Labour Combating Beechdale’s Dangerous Drivers

  Local residents and campaigners have welcomed the announcement of measures to tackle speeding cars which have been caught in excess of ninety miles an hour through a large housing estate. The more>

Community Giving Making Communities Great

Regulars at a Darlaston gym have thrown their weight behind Birmingham Children’s Hospital by raising £1500 for the care of ill youngsters. Members of Sprintz Health and Fitness Centre came together to more>

Ukip’s Support for NHS Privatisation

The Labour candidate for the Birchills-Leamore’s by-election has said the planned visit by Ukip’s Deputy Leader, Paul Nuttall, to the ward will expose the reality of voting for the party. Chris Jones, more>

Social Care At Tipping Point

Social Care budgets are reaching a tipping point where funding is being outstripped by demand and the elderly and vulnerable face the prospect of having no support from their local councils; senior more>

We Need An Honest Debate On Vital Services

Labour councillors on Walsall Council are calling on the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to spell out the real impact of £84 million cuts on the most vulnerable such as the elderly, the more>

Prioritising Services: Children’s Safety or Councillors’ Perks

The decision by Conservative and Liberal Democrat run Walsall Council to sack over half of the borough’s school crossing wardens has shown the cabinet’s true colours and concerns. The decision to change more>

Ukip, Lib Dems and Tories In Council Of Self Interest

Labour are deeply disappointed other parties  on Walsall Council have chosen to put self interest before the needs  of the borough by backing  the defeated Tories in an alliance ranging from independents more>

Community, Fairness, Protecting The Vulnerable and Honesty. Labour To take Control of Council

Walsall Labour will set out its plans for the future of the borough next week as it seeks to take control of the authority after 14 years of Tory control. As the more>

Birchills Leamore Candidate Chris Jones

The Birchills Leamore Labour Party candidate for the forthcoming by election has been announced  as Chris Jones, a 53 year-old resident of the ward for 25 years. The election will be held more>

Thanks For a Life That Mattered

The family and friends of the late Tim Oliver have spoken of their gratitude for the messages of love and support they have received for the former leader of Walsall Labour Party more>

Labour Combating Beechdale’s Dangerous Drivers

 

Councillor Tina Jukes and Labour Party candidate campaigning for a better Birchills and Leamore

Councillor Tina Jukes and Labour Party candidate, Chris Jones, campaigning for a better Birchills and Leamore

Local residents and campaigners have welcomed the announcement of measures to tackle speeding cars which have been caught in excess of ninety miles an hour through a large housing estate. The move comes after three years of complaints and campaigning by local residents about vehicles racing down Cavendish Road and St Stephenson Avenue which run through the heart of the Beechdale estate.

Walsall Council is now preparing a report to North Walsall area panel outlining measures to enforce the existing 30mph speed limit and deter drivers from racing down the roads. The measures include speed limit signs and new technology to warn drivers when they are breaking the law.

Community activist and Labour Party candidate , Chris Jones, said the measures were overdue. “I welcome these proposals but it should have happened earlier. Mostly, we are talking about drivers who are unaware of how fast they are travelling but tests by police with a speed gun recorded one driver doing 93 miles an hour; an accident at that speed would be lethal.”

Birchills and Leamore Labour councillor Tina Jukes said the steps would be welcomed by local residents who feared for their safety. “Me and my fellow councillors, along with residents and Beechdale Housing Group, have been lobbying for sometime for action. St Stephenson Avenue is particularly bad as it’s a long, broad road which some idiotic drivers think they can gun their cars along. It runs straight past the local shops, social club and community centre creating a real danger for pedestrians and responsible drivers turning left or right.”

The measures are part of a package of road improvements in north Walsall including steps to tackle dangerous driving along the Harden Road and Elmore Green, Bloxwich which has seen 19 accidents in 36 months.

 

Community Giving Making Communities Great

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Shiri Samra -far left- with Maisie Worton and supporters who raised £1500 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Regulars at a Darlaston gym have thrown their weight behind Birmingham Children’s Hospital by raising £1500 for the care of ill youngsters.

Members of Sprintz Health and Fitness Centre came together to raise the money in memory of Shiri Samra’s wife, Kulvinder, who died recently from cancer.

Shiri said: “Me and my friends wanted to commemorate my wife so we decided to collect money for the children’s hospital and donate it her name. Our main fund raising efforts were running a half marathon which brought in £1300, and the manager and owner of the club, Dave Leppar generously rounded it up to £1500.

“I want to thank all those who have given money and supported us. Everyone has really worked hard and it’s great to be able to pass the money on in memory of Kulvinder.”

The cash was formally accepted by ten year-old, Maisie Worton, from Bentley who recently underwent a successful hole in the heart operation at the hospital.

Mr Leppar added:  “We enjoy a real community spirit at the club, so when Shiri and his friends asked us to support such a worthwhile cause we couldn’t say no, and they have done such a great job they really should be congratulated.”

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Local Labour councillor ,Kieth Chambers, showing his support.

