Ian Shires

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

10 Things Delayed by Brexit

by Ian Shires on 18 December, 2018

This botched Brexit has paralysed Parliament and important work is not being done. Here are ten things delayed because of this Brexit mess. By Tom Brake, Dec 17, 2018 4:12 1. NHS 10 Year Plan Our NHS badly needs support and everyone knows it. The Prime Minister was meant to put forward a ten year […]

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Brexit: are the young being taken for granted?

by Ian Shires on 18 December, 2018

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Joe Monk | Mon 17th December 2018 The deadline is fast approaching for the end of negotiations and commencing of the transitional period after the 29th March. To many, time is running out for the government to bring back a deal that would minimise the economic uncertainties that are […]

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Home Office’s £6 million Windrush bill revealed

by Ian Shires on 18 December, 2018

Home Office’s £6 million Windrush bill revealed Responding to new details of the Windrush scandal, published today, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey has called for the Home Office to be stripped of responsibility for immigration altogether. In a letter to Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee, the Home Secretary has revealed that, of the 164 […]

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Health and Wellbeing Refresh or Rehash?

by Ian Shires on 16 December, 2018

Health and Wellbeing Refresh or Rehash? Health and wellbeing should be front and centre when it comes to housing, work, communities our environment and transport plans if we are to create places that offer people improved choices and chances for a healthy life. The Local Government Information Unit published ‘Putting Health into Place’ on 29 […]

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Richer areas ‘to benefit more’ from settlement

by Ian Shires on 15 December, 2018

Published on Local Government Chronicle 14 December, 2018 By Nick Golding Richer areas will be the beneficiaries of much of the extra funding found for the sector in yesterday’s local government settlement, it has been claimed. Among the measures set out by housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire was the government covering the cost of negative […]

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Social care green paper delayed again

by Ian Shires on 15 December, 2018

Published on Local Government Chronicle 14 December, 2018 By Jon Bunn The adult social care green paper has been delayed again and will now be published next year, the government has confirmed. A spokesperson for Department of Health & Social Care told LGC proposals will be published at the first opportunity in 2019. The green paper […]

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As the detail comes in on police funding, it’s just as we thought, the government has handed West Midlands Police another real terms cut. The following gives details of the Police funding announcement: The force needs an extra £25.6 million to avoid shrinking any further, but has been told it will only be given £15.9 […]

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West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Metro Mayor Andy Street was accused of lacking ambition when it came to air quality. The accusations came after a grueling questions and answer session by members of the WMCA’s Scrutiny Committee earlier this week. Following the Q&A session Lib Dem Cllr Ian Shires one of two vice chairs of […]

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Funding increase for police announced by the Home Office nothing more than smoke and mirrors exercise   Additional funding up to £970 million, including £509 million from council tax flexibility will go towards recruiting more police officers claims the Home Secretary Sajid Javid. The provisional police funding settlement of up to £14 billion for 2019-20 is […]

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Responding to the Local Government Finance Settlement, Liberal Democrat Local Government Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said: This settlement does nothing to address the growing inequalities across our country. The highly regressive council tax system means that, as the Conservative Government continue to under fund local government, subsequent council tax rises hit poorer communities the hardest. There […]

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