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Real terms cuts to working-age benefits and tax credits are set to drive almost half a million more people into poverty in 2020, think tank reveals. A new briefing by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) shows the four-year freeze on working-age benefits, introduced in 2015, is the ‘biggest policy driver’ behind the rise in poverty […]

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Conservatives in Walsall were spotted over the weekend delivering glossy leaflets with their version of the truth to the residents of Willenhall. One of these leaflets was passed to me, and although it looks expensive to make, the content is far from impressive. Let’s provide a sample of the kind of things they were saying […]

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One of the (many) hugely worrying things about the Government’s plans for Housing Benefit is the cap being applied to supported accommodation. Across the country, people are given the chance to live as independent lives as possible in accommodation which comes with its own support network. Government cuts threaten this – and the human cost […]

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Information from the Locality Manager Background: The private rented sector plays an important part in providing almost 12% (12,615) of accommodation in the borough. There are numerous high quality landlords and letting agents providing a range of property types throughout the borough to meet a broad range of housing needs. The borough has been faced […]

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A ‘bad-tempered’ Brexit could lead to all flights between Britain and Europe being grounded, Philip Hammond (Chancellor of the Exchequer) admitted yesterday. Should talks break down, with one or both sides refusing to co-operate, it is conceivable that air traffic will cease from day one, the Chancellor said. The British Airline Pilots’ Association trade union […]

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The Government must fund the social care sector in order to place it on a ‘strong and sustainable’ footing, disability support providers say. A new report published by Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) has outlined three key challenges facing voluntary sector providers of adult social care, the combination of which makes the current level of […]

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Walsall Council acts to help rough sleepers this Winter

by danielbarker on 10 October, 2017

Extra beds are needed for the homeless this winter as dozens more rough sleepers are living on the streets of Walsall than originally feared. The estimated number of people on the streets more than tripled from seven in 2015 to 26 in 2016. But in fact a total of 62 people actually turned up at […]

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An estimated 26,000 single people are homeless on any given night in England due to a lack of affordable and accessible housing, according to new research. Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, says many are trapped in a cycle of homelessness or stuck in temporary shelter for months or years on end. It points […]

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Our New Disability Policy

by danielbarker on 9 October, 2017

Have you heard about the Disabled Children’s Partnership? It was launched over the summer by a large group of charities, including Mencap, Contact and The Children’s Trust. The network now links more than fifty organisations who support children with a range of conditions, from the Fragile X Society and the Down’s Syndrome Association to Young […]

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Shortage of science teachers in England (Tes article)

by danielbarker on 6 October, 2017

A shortage of science teachers who are teaching their specialist subject is the “biggest challenge” facing schools in England, according to the president of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Sir John Holman, speaking to Tes as he launched a report about the state of practical science in secondary schools in England, also said he had […]

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