Ian Shires

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Willenhall North Ward, Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Walsall MBC Learn more

Good to see work has started on securing the Meadow House site following the granting of planning permission a couple of weeks ago. Workmen are erecting a fence around the site prior to it being cleared ready for building work to start on the new nursing home and the six houses. Unfortunately there is no […]

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The Nasty Party shifts up a gear

by Ian Shires on 4 July, 2015

Threats to strip away the Employment Support Allowance (ESA) from thousands of sick and disabled people is a clear sign of the nasty party shifting up a gear. This shows that – on their own in government – the Conservatives are dead set on balancing the books on the backs of the vulnerable and poor. […]

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Published on European Parliament News PLENARY SESSION Article – Free movement of goods / Free movement of services / Information society −19-05-2015 – 14:59     Top (from left): Andrus Ansip, Françoise Grossetête, Marju Lauristin. Middle: Vicky Ford, Dita Charanzová, Dennis de Jong. Bottom: Michel Reimon, David Borrelli, Mylène Troszczynski. Could creating a digital single market in […]

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Published by the Guardian: Patrick Wintour Political editor Thursday 2 July 2015 20.33 BST Chancellor expected to blame Gordon Brown’s tax credit policy for making workers dependent on the state Chancellor George Osborne. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Cuts to housing benefit, a further lowering of the overall welfare cap and reductions to in-work tax credits are all being considered […]

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Liberal Democrats at last night’s Social Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee succeeded in widening the scrutiny of healthcare services across the borough. The move came during a debate on Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s Improvement Plan which was centred entirely on services provided by Walsall’s Manor Hospital. In welcoming the report on improvement objectives […]

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Independent endorses Farron for leader

by Ian Shires on 3 July, 2015

Lib Dem Leadership candidate Tim Farron MP has secured the endorsement of the Independent newspaper for his leadership bid. In today’s paper they say ‘It’s a Herculean task; and in the absence of Hercules, Mr Farron is the best man for the job’. Tim has also been endorsed by the Evening Standard and the New […]

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Trouble on the buses….

by Ian Shires on 2 July, 2015

Bus users in the North Willenhall area are reporting reliability issues on the 69 National Express West Midlands (NXWM) Walsall to Wolverhampton via New Invention bus service. “We are getting reports that buses are running late or just not turning up” said Liberal Democrat Cllr Ian Shires. Only the other day we were told of […]

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“Being able to help people is the most rewarding part of our job. If we can help in any way, please pop along to any of the surgeries shown below. All of our advice surgeries are open access, so you don’t need an appointment.”  Every Thursday: New Invention Library, The Square, Lichfield Road. 4.00 pm […]

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Councils in the Black Country have expressed an interest in bidding for Building Better Opportunities Funding and are currently looking for local partners to support their proposal.  They will be making contact with specific organisations in due course and in particular those organisations that represent or support groups who are aged 25+ who are economically […]

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Walsall Council’s Cabinet on 24 June 2015 made the decision to cease to charge for the Community Alarm service, with backdated effect from 1 April 2015. Service users whose only community based service is a community alarm have already received an annual bill for their charges for the period 1 April 2015 – 31 March […]

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