Ian Shires

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

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Published on Local Government Association Daily News Headlines 14 Feb 2019 Nearly all local authorities in England are planning to raise council tax in the coming year while vital services remain under pressure, according to a survey. The findings by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) and the Municipal Journal found eight in 10 councils […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by NewsHound | Tue 12th February 2019 – 2:15 pm Vince Cable is holding a Westminster Hall debate on funding for special educational needs and disability this afternoon. In an article for Politics Home, he outlines the impact on families when they don’t have the support that they need… A single mum […]

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Speaking after the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill was passed in the House of Commons tonight by just 58 votes, former Liberal Democrat Care Minister Norman Lamb MP said: Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people are at risk of unlawfully having their freedom restricted and receiving inappropriate care. That is the deeply flawed system this Bill […]

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Responding to reports that almost half a million people needed help to apply for the government’s flagship Universal Credit benefit online, DWP Spokesperson Christine Jardine said: The Liberal Democrats raised the issue of digital exclusion with Conservative ministers months ago, but these concerns clearly haven’t been taken on board. This underlines the need to look […]

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The Loft Youth Club – half term activities

by Ian Shires on 12 February, 2019

 Received this today from Theloft Youthclub The loft Youth club will be open for extra sessions in half term. Monday 18th – Friday 22nd Feb 2019 2:00pm – 4:30pm 8 -15 yrs olds. Normal evening youth club will still be open also.

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The price of freedom passes

by Ian Shires on 12 February, 2019

Published by Local Government Chronicle 11 FEBRUARY, 2019 The strange case of concessionary travel funding: How many times can you spend the same pot of money? The question, particularly pertinent in a spending review year, arises out of an exchange between LGC and the Department for Transport last week over funding for the English National […]

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Responding to comments from Amber Rudd about the link between the rise of food bank usage and the roll out of Universal Credit, Liberal Democrat Work and Pensions Spokesperson Christine Jardine said: This belated admission of responsibility comes far too late for the tens of thousands of people forced to rely on food banks because […]

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The Liberal Democrats have today secured assurances that a Bill on female genital mutilation (FGM) will be introduced in Government time, but have called for the way in which Private Members Bills’ are debated to be reassessed. Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse secured the assurance during her Urgent Question today. The Bath MP pressed the […]

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A Liberal Democrat amendment which would have prohibited UK authorities sharing data with overseas agencies where the death penalty could be imposed was rejected by the Conservatives today. Speaking in the House of Lords, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson in the Lords Brian Paddick accused the Conservative Government of being “prepared to sacrifice people to […]

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Published on LGA Daily News Headlines 11 February 2019 Philip Hammond must find an extra £5 billion in this year’s Whitehall spending review to reverse planned cuts and meet his claim of ending austerity, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The thinktank told the Chancellor that funds pledged in last year’s budget to boost […]

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