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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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LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month

Equality
A Proud History, A Bright Future The Liberal Democrats have been at the forefront of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) equality for decades. We have the best record in Parliament of any political party on LGBT+ equality issues, and we continue to develop and promote progressive policies for LGBT+ people. The Liberal Democrat Federal Constitution makes our position clear: The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity. Unlike the big two parties, the Liberal Democrats' LGBT+ equality body is an official part of the party. We aren't an external body trying to lobby Lib Dem MPs to…
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Lib Dems Call For Urgent Review into NEDDC’s Planning Process

Lib Dems Call For Urgent Review into NEDDC’s Planning Process

Consultation, Environment, Housing
Following recent controversial planning decisions by North East Derbyshire District Council, N-E Derbyshire Liberal Democrat Leader Cllr David Hancock has called for an urgent investigation into the integrity of the Council’s planning process. Recently, in Tupton, a controversial housing development was approved by the Planning Committee despite concerns raised over highway access and other infrastructure related issues. On the Hunloke Estate (also part of the Tupton Ward) plans for a Travellers’ Site on a children’s play area were submitted to the Planning Inspector as part of the Council’s Local Plan. NEDDC then attempted to withdraw the site following concerns raised over highway access from the A61, claiming that they hadn’t realised the proximity to the Hanging Banks development – despite both being around the corner from the NEDDC offices! Councillor…
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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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LETTER: Lib Dem’s slam inappropriate location for travellers site in Wingerworth

LETTER: Lib Dem’s slam inappropriate location for travellers site in Wingerworth

Community, Consultation
Dear Neighbour You may be aware that the piece of land on the corner of Greenway is currently being considered for use, by the Labour-run District Council, as a traveller site. Presently; the District Council is trying to rush through its local plan because of pressure from the Conservatives’ overly aggressive planning policies; which is leading to inappropriate over development of our area and poorly considered planning decisions like this. While I’m sure you will agree that there is a need for proper travellers’ sites; these sites need to be in the right locations to accommodate the needs of both travellers and existing residents. The site is expected to hold 4 caravan plots; which will require access off the A61. The Lib Dems don’t believe that Greenway is an appropriate…
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Councils Failing to Tackle Blue Badge Abuse as Number of Thefts Soar

Councils Failing to Tackle Blue Badge Abuse as Number of Thefts Soar

Equality, Health
Figures released recently show a 45 per cent rise in stolen disabled parking permits. Most councils are failing to prosecute motorists for misusing disabled parking permits – despite a significant rise in thefts of blue badges. More than three in five local authorities in England took no action against people caught falsely using the permit in 2017-18. Disability campaigners said a failure to act against perpetrators was “disgraceful” with Phil Talbot of disability charity Scope said: “Stealing blue badges isn’t a crime without consequences. They are a vital lifeline for those who genuinely need them.” Ninety-four of 152 English local authorities (62 per cent) did not pursue anyone for abusing the blue badge scheme since last year, according to Press Association analysis of Department for Transport data. Of those, 31…
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Lamb: NHS plan fatally undermined by insufficient resources

Lamb: NHS plan fatally undermined by insufficient resources

Health
Responding to the NHS 10-year plan, former Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb said:  “Delivering this ambitious plan is likely to be fatally undermined by insufficient resources, a staffing crisis and a failure to address the disastrous situation with social care. "The Government’s commitment to a new focus on prevention rings hollow when the very services which help prevent elderly people ending up in hospital are at breaking point and vital public health budgets are progressively cut back.  "The Liberal Democrats will continue to demand that the Government works with other parties to achieve a genuine long term, sustainable settlement for the NHS and social care.  "We will keep making the case for a new, dedicated NHS and care tax to guarantee a modern, effective and efficient NHS and care system…
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New Year Message from North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats

New Year Message from North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats

Economics, Representation
For the last two and a half years Westminster has tied itself in knots over Brexit. Irrespective of where you sit on this particular issue, it has got in the way of everything else in this country. Our NHS is in crisis, schools are suffering, housing and energy prices are beyond the reach of those most in need, there’s continuing uncertainty about jobs; and those who have had pay rises over the past few years have still slipped significantly below the cost of living. For the coming months at least, Brexit seems likely to dominate those in Parliament – to the detriment of everyone else, the Tories will attempt to cling to power with an impotent Prime Minister; while Labour attempt to use Mrs May’s incompetence as a chance to…
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Mental Health Matters: Suicide Awareness

Mental Health Matters: Suicide Awareness

Health
In the UK in 2016 there were 5,250 deaths from brain tumours. Over the same period there were 5,965 deaths from suicide. Is it right to compare the two? Probably not. I chose them because both have similar mortality rates, and, to a large extent, both are “invisible” to passers-by. But it’s important to remember that both physical and mental well-being are essential to living a healthy life. We’ve all heard people say that those with mental health issues are “attention seeking” or “have too much time on their hands” and the old classic “what can they possibly have to be depressed about?” The reality is that most people don’t know what they have to be depressed about – it’s not their choice; but they’re certainly not attention seeking or…
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North East Derbyshire District Council criticised for selling land and approving 193 executive homes in Tupton

North East Derbyshire District Council criticised for selling land and approving 193 executive homes in Tupton

Housing, Uncategorized
In February 2018, North East Derbyshire District Council recently agreed to take out a £8.663million in borrowing to facilitate the development of the land off Ankerbold Road, Tupton by the Northwood Group, an entity which is controlled by North East Derbyshire District Council in conjunction with private developers. On 18th December 2018, North East Derbyshire District Council planning committee approve a planning application submitted by the Northwood Group to build 193 executive homes on the site. 10 voted FOR and 4 AGAINST. LEFT TO RIGHT: Cllr David Hancock, Cllr Pam Windley and Ross Shipman Liberal Democrats Councillor for the Tupton ward on NEDDC, David Hancock said: "North East Derbyshire Labour have forced through this vanity project because of the money it will generate and ignored the hundreds of objections from local…
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