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To build a fair, free and an open society, balancing the values of liberty, equality and community in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity..

EAST SUFFOLK LIBERAL DEMOCRATS PRIORITIES FOR 2020 AND BEYOND

PROTECT THE PLANET, PEACE, PEOPLE & FIGHT POVERTY

Coronavirus Mental Health

What does poverty mean to you?

SEE THE NEW FILM


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Recent updates from the East Suffolk Liberal Democrats

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  • Article: May 28, 2020

    What does poverty mean to you?

    22 May 2020 by Alana Avery

    For people around the UK, poverty means a lot of different things. Today, we share 'This is poverty', a film by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Connected Pictures, which explores the experiences of 7 people and what poverty means to them in their own words.

    The short documentary illustrates the commonality of their experiences, the different dimensions of poverty and how it can lock and restrict people. They talk about the injustice of it and most importantly, how poverty can be solved if we work together to redesign our economy and services.

    "When you don't have money, you don't have control over your life"

    Kai, Dale, Gillian and Ashley are members of our Talking about Poverty programme, run in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Trust for London. A huge congratulations to them and all the contributors and our thanks for sharing their powerful and moving stories and words of hope.

    "There's quite a lot of strength and quite a lot of bravery to continue pushing through a situation like that"

    Kai told us he had a "fantastic experience" working with Connected Pictures, and he thinks the film is important to him because it meant he was "able to help people."

    On Road had the opportunity to support Kai, Dale, Gillian and Ashley before and after filming, briefing them on interview prep, framing and well-being. Before the film, they took part in some of the peer support sessions as well as training on Engaging with the Media and framing expertise; all activities from our project. We also supported the production process behind the scenes and shared our Better Stories guidance with the team.

    Alana Avery, from On Road Media said about the film:

    "It feels like each contributor was given the right space that supported them to be relaxed, open and frank. Each person has a strong message, articulated in a provocative, moving, framed way that strikes a chord. It's an emotional watch but vital today - it tells us poverty can be solved and isn't right.

    For me, this beautifully shot film is an excellent example of what's possible when positive collaboration in the media happens, that works for everyone. I'm proud to have played a small part in the process. I hope each person's story will have a powerful impact on the public's understanding of poverty."

    Please let us know what you think and share it with your networks.

    Article and visual images reproduced from On Road Media

    On Road is a charity that improves media coverage and public understanding of misrepresented groups and issues. We support people with first hand experience of the issues to do safer, more strategic media work, bringing them together with journalists to inspire great content.

    END
  • Johnson and Cummings by twitter
    Article: May 26, 2020

    A QUESTION OF TRUST AND CONFIDENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE

    Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain?" Mr. Weasley to Ginney― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Monarchs, Presidents and Prime Ministers throughout the ages have always kept their trusted advisers close. Some rose to prominence, some plotted to usurp, but mostly they operated in the shadows. Citizens have always been aware of powerful forces 'behind the throne' ready to do their master's bidding or in more recent times 'spinning the message'. In recent times, few have stepped outside their designated role without risking their prestigious and privileged position or in earlier centuries losing their heads.

  • EU trade agreements (European Movement UK, South Bank House, London SE17SJ)
    Article: May 18, 2020

    Ruling out an extension to the transition when the chances of achieving a comprehensive trade deal with the EU diminish by the day will cut no ice if the barriers to trade go up on 1st January 2021 and we suffer even more hardship and additional economic damage.

    If Covid-19 wasn't enough to tip the UK economy into a lengthy recession, the inability of the UK and EU to make progress on a post-Brexit trade deal, not wholly unexpected given this government's antipathy to Europe, is most definitely something that could do so and which should concern us as another Brexit cliff edge date beckons. If no free trade agreement is agreed before the UK leaves the transition period - during which we are treated like an EU member state - the economic damage from the sharp break with Europe is expected to be significant.

  • Mental Health Awareness Week
    Article: May 18, 2020

    THIS WEEK IS

    Mental Health Awareness Week

    18th-24th May 2020

    During the Covid-19 crisis it is even more important that you look after your mental health

    Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 is a chance for the UK to focus on mental health.

    This year's theme is kindness, with the week running from 18 - 24 May.

  • UK Charities call for Covid-19 Emergency Scheme (Charities Covid-19 Coalition)
    Article: May 10, 2020

    Over 1.8 million people have applied for Universal Credit in recent weeks, and it is likely that more and more individuals and families are going to need to use food banks as the outbreak develops.

    A new coalition of charities, including the Trussell Trust, IFAN, Child Poverty Action Group, Children's Society, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, StepChange, and Turn2us, is urging the government to provide a Coronavirus Emergency Income Support Scheme to help the nation weather the storm of this pandemic.
    Read their joint letter to the Chancellor here.

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The Woodbridge & District Lib Dem Pint is NORMALLY held on the third Wednesday of the month, at The Old Mariner in Woodbridge. During the Coronavirus outbreaks these meetings have been cancelled.

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Caroline Page

Woodbridge County Councillor Surgery with Caroline Page (Lib Dem)

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

SURGERY CANCELLED DURING THE PERIOD OF THE CORONAVIRUS

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