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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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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Swinson secures parental leave transparency from major employers

Swinson secures parental leave transparency from major employers

Business, Equality
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson has today [27/09/2018] announced ten major employers have agreed to publish their parental leave and pay policies. The move comes in response to the Liberal Democrat MP's campaign for greater transparency on parental leave and pay. Ms Swinson praised these employers for "setting an excellent example, demonstrating to others they can do it too." The ten companies, representing around 200,000 employees, the former Liberal Democrat Business Minister has struck an agreement with include: Accenture Addleshaw Goddard Barclays Direct Line Group EY KPMG Linklaters PwC RBS Santander Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson MP said: "Greater transparency will create a more supportive culture for new parents. “If we are serious about tackling discrimination against new parents and pregnant women in our workplaces,…
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Cable: Low manufacturing growth speaks volumes about Brexit uncertainty

Cable: Low manufacturing growth speaks volumes about Brexit uncertainty

Business, Economics, Europe
Responding to the news that UK manufacturing growth has hit a two year low, Liberal Democrats Leader and former Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “The world economy is booming. It should be a good time for UK manufacturing, particularly with a weaker pound. The fact it isn’t speaks volumes about the uncertainty being created by the Conservatives Government’s incompetent handling of Brexit. “Both the hard Brexiters – represented by Boris Johnson – and the EU have rejected the Prime Minister’s discredited Chequers compromise. It is clear the only way out of this mess is for the people to have the final say on Brexit, and an opportunity to remain in the EU.”   https://ukinvestormagazine.co.uk/export-dip-means-uk-manufacturing-growth-hits-two-year-low/ You can join the Liberal Democrats to fight for a peoples vote by visiting www.libdems,org.uk/join
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Lib Dems publish plans to cut taxes for businesses by an average of 29.7% across Derbyshire

Lib Dems publish plans to cut taxes for businesses by an average of 29.7% across Derbyshire

Business
The Liberal Democrats have published a comprehensive blueprint for replacing the broken business rates system, cutting taxes for businesses by an average of 29.7% across Derbyshire. Local Liberal Democrat spokesperson Cllr David Hancock has described the plans as “exactly the sort of policy we need to boost local investment and ensure businesses across Derbyshire thrive”. The report – Taxing Land, Not Investment – calls for the abolition of business rates and its replacement with a tax on land values, the Commercial Landowner Levy (CLL). The levy would remove buildings and machinery from calculations and tax only the land value of commercial sites, boosting investment and cutting taxes for businesses. Liberal Democrat members will debate and vote on the proposals at the party’s Autumn Conference in Brighton next month. Local Liberal Democrat spokesperson Cllr David Hancock said:…
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Lib Dems publish plans to abolish business rates

Lib Dems publish plans to abolish business rates

Business
The Liberal Democrats have today published a comprehensive blueprint for replacing the broken business rates system. The report – “Taxing Land, Not Investment” – calls for the abolition of business rates and its replacement with a tax on land values, the Commercial Landowner Levy (CLL). The levy would remove buildings and machinery from calculations and tax only the land value of commercial sites, boosting investment and cutting taxes for businesses in nine out of ten English local authorities. This ground-breaking research was led by founder of the Lib Dem Business and Entrepreneurs Network (LDBEN) Andrew Dixon, in response to mounting concerns about the negative impact of business rates on struggling high streets and the wider economy.    Key recommendations from the report include: Business rates should be abolished and replaced…
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Pubs in 4 out of 10 areas still haven’t received business rates relief

Pubs in 4 out of 10 areas still haven’t received business rates relief

Business
Pubs in 4 out of 10 areas, including N-E Derbyshire, still haven't received business rates relief. Thousands of pubs hit with crippling hikes to their business rates still haven’t received any funding from the government’s flagship relief scheme, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed. Philip Hammond announced last March that pubs hit with higher rates would receive a £1,000 annual discount. But six months on, four in ten councils in England still haven’t even been able to start distributing the relief, with many blaming software problems, the absence of clear guidance from the government and lack of time to put local schemes in place. Data from Freedom of Information requests shows that: 150 local authorities have started distributing funds, with a total of £6.7m paid out to just over…
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Cable: IFS analysis shows Conservatives and Labour are hiding impact of their plans from the public

Cable: IFS analysis shows Conservatives and Labour are hiding impact of their plans from the public

Business, News
The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has published a damning analysis of the Labour and Conservative manifestos, saying that neither party “has set out an honest set of choices.” It says plans in the Conservative manifesto could do "serious damage" to the quality of public services such as the NHS and schools, while Labour's tax rises may not raise anything like the tax revenues they have claimed. The IFS has also previously stated that the revenue raised by the Liberal Democrats’ income tax rises, at around £6bn per year, is "more certain" than the revenue raised by Labour. Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable said: "Both the Conservatives and Labour are hiding the real impact of their plans from the public. "Theresa May's plans would decimate our public services while Jeremy Corbyn's plans would decimate…
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Lib Dems tell developers: if you won’t build the houses, we will

Lib Dems tell developers: if you won’t build the houses, we will

Business, News
Tim Farron has laid down the law to developers, warning that unless they build the homes Britain needs, the government will. Tim has made house building one of his very top manifesto commitments, having campaigned to increase Britain’s housing supply throughout his career. The Liberal Democrat manifesto will commit to ensuring 300,000 homes a year are built for sale and rent by the end of the parliament. Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said: “If developers won’t deliver the homes Britain needs, we will. The government will become a house-builder itself, bringing in the contractors to actually construct the homes and then selling them into the market. The only way to get a grip on the housing crisis is by firm government action. The market is broken and has…
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Lib Dems offer ‘Fathers’ Month’ of paid parental leave for new dads

Lib Dems offer ‘Fathers’ Month’ of paid parental leave for new dads

Business, Health, News
The Liberal Democrats will introduce an additional month of paid parental leave for fathers to encourage greater sharing of parental responsibilities. The policy will build on our achievement of introducing Shared Parental Leave which ensured new parents could make decisions which work best for their family. Many fathers would prefer to spend more time with their children in the period after they are born. The Liberal Democrats want to make that a real possibility giving opportunities for new fathers to spend quality time with their newborn children. Jo Swinson, who introduced the original Shared Parental Leave in the Coalition Government, said: “The Liberal Democrat introduction of Shared Parental Leave was a massive step towards more equal parenting, and recognising the vital role that fathers play. Parents across the UK have…
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