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Friday, April 11th, 2014

Striking a Blow on Domestic Violence

The Birmingham Mail has rightly been showered with outrage after it published a controversial column by journalist Maureen Messent which expressed a total lack of sympathy with victims of domestic violence and expounded the view that ‘women who allow themselves to be used as punch bags are often their own worst enemies’.

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Friday, March 28th, 2014

Diseconomies of Scale – Cost or Value?

A must read report has been published by Locality, called ‘Saving Money by Doing the Right Thing‘.

It indicates, based on extensive research, that huge sums of public money are missing the mark in the provision of services that fail to meet needs effectively, and illustrates the point with a selection of case studies to complement the

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Friday, March 14th, 2014

The Big Walk-In Question

I went to the Public Meeting about the Urgent Care Review this week. I hoped to hear the answer to my question about the thing, or to ask it. Unfortunately, I didn’t get picked by the Chair to ask it. However it is a question worth exploring.

My question is, when it comes to Walk-In services,

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Friday, February 28th, 2014

Rewiring Localities

Solihull’s Full Council has this month debated the Local Government Association’s (LGA’s) campaign ‘Rewiring Public Services’. The Council concluded that it favoured the report’s recommendations and endorsed them.

The LGA, which is the representative body for local councils, is advocating a substantial transfer of power and responsibility back from central government to the local decision makers,

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Friday, February 14th, 2014

Commemoration and Celebration

This year is a time for looking back to commemorate and celebrate and to recognise events that have shaped the present.

It is, of course, a century since the onset of the First World War. Such horrendous loss of life that followed is no cause for celebration, but the dogged determination of a generation saved our shores from

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Thursday, January 30th, 2014

New Levels of Consultation and Engagement

The hoohah about Accident & Emergency (A&E) at Solihull Hospital has some interesting lessons for us all.

As I understand it, the story so far is:

The Care Quality Commission led an inspection of the Solihull A&E and found it was well short of an A&E standard, being not equipped to deliver vital functions, such as emergency care

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Friday, January 17th, 2014

Keeping Them Safe

A combination of some investigations about historic events in childrens’ homes and high profile court cases about other alleged activities of celebrities appear to be dominant in our national news at present. These are serving to remind us of the importance of Safeguarding Children and Young People.

We all have a responsibility in one way or another to be

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Friday, November 22nd, 2013

A Rusty Ballot Box


Have you seen the now infamous Jeremy Paxman interview with Russell Brand on Newsnight? It is  available on You Tube:

Paxo tries hard to skewer Brand, particularly because he had the temerity to be a guest editor of a political rag and yet he has never ever participated in the democratic system by voting. The result is

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Friday, October 25th, 2013

As I Was Saying ……

I make no apology for revisiting the topic of the previous entry here. After all, Anti Slavery Day is still fresh in the memory and the news in the intervening days has done much to keep the topic warm.

Interest in the “blonde-haired, green-eyed, pale-skinned little girl” named Maria, removed by police from a Roma family

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Friday, October 11th, 2013

Unleash Your Inner Wilberforce

Next Friday, 18 October, is the UK’s Anti Slavery Day and we should all commit ourselves to do something on that day to make our own stand against this most underestimated scourge of the modern age.

Anti-Slavery Day created by Act of Parliament by law in 2010 through an unopposed Private Members Bill. It is intended to raise

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