Lib Dems call on PM to sack Gavin Williamson for “slow-motion car crash” on exams

Lib Dems call on PM to sack Gavin Williamson for “slow-motion car crash” on exams

Education, Young People
The Liberal Democrats have called on Boris Johnson to sack Gavin Williamson, criticising attempts to pass the buck onto Ofqual for the exams grading fiasco.In a letter to Boris Johnson, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran has called on the Prime Minister to personally apologise to students and warned that the Government’s failure to take responsibility risks further eroding public trust in the exams system.She accuses the Education Secretary of presiding over a “slow-motion car crash,” listing a number of catastrophic errors including failing to issue guidance for universities and ignoring warnings that a calculated grades system risked bias against disadvantaged groups.Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran said:“The Government’s botched handling of this crisis has caused untold distress and anguish to students, with many at risk of losing out on…
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Lib Dems in North East Derbyshire slam Govt’s planning proposals

Lib Dems in North East Derbyshire slam Govt’s planning proposals

Housing
The Liberal Democrats have condemned the Conservative Government’s plans to reform the planning system, arguing that proposed changes will do nothing to alleviate the housing crisis in North East Derbyshire.  The Liberal Democrats believe the Conservatives’ proposals will not help those who are stuck on waiting lists and express concern that zoning plans risk “leaving whole areas behind”. Instead, the Party is calling for “an urgent house building programme”, with proposals to build 100,000 social homes for rent every year.  Cllr Ross Shipman, Liberal Democrat Group Leader in North East Derbyshire said: "Across North East Derbyshire, 2,072 families are stuck on the housing waiting list, which is the 10th highest figure out of all 39 local authorities in the East Midlands. This is unacceptable.  “With councils across the country approving nine out of…
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NHS staff shortages worsen under Tories

NHS staff shortages worsen under Tories

Health
The latest figures on NHS vacancies reveal that there was 8,416  vacancies for nurses in the NHS in the Midlands in July to September 2019. This means that 12.6% of posts were unfilled, showing the NHS staff shortage crisis to get worse. The Conservatives have presided over a staffing crisis in our health service, failing to adequately ensure the NHS has the workforce it needs to care for our loved ones.  Even worse, Boris Johnson's pledge for 50,000 new nurses isn't even true. What is true is the Conservative's manifesto commitment to introduce a nurse tax for EU workers.  Over 11,600 NHS staff from the EU have left the health service in the three years since the Brexit vote, including 4,783 nurses. The Conservatives are only going to discourage more nurses from coming to work in the…
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Disabled Facilities Grant legal charge ‘lacks compassion’ when families suffer a bereavement says Cllr Ross Shipman

Disabled Facilities Grant legal charge ‘lacks compassion’ when families suffer a bereavement says Cllr Ross Shipman

Uncategorized
Lib Dem Councillor, Ross Shipman has submitted a motion to add the 'bereavement of claimant' as a reason to waive Disabled Facilities Grant legal charge on properties. The Disabled facilities Grants aids families for the care of their disabled relatives by funding necessary adaptations to properties, such as, room conversions and the purchase of specialised equipment in their own home. District, Borough and Unitary Councils place a legal claw-back charge on properties if they are sold on within 10 years of the grant being issued - this can vary between difference authorities on the amount paid back and the criteria in which these are paid back in the event a property is sold. In North East Derbyshire, residents are asked to pay £10,000 if they sell their property, even if the…
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Liberal Democrats launch Plan for a Brighter Future

Liberal Democrats launch Plan for a Brighter Future

2019 Manifesto
Jo Swinson has launched the Liberal Democrats’ Plan for a Brighter Future. Jo will start her nationwide tour today and details of the plan will be delivered to millions of people across the UK by mail and online. The plan outlines the party’s key priority – to Stop Brexit – and sets out a bold vision on how to build a fairer, brighter future for the country. It is a plan to tackle inequalities, confront the climate emergency and give everyone the opportunities they need to succeed.   The old politics has failed. For too many people, working hard and playing by the rules is not enough to guarantee a happy, fulfilling and secure life for them and their children.   A Liberal Democrat government will create a shared vision for the country we want to…
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Lib Dems reveal extent of ‘criminal’ Tory police cuts

