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West Midlands Mayor forced to rethink his Budget

by danielbarker on 16 February, 2018

Mayor Andy Street’s bid to impose a surcharge on council tax payers across the West Midlands has been dealt a body blow by having to defer the surcharge when he presented his budget proposals to the Board last Friday. Just a couple of weeks ago Mayor Andy Street presented a draft budget to the Leaders […]

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Auditors have published a ‘damning’ report into the country’s ailing care services, arguing the Government is not doing enough to support a sustainable social care workforce. A report published last week by the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned the number of people working in care is not meeting the country’s growing care demands. One […]

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You judge whether a society is civilised or not by how it treats its most vulnerable people. The Work and Pensions Select Committee will publish a report this week which has recommendations for the reform of social security for sick and disabled people. If one of your relatives suffered from a debilitating, life limiting physical […]

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Government could do more to stop housing crisis

by danielbarker on 15 February, 2018

I read this morning of a rough sleeper near Westminster who died during the night. He was in his 40s like me. Hopefully such tragedies will make the Government think again on the issue of housing, and heed what they are being told through reports such as the one below. ‘Light-handed’ regulation could help councils […]

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Walsall residents are being invited to attend a free event looking into NHS England’s public consultation on reducing the prescription of medicines that can be bought over the counter medicines. The event is due to take place this month to help people understand the consultation that NHS England is running, which looks at prescribing medication […]

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The Conservative response to plans to give residents across the borough more say in local decision-making seems to be to be nothing short of strangling it at birth. What brings us to this conclusion? Two separate instances in the past couple of weeks have shown that Walsall Conservatives want to keep power at the centre. […]

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Calling all community groups in Walsall!

by danielbarker on 12 February, 2018

Community Conversation Are you interested in sharing your experiences, challenges and achievements in supporting our local communities? If yes, this event is for you! ‘Community Conversation’ is a networking event where you can share your knowledge, experiences and skills with other community groups, businesses and the public sector. See first-hand how local businesses are connecting […]

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Rough sleeping increases 14% in past year

by danielbarker on 9 February, 2018

Rough sleeping has increased by 14% over the last year, according to figures published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Housing, Terrie Alafat, said that the ‘complete picture is likely to be much worse’. Ms Alafat added that in order to tackle homelessness, […]

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We have had some responses to the article on “Changes to nine GP practices in Walsall”. In the main concerns were being expressed by people who use the Kingfisher Practice in Bentley Medical Centre. It was obvious from what they said that they had not been aware of the consultation that took place between July […]

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Every region in Britain will take a hit to economic growth after Brexit, the government’s impact studies find. The West Midlands would take a 13% hit under a ‘no deal’ outcome (favoured by a number of vocal Tories – Editor), 8% with a free-trade deal and 2.5% by staying in the single market. In contrast, […]

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