 

The event was supported by local councillor, Keith Chambers, who said: “The club, Shiri and his friends epitomise what is so good about local communities coming together for the benefit of each other. Their generosity and spirit is the glue that makes where we live great.”

 

Ukip’s Support for NHS Privatisation

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Labour candidate, Chris Jones.

The Labour candidate for the Birchills-Leamore’s by-election has said the planned visit by Ukip’s Deputy Leader, Paul Nuttall, to the ward will expose the reality of voting for the party. Chris Jones, a community activist with 17 years experience campaigning for the ward, said Nuttall’s visit was a publicity stunt which showed Ukip have no idea of the problems local people face.

“Birchills/Leamore has major health inequalities with people in the west of Walsall on average dying eight years earlier than residents in the east of the borough. So Paul Nuttall will have to explain his support for the Conservative’s privatisation of NHS services and his party’s plans to charge patients to see a GP; policies that will hit the elderly, disabled and hard working families.

“He can also explain why the first act of Ukip members on Walsall Council was to support the Conservatives and their policy of major cuts to services people in Birchills-Leamore rely on.  Mr Nuttall claims they are different from the Tories but both their policies and actions show they voting Ukip is the same as voting for the Conservatives.”

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Paul Nuttall welcomes the privatisation of the NHS

Social Care At Tipping Point

Social Care budgets are reaching a tipping point where funding is being outstripped by demand and the elderly and vulnerable face the prospect of having no support from their local councils; senior council officers have said.

The stark future for OAPs and the disabled was spelt out in two separate warnings on the cuts in government grants to local authorities which has seen spending fall by £3.5 billion since 2010

They come after the Labour Group on Walsall council highlighted a major funding gap in adult services this year which will hit the care of elderly and vulnerable adults if it is not addressed.

A report by The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services published yesterday said that social care services would be ‘unsustainable’ if budgets cuts continue and no new money is injected into council budgets.

ADASS President David Pearson said: “Since 2010 spending on social care has fallen by 12 per cent at a time when the number of those looking for support has increased by 14 per cent. This has forced departments to make savings of 26 per cent in their budgets – the equivalent of £3.53 billion over the last four years.  Nothing can be starker than the truth these figures point to.”

He added: “Combined with these budget reductions, as resources reduce and need increases, directors are increasingly concerned about the impact on countless vulnerable people who will fail to receive, or not be able to afford, the social care services they need and deserve.”

In response to the continuing cuts Walsall’s Conservative and Liberal Democrat cabinet have ordered a review of Fallings Heath House respite centre which supports people with profound and multiple disabilities, in an effort to save cash.

Leader of the Labour Group on Walsall Council said the report proved what authorities across the country had known for some time; that reducing budgets hit the vulnerable first and hardest.

“Here in Walsall, social care has born the brunt of the Tories and Liberal Democrats’ cuts of over £97 million in the council’s budget since 2010, 37% of the total cuts. In short, the old and the infirm have been paying for the Government’s policies.  Earlier this year, in response to £1 million shortfall in Walsall’s adult services budget we proposed a very modest council tax increase of 35p per household per week.  This was voted down by the Tories and Liberal Democrats who were more concerned about the impact on their votes during May’s elections than the elderly.

“Now we are told that we have to find another £84 million in cuts over the next four years. This independent report shows that Walsall can’t just ignore the issue. We need to put these services at the top of our list of priorities, after all, these people are our mothers and fathers, our family and neighbours and we can’t just leave them to fend for themselves.”

The report by the ADASS coincided with a warning from the Chairman of the Local Government Association and Conservative leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, Sir Merrick Cockell, who said that next year will be make or break for social services as cuts in grants from central government leave local authorities facing a funding gap £5.8bn between March 2014 and March 2016.

We Need An Honest Debate On Vital Services

Labour councillors on Walsall Council are calling on the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to spell out the real impact of £84 million cuts on the most vulnerable such as the elderly, the disabled and children.

The party renewed its call for an open and honest debate about the future of the local authority and the services it will provide  after the council leadership’s ‘call to action’ asking volunteers to run services such as parks maintenance.

Leader of the Labour Group on the Council, Sean Coughlan, said the present council leadership IS yet again hiding the true threat to services people rely on, particularly the most vulnerable.

“In the past, we called on the council to give detailed explanations of the consequences of such massive cuts in terms of lost jobs and the accompanying impact on core services such as adult care and children services. Other councils such as Birmingham and Wolverhampton have done this; they have been honest and open and all we are asking is that Walsall Council does the same.

“Instead of offering  that, Councillor Ian Shires is calling for a consultation on the voluntary sector maintaining libraries, parks etc, while making no mention of the biggest spending departments of adult care and children’s services and what the impact will be on these vital services.

“In addition, he has totally ignored what is going to happen to the staff. How many jobs will be lost, how many trained social workers, carers and highly trained specialists are to go?”

“He is only offering a limited consultation which will tell only half the story, and in truth that’s no consultation at all. At the first opportunity, we will call on all councillors to support our demand for meaningful consultation involving local communities, staff and importantly services users and their representative’s such as Walsall Disability Forum to see how we can protect the level of care the council offers.”