£50m boost for children across the country

by danielbarker on October 24, 2014

Posted by The Liberal Democrats on 23 October, 2014 @ 10:47 AM Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers across the country are set for a £50m cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families. Children from low income families have often fallen behind more well off classmates before they even start school. […]

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Elections open to fraud

by danielbarker on October 23, 2014

A report from the Policy Exchange think-tank has found that the way elections are run in Britain is “dangerously inefficient and seriously open to fraud”. The study predicts that there could be as many as 13m errors on the electoral roll for May’s general election. In 2005, there were about 7m errors, compared with between […]

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Surgery tomorrow

by danielbarker on October 22, 2014

Just a reminder that my monthly surgery is tomorrow at Winehala Court. Come along and I’ll do my best to help you with your problems. Surgeries for Short Heath are as follows: 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month – 3-4pm at the Meeting Room on Queens Lea 2nd Wednesday of each month – 7-8pm […]

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by Ian Shires on October 22, 2014 Liberal Democrat Councillor Ian Shires raised the plight of the vulnerable and those with specific needs in the battle to improve the lot of young people in the jobs market at last night’s meeting of Walsall’s Health and Wellbeing Board. Welcoming the big improvement in getting young people […]

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Equal parental leave pay for Civil Servants

by danielbarker on October 21, 2014

Nick Clegg will announce this week that all Civil Service employees will be entitled to full parental pay from April 2015. Currently, only mothers are entitled to full pay when a couple chooses to share parental leave. The changes will enable more fathers to spend time caring for their new-born children, Mr Clegg will say, […]

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by Michael Rosen Am fascinated by these ‘I’m not racist but’ people they show us. They say things like ‘it’s all got too much’ and ‘there’s too many of them’ etc etc So what do they think UKIP is going to do for them? Put people on trains and ship them out? And how will […]

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by Dan Barker on October 17, 2014 Severn Trent’s watermain renewal program continues to work its way through the Short Heath area. This week saw the work move on to Dovedale Avenue and Short Heath Lib Dem Councillor Dan Barker and Lib Dem Neighbourhoods spokesman Councillor Ian Shires paid an early morning visit to the […]

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School absence rates improving in England and Wales

by danielbarker on October 17, 2014

Government figures have revealed a dramatic reduction in the amount of school days lost to term-time holidays, with an estimated 2.5m lost this year, compared to 3.3m in the previous year. The reduction is attributed to measures introduced last year that meant term-time leave could be granted only in exceptional circumstances. The figures also show […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Tim Farron MP | Wed 15th October 2014 – 12:11 pm In case you weren’t able to make it to Glasgow, here’s some good news from Conference. The hard work that many people in the party have done on housing is being recognised. Jules Birch, housing blogger, sums up […]

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Clegg pledge is a landmark for mental health

by danielbarker on October 15, 2014

The Bimingham-based chair of the new Lib Dem Mental Health Association hailed Nick Clegg’s pledge to make care equality a ‘front page’ election issue as a landmark . Lee Dargue (PPC Edgbaston) said: “Nick Clegg put a top priority on an issue that has been waiting a long time to get attention – Mental Health. […]

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