Community Focus is Key to Council Success

Labour members of Walsall Council have laid out their plans for the future, in talks which will decide who will run the authority for the next 12 months. The “Community Focused” strategy more>

New Cash for Darlaston Transport and Road Safety

Shoppers and residents in Darlaston will be safer as £120,000 is invested in upgrading the town’s bus station and improving pedestrian crossings. Local councillor, Doug James, has welcomed the investment which he more>

Labour Wins In Walsall 2015

Labour were celebrating in the early hours of this morning as both Walsall sitting MPs increased their majorities despite a spending spree by their Conservative rivals; while Labour’s challenger in Aldridge Brownhills more>

Blue Badges Fast Tracked

People with disabilities who rely on a car for mobility are to get a fast tracked service in future as Walsall Council speeds up its systems to handle almost 5000 applications for more>

End to Zero Hours in Caring for the Elderly and Disabled

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Sun Shining on Labour in Aldridge – Brownhills

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Tory Hammer Blow for Education in Walsall South

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Roads Boost for Borough

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Community Focus is Key to Council Success

Sean Coughlan, Leader of Walsall Council's Labour group.

Sean Coughlan, Leader of Walsall Council’s Labour group.

Labour members of Walsall Council have laid out their plans for the future, in talks which will decide who will run the authority for the next 12 months. The “Community Focused” strategy is designed to build on improvements brought in by the Labour group after it took office in August last year, and is the basis of positive discussions with other parties on the future direction of the borough.

At present, Labour is the largest party on the authority with 27 members but its needs the support of other groups if the Council is defend services in the face of predicted massive cuts by the Conservative government. The new strategy aims to protect and improve the quality of life of all communities, particularly the most vulnerable, and give a greater say to local people over the services they need.

Leader of the Council, Sean Coughlan, said the plans were designed to take the council forward and build on successful initiatives such as the Schools Improvement program, the reorganisation of Children’s and Adult Care Services and proposals to devolve decision making to local communities.

“The election of a Conservative Government means that councils, up and down the country, are facing even more attacks on services. If we are not to go backwards we need to build on these positive steps already taken; much of which won support from other parties in the unseen work of scrutiny committees.

“This document sets out Labour’s commitment to continue to take the council in the right direction of dealing with the cuts whilst protecting the most vulnerable and returning power to people and the towns that make this borough vibrant and diverse.

“We welcome the positive response we have received from the Lib-Dem members of the council and look forward to more discussions with other members and groups.”
On June 3rd the borough’s 60 councillors will meet to decide who runs the authority for the next 12 months.

 

New Cash for Darlaston Transport and Road Safety

Doug James welcoming investment in Darlaston

Doug James welcoming £120,000 upgrade to Darlaston Bus Station

Shoppers and residents in Darlaston will be safer as £120,000 is invested in upgrading the town’s bus station and improving pedestrian crossings. Local councillor, Doug James, has welcomed the investment which he says will improve services for bus users and road safety at the St Lawrence Way station which serves Darlaston’s shops.

The improvements are a joint project between Walsall Council and Centro. The cash will improve existing bus shelters and the installation of digital information boards will tell passengers when their bus service is expected to arrive in real time. The money will also see the building of a new pedestrian crossing while an existing crossing at the junction of Dorsett Road and King Edwards Street will be upgraded.

Cllr James said: “I’ve been working with Walsall Council and West Midland’s transport authority, Centro, along with local residents for sometime and it’s pleasing to see how hard officers from both organisations have worked and responded to the needs of local people. The investment will improve the facilities and road safety for local residents, shoppers and passengers.”

Work on the improvements is expected to begin at the end of June.

Labour Wins In Walsall 2015

Labour were celebrating in the early hours of this morning as both Walsall sitting MPs increased their majorities despite a spending spree by their Conservative rivals; while Labour’s challenger in Aldridge Brownhills increased the party’s percentage and overall vote.

In Walsall North David Winnick increased his majority to 1,937 from 990 in 2010 and in Walsall South, Valerie Vaz , saw her majority leap from 1755 to 6007

In Aldridge Brown hills, John fisher , came second increasing the party’s vote to 8,835 with  22.45% of the vote up from 19.8% in 2010.

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John Fisher increased Labour’s over all share and percentage of the vote In Aldridge Brownhills

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in Walsall south , Valerie Vaz saw her majority leap to 6007 from 1755

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And in Walsall North David Winnick won for the 9th time while increasing his majority

Blue Badges Fast Tracked

Diane Coughlan: Cabinet members for Social Care l

Diane Coughlan:
Cabinet members for Social Care

People with disabilities who rely on a car for mobility are to get a fast tracked service in future as Walsall Council speeds up its systems to handle almost 5000 applications for blue badges each year.
Extra cash has been allocated to the service in a drive to make the application process swifter and easier for applicants and their families.

At present there are 13,692 badges holders in Walsall and the authority handles 4932 first time and renewal applications each year. The sheer number has meant that in the past motorists could be waiting up to three months for the badge. The authority is now taking the first step to tackle this issue.
Requests on behalf of people who are terminally ill, registered blind or receive higher rate mobility Disability Living Allowance are automatically granted but the majority have to undergo a strict assessment process.

Announcing extra funding for the service Cllr Diane Coughlan, cabinet holder for social care, said: “Recently, officers have made excellent progress in supporting residents, guiding them through the assessment process and ensuring decisions on suitability are right first time but this care and attention to detail has led to unavoidable delays.

“Blue Badges allow people to park in areas as close as possible to their destination and fundamentally changes the quality of life for disabled residents. Getting the process and the decision right quickly is critical to improving people’s lives.
“So, despite the extreme funding limits placed on us by Central Government, I am pleased to be able to announce extra funding to be put into this service to ensure people with disabilities get the support and quality of life they deserve.”

VE Day: Remembering the Sacrifices

The Midlands’ longest serving politician, Walsall North’s David Winnick, is calling on people to remember the sacrifices of those who fought for our freedoms as the 70th anniversary of VE Day approaches. As the country prepares to go to the polls to elect a new government on Thursday May 7th the veteran parliamentarian is concerned the victory of those who sacrificed so much to protect our democracy will be forgotten.

The end of the Second World War in Europe came on the 8thMay 1945; almost 70 years to the day the Nazis surrendered, people in Britain will go to the polls. The Labour Party politician, who won praise from all parties for his work on ensuring British prisoners of war who were held by the Japanese received proper compensation, said people should remember the cost of their vote.

“The Second World War was not just a victory of our armed forces. Here in the Black Country, men and women made the arms needed for victory. They volunteered for the Land Army and the Merchant Navy, they suffered bombing raids, while across the world people from as far away as India joined us in that fight. Everyone made sacrifices to protect the freedoms we enjoy today. That shouldn’t be forgotten.

“Since then, we have had to protect those freedoms again and again. On May 7th I hope all those that can vote, do vote because we all owe a duty to the past generations. On May 8th I hope everyone will stop, remember and give thanks for those sacrifices made on our behalf.”