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LOCAL UPDATE: £2 million to improve rural bus services & Walsall council staff set for pay rise

The West Midlands is to receive a financial boost to improve rural bus services.

Transport Minister Baroness Vere has announced that the West Midlands is to receive two million pounds to improve bus services in rural areas. It will support innovative on-demand services, such as minibuses that can be booked via an app, which are able to get closer to where people live in rural and suburban areas, and at a time convenient for them.

Next, council staff in Walsall are getting a pay rise to thank them for their hard work in dealing with the pandemic. All staff directly employed by the authority will be getting a one per cent increase as confirmed at a meeting on the fifteenth of March.

Finally, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has shortlisted an organisation from Coventry for a Community Organisation Hero Award at this year's Outstanding Citizens Awards. Langar Aid usually focus on feeding rough sleepers but also travelled to Dover to take food parcels to lorry drivers stuck in queues at the border over Christmas.

Avtar Kaur Project Manager for Langar Aid said: “Throughout the pandemic we have been focused on supporting those who are most in need. All of our volunteers have gone out of their way to provide food and support for the vulnerable and isolated.”

The other nominee for the Community Organisation Hero Award is Cherished CIC.


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