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

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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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Moran: Rough sleeping shames our whole country

Moran: Rough sleeping shames our whole country

Housing
The Liberal Democrats have today called for cross-party support for Layla Moran's Bill to scrap the Vagrancy Act following the publication of official figures which reveal there were 4,677 rough sleepers across England in Autumn 2018.Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said: “The fact that thousands of people sleep rough every night shames our whole country. These figures don’t even capture the many more ‘hidden homeless’ in insecure and unsuitable accommodation. “Even worse, hundreds of homeless people die each year, as the tragic death of Kane Walker in Birmingham on Sunday reminded us. The Tories are failing our most vulnerable people."The Liberal Democrats demand better. We want the Government to be building up to 100,000 social homes a year, provide accommodation and support to those in need, and finally back my Bill to…
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Social housing neglect due to lack of political will

Social housing neglect due to lack of political will

Housing
Responding to calls from housing charity Shelter for more social housing, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Housing Wera Hobhouse MP said: “Conservative Ministers have neglected social housing for far too long. The housing crisis is leaving people unable to afford a home of their own or, even worse, without a roof over their head. “Councils building social homes for rent is not only the quickest and most cost-effective way to produce the maximum amount of homes, but it is so important due to the secure tenancy they offer vulnerable tenants." "The Liberal Democrats welcome Shelter’s call for funding and more social housing. The current lack of social housing results in housing benefit going into the hands of private landlords, rather than councils. What is stopping this from changing is simply the lack…
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