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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Conference 2019: Lib Dems demand a fairer share for all

Conference 2019: Lib Dems demand a fairer share for all

Economics, Equality
The Liberal Democrats have today backed proposals to demand better for the over four million people who are trapped in deep poverty in the UK. The proposals, passed today at Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference in Bournemouth, includes calls to invest £5 billion per year to make the benefits system work for people and a £50 billion capital Rebalancing Fund to address the historic investment disparities between our nations and regions. Speaking after the debate, Liberal Democrat MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Tim Farron said: “Nothing robs you of your freedom more than poverty. Poverty is a despicable stain on any society, whatever the country. In the UK the situation is so bad that the UN felt the need to send its Special Rapporteur on extreme…
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Conference 2019: Lib Dems to crack down on corporate tax avoidance

Conference 2019: Lib Dems to crack down on corporate tax avoidance

Economics
Today, the Liberal Democrats have passed a motion which ends illegitimate corporate profit-shifting and calls for more investment in British business. The motion calls for action to ensure that international businesses operating in the UK pay their fair share of tax. The motion also reaffirms the Liberal Democrats’ commitment to reversing the Conservatives’ unfair and unnecessary cut of corporation tax to 17%. Speaking after the debate, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor, Ed Davey said: “Britain has some great businesses, that deserve extra support for their crucial investment decisions. With just the threat of Brexit already causing a collapse in investment, Liberal Democrats want to help companies across our economy with our business tax plans. “To afford backing responsible firms, it’s also right that we ensure multinationals dodging their fair share of tax…
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Sajid Javid setting himself up as the riskiest Chancellor in history

Sajid Javid setting himself up as the riskiest Chancellor in history

Budget, Economics
Responding to the reports that the Treasury has confirmed the government’s fast-tracked Spending Round will take place on 4th September, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Ed Davey said: “This won’t be a spending review, it’ll be Johnson’s election rehearsal. This is nothing more than a transparent move to butter up the British public for a snap General Election before the Tories unleash the catastrophic consequences of a no-deal Brexit. “However, they cannot hide the damage Brexit has already done to our economy and we have not even left the EU. Brexit is damaging our businesses, costing us jobs and tanking our economy. Not to mention this can’t be a serious spending review - the new Government haven’t had time to review anything except their Brexit and election strategies. “This is just…
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Building a Local Economy That Works for You

Building a Local Economy That Works for You

2019 Manifesto, Economics
There are stark contrasts between districts within the East Midlands, between old and young, and between the successful and those left behind. New technologies are beginning to transform the economy. Machine learning, artificial intelligence and automation are affecting the type and the scale of employment. Britain needs a sustainable and balanced economy not just to help fund public services but because growth and enterprise create jobs and opportunities for all. Liberal Democrats believe that there is much to be done to create an economy that ensures that the whole population benefits from the technological advances which are ahead of us. The Liberal Democrats will work to support growth across North Derbyshire for a sustainable economy – a local economy that works for the long term: which is prosperous, green, open…
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Figures highlight extremely difficult time for high streets

Figures highlight extremely difficult time for high streets

Economics
Responding as the BDO High Streets Tracker reveals that sales declined by 3.7%, the worst February for lifestyle in-store sales since November 2008, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said: “Our high streets are clearly going through an extremely difficult time, but with the right action from government, councils, businesses and local communities, they can prosper once again. "Instead of trying to recreate the high streets of the past, Britain’s towns and cities need to refresh their offer at a time of growing demand for online shopping.“Liberal Democrats believe we should enable towns to thrive in the 21st century. We would replace business rates with a tax on land value, reform restrictive planning rules, and provide additional support for local entrepreneurs.” At a local level, North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats' Spokesperson…
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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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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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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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Underfunding: Tax Changes Needed?

Underfunding: Tax Changes Needed?

Economics
An opinion piece by former NEDDC Lib Dem Councillor David Mortimer Every public service I can think of is in or near crisis because of underfunding. The NHS, the police, tax offices, social care, armed forces, local authority services and others appear to have been cut to the bone and are staggering along under an increasingly heavy load with collapse appearing to be imminent. As Brexit comes to fruition, companies, particularly in the finances sector and motor industries, will move well-paid staff to Europe, substantially reducing tax receipts. I don't know who first said that tax is the subscription we pay for membership of a civilised Society; but I first heard it from Paddy Ashdown in Sheffield many years ago and have often quoted it since. Much of civilised society…
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