Ian Shires

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

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Published on https://www.independent.co.uk/author/rob-merrick 15 January 2019 Ministers accused of attempting to bury the harsh impact of the change to pension credit  Couples where only one partner is over the state pension age will no longer receive pension credit ( PA ) Poorer pensioner couples will lose more than £7,000 a year, under a cut “sneaked out” […]

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Things were looking much more promising this morning when I visited the site for the new ALDI store in Coppice Farm Way. Scaffolding was up and preparations were underway to begin demolishing the former Budgens store. I had a long chat with the Site Manager, Andy who lives locally which is good. He knows the site […]

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New ALDI – Signs of progress

by Ian Shires on 12 January, 2019

I received some further evidence that ALDI are progressing their preparation for the building of their new store on Coppice Farm Way adjacent to the Essington Road. Following on from recent conversations I have had with a representative of ALDI who confirmed that they were intending to begin work clearing the site ready for the […]

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LibLink: Ming Campbell Tribute to Paddy Ashdown

by Ian Shires on 11 January, 2019

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Caron Lindsay | Fri 11th January 2019 – 10:25 am As Paddy’s funeral took place in his home village of Somerset, Politics Home published a fantastic tribute to our former leader by another former leader of the party, Ming Campbell. He described him as “unwaveringly loyal and generous” and said that […]

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Beat Blue Monday

by Ian Shires on 10 January, 2019

Blue Monday falls this year on the 21st January. Following on from the Christmas festivities and New Year it is easy for people to get down when heading back to the reality of work and school. It is calculated to be the most depressing day of the year taking into account several factors such as […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Caron Lindsay | Tue 8th January 2019 – 8:36 pm Rachel Sylvester writes in the Times today (£) about the need for a realignment in politics. Her piece is pretty much a puff piece for Lovefilm founder, Simon Franks’ new vehicle, United for Change, which will apparently launch in the Spring. she makes […]

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Alert – Fake TV Licensing Emails

by Ian Shires on 9 January, 2019

I received this in an email from WM Now: Alert – Fake TV Licensing Emails Action Fraud has received more than 5,000 reports about fake emails and texts purporting to be from TV Licensing. The messages contain links to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information. Always question unsolicited requests for […]

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Social housing neglect due to lack of political will – Liberal Democrats Demand Better Responding to calls from housing charity Shelter for more social housing, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Housing Wera Hobhouse said: “Conservative Ministers have neglected social housing for far too long. The housing crisis is leaving people unable to afford a home of […]

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ALDI update

by Ian Shires on 8 January, 2019

I have just this morning had a conversation with a representative of ALDI who has confirmed to me that work is about to start on site in a matter of days. They have been in touch with immediate neighbours to inform them of this. They still can’t give a definite opening date, if you remember […]

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Vehicle registration plates being stolen!

by Ian Shires on 7 January, 2019

Vehicle registration plates being stolen! I picked up this message from Willenhall Police and Thought I’d share it with you: Willenhall WMP ‏ @WillenhallWMP ⚠️ We have received reports overnight of vehicle registration plates being stolen. ⚠️ We recommend anti-tamper security screws. 💻 Please click the link below for more crime prevention advice. https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/cloned-vehicles …

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