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  • school meals (
    Article: Mar 24, 2018

    Government loses vote on plans to restrict entitlement to free school meals.

    New government rules to restrict entitlement to free school meals for new recipients appear to have been delayed by six months after a defeat in the Lords.

    Under government plans, families receiving Universal Credit and earning more than £7,400 a year will no longer be eligible for free school meals. The proposals which were due to take effect from 1st April will affect free school meals for children in year three and above. Transitional protections are proposed, so that no child currently receiving free school meals will have them taken away.

  • EU march and rally
    Article: Mar 23, 2018

    Come and join Suffolk Liberal Democrats at University Campus Ipswich on Saturday 24th March from 12noon

    Suffolk Lib Dems will be hosting their own stand inside the Uni Campus Foyer to recruit new members and discuss the party policy on Brexit.

    Come and join us on the March and listen to the many speakers including Lib Dems Baroness Ros Scott , Daisy Cooper and Regional Chair Jo Hayes in the Speakers Lounge* and outside stage.

  • Nuclear Power (Creative Commons Hendrik Tammen (Enricopedia))
    Article: Mar 22, 2018

    Government suffers a double defeat over plans to put in place a domestic nuclear safeguards regime after leaving the European Union.

    Tory administration accused of "playing Russian roulette" with the UK's energy security by quitting Euratom.

    During report stage of the Nuclear Safeguards Bill in the House of Lords, peers backed by 265 votes to 194, majority 71, a call to delay Britain leaving Euratom if no alternative agreements were in place in the run-up to Brexit day.
    The government was dealt a second blow over the reporting of future arrangements with the watchdog on nuclear research and development, as well as the import and export of qualifying nuclear material.
    The opposition amendment, which had Liberal Democrat and crossbench support, was approved by 244 votes to 194, majority 50.
    A series of peers raised concerns over leaving Euratom without having other arrangements in place.
    Energy minister Lord Henley said the triggering of the formal proceedings for quitting the EU also started the process for leaving Euratom and insisted it was a "done deal".
    He insisted the government was "on track" to secure agreements with Britain's nuclear partners post-Brexit.
    But independent crossbencher Lord Broers, former vice chancellor of the University of Cambridge and president of the Royal Academy of Engineering, argued the need "to give us the confidence that these agreements are complete and appropriate and will maintain the highest standards in safeguarding our nuclear power". He said: "Of all the world's complex technologies, nuclear power is surely one where we must maintain collaboration with our partners, especially those in Europe."
    Lord Warner, who sits as an independent crossbencher, said: "The issue is the way that the government has been playing Russian roulette with our energy security by the ill-considered and ideological rush to leave Euratom without being sure an equivalent regime is properly in place."

  • Lib Dem celebration
    Article: Mar 19, 2018
  • Schools older
    Article: Mar 15, 2018

    EDUCATION POLICY - Working Party reports to Spring Conference

    "Empowering each individual child to be the best they can and want to be."

    Liberal Democrats have announced plans that would abolish Ofsted and create widespread reform in how school and pupil performance is judged.
    Under proposals developed by the Party's Education Working party and debated at the Spring Conference at Southport, Regional Schools Commissioners would be abolished and local authorities with responsibility for education, would be given the task of promoting high standards across the state sector. Councils would also be able to open new community schools where there was a need.

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If you need help with Suffolk Services, or if you are concerned about local issues, do come along and talk to Caroline Page, Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Woodbridge, who holds a regular monthly surgery on the third Saturday of the month, at Woodbridge Library. (Please note that Caroline does not hold a surgery in August.) You can also contact Caroline by email on or by telephone on 07545 423837.

Caroline Page

Woodbridge County Councillor Surgery with Caroline Page (Lib Dem)

Saturday 21st April 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Woodbridge Library, New Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1DT

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Wednesday 21st March, 7 p.m. onwards

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