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More support needed for families with Autistic children say Lib Dems

More support needed for families with Autistic children say Lib Dems

Health, Young People
A distraught mother tells Sky News about her autistic son's struggle after he was put into residential care 17 years ago. Some of the most vulnerable in society are being kept in hospitals miles from home and some say they are unable to leave, even when they are no longer ill. Pam, from Brighton, tells Sky News about her autistic son Tony, 41, who has lived away from his family for more than 17 years. [caption id="attachment_2566" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Pam and Roy's son is more than 120 miles away from their home[/caption] "Tony was a happy-go-lucky boy growing up. He went everywhere with us, and of course his autism was hard to cope with, but we had a lot of fun." "It all began to change when he was around 13-years-old."…
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Farron warns of ‘catastrophic Climate Change’ unless fossil fuels remain in the ground during Fracking debate

Farron warns of ‘catastrophic Climate Change’ unless fossil fuels remain in the ground during Fracking debate

Energy, Environment
Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron warns of 'catastrophic Climate Change' unless fossil fuels 'remain in the ground' during a Westminster Hall Fracking debate held on 31st October 2019. In Spring 2016, the Liberal Democrats adopted the policy of banning fracking in England and Wales and it was a key focus in their 2017 General Election manifesto. Tim Farron said: "Classifying fracking rigs under the banner of permitted development is a subversion of the planning process and therefore a subversion of local democracy. Permitted development was created for conservatories, small extensions and outhouses, none of which to the best of my knowledge have ever caused an earth tremor, yet we see fracking rigs potentially being given rights under permitted development, which is a cynical disgrace." "The subversion of the…
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Just like parts of Philip Hammonds budget, Lee Rowley MP’s statement is a bad joke says Lib Dems

Just like parts of Philip Hammonds budget, Lee Rowley MP’s statement is a bad joke says Lib Dems

Budget
Responding to Lee Rowley MP's comments on the Chancellor's 2018 Autumn Budget in which he described it as 'not bad'. Liberal Democrats Spokesperson for North Derbyshire, Ross Shipman: "Just like parts of Philip Hammond's budget, Lee Rowley's statement is full of bad jokes." "While we welcome the chancellor adopting Lib Dem policy to increase funding for mental health services, schools, increasing the personal tax allowance to £12,500 and business rate relief for small business and high street retailers - there is a lot to be said about the detail." "The slight increase in funds to schools for for 'one off' projects of capital investment won't even make a dent in the savage cuts overseen by the Conservatives - it will be seen as little more than a token gesture by…
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Second Labour Council condemned for ‘pathetic’ local plan consultation

Second Labour Council condemned for ‘pathetic’ local plan consultation

Business, Community, Consultation, Economics, Education, Environment, Housing, Traffic
Research by the Liberal Democrats reveal that less than 1% of the North East Derbyshire District responded to the consultation on the local plan, which the authority has recently submitted to the planning inspectorate for approval at the inquiry in November.1034 individuals and organisations submitted 2263 representations, 57% (1034) were objections to the Labour authorities local plan with only 14% (298) expressing support for Labour's local plan. 43% of the respondents were submitted by Dronfield Residents.During the consultation, North East Derbyshire District Council held events around the District, the Freedom of Information request shows that only 231 out of over 100,000 population attended those events across North East Derbyshire. Lib Dem Spokesperson for North East Derbyshire and Bolsover, Ross Shipman said: "This is the second local Labour Council to have clearly…
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Labour-run Bolsover District Council attacked for ‘useless’ local plan consultation

Labour-run Bolsover District Council attacked for ‘useless’ local plan consultation

Housing, Traffic
Research by the Liberal Democrats reveals that less than 1% of the Bolsover District responded to the consultation on the local plan, which the authority has recently submitted to the planning inspectorate for approval.626 organisations and individuals submitted 907 representations, a whopping 78.5% were objections to the Labour authorities local plan. A staggering 90% of the respondents were submitted by Clowne Residents.During the consultation, Bolsover District Council held events around the District, the Freedom of Information request shows that only 77 out of 77,000 attended those events - 7 of those were Councillors - which the Lib Dems say 'shows just how useless the Consultation was.' Lib Dem Spokesperson for Bolsover, Ross Shipman said: "How Bolsover District Council can say this is a consultation is beyond me and an insult to the…
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Update on Meeting with Derbyshire Constabulary

Update on Meeting with Derbyshire Constabulary

Police
Yesterday N-E Derbsyhire Lib Dem Leader, Cllr David Hancock, and Parliamentary Spokesperson, Ross Shipman, along with Wingerworth Parish Councillors, Diana Ruff and Nick Knyhynyckyj met with Derbyshire Constabulary in a very informative and frank meeting. On the positive side, Tupton & Wingerworth will be getting an additional PCSO in the coming months – which will result in a more visible police presence in the future. One issue that became very apparent is that there is a big failing in communication – both in terms of the police keeping the public updated on what’s happening and in terms of crimes being reported to the police in the first place. Inspector Rob Bowns brought records of the reported crimes in #Tupton and #Wingerworth which are significantly lower than those being reported on…
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Fracking to start again in the UK

Fracking to start again in the UK

Environment
Responding to the news report that Fracking is set to start again in the UK, after being suspended in 2011, following two minor earthquakes; Liberal Democrat spokesperson for North East Derbyshire, Ross Shipman, said: "The events in Preston North Road are of very real concern to the residents of North East Derbyshire. It was the events in Lancashire, seven years ago, that led to the Liberal Democrats undertaking a full scale review of fracking and we determined that the risks outweighed any potential benefits." In Scotland, the Liberal Democrats helped to secure an outright ban on fracking and Ross Shipman wants to see that ban extended. He argues: "There are those who argue that decisions should be made on a local basis; but environmental impacts don't stop as soon as…
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North Derbyshire Lib Dems meeting with Derbyshire Police

North Derbyshire Lib Dems meeting with Derbyshire Police

Police
Following our request to meet with Derbyshire Police, I'm pleased to advise that N-E Derbyshire Parliamentary Spokesperson, Ross Shipman, and N-E Derbyshire Lib Dem Council Group Leader, Cllr David Hancock, will be meeting with Chief Inspector Barry Doyle, LPU Inspector for the North East Rob Bowns, and Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner Kevin Gillott on Thursday 18th October. The Lib Dem team have also invited the Chairs of Tupton and Wingerworth Parish Councils, Cathy Goodyer and Diana Ruff, to enable them to put forward their views following recent increases in crime across the two N-E Derbyshire Wards. "We understand that police budgets have been cut," Ross said. "However, the whole of North East Derbyshire and Bolsover cannot be policed by a dozen officers as is the case now. It's geographically…
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