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Labour vote for own pay rise; while the Tories bottle it

Labour vote for own pay rise; while the Tories bottle it

Representation
Cllr David Hancock (Liberal Democrats) statement on North East Derbyshire District Council approving pay rise to members of the Council: "The final item on an otherwise pretty routine NE-Derbyshire District Council meeting today was for the Council to approve an increase to the Members' Allowance. That's the money councillors get paid for being a councillor; in addition, certain councillors, who chair various committees, and cabinet members receive Special Responsibility Allowances to cover the increased time they spend undertaking those duties. the recommendation was a 1% increase to the Members' Allowance and Special Responsibility Allowances. You pay more and Councillors take more Most of us like to be recognised in our pay packets at the end of the month. However, given that the Council has just had to raise Council Tax by 2.8% to…
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Liberal Democrats to reject pay increase for Councillors

Liberal Democrats to reject pay increase for Councillors

News, Representation
A voice for the voiceless. Cllr David Hancock announces that the Liberal Democrats will reject the pay increase that is being proposed by North East Derbyshire District Council which is due for a decision on Monday, 6th March 2017. Recent Council Tax increases have been announced by North East Derbyshire District Council at 2.8%; with Derbyshire County Council announcing an almost 4% increase to their proportion of Council Tax. Cllr David Hancock said: "In times of austerity, when vital services are being cut and Council Tax is being increased, i find it unbelievable that it is even being suggested that Councillors should take more." Cllr Hancock was elected in September 2016 with a huge swing from Labour for the Tupton ward of North East Derbyshire. He added: "When i stood, i wanted…
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2018 Boundary Review – Second public consultation begins

2018 Boundary Review – Second public consultation begins

Consultation
Second round of public consultation begins.. The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) will once again be asking the public to help shape plans to change Parliamentary constituency boundaries as it opens its second consultation today (28 February). In Derbyshire we are expecting to lose ONE seat and in particular North East Derbyshire is under threat as a constituency. What does this mean for the whole England? The law requires the 600 constituencies to be allocated to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales using a specific distribution formula known as the ‘Sainte-Lague method’, and the number of Parliamentary electors as at 1 December 2015. Applying this means the number of constituencies in England will reduce from 533 to 501 in the 2018 Review. We felt it was important to mirror the spirit…
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‘A fair deal for Derbyshire’?

‘A fair deal for Derbyshire’?

News, Representation
Named and Shamed Barlborough Parish Council is one of more than 350 employers have been 'named and shamed' as the Government publishes the largest ever list of national minimum and living wage offenders. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy today named 360 businesses who underpaid 15,520 workers a wopping total of £995,233. 'Barlborough Parish Council Management Committee, Chesterfield S43, failed to pay £2,038.36 to 1 worker.' Vice-Chair of Barlborough Parish Council and leader of Derbyshire County Council, Cllr Ann Western has been approached for comment. North East Derbyshire & Bolsover Chairman Ross Shipman has sent the following email: "Dear Cllr Western, It has recently come to light that the Labour run Barlborough Parish Council have once again been caught short by the apparent disregard to employment rights of staff working for…
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Funding for Friends? Or Misleading the public?

Funding for Friends? Or Misleading the public?

Representation
On 22 November 2016, Tupton Parish Council (both Liberal Democrat and Labour Councillors) agreed to fund the start up of a voluntary group which aimed to replace the closing Surestart services by the Labour-run County Council. As a programme aimed to protect some of the most vulnerable in our community we were only too happy to support this. Several days later we were made aware that a member of, and former political candidate for, Tupton Labour Party was heavily involved in the running of the group. As no interests had been declared by any member of the Labour group during the Parish Council meeting, this was queried at the following meeting on 20 December 2016. The Vice Chair denied any conflict of interest and he was then appointed, literally swept…
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Why are the County Council keeping us in the dark?

Why are the County Council keeping us in the dark?

News, Representation
A tale from a local resident in Barlow On 30th of November it was reported, by email to Derbyshire County Council,  that the street light outside a house in Barlow was out. The following day, by return e-mail,  an automated reply from the Council acknowledging the complaint,  with a reference number (F227553). By January 2017 nothing had happened, so on the 17th, another e- mail asking them to chase this up. On the 18th another response by e mail saying they would do this. Being on a blind bend with the long winter evenings families have stated that they were becoming concerned about backing out in the dark and had had a couple of near misses from cars speeding round in the dark. Lack of Labour or too Conservative for their own good? By…
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A Liberal Army marches on Stoke-on-Trent

A Liberal Army marches on Stoke-on-Trent

Events
A HUGE Lib Dem Action Day has been organised for Dr Zulfiqar Ali on Saturday, 18th February 2017 for the Stoke-on-Trent by-election from 9am until 19:30pm. The day will be followed by a #LibDemPint event starting at 19:30 at North Stafford Hotel, Station Rd, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2AE. This gives all volunteers a chance to wind down and socialise with fellow Liberals on what always promises to be a brilliant event organised by the Lib Dem Newbie UK Team. If you are unable to make Stoke between now and Thursday, 23rd February 2017 then consider donating to the campaign with funds or even items such as stamps - there is all to play for in Stoke-On-Trent! #LibDemPint Speakers: Andy Cliff (New member who joined after the Referendum) Dr Zulfiqar Ali (Stoke Central by-election candidate)…
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A strange kind of democracy

A strange kind of democracy

News, Representation
Life on the front line as a Liberal Democrat. When i first started working for South Normanton Parish Council in 2010, i never thought i would be on the opposite side of the tables trying to hold them to account as a member of the Liberal Democrats; but here I am - after being offer £10,000 by them to leave the organisation, an offer which i declined, standing tall campaigning on a daily basis and probably more than i would like. It's hard not to when there is just so much going on that I feel I need to put myself on the front line. The thing that really pushed me over the edge to join the Liberal Democrats was the fact that I saw first hand how Labour operate and, if…
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County Councillor says South Normanton Parish Council “are opening a can of worms”

County Councillor says South Normanton Parish Council “are opening a can of worms”

News, Petitions, Representation
The Post Mill Centre, South Normanton, was the scene of a remarkable decision taken by the South Normanton Parish Council at their meeting on 9th February. District Councillor, and Chair of the Local Labour Party Branch, Emma Stevenson moved that the Council suspend the annual grant to the Post Mill Centre and instead, require each individual group to separately for apply grants in what County Councillor Jim Coyle describe as “opening a can of worms” and suggested that the Council will find themselves needing “to employ more staff” to deal with the increased volume of grant requests from local community groups. It also raised the question as to whether smaller community groups would find the process of having to apply for their own grants too cumbersome and force them to…
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N-E Derbyshire and Bolsover Lib Dems call for ban on fracking in Derbyshire

N-E Derbyshire and Bolsover Lib Dems call for ban on fracking in Derbyshire

News, Petitions, Representation
It has been announced yesterday that INEOS have been given permission by the Chatsworth estate to conduct a seismic survey at Staveley and Scarcliffe. A representative of the Chatsworth Settlement Trustees (CST) said: “INEOS advised that where they do not achieve access to land via negotiation, they would pursue the provisions available to them under the Mines (Working Facilities & Support) Act 1966, in order to gain access for the purpose of the survey. CST have therefore agreed to the survey. The Liberal Democrats agreed in March 2016 at their conference in York to ban fracking in England and Wales. Chair of N-E Derbyshire & Bolsover Lib Dems and Parliamentary candidate for Bolsover, Ross Shipman calls for a "ban on fracking across Derbyshire" as the news comes in that INEOS have been given…
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