Category: Politics

Shropshire Tories back Hunt’s Autumn Statement but opponents say people are paying for Conservative mistakes
Jeremy Hunt

Shropshire’s Conservative MPs have backed Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s bid to wrestle back confidence in the UK economy after Liz Truss’ brief and disastrous reign as Prime Minister.

But North Shropshire’s Liberal Democrat MP, Helen Morgan, said it was a budget which showed that people will be paying the costs of “Conservative mistakes for years to come”.

Shrewsbury & Atcham Conservative, Daniel Kawczynski said: “Today in the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has made tough but fair decisions to restore economic stability and tackle inflation. As a low-state and low-tax Conservative, the Autumn Statement is not where

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Leader warns of councils in the West Midlands ‘fearful’ of going bankrupt in the next two years
Councillor Shaun Davies

Councillor Shaun Davies, the leader of Telford & Wrekin Council told the BBC that he is hearing “every single day” of well run councils having to declare the equivalent of bankruptcy.

Councillor Davies said: “I’m hearing every single day sadly, councils in this region in the West Midlands who are fearful of going bankrupt.

“Big councils, councils that traditionally have been very safe and well managed councils.”

Councillor Davies is also senior vice chair of the Local Government Association. He added that the LGA has projected that next year there will be councils on the edge of

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Prime Minister questioned over state of NHS during visit to school in region
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during a visit to a chemistry class at Erasmus Darwin Academy in Burntwood

He said extra funding would help the NHS “get on with the job” of tackling ambulance queues outside hospital A&E departments.

The PM, who promised a “bold and radical” approach to the NHS, acknowledged the problems of bed-blocking, with patients unable to be discharged into the community.

He said the £8 billion package set out in Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s autumn statement for the NHS and social care would “tackle some of these problems”.

He was speaking at Erasmus Darwin Academy in Burntwood earlier

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Farmers in plea for help as crises threatens livelihoods

Calls for support come as British shoppers looking for eggs have been met with empty shelves, as the UK’s largest ever outbreak of bird flu and rising costs have placed pressure on egg supplies across the country.

On Monday, members of the National Farmers Union (NFU) met at the Cymru Poultry Conference and expressed their serious concerns for the impact that severe energy price inflation, hikes in feed costs and the worst ever UK outbreak of Avian Influenza were taking on their businesses and their families.

Following the conference, NFU Cymru has written to the Welsh Government calling for immediate

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Rail users in Shrewsbury support RMT strikes despite disruption
Helen Donoghue from Wellington

A minority of travellers were angry about the RMT union’s decision to ramp up their industrial action as they attempt to gain concessions on pay and terms and conditions.

Mandy Carnahan, 50, a nurse from Ruyton-XI-Towns, said even though the strikes would “mess up” a planned work trip to Cardiff, she could understand why the workers were going to be downing tools again.

“I am not against people striking for pay and terms,” she said. “It is up to the Government to step in and settle it.”

Nurses: Mandy Carnahan and Jo Stickley from the Shrewsbury
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Council considering biggest council tax rise possible as it faces multi-million deficit

In this month’s Autumn Statement, the Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt increased the amount by which councils can raise council tax.

Now Shropshire Council’s Conservative Cabinet member for finance, Councillor Gwilym Butler, had confirmed the administration will be considering the biggest rise possible.

Last year the authority increased council tax by 3.99 per cent, with two per cent exclusively for adult social care.

Councillor Butler said that the inflation pressures hitting households and businesses across the county were also affecting the council – with current predictions likely to see an £11m deficit in the authority’s budget come the end of the financial

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