Eddie Hughes MP (Conservative: Walsall North) was one of 298 Tory and DUP MPs who voted through Local Government Finance cuts of around £1bn in a debate lasting about 3 hours. Unlike Eddie who was not recorded saying anything in defence of local government, Liberal Democrat Housing, Communities and Local Government Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said: […]

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An estimated 3,500 community-led homes are at risk due to the Government’s decision to close a multi-million pound housing fund. The £163m Community Housing Fund, created to support the growth of the community-led housing sector, is due to close in December 2019 – just 17 months after opening. A freedom of information request sent from […]

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The Teacher Development Trust has published new research data alongside SchoolDash, claiming that staff development budgets declined between 2016 and 2017. According to the data, teacher training budgets reduced by twelve per cent in secondary schools and seven per cent in primary schools. Interestingly, there were significant regional variations. For example, primary schools in Solihull […]

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LGBT History Month by Lynne Featherstone

by danielbarker on 5 February, 2019

LGBT History Month is a time for us to look back on how far we’ve come – and how far we have yet to go. We have come a long way in recent years. I was the originator and architect of the same-sex marriage act, which legalised same-sex marriage in the UK on the 5th […]

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Responding to the Home Secretary’s plan to give new powers to the police to tackle knife crime, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said: The UK is in the grip of a knife crime epidemic, so all ideas should be considered, especially ways to stop the glorification and incitement of this violence on social […]

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School governors and trustees are responsible for the financial oversight of their schools, which includes deciding how the budget is spent – and almost three quarters are telling us that they are unable to manage funding pressures without negatively impacting pupils’ education. It’s clear to see why. The Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) has calculated […]

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Surgery this Monday

by danielbarker on 1 February, 2019

If you want to come and discuss council-related problems with me, I shall be at the Holy Trinity Online Centre in Coltham Road between 7 and 8pm this coming Monday in the back room. Dan Content published and promoted by Willenhall Liberal Democrats all at 23 Lynwood Close, New Invention WV12 5BW

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Upcoming road works in Short Heath

by danielbarker on 1 February, 2019

Every week I get notified of upcoming road works in Walsall, and usually there’s little to report in Short Heath, but as a couple of Short Heath works featured in the latest report, I thought I would share them: Location – Monmer Lane (at the junction of Dovedale Avenue). Scheme – Telecoms duct clearance. Expected […]

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Cuts to council tax support (CTS) have led to a surge in unpaid tax, new research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies has revealed. In a new report, the IFS found most local authorities have chosen to implement CTS schemes that are less generous that the council tax benefit they were replacing. This includes the […]

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Children in need of help or protection are being exposed to neglect, abuse, or harm because of the Department for Education’s (DfE) lack of action and failure to understand the factors behind rapidly growing demand in children’s social care, according to a damming report. The National Audit Office (NAO) found that nearly every local council […]

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