Large gaps in living standards still exist between various ethnic groups in Britain, a think tank has warned. A report published today by the Resolution Foundation claims a typical Bangladeshi household earns £8,900 less than a white household, while Pakistani households earn £8,700 less and Black African households £5,600 less. The report states the gaps […]

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Local governments under extreme pressure from cuts and surge in demand for social care and protection for vulnerable children Three-quarters of councils have overspent their children’s services budget by a total of more than half a billion pounds as a growing financial crisis engulfs children’s social care, council leaders have warned. Analysis by the Local […]

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Councillors should learn to take a ‘backseat’ in local projects in order to encourage community collaboration and build trust in local government, report says. The Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) and Local Trust have published a report which seeks to define and promote community collaboration, as well as publicise some best examples of it in […]

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Almost four million children across the UK now living below the breadline, a charity has warned. In a report published today, the children’s charity Buttle UK, claim more vulnerable young people are living in poverty than at any time in the previous 10 years. According to the report more than 400,000 children do not have […]

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From ‘Inside Housing’ magazine: Housing association issues £50m bond Midlands-based housing association WHG has raised £50m on the bond market from a retained portion of a previous £250m bond issued in 2014. The funds are intended to help increase development, with WHG aiming to deliver 2,400 homes by 2021 across 18 local authorities in the […]

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Have your say on the future of the Black Country

by danielbarker on 7 August, 2017

A consultation is currently ongoing to give people the chance to help shape the future development of the Black Country. Residents living in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton have until 8 September to have their say on how the Black Country Core Strategy should be updated. The Core Strategy is a planning document which will […]

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Experts have urged the government reverse pubic health budget cuts as official figures show the number of deaths related to drug poisoning are continuing to rise. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has called on ministers instead to invest in more ‘pragmatic’ measures as statistics released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show […]

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HAVE YOUR SAY! Visit www.walsallccg.nhs.uk getinvolved@walsall.nhs.uk 01922 618388 Complete a questionnaire or attend one of the events: 14 August – Wharf Medical Practice, 145a Pleck Road, Walsall 6.30pm – 8.30pm 16 August – Blakenall Family Practice, 79 Thames Road, Walsall 10am – 12pm 22 August – Keys Family Practice, Field Street, Willenhall 6.30pm – 8.30pm […]

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Bentley Haye – Travellers moved on

by danielbarker on 3 August, 2017

The travellers have left their unauthorised encampment on Bentley Haye off Bentley Lane in Short Heath. They have destroyed the bund mound at the entrance and left behind a field scared by tyre tracks and strewn with rubbish. Unfortunately for them, such behaviour leaves little or no sympathy for their nomadic lifestyle. The council has […]

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Changes to the state pension age have left women aged between 60 and 62 years old worse off by an average of £32 a week, according to a new report. The report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies found 1.1m fewer women are receiving a state pension after the Government decided to raise the state […]

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