The death of civil liberties?

by danielbarker on May 22, 2015

As the government pushes forward proposals to increase its surveillance powers and to repeal the human rights act, Adjacent Digital Politics examines the impact on civil liberties… No one likes the idea of being spied on. I get affronted if someone looks through my front window when passing the house, let alone going through my […]

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Dear Councillors, Thank you for your continued support with spreading the word about possible cheaper fuel bills for our residents, it is very much appreciated. Over Twenty Thousand residents in the country have taken part in the May 2015 collective fuel switch. Collective switches are where residents get together to form a single powerful buying […]

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Update on Queens Lea food bank

by danielbarker on May 21, 2015

Information for anyone needing to use a food bank in the Short Heath area There will be someone manning the Queens Lea food bank on the Lucknow Estate off Lucknow Road, Short Heath on Wednesday mornings between 9 and 12. Any other time they can be contacted on 07519867774. Dan Barker Walsall Lib. Dems.

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‘Devolution’ news

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Local governance assessed The Guardian’s Emma Howard looks at the proposed devolution of power to English cities that George Osborne has called a revolution. She traces the mayoral model from the launch of the Local Government Act in 2000 when London elected a mayor, highlighting that England now has 17 directly elected mayors. It is […]

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A survey of 6,000 schoolchildren aged 10 to 16 has found widespread misconceptions about immigration and race, including regarding the number of immigrants and non-white people living in England. The research was carried out by the charity Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) and based on questionnaires sent to more than 60 schools around the […]

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Walsall at the Crossroads

by danielbarker on May 19, 2015

by Ian Shires on May 18, 2015 Walsall remains in a position where no one Party has overall control following the Local Elections on 7th May. The make up of the Council is as follows. Labour remain the largest group with 27 Councillors. The Tories are next with 25 followed by UKIP with 3 the […]

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The Civil Service could lose as many as 100,000 more jobs over the course of this Parliament, according to the head of the union for senior managers in public services. Dave Penman, head of the FDA, quoted the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) analysis of the autumn statement, saying that only 40% of the total […]

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Councils warn against further cuts

by danielbarker on May 18, 2015

David Sparks writes to the Observer in his capacity as chairman of the LGA to warn that another round of funding cuts would devastate local services and harm the most vulnerable in society. The letter, signed by the leaders of all 375 county, district, unitary and metropolitan councils, as well as London boroughs and Welsh […]

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The Big Tidy-up – volunteers required

by danielbarker on May 15, 2015

Willenhall North, Willenhall South & Short Heath Big Spring Clean Week Monday 1st June – Friday 5th June Volunteer Opportunities • Monday 1st June: 10.00am – 12.00pm. Starting from: Rosehill Youth Centre, Rosehill Way, Willenhall, WV13 2ER. This event is supported by whg & Clean & Green and will consist of a litter pick and […]

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The Fightback Begins

by danielbarker on May 14, 2015

by Ian Shires on May 9, 2015 Now the dust has settled following Thursday’s Elections it goes without saying that it really wasn’t a good day for us. On the plus side Labour lost in Willenhall North and on any normal election day our 1285 votes would have seen us storming to victory. However with […]

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