Ian Shires

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

Living and Managing with a Respiratory Condition 

by Ian Shires on 10 November, 2020

Healthwatch Walsall have been commissioned by Walsall NHS Healthcare Trust and its partners to support them in delivering a programme of change in health and social care, by making sure providers know what the views are of people in Walsall. The programme is called Walsall Together.    To do this they need to find out your […]

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After a sustained campaign by the Willenhall Liberal Democrat Focus Team in support of local volunteer litter pickers to rid the area of a notorious fly tipping black spot WHG have responded. They have cleared the rubbish from the garage area at the rear of the shops on New Invention Square. They have also agreed […]

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Liberal Democrat Councillors Ian Shires (Willenhall North) and Dan Barker (Short Heath) were less than surprised when the government announced it’s latest U turn, pledging to spend £400m to support poor children and their families in England after a highly successful campaign by Marcus Rashford.  “It has become a common practice with this Government and […]

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Don’t cherry pick your data: Facts on COVID-19

by Ian Shires on 4 November, 2020

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Kylie Belchamber | Mon 2nd November 2020 – 12:46 pm There has been a great amount of robust debate on all aspects of coronavirus response. This is, of course, healthy – within the bounds of the available science, politicians have had to pick from many possible actions. We don’t have […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Paul Walter | Wed 4th November 2020 – 8:00 am Embed from Getty Images I’ve managed to get a good bit of sleep.There are hopeful signs that Joe Biden has a path to win the US election, but we’ll have to be patient while the votes are counted. There are […]

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Loose Manhole Covers – Lichfield Rd. New Invention.

by Ian Shires on 3 November, 2020

I have been informed by highways Officers at Walsall Council that the frame and cover on Lichfield Road near Forest Gate has been repaired today by Severn Trent Water as planned. An officer from the Council will be checking that the noise problem has now been resolved. Highways Officers are also awaiting confirmation off Severn Trent […]

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Published in Local Government Chronicle 03 NOVEMBER 2020 BY JESSICA HILL Council leaders and chief executives are still missing the detail from government to prepare for the national lockdown, amid concerns over the rush to get measures in place at a time of already overstretched resources. During a webinar with communities secretary Robert Jenrick on Sunday, council […]

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New Covid enforcement legislation delayed

by Ian Shires on 3 November, 2020

Published in Local Government Chronicle 03 NOVEMBER 2020 BY JESSICA HILL The new national lockdown has delayed the introduction of regulations giving councils stronger enforcement powers, following assurances by the health secretary last month that councils would be given more teeth to issue improvement notices and closure orders to businesses failing to comply with Covid restrictions. The […]

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Published in Local Government 30 OCTOBER 2020 BY SARAH CALKIN Claims for council tax support from working age adults reached their highest ever level in June, leaving councils facing a hit of almost £600m to their budgets next year, a new analysis of government figures has found. The scale of the increase in claimants – up 9% […]

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Published in Local Government Chronicle 30 OCTOBER 2020 BY SARAH CALKIN Directors of public health have branded the performance of NHS Test & Trace “unacceptable” and called on the government to engage in a “serious conversation about a more human and local system”. In a briefing note published by the Association of Directors of Public Health today, […]

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