Decision by Secretary of State at Defra to overturn ban on bee-killing pesticides

August 26th, 2015
Bee

Many of you have contacted me to ask that the ban on neonicotinoid pesticides is maintained. I wrote to the Secretary of State at DEFRA and I received a response from the Minister dated 17 July 2015 which gave no indication …

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Valerie cheers on DarlastonTown 1874FC first home game

August 17th, 2015
Valerie Vaz MP

A sunny Saturday afternoon on 15 August 2015 at Bentley Pavilions was the perfect setting for the first home game for Darlaston Town 1974 FC. Kington Town scored first but such was the spirit of the home team that a …

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We Are Walsall Unity Celebration

August 15th, 2015
Valerie Vaz MP

WE ARE WALSALL organised a unity celebration near St Pauls at the Crossing on Saturday 15 August 2015. There were speeches and musical interludes. I met and spoke to some of those who attended and they were from a broad …

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Palfrey Sure Start rated Outstanding by Ofsted for second time

August 14th, 2015
Valerie Vaz MP

Congratulations to all the hardworking staff at Palfrey Sure Start Children’s Centre on South Street which has again been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted. This is Palfrey Sure Start’s second consecutive Outstanding rating from Ofsted and it is testament to …

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Valerie writes to Capita: premises used for PIP assessments may not be Accessible

August 6th, 2015
Blue Badge

My constituents have told me that for their assessments for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) they have to attend the assessment at 51 Lower Hall Lane. It seems that the ‘disabled access toilet’ and the entrances to the consulting rooms are …

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FOI response reveals fivefold increase in Blue Badge refusals

August 3rd, 2015
Valerie Vaz MP

The Graph above shows the percentage of Blue Badge applications refused in each for the last 5 years by Walsall MBC. When an 82 year old constituent was refused a Blue Badge despite having it for 10 years and an …

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Celebrate National Parks this Summer with a visit.

August 3rd, 2015
Peak District National Park

National Parks were created by the Labour Government in 1949. Each National Park is run by its own National Park Authority, which receives a grant from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The funding for each …

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Government cuts millions in grants to Walsall MBC since 2010

August 1st, 2015
Cuts to Walsall MBC

I asked for figures for the grants from Central Government to Walsall MBC. This grant enables local authorities to provide services for local people. The figures from the House of Commons Library make disappointing reading for Walsall. Because the responsibilities …

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