Ian Shires

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

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Walsall like seventy eight per cent of all metropolitan councils will be raising council tax bills by the maximum 4.99% allowed in 2017/18. More than two-thirds of “top-tier” councils are planning to use the 3% social care precept allowed by the Government without the need to go out to a referendum. Basted on this information […]

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Walsall Council Budget – New Invention Library,

by Ian Shires on 24 February, 2017

Back in October last year Walsall Council only had sufficient funding to keep one library open and that was the Central Library next to the Council House in Walsall. Things were so bad back then that there were proposals to close both the History Centre and the Leather Museum and incorporate them into the Central […]

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Labour/LibDem Budget gets council consent

by Ian Shires on 24 February, 2017

The Labour/Liberal Democrat Coalition succeeded in getting their four-year Budget Plan through at last night’s special Budget council meeting though storm Doris almost plunged the Council into chaos as one Labour Councillor was stranded in the East Midlands. Thankfully he arrived before the crucial vote on the Budget proposals. Regular readers will know that around […]

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Walsall Council Budget – Update

by Ian Shires on 24 February, 2017

Published by danielbarker on 24 February, 2017 If it had been a sporting contest, there would now be allegations about match-fixing. The Conservatives, given a golden opportunity to win, clearly set out to lose. With the Council finely balanced, the unexpected absence of Cllr Richard Worrall – struggling to get back from a day in […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Caron Lindsay | Thu 23rd February 2017 – 11:54 pm There were only three Council by-elections tonight, all Conservative defences. The Lib Dems have two new councillors as we gained in Devon and Northamptonshire. Britain Elects @britainelects Charterlands (South Hams) result: LDEM: 46.1% (+46.1) CON: 39.3% (-25.0) LAB: 10.7% (+10.7) […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Caron Lindsay Fri 24th February 2017 – 7:39 am If the Stoke and Copeland by-elections had happened at any point in the last Parliament, the Liberal Democrats would have been squeezed until our pips squeaked. We’d certainly have lost our deposit as we did in both seats in the […]

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Walsall Council Budget – New Invention Library,

by Ian Shires on 23 February, 2017

Back in October last year Walsall Council only had sufficient funding to keep one library open and that was the Central Library next to the Council House in Walsall. Things were so bad back then that there were proposals to close both the History Centre and the Leather Museum and incorporate them into the Central […]

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Walsall Council meets tonight to decide budget

by Ian Shires on 23 February, 2017

Walsall Council meets tonight in full session tonight to debate the budget being put forward by the Labour/LibDem administration for 2017 to 2021 against the backdrop of continuing austerity measures by the Conservatives at Westminster. Since 2010 Walsall Council has had to reduce spending by £123 million and now is being told they will have to […]

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Grot Spot Walkabout

by Ian Shires on 17 February, 2017

Went on a walkabout pointing out some of the fly tipping grot spots around New Invention to Walsall Housing Group and Walsall Council’s Clean and Green Team. It was good to see the partnership working between the two organisations cutting through some of the red tape which has been so frustrating in the past. Both organisations have […]

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Published by the Local Government Association: 10 February 2017 Adult social care is an absolutely vital public service that supports some of our most vulnerable people and promotes the wellbeing and independence of many more. Our care and support system is under enormous pressure, and to illustrate the challenge facing councils, we have produced a tool […]

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