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Funding changes will push councils to breaking point and place existence of local services under threat, the Local Government Association (LGA) is warning. Government funding of local authorities is being phased out as part of a move towards local government keeping 100% of its business rates income by the end of the decade. The LGA […]

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…and evidence of this can be found in Walsall ! Nearly three quarters of councils limit homecare visits for the elderly, ill and disabled to fifteen minutes, a new report reveals. Suffering Alone at Home, published by the public service union Unison, found 74% of homecare workers who responded felt they did not have enough […]

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New Invention Library to close under Tory budget plans

by danielbarker on 8 February, 2016

The library at The Square New Invention will close and the service will be downgraded to a book exchange operating from a local school. That is what was agreed at Walsall’s all Tory Cabinet which met on Wednesday. There are number of very angry people who tell us that they signed the Tory petition because […]

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Published on BBC NEWS From the section Business 03 Feb 2016 The introduction of Universal Credit (UC) will leave working families worse off on average, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said. UC, which combines six benefits into one monthly payment, was intended to be more generous than the current system but the IFS said […]

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I hope that you will find the following information useful. Willenhall Memorial Fishing Group • Meeting Wednesday 23rd February • 6.15pm Willenhall Pavilion; Willenhall Memorial Park • All Welcome National Libraries Day 9.30am-12 Coffee Morning 10am-11am & 2pm-3pm Children’s Crafts 11am-12 Have a go at Belly Dancing • Adult Competition • Children’s Competition • Tell […]

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Tories shifting responsibility & shifting blame

by danielbarker on 4 February, 2016

There is a subtle change going in our lives. A change so subtle most people have not noticed and certainly gets little or no publicity from the right wing popular press. It’s a change that benefits the few at the expense of the many. What is that change? The Tories in Government are shifting the […]

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Law change needed to combat homelessness, report finds

by danielbarker on 4 February, 2016

Two-thirds of councils say welfare reforms have made homelessness worse and 87% are struggling to support young homeless people, a report has found. The study, by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, also found more than half of local authorities would like to see England follow Wales’ lead and expand prevention to all those in […]

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Bus users are being taken for a ride Lib Dems claim.

by danielbarker on 3 February, 2016

There are a lot of disgruntled bus users in Willenhall and our message to National Express West Midlands (NXWM) is ignore them at your peril! “There has been a steady rise in complaints being reported to Lib Dem FOCUS Teams across New Invention and Short Heath” said Lib Dem Cllr Ian Shires. “Bus users increasingly […]

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The Government should make improving the quality of childcare and support for low-income families its top priority, says new report. A new study by the Family and Childcare Trust, entitled Creating an anti-poverty childcare system, argues that better targeted investment and streamlined childcare funding would improve outcomes for children from poor backgrounds. Evidence shows, it […]

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Meadow House – Update

by danielbarker on 2 February, 2016

Work has begun on stripping out what is left of the interior of Meadow House ahead of full demolition. There is still no fixed date for a start on construction of a new residential home plus six semi detached houses on the former Meadow House residential home site in Stroud Avenue, Short Heath for which […]

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