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Resolution Foundation Report on Autumn Budget

by danielbarker on 28 November, 2017

Britain is on course for the longest period of falling living standards since records began in the 1950s, according to a report by the Resolution Foundation. The think tank found that under plans set out by Philip Hammond in the Budget, the poorest third of households are set for an average loss of £715 a […]

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Local government leaders today warned of the dangers of ‘devolution deadlock’ in their response to the Autumn Budget. Philip Hammond unveiled a number of devolution deals in the North of Tyne region and the West Midlands as part of yesterday’s Budget and said the Government would get ‘all parts of the UK firing on all […]

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Willenhall Town Centre Christmas Event

by danielbarker on 27 November, 2017

Come along to Willenhall Town Centre for the Christmas Event, organised by the Willenhall Town Centre Partnership. • Date: Saturday 2nd December 2017 • Time: 11am- 4pm • Venue: Willenhall Town Centre Please share the Children’s Christmas letter with pupils and young people who would like to see Santa in his purpose built grotto at […]

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Action taken by the progressive alliance between Labour and the Liberal Democrats currently running Walsall Council in respect of Unauthorised Encampments paid off today when a group of travellers who attempted to set up an encampment on the Wakes car park were evicted within hours. The Wakes car park in Willenhall is one of 11 […]

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Budget 2017: Sector blasts lack of social care funding

by danielbarker on 24 November, 2017

More older and disabled people will fail to get the help they need due to a lack of extra funding for social care in yesterday’s Budget announcement, sector experts have warned. The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) said it was ‘extremely disappointed’ that there was no extra funding for adult social care. […]

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Public Meeting – Policing across Willenhall

by danielbarker on 23 November, 2017

Your chance to have your questions answered about Policing in our area. Like all public services the Police have had the money that they get to run Policing severely cut as a direct result of continuing Government austerity policy. (Newsflash: policing was not even mentioned in yesterday’s budget, so it looks like there’s going to […]

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A freeze on the housing benefit paid to low-income families in the private rented sector risks increasing homelessness, councils have warned. The Local Government Association (LGA) said the Government’s decision not to apply the limit on Local Housing Allowance (LHA) for people living in social and supported housing was a crucial step. But it says […]

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Brexit claims first major job losses

by danielbarker on 21 November, 2017

The UK has been delivered a “bitter Brexit blow” after it was revealed two prestigious European Union agencies that provided more than 1,000 high-quality jobs will leave the country. London lost the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to Amsterdam, and hours later it was announced the European Banking Authority (EBA) will be relocated from the UK […]

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Council funding cuts restricting access to contraception

by danielbarker on 21 November, 2017

Over one in three local authorities have reduced or plan to reduce the number of sites delivering contraceptive services in the last two years, FoI request reveals. The Advisory Group on Contraception has undertaken a Freedom of Information request audit of local authority provision of contraceptive care which has revealed austerity’s impact on safe sex. […]

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Peabody Trust says 42-day wait means 60,000 households, with over 40,000 children, will receive no income until after festive season Claimants signing on to universal credit from this week will not receive any income before Christmas because of the existing 42-day wait for payment, putting the finances of tens of thousands of households at risk, […]

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