Ian Shires

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

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*The loft youth club important news* *Please Read*

by Ian Shires on 11 April, 2019

I received this update yesterday from the organisers of The Loft Youth Club at The Square, New Invention. I was a Cabinet member and played a part in ensuring that the former New Invention building remained in use for the local community. The outcome of that decision made by the Lib Dem/Labour Cabinet has been […]

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The Liberal Democrats have  warned that the knife crime epidemic won’t be resolved by “imposing legal duties without providing additional resources” and have called for the Government to properly fund a public health approach. The call comes as the Prime Minister hosts a youth violence summit in Downing Street today. Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson […]

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Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran has warned there is a worrying level of disparity in financial health and patient experience at a local level across the NHS. The Public Accounts Committee, of which Layla Moran is a member, has today [3 April] published its report into NHS financial sustainability. The committee concluded that: Overall financial […]

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Schools across Willenhall have seen class sizes increase as schools in the area have had their funding slashed under the Conservatives since 2015 by over £700,000. The per-pupil loss averages out at £180 with Primary Schools coming off worst. One of our Primary Schools has seen its per-pupil funding fall by over £400!  Willenhall Liberal […]

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Councillors call for more school funding

by Ian Shires on 3 April, 2019

LGA Daily News Headlines 2 April 2019 More than 1,000 councillors have written to the Education Secretary Damian Hinds to urge the Government to pump more funding into schools. The letter, which calls on the Government to reverse spending cuts and ensure special needs funding is adequate, follows a report by the Institute for Fiscal […]

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New Train Station – New start for our town

by Ian Shires on 2 April, 2019

This evening (6 pm) the West Locality Board which covers strategic issues across Willenhall and Darlaston meets at Walsall Council House. The main item on the agenda is a presentation and discussion on the new train stations planned to open in time for the Commonwealth games in 2022. This could be just another event in […]

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Responding to the research from the Living Wage Foundation showing that a worker on the Government’s new ‘national living wage’ would earn an annual salary worth £1,540.50 a year less than the real living wage, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson said: If you are in work, you should be earning enough to […]

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Just a quick reminder of where and when Willenhall Lib Dem Focus Team Councillors their Advice Surgeries: Cllr Ian Shires and Local Campaigner Stuart Hodges hold their surgeries      Every Tuesday @ The Hive, New Invention Square, Lichfield Rd. WV12 5EA from 9.30am to 10.30am. Every Friday @ Oakwood Lodge, 51 Chaucer Ave, Willenhall […]

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Changes to the 326 Bloxwich to Bilston bus service

by Ian Shires on 28 March, 2019

So just what is happening to the 326 Bloxwich to Bilston service? https://www.networkwestmidlands.com/ways-to-travel/bus/changes-to-some-bus-services-operated-by-igo/ … Changes to Some Bus Services Operated by igo Information on bus, rail and metro in the West Midlands region of UK

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Lib Dems lead debate to end fracking

by Ian Shires on 28 March, 2019

There are other things in life other than brexit………..  The Liberal Democrats will today lead a debate in the House of Commons calling for an end to fracking because of its adverse impact on the environment and its incompatibility with tackling the climate crisis. Liberal Democrat Climate Change Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse, who is leading the […]

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