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World Mental Health Day 2017

World Mental Health Day 2017

Health
This year's World Mental Health Day focuses especially on mental health in the workplace. Many people are now starting to talk about their mental health too. But it can be tough to recognise that we sometimes don’t feel 100% and tough to talk about it if we do. There are tools available to you and talk about it with friends, family or a professional. We are encouraging workplaces to sign up for the Time to Change Employer Pledge, a commitment to you all to change how we think and act about mental health problems, at every level of this organisation. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem and 9 in 10 say they have faced negative treatment from others as a result. We want everyone with a…
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Farron calls for government to put “shambolic” Universal Credit on hold

Farron calls for government to put “shambolic” Universal Credit on hold

Equality, News
Originally published by Tim Farron South Lakes MP Tim Farron has called for the government to pause the roll out of Universal Credit. According to the Government's own published figures, currently 1 in 4 people on Universal Credit are being left without income for over 6 weeks. Analysis from South Lakes Citizens Advice suggests 6000 families in Westmorland and Lonsdale will be receiving Universal Credit by 2022. In a letter written to the DWP secretary David Gauke, Tim has asked for the roll-out of Universal Credit to be put on hold until the following problems are addressed: No one is left to wait longer than 6 weeks for an income Those who need it get a payment within 2 weeks, which does not need to be paid back Claimants are…
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Sex Education

Sex Education

Education
There's a little more to it than that... Young People receive a wide variety of Sex and Relationships Education (SRE). Where it's good, it is inclusive and informative; but when it's bad, it can be ideological and unsafe. Most involves a spattering information of information about STIs and how to put a condom on a banana... But there's a little bit more to it than that. We believe all young people should have the opportunity to learn about sex and relationships in a safe, non-judgemental setting. We want a Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) fit for the 21st Century. This should: Teach issues around porn and sexting Include LGBT+ relationships and gender identity Talk about body image and pleasure Teach about consent, refusal and harassment
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The Housing Crisis

The Housing Crisis

Housing
The housing crisis affects us all in different ways. From people forced into homelessness to young couples who can't afford children. From those who suffer long commutes to those who can't afford to take the job they want. Cramped conditions, skimping on luxuries, an assetless generation, and simply because demand for housing outstrips supply. The number of people sleeping rough in the UK rose to 4,134 in 2016, a 16% increase from the previous year Home ownership has halved amongst young people since the early 90s The average home now costs twice what it did in 2000 Everyone Deserves A Roof Over Their Head Liberal Democrats Housing Policy: Establish "Help to Rent", a government-backed loan to help pay the tenancy deposit for all first-time renters under 30. Introduce a "Rent…
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Mental Health: Equal Funding & Equal Rights

Mental Health: Equal Funding & Equal Rights

Health
Mental Health patients still don't have the same rights as physical health patients and services remain grossly underfunded. The Liberal Democrats want equal funding and equal rights for mental health. We want increased staffing, reduced waiting times and reform of the outdated 1983 Mental Health Act. The government have said they will reform mental health law in the next two years. Let's make sure they get it right! This is a once-in-a-generation chance to fix our broken system. Our Policy: Guarantee waiting time standards Reform the Mental Health Act Stamp out mental health stigma Increase funding for early intervention and community mental health services
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The Lib Dems: Real Economic Choices

The Lib Dems: Real Economic Choices

Economics
A long-term stable economy requires more than just discipline over spending. It requires us to invest in people, innovation and infrastructure in order to give our economy the opportunity to remain competitive for the future. The Conservatives have failed to take advantage of historically low interest rates to borrow for the investment that would create jobs now and prepare us and our economy for the future. Liberal Democrats will therefore commit to a responsible and realistic £100 billion package of additional infrastructure investment. This will prioritise: New direct spending on house-building to help build 300,000 homes a year by 2022. A programme of installing hyper-fast, fibre optic broadband across the UK. Capital investment in schools and hospitals to support capacity increases and modernisation. Significant investment in road and rail infrastructure,…
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In The End – Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington is a lesson for us all to learn

In The End – Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington is a lesson for us all to learn

News
News broke last night that the lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington committed suicide, say LA County Coroners. I want to start by saying that Chester Bennington is one of many people who have suffered from mental illness (this does not make their deaths any less important) and subsequently took their own lives when they couldn't cope anymore; but when it's someone high profile like Chester and Robin Williams, it brings this very important issue to the forefront of our media and rightly so. Very sad news to the millions of Linkin Park fans; some of whom were due to see them on their upcoming world tour. That said, there is a bigger story than upset Linkin Park fans; and that's the stigma of mental health and the head in…
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Swinson: BBC gender pay gap should be a wake-up call

Swinson: BBC gender pay gap should be a wake-up call

Equality
The Liberal Democrats have described new figures showing the gender pay gap amongst highly paid employees at the BBC as a "wake-up call." Figures published today have shown that of the 108 people at the BBC who earn more than £150,000, just 34 are women. Only five women are in the top 20 and one in the top 10. Claudia Winkleman, the top earning female. earns a quarter (£400,000 - £449,000) of the salary of the highest earning male, Chris Evans (£2.2m – 2.249m). Liberal Democrats Cllr Wendy Smalley (Heath & Holmewood) said:  "We see from the published figures that the BBC has a long way to go before it reaches a stage of gender equality. "The issue is not just in the BBC though and many other organisations are…
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Liberal Democrats launch 20 mph Speed Zone campaign

Liberal Democrats launch 20 mph Speed Zone campaign

Community, Consultation, Traffic, Transport
Local Liberal Democrats in Clay Cross, Tupton, Grassmoor, Wingerworth and Holmgate have launched their campaign to introduce 20 mph speed limit zones in the centre of their towns and villages to reduce speeding. Speaking about the campaign, Cllr David Hancock said: "This is one of the biggest issues local people have raised with us during the County Council elections; so we thought we would start our campaign to drum up as much support as possible before we approach Derbyshire County Council for some assistance in making this a reality." Lib Dem Campaigner, Sam Jones added: "I live in Clay Cross and we have major problems with people speeding along roads such as Thanet Street and High Street; both of these areas have children crossing them on their way to school…
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Serious Scam Incident In Shirland

Serious Scam Incident In Shirland

Community, News
We have been alerted to an incident in Shirland and have been advised to inform all residents in case the perpetrators do it again. A vulnerable 76 year old adult care client was threatened by two men who visited her property and demanded they cut her hedge; and then extracted an extortionate payment. One of the men allegedly put his hand on her shoulder, and his face close up to hers, and said: "You seem like a nice lady, but I can hurt you." He then pressed his fingers hard into her shoulder. Understandably, the lady felt very threatened, intimidated and afraid. The younger of the two men kept his foot wedged in the door preventing her from closing it. The men also entered her property four times. The lady…
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