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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The Parents’ Guide To Internet Safety

The Parents’ Guide To Internet Safety

Education
The core principle of liberalism is to build a world in which all people share the same basic rights, in which they live together in peace and in which their different cultures will be able to develop freely. We each have a part to play in protecting our youngsters from harm, be that bullying or other kinds of abuse, and modern technology means that sometimes happens right under our noses - without our knowledge. Ahead of young people returning to school and college we'd like to share the The Parents Guide to Internet Safety (please note the link takes you to an external site).
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School cuts are failing pupils with SEND

School cuts are failing pupils with SEND

Education, Equality
Responding to tonight’s report by Newsnight, revealing that more than 1,500 pupils with special educational needs or a disability (SEND) across 46 councils do not have a school place, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Layla Moran MP said: “SEND pupils are falling through the gaps of a fragmented, underfunded school system. Brutal Conservative cuts to schools and the spiralling demand for Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) mean that too many children with the most complex needs are not getting the tailored support they are entitled to. “Meanwhile, cash-strapped councils must ensure every child has a school place but are powerless to make it happen. They can’t sponsor new schools or control academies’ admissions policies. “The Liberal Democrats demand better for our children’s futures. We would give schools an emergency cash…
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Shocking figures ‘highlights the extent of Derbyshire County Council’s failings in Children’s Services’ say Lib Dems

Shocking figures ‘highlights the extent of Derbyshire County Council’s failings in Children’s Services’ say Lib Dems

Education, Health, News, Welfare, Young People
A Freedom of Information request by the Liberal Democrats revealed that Derbyshire County Council successfully defended just 4.35% of cases where Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) were disputed for Special Educational Needs and Disability provision in 2018. EHCPs are for children and young people aged up to 25 who need more support than is available through special educational needs support. The plans identify educational, health and social needs and set out the additional support to meet those needs. So they are designed to identify essential support for some of the most vulnerable in our communities. Ross Shipman, the Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for N-E Derbyshire, said: “It’s absolutely terrible. The Tory controlled council are failing the most vulnerable children in Derbyshire; and in the vast majority of cases the…
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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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Vital that Govt listen to headteachers says Layla Moran MP

Vital that Govt listen to headteachers says Layla Moran MP

Education
Speaking ahead of today’s [28/09/2018] march on Westminster by up to a thousand headteachers protesting at cuts to school budgets, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran said:  "Head teachers are on the front line, trying to manage funding cuts and swelling class sizes every day. They have every right to speak out about the devastating toll this is taking on the quality of education in their schools. "The Tory Government have ignored countless warnings that schools are cutting staff numbers, dropping subjects from the curriculum and even asking parents to chip in with donations to make ends meet. It has to stop. "The Liberal Democrats demand better. We wholeheartedly support the headteachers in their protest. It is vital that this time the Government finally listens to them and puts an…
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Chesterfield College ban political parties from Freshers week

Chesterfield College ban political parties from Freshers week

Education, Representation, Young People
North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats call on Chesterfield college to rethink the decision to exclude political parties from their annual freshers week. In previous years all political groups have been welcomed to the event which is hosted by the college for all new students that are enrolling for that year. Chesterfield Lib Dem Youth Officer, Matthew Genn said: "I am disappointed with the decision by Chesterfield College not to allow political parties to be present at their upcoming Freshers Fair. For reasons unknown and frankly bizarre in my opinion." "This is especially concerning givien the importance that young voters played in both the EU referendum and last years general election. Clearly this shows that young people, when given the opportunity can be interested and be involved." "All Chesterfield College has done with…
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Lib Dem’s would scrap SATS, OFSTED and bring back term time holidays

Lib Dem’s would scrap SATS, OFSTED and bring back term time holidays

Education
The Liberal Democrats have approved a new policy paper at their Spring Conference in Southport on Saturday, 10th March 2018. The wide ranging policy led by former teacher and Lib Dem Eudcation Spokesperson, Layla Moran, is aimed to inspire confident, resilient, young people ready to tackle the challenges of a rapidly changing world and with the knowledge and skills to do so. 10 key proposals from the Lib Dem's  Education policy: 1) Uphold rigorous standards of external inspection, which should focus on judging whether school leaders are capable of leading improvement and an assessment of the whole school, looking at pupil well-being as well as results. To achieve this we will replace Ofsted with a new HM Inspector of Schools. Inspections should be every three years. Independent schools should also be subject…
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225 teachers in Derbyshire on long-term stress leave

225 teachers in Derbyshire on long-term stress leave

Education
There were 225 teachers in Derbyshire on long-term stress leave in 2016/17, up 12,5% on the previous year, Liberal Democrat research has revealed. It means one in 45 local teachers is now on long-term leave of one month or more for stress and mental health issues. The Liberal Democrats have said the figures "laid bare the impossible pressures teachers are under" and warned that stress caused by an obsession with exam results is fuelling the teacher recruitment crisis. In total 24,179 days have been taken off by local teachers for stress and mental health reasons in the last four years. The figures are based on responses to Freedom of Information requests by the Liberal Democrats. Ross Shipman, Lib Dem Spokesperson for Bolsover commented:  “These figures lay bare the impossible pressures our…
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This November, let’s end Period Poverty

This November, let’s end Period Poverty

Education, Equality, Health
Statement from Layla Moran MP, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson For the majority of women periods are an inconvenience. But for others, particularly girls who can’t afford sanitary products it can have lasting impacts. Embarrassment. Lost days of schooling. A huge knock to their self-esteem. And the fact that no one talks about this means that it remains hidden. In a country as well-off as Britain this simply shouldn’t be happening. We can end period poverty. The truth is it, it wouldn’t even cost a lot, relatively speaking. That is why, ahead of this year’s Budget, I am calling on the Government to end period poverty by making sanitary products available for free in schools. Will you back my call today? This year’s Budget will no doubt have various giveaways for…
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