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  • mj55 (Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash)
    Article: Mar 6, 2021

    The media has been full of discussion about the governments proposed 1% increase for NHS staff. Quite rightly

    On the one side there are those who argue that those in the health service who have worked immensely hard and put themselves in harms way fighting the pandemic deserve a pay increase that is greater than the forecast of inflation. On the other that an increase is difficult to justify when debts from fighting the pandemic means the country cannot afford an increase

  • llk7 (Photo by The New York Public Library on Ynsplash)
    Article: Mar 5, 2021

    The budget yesterday was something of a disappointment if only because almost all of its contents had been leaked in advance. It certainly didn't get close to addressing many of the Lib. Dem priorities that we outlined in yesterdays article ( see here)

    From a spend perspective the continuation of pandemic support is welcome and the Chancellor seems to have learnt from past experience continuing most of the pandemic support through into the Autumn long after the current road map suggests we will be back to something approaching normality. Hopefully there wont be another need for an interim budget to cover gaps caused by short term supports reaching their end whilst the need continues. The decision to suddenly cut universal credit increases in October with no tapered reduction as has happened with say Stamp Duty, Furlough And VAT reductions looks like a major error. It consigns our poorest families have to confront an income reduction of £80 in the month something that risks adding to childhood poverty

  • BH33 (Photo by Artur Opala on Unsplash)
    Article: Mar 3, 2021

    It's been an incredibly hard year. So many people have lost their jobs, high streets have been decimated and businesses have gone under. People are struggling to make ends meet.

    Meanwhile, another year has gone by without taking the big steps we need to halt the climate emergency.

    That's why the Liberal Democrats are championing four major priorities in light of today's Budget:

  • ppoi5 (Photo by Dan Burton on Unsplash)
    Article: Feb 28, 2021

    Our MP Layla Moran has been in the news a fair bit recently with her campaign to scrap the archaic Vagrancy Act of 1824, which makes it illegal to sleep rough or beg. Originally set up to stop begging by demobilised soldiers this antiquated piece of legislation ignores the myriad of reasons why people end up on the street" It is an absolute travesty that homelessness should still be a crime". said Layla

  • hg35
    Article: Feb 26, 2021

    During the last General Election we helped deliver leaflets locally supporting David Beavan our candidate. One of the sights we got used to seeing was paid agency staff delivering leaflets for the Conservatives.. At the time we wondered how a Party with a membership only 50% greater than us could afford to employ such a service. We had no option but to rely on the hard work of volunteers to get our message across.