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Councils will face a massive shortfall in care home places for the elderly unless urgent action is taken, according to new research. The consumer group Which? warns that nine in 10 council areas across England could experience a shortfall by 2022 totalling 42,000 care home beds. It says 14 areas could face a shortfall of […]

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Further issues with Temporary Lights – Sandbeds Road

by danielbarker on 5 October, 2017

There were further problems overnight in Sandbeds Road, Short Heath, due to the temporary traffic lights installed by Severn Trent whilst they complete works on repairing a sewer near the Stroud Avenue junction. Once again, the light was stuck on red resulting in absolute chaos. Severn Trent really do need to get to grips with […]

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Council leaders have called for greater restrictions on gambling advertising to protect young people from potential harm. The Local Government Association (LGA) said that the volume of gambling advertising – which has increased by 500% between 2007 and 2012 – is putting vulnerable children at risk from developing a gambling problem. Cllr Simon Blackburn, chair […]

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Strong and stable leadership?

by danielbarker on 3 October, 2017

Tories in leadership crisis by Ian Shires on 1 October, 2017 At the start of the Tory Conference Theresa May is looking more and more like a disaster waiting to happen. Stabbed in the back by a growing number of members of her own cabinet it will be interesting to see just where Walsall North’s […]

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New analysis has revealed that the average house price in England is now nearly eight times the average wage. The Local Government Association (LGA) found that in 2000, the average house price was 3.96 the average income. This increased considerably last year to 7.72 times the average wage packet. In London, the average house is […]

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Information from Locality Manager

by danielbarker on 2 October, 2017

Community Carnival Event • Palfrey Community Centre – Milton Street WS14LA • Saturday 30th September • 11.00am – 4.30pm In aid of As-Suffa Homeless Outreach Walsall Monies raised will help the homeless in Walsall Willenhall Town Centre Partnership have organised their Annual General Meeting Willenhall Town Centre Partnership have organised their Annual General Meeting, which […]

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Advanced warning of roadworks – Ashmore Lake Road

by danielbarker on 29 September, 2017

Roadworks are due to take place in Ashmore Lake Road near to the junction with Ravenscroft Road Willenhall between the 11th and 13th October 2017. The work is being done by Amey for Severn Trent Water and is expected to take 24 hrs. Temporary traffic lights will be in operation. This is a busy stretch […]

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Reminder of new surgery details

by danielbarker on 28 September, 2017

As mentioned last month, I am now holding my surgery on the first Monday of every month at the Holy Trinity Centre on Coltham Road, so there’s one on next week between 7 & 8pm. I will be in the back room as there will be other things going on in the other rooms. Please […]

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Whitehall should reopen the conversation about ‘meaningful’ fiscal devolution in order to help places attract sustainable investment, says report on the progress of combined authorities. The study, published today by business and financial advisers Grant Thornton and the law firm Bond Dickinson, is billed as the first benchmarking report on the performance of mayoral and […]

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The expansion of Universal Credit (UC) is a ‘disaster waiting to happen’ because many of its problems have not been solved including the long wait for payments, charity warns. A new report from Citizens Advice analysed over 50,000 cases where it had helped people with their debt problems and found for those on UC 79% […]

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