Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Government acted ‘unlawfully’ over Dubs Amendment

by danielbarker on 16 November, 2018

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the Government acted ‘unlawfully’ in not giving reasons to children refused entry to Britain under the Dubs Amendment. Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016, otherwise known as the Dubs Amendment, stated that the UK had to take in a ‘specified number’ of unaccompanied refugee children from other […]

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Walsall Integration Strategy

by danielbarker on 16 November, 2018

In March 2018 Walsall was selected as one of five places in England to work with government to design a long term strategy – to create a stronger and more integrated Walsall. Walsall is becoming increasingly diverse and vibrant, but in parts of our borough communities are also divided. We were chosen because of our […]

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Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said to the press yesterday the following: “For the first time in a thousand years, this place, this parliament, will not have a say over the laws that govern this country. It is a quite incredible state of affairs.” Mr Johnson continued: “For the first time since partition, Dublin – […]

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Government failing to meet promises made after Grenfell

by danielbarker on 13 November, 2018

Responding to the reports that more than 400 high-rise residential buildings still have the same type of external cladding blamed for the Grenfell Tower fire, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Housing Wera Hobhouse said: “Grenfell should never have happened. The fact that thousands of families are still living in unsafe high-rise buildings is a disgrace. The […]

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Homelessness Assistance

by danielbarker on 12 November, 2018

Anyone sleeping rough in Walsall can access emergency accommodation and support during periods of exceptionally cold weather. The Night Shelter is opposite the Civic Centre in Walsall Town Centre. • This year’s Night Shelter will run from 1st December. • Access to the Night Shelter will be on a first come first served basis and […]

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The Government’s focus on major cities ‘neglects’ the contribution that smaller cities, towns and communities can make to economic growth, according to a new study. The report, published by Centre for Towns, Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Industrial Communities Alliance, Key Cities Group, argues that national policymaking is ‘preoccupied’ with London and the main regional cities because […]

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Tory gagging clauses damage democracy

by danielbarker on 9 November, 2018

Responding to reports that the Government has used gagging clauses on 40 charities and more than 300 companies, including experts hired by the Government to test cladding 12 days after the Grenfell Tower fire, Liberal Democrat Housing spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said: “Grenfell was a tragedy that should never have happened. Rather than gagging experts and […]

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Cold weather – Key public health messages

by danielbarker on 9 November, 2018

Contact your GP or pharmacist if you think you, or someone you care for, might qualify for a free flu jab. There are 4 flu leaflets: one general, one for pregnancy, one for people with learning disabilities and one about children. Free flu vaccinations are available for those who are at risk. For a full […]

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Thanks to Tory cuts…….

by danielbarker on 8 November, 2018

……three quarters of English councils will have to cut early help for children Early help services for children will be cut or reduced by almost three quarters of English councils when Troubled Families funding ends in 2020. A survey by Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) covering 92% of the country’s local authorities found […]

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Further reflections on the budget

by danielbarker on 7 November, 2018

Chancellor’s standstill non-event Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget, Liberal Democrat Leader and former Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “This was all very modest stuff, with more in it for potholes than schools and the police. A standstill non-event. “With growth remaining stubbornly low and Brexit weighing down our economy, it is clear the big problems […]

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