by Ian Shires on 25 November, 2021
I picked up the following article by Gurdip Thandi on Birmingham Live 24 November 2021.
During our time in control of Walsall Council (Lib Dem/Labour Coalition) between May 2016 and April 2018, we pursued a policy of channelling what funding the Council had into the areas of deprivation outlined in Gurdip Thandi’s article, which includes many areas of Willenhall and Short Heath.
Sadly, when we were ousted by the Tories at the local elections in May 2018, any benefits from the work we had done were quickly reversed when the new Tory administration rescinded our Budget Strategy. This has been made worse during the ongoing COVID Pandemic.
Those areas to the East of the Borough have faired far better than the rest of us. Now there is an eerie silence from the Tories about the future of their Resilient Communities model as rumours abound about possible outsourcing to the Voluntary Sector in order to cut back the cost of funding this vital work.