Disabled Facilities Grant legal charge ‘lacks compassion’ when families suffer a bereavement says Cllr Ross Shipman

Disabled Facilities Grant legal charge ‘lacks compassion’ when families suffer a bereavement says Cllr Ross Shipman

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Lib Dem Councillor, Ross Shipman has submitted a motion to add the 'bereavement of claimant' as a reason to waive Disabled Facilities Grant legal charge on properties. The Disabled facilities Grants aids families for the care of their disabled relatives by funding necessary adaptations to properties, such as, room conversions and the purchase of specialised equipment in their own home. District, Borough and Unitary Councils place a legal claw-back charge on properties if they are sold on within 10 years of the grant being issued - this can vary between difference authorities on the amount paid back and the criteria in which these are paid back in the event a property is sold. In North East Derbyshire, residents are asked to pay £10,000 if they sell their property, even if the…
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Lib Dems accuse Tories of side show smoke and mirror politics

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North East Derbyshire Liberal Democrats spokesperson for Housing, Cllr David Hancock, has called the Conservative administration out on their ‘smoke and mirrors’ tactics over trying to hoodwink the residents of North East Derbyshire into believing that they had a sound evidence base to challenge the proposed local plan. On 12th July the leader of NEDDC wrote the Planning Inspector asking her to withdraw all proposed sites from the Green Belt around Dronfield, Eckington and Killamarsh. In her response, Inspector Sarah Housden, wrote: “It is not clear from your letter what evidence would justify allocating fewer sites for housing. Your letter refers to sites KL1 and the remaining area of DR1 but there are other Green Belt deletions for housing in the submitted Plan.” Cllr Hancock responded, “The Tories have spent…
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Lib Dems Condemn NEDDC’s “Lip Service” reassurances

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Speaking on the release of NEDDC's "reassurance" to the residents of Tupton, Lib Dem Group Leader, Cllr Ross Shipman said: “This statement gives little reassurance to the people of Tupton, who quite rightly will be angry at this lip service from the Tory-led authority. “The fact the press get to hear about the decision before elected Councillors in the Tupton ward, shows just how much the Conservatives hold Tupton residents in contempt. “Local residents deserve better and won’t forgive the Council for how this whole process has been handle.” NEDDC's statement can be read here. Cllr David Hancock, Chair of Lib Dem controlled Tupton Parish Council and Lib Dem Spokesperson for Housing, had invited NEDDC Leader, Cllr Martin Thacker (Con), and NEDDC Chief Executive, Dan Swain, to address Tupton residents…
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Liberal Democrats demand better for women on International Women’s Day

Liberal Democrats demand better for women on International Women’s Day

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Today, International Women’s Day, Liberal Democrats are demanding that the Conservative Government do more to improve the lives of women and girls across the UK and address the gendered inequalities that persist throughout society. In a joint statement Liberal Democrat MPs Christine Jardine, Jo Swinson, Layla Moran and Wera Hobhouse said:“It is frustrating and unacceptable that in the UK in 2019, women and girls continue to face so many everyday barriers.“The Conservative Government have passed the role of Minister for Women and Equalities around like a hot potato, whilst many of the issues that still disproportionately impact women and girls are failing to be addressed.“Liberal Democrats demand better for women and girls. Last year Liberal Democrats introduced legislation to make upskirting a specific offence and now it’s illegal. For International…
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North East Derbyshire District Council criticised for selling land and approving 193 executive homes in Tupton

North East Derbyshire District Council criticised for selling land and approving 193 executive homes in Tupton

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In February 2018, North East Derbyshire District Council recently agreed to take out a £8.663million in borrowing to facilitate the development of the land off Ankerbold Road, Tupton by the Northwood Group, an entity which is controlled by North East Derbyshire District Council in conjunction with private developers. On 18th December 2018, North East Derbyshire District Council planning committee approve a planning application submitted by the Northwood Group to build 193 executive homes on the site. 10 voted FOR and 4 AGAINST. LEFT TO RIGHT: Cllr David Hancock, Cllr Pam Windley and Ross Shipman Liberal Democrats Councillor for the Tupton ward on NEDDC, David Hancock said: "North East Derbyshire Labour have forced through this vanity project because of the money it will generate and ignored the hundreds of objections from local…
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Lib Dems Call for Rethink on Bus Cuts

Lib Dems Call for Rethink on Bus Cuts

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Following the loss of a number of our local services as a result of Derbyshire County Council cuts, the Liberal Democrats have been actively campaigning to persuade the Tory run council to rethink its policy. Cllr David Hancock, who has been fighting to save the 55A service through Wingerworth, Tupton,, North Wingfield, Pilsley, Morton and Stonebroom, said: "Those being hardest hit are the low waged and the vulnerable. If these cuts were needed DCC could have looked at alternatives, such as reducing the frequencies of evening services on all subsidised routes rather than dropping some altogether." With the support of a number of local campaigners, David, has submitted a proposal to DCC whcih would deliver just that. In an email to Council Leader Barry Lewis and Simon Spencer, Cabinet Member…
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Commentary: Same Old Tories, Same Old Labour

Commentary: Same Old Tories, Same Old Labour

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A commentary by Ross Shipman, Parliamentary Candidate for Bolsover There's a reason why the Lib Dem manifesto for this general election is called Change Britain's Future. It's not because we're ashamed by the past: some of the greatest achievements in this country's history are the result of the Lib Dems and our predecessors, the Liberal Party. The Liberal government of 1906-1914 laid the template of the welfare state that we have today: Free school meals Free education Free medical treatment for children The old-age pension National health insurance And, of course, despite the Labour party's best attempts to rewrite history, the NHS was the brainchild of Liberal economist William Beveridge. In 2017, Labour and the Tories are contesting an old-fashioned election. Old-fashioned, in that they want to promote an election with…
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