Ian Shires

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

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‘Minimum’ home care price increases by 9.3%

by Ian Shires on 22 January, 2020

Published on Local Government Chronicle 22 JANUARY 2020 BY JON BUNN The body representing independent home care providers has increased its guideline price for commissioners by 9.3% following a higher-than-expected hike in the national minimum wage. Yesterday the UK Homecare Association (UKHCA) announced it had calculated a minimum hourly rate for domiciliary care of £20.68 for 2020-21, […]

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Lib Dems launch campaign to scrap cash machine fees

by Ian Shires on 20 January, 2020

The Brecon & Radnorshire Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign calling on the UK Government to provide the funding necessary to scrap transaction fees at local cash machines. With the number of bank branches across Powys dwindling, a growing number of residents are forced to reply upon Post Offices and local cash machines to access their money. […]

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Johnson cannot be trusted to fix broken politics

by Ian Shires on 20 January, 2020

Responding to reports that Boris Johnson is considering relocating the House of Lords to the north of England, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Constitutional Relations Wendy Chamberlain said: Boris Johnson is the man who tried to silence our democracy by unlawfully shutting down Parliament. How can anyone trust him to fix our broken politics? Our politics […]

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Lib Dems pay tribute to Lord Robert Maclennan

by Ian Shires on 20 January, 2020

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by The Voice | Sat 18th January 2020 – 5:31 pm The Liberal Democrats have today led tributes following the death of Lord Robert Maclennan. Lord Robert Maclennan of Rogart, known as Bob Maclennan, was the last leader of the Social Democrat Party before it merged with the Liberal Party. […]

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Blocked drains Crab Lane Sneyd Lane Jnc

by Ian Shires on 17 January, 2020

This morning’s downpour caused flooding on the bend where Sneyd Lane becomes Crab Lane.  I reported it in and can confirm that a gully sucker has cleared the blocked drain which led to the flooding. It’s not surprising that we are back to square one with this issue. Cut backs in resources to Clean and […]

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Published on Local Government Chronicle 17 JANUARY 2020 BY JON BUNN The 4.3% real terms increase in funding outlined in the local government finance settlement for next year is likely to require further significant cuts to council tax support schemes, according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies. The uplift in funding, confirmed last month, includes an assumption […]

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Black Country folk are notoriously sceptical when it comes to change. No more so than when it comes to major road improvement schemes given the disruption they have had to endure over the past 2 to 3 years due to delays around the carriageway resurfacing work on the M5 Oldbury Viaduct between Junction’s 1 and […]

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Following the reports that the Conservative government is considering cutting air passenger duty on domestic flights as part of a plan to save regional airline Flybe from collapse, Liberal Democrat Transport spokesperson Munira Wilson said: Flybe looks set to follow Thomas Cook, despite only being “rescued” last year. The way to ensure our businesses stay […]

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Responding to news that Beales Department Store may have to call in administrators, Sarah Olney MP, Liberal Democrat Business Spokesperson, said: This weekend we’ve seen Mothercare close its last branches, Debenhams shutting more outlets and now Beales announcing that they are at risk of collapse. Every closure will see people around the country face the […]

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Lib Dems: Fight against up-skirting is far from over

by Ian Shires on 15 January, 2020

Responding to data revealing that incidents of up-skirting have been reported to the police at a rate of almost one a day since it became a specific sexual offence, Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse, who originally proposed the Bill, said: This horrifying statistic serves to show how necessary a change in the law was. Victims […]

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