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 Liberal Democrats have announced plans to create a £5bn flood prevention and adaptation fund.

The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to create a £5bn flood prevention and adaptation fund.

Environment
As the world grapples with a climate emergency, the Tories are turning their backs on communities most at risk by failing to provide adequate flood defences. The Tory’s Brexit agenda risks the UK losing access to vital EU funds for improving flood defences and flood relief. This would starve local communities of a key revenue stream to tackle flooding and build resilience for the future. By staying in the EU, the UK will retain access to vital EU funds to deal with flooding.  Over the lifetime of the next parliament, a Liberal Democrat government will create a £5bn flood prevention and adaptation fund. The fund will help the UK build resilience against future flooding, and ensure all communities can access the funds they need during periods of crisis.   A…
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Lib Dems Propose Climate Change Emergency for North Derbyshire Councils

Lib Dems Propose Climate Change Emergency for North Derbyshire Councils

Environment
The North East Derbyshire Lib Dem group has submitted the following #ClimateChange motion to North East Derbyshire District Council to be debated on 8th July 2019 from 3pm. North East Derbyshire Lib Dem Group Leader, Cllr Ross Shipman. N-E Derbyshire Lib Dem Group Leader, Cllr Ross Shipman, said: "This issue is right at the top of our agenda and a priority we set out during the local election campaign. We are hoping it is supported by Councillors from across the chamber, so we can start dealing with this disaster looming over us. "Contact your local Councillors, irrespective of their political party, and ask them to support this motion." The full text of the motion is as follows: Council notes: that the impacts of climate breakdown are already causing serious damage around the…
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Lib Dems demand end to fracking

Lib Dems demand end to fracking

Energy, Environment
The Liberal Democrats are demanding the Conservative Government end their support for shale gas and to step up efforts to tackle climate change. Liberal Democrat Climate Change spokesperson Wera Hobhouse, along with a cross-party group of MPs from Lib Dems, Labour, Independents and Greens have written to the Government demanding an end to shale gas extraction. The letter states that climate change is an emergency and that the Government must focus entirely on zero-carbon energy if we are to meet our climate change commitments. Liberal Democrat Climate Change Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse MP said: “It is incomprehensible that this Government continues to support the exploration of shale gas in the UK. Climate change is an emergency that needs to be dealt with now, we must focus on renewable energy rather than being distracted by more…
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Protecting The Environment

Protecting The Environment

2019 Manifesto, Environment
A couple of years ago, it seemed that the world had come to a consensus on the need to take the perils of climate change seriously. Countries across the globe had recognised that rising temperatures and pollution were not just an environmental issue, but an economic and security problem. The Conservatives seem determined to take Britain back to the 1980s when the UK was the ‘dirty man of Europe’. They have cut support for renewable energy and home insulation, sold off the Green Investment Bank, failed to control air pollution and refuse to ban Fracking in England and Wales. Their actions put not just Britain’s environment at risk but the health of its citizens and its economy, undermining the increasingly successful green industries which already employ more than half a…
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Lib Dems lead debate to end fracking

Lib Dems lead debate to end fracking

Environment
The Liberal Democrats will lead a debate in the House of Commons on 28 March calling for an end to fracking because of its adverse impact on the environment and its incompatibility with tackling the climate crisis. Liberal Democrat Climate Change Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse, who is leading the backbench debate, is also expected to warn the Conservative Government’s proposed changes to planning permission for fracking sites would deprive local authorities of their “historic rights of self-determination.” The debate comes hot on the heels of the #FridaysForFuture movement which saw Swedish student Greta Thunberg inspire hundreds of thousands of school pupils across the world to strike in aid of tackling climate change, including in the UK. Speaking ahead of the debate, Liberal Democrat Climate Change Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said: “There is…
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Local Councils revealed to have no plans to increase electric vehicle charging points

Local Councils revealed to have no plans to increase electric vehicle charging points

Environment, Traffic
A Liberal Democrat District Councillor has claimed local councils have been “hamstrung by Conservative Government cuts” and warned “urgent action” is needed to tackle rising transport emissions. Of the 301 local councils that responded to the Liberal Democrats freedom of information request, 107 do not have a plan to increase the number of charging points. 122 local councils confirmed they have a formal plan, but only an additional 62 have taken steps to increase the number of EV charging points. North East Derbyshire District Council and Bolsover District Council have zero electric vehicle charging points and no plans to introduce them. Chesterfield Borough Council only had two charging points in the town.Ahead of the local elections in May, the Liberal Democrats at their Spring Conference in York [March 16th] called for…
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Lib Dems slam Labour’s Lip Service over Climate Emergency

Lib Dems slam Labour’s Lip Service over Climate Emergency

Environment
On 6th Feb, North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats’ Environmental spokesperson, Cllr Ben Marshall joined Sheffield Liberal Democrats, members of North Derbyshire Young Liberals and Sheffield Green Party to protest Sheffield City Council’s hollow Climate Emergency motion. Labour’s motion proposed that the council take steps to make Sheffield carbon neutral by 2050 – a full 20 years later than many other parts of the country. Labour actually voted down a Lib Dem amendment which would have seen the deadline brought forward to 2030. Cllr Marshall said: “As usual, we’re just seeing Labour playing games. They see that Climate Change is an important topic so they jump on the bandwagon without putting any effort into meaningful policy. "This is a global problem that needs to be tackled as a priority and opposing an…
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North Derbyshire Lib Dems respond to Harthill Against Fracking decision

North Derbyshire Lib Dems respond to Harthill Against Fracking decision

Energy, Environment
In response to the news that Harthill Against Fracking have lost their legal case against the decision for an Ineos shale gas well to be sited near their homes; Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for N-E Derbyshire, Ross Shipman said: “This makes a nonsense of Lee Rowley’s position that local people should be allowed to decide on fracking applications in their area. “The government has ridden roughshod over the wishes and concerns of local residents to push through this unwanted practice. “Environmental issues don’t stop at constituency boundaries. The proximity of Harthill to North East Derbyshire is a concern to our residents. The numerous suspension of operations at Preston New Road have shown time and time again that the practice is not considered safe. “The Liberal Democrats call on the government…
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Lib Dems Call For Urgent Review into NEDDC’s Planning Process

Lib Dems Call For Urgent Review into NEDDC’s Planning Process

Consultation, Environment, Housing
Following recent controversial planning decisions by North East Derbyshire District Council, N-E Derbyshire Liberal Democrat Leader Cllr David Hancock has called for an urgent investigation into the integrity of the Council’s planning process. Recently, in Tupton, a controversial housing development was approved by the Planning Committee despite concerns raised over highway access and other infrastructure related issues. On the Hunloke Estate (also part of the Tupton Ward) plans for a Travellers’ Site on a children’s play area were submitted to the Planning Inspector as part of the Council’s Local Plan. NEDDC then attempted to withdraw the site following concerns raised over highway access from the A61, claiming that they hadn’t realised the proximity to the Hanging Banks development – despite both being around the corner from the NEDDC offices! Councillor…
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