The Prime Minister’s local council announced yesterday it had served legal papers on the Government for ‘unlawfully supporting the expansion of Heathrow’. The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, alongside Hillingdon, Richmond, and Wandsworth councils, threatened last month to launch legal action against Whitehall unless it withdrew its support for the expansion of the airport. […]

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Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election result

by danielbarker on 9 December, 2016

Ok, so we didn’t win this one, and we were on such a high over the Richmond result, maybe some of us believed we could. But let’s look at the facts: Sleaford is nothing like Richmond. In 2015 we finished a poor 4th there – we were never going to win, especially as it came […]

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Deepening Healthcare Crisis Looms

by danielbarker on 8 December, 2016

Social Care was once again the centre of attention as Walsall’s Health and Wellbeing Board met earlier this week to discuss the precarious state of healthcare in the town. Liberal Democrat Health spokesman on the Board Cllr Ian Shires pointed to the Westminster Government’s failure to offer any financial help for social care in last […]

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Poverty in working households at ‘record high’ levels

by danielbarker on 8 December, 2016

A ‘record high’ of more than half of the people in poverty are in working households, shocking new research reveals. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has published its annual state-of- the-nation report which found 13.5 million people – 21% of the UK’s population – are living in poverty. Produced by the research group the New […]

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National care crisis piles on the budget pressures

by danielbarker on 7 December, 2016

Councils have been put on high alert over a deepening crisis within the care homes sector reports Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson on Walsall’s Health and Wellbeing Board Cllr Ian Shires. The warning came after Department of Health ordered the sector watchdog to monitor the finances of leading care home companies. Any insolvencies could cause services […]

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The Government is pursuing a ‘dangerous scheme’ to force child protection opt outs into the Children and Social Work Bill, says human rights group. Education secretary Justine Greening has been tipped to say she intends to reinsert a clause into the Bill that will give councils an opt out of multiple legal obligations to vulnerable […]

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The Government should ringfence £4m to enable data scientists to sift councils’ ‘data goldmines’, innovation foundation Nesta urged today. Nesta said 1% of the government’s £450m digital budget should be spent on embedding data analysts in local government. It argued that co-locating data analysts and scientists in frontline council teams could improve day-to-day services such […]

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Just in case you missed it earlier, we won! Sarah Olney defeated Zac Goldsmith by 1872 votes. We can’t call her Sarah Olney MP yet. She only officially acquires that title when she takes the oath in the Commons on Monday. Her speech at the count tonight was gracious, determined and passionate. Here it is […]

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The Liberal Democrats have chalked up another shock victory for 2016, with Sarah Olney winning the Richmond Park by-election – beating incumbent Zac Goldsmith who had boasted a 23,000 majority. Olney bagged 20,510 votes compared to Goldsmith, who was standing as an independent, who polled 18,638. Goldsmith quit the Conservative Party and stood under his […]

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Bridges for the unemployed

by danielbarker on 1 December, 2016

Are you aged 25+ and unemployed ? Bridges can offer you… • Confidence building and motivation • Jobsearch support • Training in an informal, fun setting • Creative activities in small groups • One to one support Bridges will be delivering at Willenhall Memorial Park. To find out more, join us at the Willenhall Memorial […]

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