, creating opportunity for everyone. In government we have ensured that Britain has kept on the path to recovery in a way that is fair. We […]

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A report compiled by councils in Coventry, Dudley, Walsall, Solihull, Wolverhampton and Sandwell, in partnership with West Midlands Police, has found that 488 children across the West Midlands were victims of, or were vulnerable to sexual exploitation in the first six months of 2014. Stephen Rimmer, the senior civil servant who led the project, claimed […]

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Walsall Liberal Democrats welcome business rate review

by danielbarker on March 19, 2015

Walsall’s Liberal Democrat Group Leader Councillor Ian Shires has welcomed the news that the government has launched the most wide-ranging review of national business rates in a generation – paving the way for changes to how businesses across England pay the tax. Liberal Democrats at Westminster have been calling for a review of business rates […]

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What UKIP really stands for

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If you need a reminder of what UKIP stand for and what we are fighting to protect this election, take a look at this headline: “Farage backs five-year state school ban on UK immigrants” – The Guardian Nigel Farage’s ban would create a Britain divided between those who are rich enough to look after themselves […]

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