Councils should encourage people to keep the streets clean rather than just relying on charges and fines to make up shortfalls in budgets, according to the findings of a new report. A new report from APSE and NLGN found that while the majority of councils (93%) have cut their street scene and public realm budgets, […]

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Time to lead the World

by danielbarker on 4 September, 2015

Despite all the recent publicity showing what terrible human tragedies are taking place because of the refugee crisis, David Cameron is refusing to allow more refugees into the UK. We’ve taken only 7,000 refugees from war-torn Syria since 2011; Germany in contrast has agreed to take in 800,000 this year alone. Arguably, the UK had […]

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By Desmond Busteed Every school in England could become an academy, under plans announced by David Cameron to mark 100 days since his re-election. The Prime Minister said the programme, which was first introduced under new Labour, had been a huge success. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Cameron said his Government would deliver “real […]

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Low-income families will be worse off every year between now and 2020 thanks to chancellor George Osborne’s ‘con-trick’ Budget, union leaders have claimed. The boost to minimum wage announced in July will be more than cancelled out by tax credit changes, according to a report by Unison. Its analysis shows a family with two children […]

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A Rubbish idea from the Tories running Walsall Council

by danielbarker on 2 September, 2015

During August, Walsall Council has been carrying out a “consultation” about how you would want your fortnightly rubbish collection to be run. Hang on a minute, do you recall at the May elections the Tories (who run the Council thanks to the support of the Kippers and 3 Independents) saying anything about only emptying your […]

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Survey reveals support for devolution to councils

by danielbarker on 1 September, 2015

Some 56% of people believe the UK will have either broken up or become a lot more devolved by 2030, a poll has revealed. The survey by policy and communications agency DHA also found 52% believe councils should have the most control over services. Some two-thirds feel they have little or no influence over decision […]

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The Party of law and order?

by danielbarker on 1 September, 2015

Conservative Chancellor George Osborne has earmarked the Home Office to find an additional 40% of savings in their budget. It looks as if local policing will pay the price of these cuts. The Tories may think cuts to the police force are an easy answer to the defecit problem as according to the latest data, […]

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Dementia Friendly Communities

by danielbarker on 28 August, 2015

A message from Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group Dementia affects one in 14 people at the age of 65 and 1 in 6 people at the age of 80. Dementia is a life limiting disease which results in too many people going in hospital inappropriately and care prematurely. In Walsall, there are currently believed to be […]

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From the (BBC website) section UK Prime Minister David Cameron is “punishing businesses” by trying to fulfil promises to cut immigration, the Institute of Directors says. It made its warning jointly with think tank British Future. Figures due to be published on Thursday are expected to show net migration is more than three times higher […]

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Published on LocalGov by Laura Sharman 19 August 2015 Local Authorities should be allowed to join forces to franchise commercial bus services and pool budgets, according to a report from think tank IPPR. In a new report, the think tank argues that bus services has been ‘decimated’ in many towns and rural areas, which has […]

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