Ian Shires

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

Walsall’s communities, and the voluntary, community and faith organisations which work alongside them will play a significant role in the response to the coronavirus outbreak and supporting those most vulnerable to the impact. We are blessed with active communities and strong community organisations already working hard to ensure support is available to those who need […]

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Working with Partners across Walsall

by Ian Shires on 19 March, 2020

Walsall Council along with its Partners across the borough are working together to offer support to individuals and communities in the current, difficult circumstances. The work being done by the Locality Managers is now paying dividends. The beauty of this is that is being driven from the grass roots up. What is developing out of […]

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From tomorrow (19th March) senior citizens and disabled people will be able to travel for free before 9.30am on National Express West Midlands & National Express Coventry buses using their concessionary passes.  Published 18th March 2020

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Published on Local Government Chronicle 18 MARCH 2020 BY JESSICA HILL Senior local government figures have raised the alarm over consequences for scrutiny and governance as growing numbers of councils cancel meetings. In Hampshire, which has the highest number of coronavirus cases by local authority area with 69, Eastleigh BC has cancelled all meetings until May and […]

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Walsall’s West Locality Manager Michael Greenfield has sent this email out: Thank you for promoting the volunteering activity. We have had a good response from communities in the West Locality. A number of people have come forward to volunteer, but we need more help. • Are any groups in the local area ‘self-organising’ and supporting […]

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Due to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 virus in the UK, customers may experience longer wait times when trying to call us, as an alternative you can speak with the team on social media or via email. Suspending Direct Debit/Season Ticket  Customers wishing to suspend their direct debit/season ticket should speak with their bank directly […]

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West Midlands Concessionary Travel Pass

by Ian Shires on 18 March, 2020

Thankfully more and more supermarkets are setting aside the first hour of trading to cater for the elderly. This has prompted a number of questions about the Wet Midlands Concessionary Travel Pass. The good news is that you can use it before 9.30 am but you do need to pay £1. See the link below […]

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Published in Local Government Chronicle 17 MARCH 2020 BY JON BUNN The public health grant will increase by 4.8% next year in a move government says is intended to cover the costs of wage increases for NHS staff working in organisations commissioned by councils. The overall grant for 2020-21 was finally confirmed this morning as £3.28bn compared […]

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Response to postponement of May’s Elections

by Ian Shires on 16 March, 2020

The Government has bowed to pressure and postponed the local elections until next year Right up until Friday’s welcome u-turn, the Government had seemed determined to plough on with the Local Elections, Metro Mayoral Elections and the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections despite the fact that they would be taking place whilst the Covid-19 virus […]

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Businesses have six weeks say Lib Dems

by Ian Shires on 16 March, 2020

Businesses could have just six weeks say Lib Dems. Willenhall Lib Dems call on the government to provide emergency funds as the Covid-19 crisis deepens. Local businesses such as hospitality and catering have around 6 weeks until they start to run out of cash. Since the crisis started hotel occupancy has fallen 15% while eating […]

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