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Lib Dems call on Chancellor to give 118,345 carers in Derbyshire a break

Lib Dems call on Chancellor to give 118,345 carers in Derbyshire a break

Welfare
The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to “give carers a break”, by giving councils immediate emergency funding so they can provide the support services unpaid carers need to take a weekly break. More than 118,000 people in Derbyshire (including Derby City) are looking after elderly, disabled or vulnerable people during the Covid pandemic. In a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, Ed Davey highlights research from Carers UK showing that nationally: 64% of carers have not been able to take any breaks from their caring role during the pandemic,74% feel exhausted and worn out as a result of caring during Covid, and44% say they are reaching breaking point. The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Chancellor to provide local authorities with emergency funding in his Budget on 3rd March…
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‘Parents should be able to access children’s TV programming during lockdown without the fear of being prosecuted’ say Lib Dems

‘Parents should be able to access children’s TV programming during lockdown without the fear of being prosecuted’ say Lib Dems

Education
BBC TV is to help children keep up with their studies during the latest lockdown, by broadcasting lessons on BBC Two and CBBC, as well as online. Schools have been closed to most children across the UK as part of tougher measures announce by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday, in an attempt to control Covid-19. The BBC will show curriculum-based programmes on TV from Monday, 11th January 2021. They will include three hours of primary school programming every weekday on CBBC from 9am, and at least two hours for secondary pupils on BBC Two. During the first lockdown in the spring, lessons were available on iPlayer, red button and online, but not on regular TV channels. The move comes amid concerns that low-income families may struggle to afford data packages for…
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Primary schools must move to temporary remote learning to create time for a new, safe plan

Primary schools must move to temporary remote learning to create time for a new, safe plan

Education
The Liberal Democrats are backing calls for all primary schools to move to remote learning until 18 January and urged Ministers to use that time to “get ahead of the virus” and publish a clear plan to open schools safely While the Party wants schools to remain open for vulnerable children and those of key-workers, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader and Education Spokesperson Daisy Cooper has warned the Tories have “squandered every opportunity to get ahead of the virus” ” and are “wreaking havoc on people’s lives”.  The intervention comes amidst growing concern for safety in schools, including headteachers launching legal action to force ministers to reveal data behind the decision for some schools to reopen. The Liberal Democrats are urging the Government to review testing strategies in schools and publish…
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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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End of year report from the Lib Dem Chair of Tupton Parish Council

End of year report from the Lib Dem Chair of Tupton Parish Council

Community
Firstly, a Happy New Year to everyone. As we move into 2020, I’m just over halfway through my year as Chair of Tupton Parish Council, so this is something of a half-term report for me. One of our key objectives has been to make the Parish Council more accessible and more open to public scrutiny. It has been a pleasure to welcome an increasing number of residents, community groups and other visitors to the Parish Council meetings; and the feedback we’ve received has been positive. Following a visit from North East Derbyshire’s Community Partnership Team and Rykneld Homes residents are more aware of the support that can be given to all residents – not just Rykneld tenants – regarding issues of anti-social behaviour affecting Tupton. We will be inviting both…
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The Liberal Democrats are on the up!

The Liberal Democrats are on the up!

Democracy
Thank you for the help and support you have given North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats over the last few weeks. Many of you, me included, didn’t get into politics because we wanted an easy ride, we got involved because we wanted to make a difference and stand tall on our social and liberal values. Elections are never easy as one of the smaller parties in a first past the post electoral system, but as predicted, what we saw here was the collapse of the Labour Party that gifted the Tories this majority, and a significant increase to the Lib Dems votes across the UK to 3,696,423 (an increase of over 1.2 million). If this was under a proportional electoral system, this result would have delivered 74 MP's for the Liberal Democrats. More…
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On 12th December vote for a brighter future

On 12th December vote for a brighter future

Budget, Business, Democracy, Economics, Education, Energy, Environment, Equality, Europe, Representation
The Economy Both Brexit and the Labour Party's excessive spending plans threaten our country's future economic stability. That isn't just our opinion, the IFS is saying it too. A vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to protect British jobs and public services. The NHS Save the NHS by putting a penny in the pound on income tax to give the NHS and social care the cash they need. Make waiting times for mental health care match those for physical health care. Climate Change Ban fracking, and more than double green energy to 80% by 2030. Ensure that 26 million properties receive insulation retrofits by 2025, prioritising the fuel poor, saving the average household £550 per year on energy bills. Policing Increase community policing, investing an extra £300 million…
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Ross Shipman’s Letter to Lee Rowley

Ross Shipman’s Letter to Lee Rowley

Europe
Dear Lee, I am writing to you today to ask if you will rule out a damaging no-deal Brexit in December 2020 which would be disastrous for our local community. The Brexit plan that your Party has proposed would require the completion of a Free Trade Agreement before the end of 2020 unless the UK asks for an extension. It is clear from your manifesto that the Tories will not seek an extension of the transition period in December 2020, despite overwhelming evidence from trade experts showing that it will be nearly impossible to secure a deal in that time-frame. By signing up to such an arbitrary, unrealistic deadline, you are personally setting up the UK to crash out of the EU without a deal at the end of next…
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