Ian Shires

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

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Lib Dems: Tories failing on air pollution

by Ian Shires on 17 February, 2019

New figures released today by the Department for the Environment show that emissions of air pollutants have not dropped significantly over the past three years, despite the Government promising to tackle air pollution as a priority. Responding to the figures, Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson, said: These figures show that this Tory Government is […]

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Farron slams ‘Tory death tax’

by Ian Shires on 17 February, 2019

Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron has taken a swipe at the Conservative Government ahead of the introduction of what he has dubbed a “Tory death tax”. From 16th February, new regulations introduced by the Conservative Government mean the cost of death certificates, as well as birth and marriage certificates, is going up […]

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Responding to the figures showing there has been a dramatic rise in hospital admissions for eating disorders in the last year, Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse said: Eating disorders are life threatening illnesses, but the real tragedy is that this is preventable. By focusing on early intervention, the numbers of those suffering with eating disorders […]

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Response to LGIU/MJ local government finance survey

by Ian Shires on 16 February, 2019

Published by the Local Government Association Responding to the LGiU/MJ survey into local government finance, Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, said: Finance and business rates 14 Feb 2019 “Between 2010 and 2020, councils will have lost almost 60p out of every £1 the Government had provided for services. This […]

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Response to the IFS report on the Spending Review

by Ian Shires on 16 February, 2019

Published by The Local Government Association Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the LGA’s Resources Board, said: Finance and business rates 11 Feb 2019 “Local government in England faces an overall funding gap of £8 billion by 2025. The Spending Review will therefore be make or break for vital local services and securing the financial sustainability […]

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Published by The Institute for Fiscal Studies Ben Zaranko, Carl Emmerson and Thomas Pope Press release 11 Feb 2019 Philip Hammond is yet to confirm how much money will be made available to be allocated among departments at his forthcoming Spending Review. This decision, which may well be announced in the Spring Statement on 13 March, could be […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Caron Lindsay | Thu 14th February 2019 – 7:35 pm I read the interview with Shamima Begum in today’s Times (£) with mixed emotions. I have There is no doubt that she has made some utterly horrendous decisions in her young life which will take a lot to unravel. My instinctive reaction, […]

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Update on Severn Trent works – Coppice Lane

by Ian Shires on 15 February, 2019

Temporary traffic lights are operating in Coppice Lane near the junction with Howe Crescent due to emergency water main repairs by Severn Trent .  They will remain operating till the work is complete. That is scheduled to finish on Monday 18 February . These works are not far away from the bridge over the Wyrley […]

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Unsafe footpath diversion

by Ian Shires on 14 February, 2019

Contractors working for one of the utility companies have some obvious issues with Health and Safety. They obviously don’t have much of an idea when it comes to people with disabilities. A guy on a mobility scooter attempted to use the diversion this morning and found himself on the floor for his troubles having being […]

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TORY CUTS CRIPPLING LOCAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT

by Ian Shires on 14 February, 2019

Published by LGA Lib Dems – February 13, 2019 The funding gap for the concessionary bus fare scheme in England, which provides free off-peak bus travel for older and disabled people, has grown to an estimated £652 million, new analysis for the Local Government Association reveals. Councils are warning that, unless Government addresses this widening gap in […]

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