Article: Apr 25, 2022
Liberal Democrat councillors have condemned a freeze in funds given to councils to carry out road and pavement maintenance as "a real-terms cut that could leave 30,000 potholes unfixed".
On 28 February the Government announced their plans to freeze road maintenance funding for local councils for the next three years. For 2022/23 the funding to North Somerset has been frozen at £4.4 million. This follows a cut of 25% from the nearly £6 million in funding given in 2020/21.
Petition: Apr 25, 2022
The state of many roads in Weston, Worle and the villages and across North Somerset is not good enough. Years of underinvestment and mismanagement by the former Conservative administration at the Town Hall mean there is a backlog of repairs running to tens of millions of pounds.
To make matters worse, the Conservative Government cut funding for road and pavement maintenance in North Somerset by £1.6 million compared to 2020/21 - and then frozen this budget for three years, meaning in real terms even less money will be available to the council to invest in maintenance!
Article: Apr 12, 2022
With nominations now closed for the May elections, many thanks to everyone who has put in so much work to getting candidates approved, selected and safely nominated. From a first look at the numbers, we've seen a good increase in our candidate totals in Scotland and Wales, with the numbers broadly the same in England compared with last time.
Article: Apr 12, 2022
We now have a criminal Prime Minister.
Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have both been fined for breaking Covid laws. Laws they wrote, and you followed.
While we made countless sacrifices to protect each other, they were partying in Downing Street. They think they're above the law.
Neither of them are fit to hold office. If Boris Johnson won't resign, Conservative MPs must sack the Prime Minister.
Article: Apr 6, 2022By Liberal Democrats
Life's been tough for lots of people over the past few years. And it's still tough. But with their trademark decency and strength, the British people are rising to the challenge. Raising families. Caring for others. And playing by the rules.
Now more than ever, it's time for a fair deal.
Yet with the rising cost of living, this Conservative Government is letting you down badly and taking you for granted.
Article: Mar 25, 2022
Our focus this year has been squarely on understanding the party's overall political direction, our target voters, and the role our policies can play in helping us to persuade people and win votes. This was the main focus of our in-person awayday at LDHQ at the end of February, and has underlain all our other discussions, with the aim of informing both our current policy development work, and its direction for the future.
Article: Mar 24, 2022
The Spring statement was a Sunak Swindle - hiking up people's taxes today while promising to cut them in future.
Rishi Sunak is following Boris Johnson's lead by not being up front and honest with the country.
Buried in the small print is a tax bombshell that will see the average family paying £1,600 more in taxes over the coming years.
Article: Mar 24, 2022By Alison Suttie
Tim Farron and I are currently conducting a review into the Party's candidate selection processes.
The review has been commissioned by the The Federal Communications and Elections Committee (FCEC), following conversations with the State Parties. Candidate approval and selection is a State Party function within our governance.
Article: Mar 23, 2022By Tim Farron
Over the past month, as more than 3.5 million innocent Ukrainians have been forced to flee their country to escape Putin's war, people across the UK have responded with enormous compassion and generosity.
More than 150,000 have offered to open their homes to Ukrainian refugees.
The Anti-Refugee Bill is an awful piece of legislation that flies in the face of the incredible spirit of the British people.
Article: Mar 17, 2022
On Wednesday, I returned from the Ukraine-Poland border. When I was there, I met refugees who have been forced to flee Putin's assault on their homes, including people who are desperate to come to the UK - often to join family members. I was proud to see many British aid workers and volunteers providing support and the generosity of the British public who are offering their homes.
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