Surgery tonight

by danielbarker on November 27, 2014

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

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Cable: Osborne’s tax cut ‘fantasy’

by danielbarker on November 26, 2014

Vince Cable has warned that Treasury insiders are increasingly concerned that promises made by George Osborne to cut taxes by £7bn appear increasingly unaffordable. “When you look at the numbers, tax cuts on any significant scale are simply not deliverable unless you make horrific cuts to key public services such as the police and defence,” […]

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Ecotricity founder Dale Vince, who owns 60 wind turbines across 17 different farms, has given up on winning planning permission for more – because the Conservatives are allegedly making it overly-difficult to do so. In an interview with the Times, Mr Vince accused Eric Pickles, the communities secretary, of interfering unfairly in the planning system […]

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Posted by The Liberal Democrats on 20 November, 2014 @ 9:44 AM Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has confirmed he will be taking part in Bite The Ballot’s Leaders’ Live debate next month. Nick said: “Leaders Live is a fantastic initiative from Bite the Ballot to get young people involved in […]

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I wanted to pass on a thank you to you. Yes, you. And I also want to ask you to pass it on to your own army of volunteers – all the people you know who’ve ever stuffed a letter, knocked on a door, helped you win and kept you going when you don’t. Because […]

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by Ian Shires on November 18, 2014 Monday’s full council meeting in Walsall Council Chamber saw Liberal Democrat Group Leader Councillor Ian Shires take issue with Walsall’s new Labour Leader over his support for a Greater Birmingham “Combined Authority” which was contained in his briefing to Council. Ian asked the following question of the Labour […]

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Last night’s Council Meeting

by danielbarker on November 18, 2014

Last night I asked a question regarding Labour’s proposals on Members Allowances as follows: ‘We’ve had a verbal explanation for the new administration’s proposals. Why weren’t these shared with the Panel as per paragraph 2.4 of the Report?’ (The Independent Members Allowances Panel had issued a report to the Council and said in relation to […]

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Construction industry rebounds in September

by danielbarker on November 17, 2014

Growth in the UK’s construction sector rebounded in September, according to the ONS, following recent months of weaker data. Output rose 1.8% on August, and 3.5% on an annual basis. August’s figure has been revised up, to 3%, from previous estimates that activity shrank 3.9%. On a quarterly basis, it grew 0.8%. The rebound was […]

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We all know that Walsall Council, in common with all other Council’s across the UK, has to find massive savings because of the economic difficulties the country is still battling with as a result of the banking crisis back in 2008. We all know that recovering from the worst economic crisis that this country has […]

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Davey warns opposition to wind power harming jobs

by danielbarker on November 13, 2014

Ed Davey, the energy secretary, has warned that the Conservative party’s opposition to onshore wind turbines risks undermining the creation of British jobs, with new figures showing that 15,400 people are now employed in the wind power industry. A report from trade body RenewableUK shows a 70% rise in jobs in the wind power industry […]

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