Lib Dems reveal extent of ‘criminal’ Tory police cuts

Community, Home Office, Police
Liberal Democrat analysis of new Home Office figures, has revealed that the Conservative Government cut funding to Derbyshire Police by 6% in real terms between 2015-16 and 2019-20. According to Liberal Democrat analysis, total government funding to all 43 forces (in 2019-20 prices) fell from £8.48 billion in 2015-16 to £7.99 billion in 2019-20. 32 of the 43 forces across the country experienced cuts of 6% or more.  Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said:“Across the country, we are seeing rising crime and falling police. Far too many people now feel unsafe walking down their own streets.“Taking 5,000 police off our streets in the last four years and cutting funding in real-terms by £490 million from 2015-16 to 2019-20 are big Tory crimes." Liberal Democrat Group Leader for North East Derbyshire, Cllr Ross…
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North East Derbyshire Lib Dems score hat-trick of policy

North East Derbyshire Lib Dems score hat-trick of policy

2019 Manifesto, Representation
North East Derbyshire Lib Dems say they are 'delighted that Councillors of all parties supported' their three motions at the meeting held on 20th May 2019. North East Derbyshire Lib Dem Group Leader, David Hancock: "I want to place on record for all those Councillors supporting the three Lib Dem motions." "Whilst we had hoped they had all been passed without amendment, we were disappointed that some were made weaker by the conservative amendments, particularly around the sale of the land off Ankerbold Road, Tupton, where they replaced the word 'withdraw' with 'review'." The motion, as passed, now reads that 'the Council resolved to review the proposed sale of the greenfield land' rather than to withdraw the sale completely. Other motions passed included for the District Council to review car…
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Lib Dems demand end to fracking

Lib Dems demand end to fracking

Energy, Environment
The Liberal Democrats are demanding the Conservative Government end their support for shale gas and to step up efforts to tackle climate change. Liberal Democrat Climate Change spokesperson Wera Hobhouse, along with a cross-party group of MPs from Lib Dems, Labour, Independents and Greens have written to the Government demanding an end to shale gas extraction. The letter states that climate change is an emergency and that the Government must focus entirely on zero-carbon energy if we are to meet our climate change commitments. Liberal Democrat Climate Change Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse MP said: “It is incomprehensible that this Government continues to support the exploration of shale gas in the UK. Climate change is an emergency that needs to be dealt with now, we must focus on renewable energy rather than being distracted by more…
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Shocking figures ‘highlights the extent of Derbyshire County Council’s failings in Children’s Services’ say Lib Dems

Shocking figures ‘highlights the extent of Derbyshire County Council’s failings in Children’s Services’ say Lib Dems

Education, Health, News, Welfare, Young People
A Freedom of Information request by the Liberal Democrats revealed that Derbyshire County Council successfully defended just 4.35% of cases where Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) were disputed for Special Educational Needs and Disability provision in 2018. EHCPs are for children and young people aged up to 25 who need more support than is available through special educational needs support. The plans identify educational, health and social needs and set out the additional support to meet those needs. So they are designed to identify essential support for some of the most vulnerable in our communities. Ross Shipman, the Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for N-E Derbyshire, said: “It’s absolutely terrible. The Tory controlled council are failing the most vulnerable children in Derbyshire; and in the vast majority of cases the…
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Local Councils revealed to have no plans to increase electric vehicle charging points

Local Councils revealed to have no plans to increase electric vehicle charging points

Environment, Traffic
A Liberal Democrat District Councillor has claimed local councils have been “hamstrung by Conservative Government cuts” and warned “urgent action” is needed to tackle rising transport emissions. Of the 301 local councils that responded to the Liberal Democrats freedom of information request, 107 do not have a plan to increase the number of charging points. 122 local councils confirmed they have a formal plan, but only an additional 62 have taken steps to increase the number of EV charging points. North East Derbyshire District Council and Bolsover District Council have zero electric vehicle charging points and no plans to introduce them. Chesterfield Borough Council only had two charging points in the town.Ahead of the local elections in May, the Liberal Democrats at their Spring Conference in York [March 16th] called for…
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