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Articles are posted to this website in the relevant subject area (for example, "News and views" under "Europe", or "A liberal miscellany" under "Liberal Democrat Thinking"). The following list shows the latest articles from all categories:

  • David Beavan
    Article: Jun 19, 2018

    House of Lords June 19th 2019

    Lib dems CAMPAIGN TO CLOSE THE TAX LOOPHOLE ON second homes reaches the House of Lords

    Following a concerted high profile campaign by our Lib Dem team in Southwold to expose the second homes tax loophole, Lib Dem Peer and Housing spokesperson, John Shipley raised the issue in the Lords today and received support from political opponents including former Suffolk Coastal MP, The Lord Deben.

  • Lib Dem Women (Libdemwomen)
    Article: Jun 8, 2018

    March for a People's Vote

    On June 23, Liberal Democrats with join with thousands of others in a march to Parliament Square to demand a vote on the final Brexit deal. Join us, for this historic event!

    Tens of thousands of people from every part of the UK - as well as a contingent from Gibraltar - will fill central London on Saturday 23rd June to demand a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal in what will be the UK's biggest ever pro-European protest march.

  • Carers Week 18
    Article: Jun 7, 2018

    CELEBRATING CARERS WEEK (11-17 JUNE)

    Carers Week 2018 runs from Monday 11 to Sunday 17 June

    Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign to bring caring right out into the open, recognising and celebrating the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK.

    This Carers Week attention is drawn to the of brilliant local carers who work tirelessly, often without recognition or support. With 6.5 million carers nationwide providing support for ill, seriously ill or disabled loved ones, there are plenty of fantastic people who deserve support and recognition.

  • Inga Lockington
    Article: Jun 5, 2018

    Longstanding Liberal Democrat Councillor Inga Lockington wins her UK citizenship fight with the Home Office.

    Denied citizenship by the Home Office despite having, lived in the UK since 1979, been granted indefinite leave to remain and been a serving Councillor for 19 years, Inga Lockington's story received the widespread attention of the British and overseas media.

  • Eadt front page second Homes
    Article: Jun 4, 2018

    Sign the Petition: -

    To close the loophole that allows second home owners to avoid council tax and rates -

    As reported in the EADT in April 11th, East Suffolk Liberal Democrats are campaigning against a loophole that allows second home owners to avoid paying council tax by registering as a business.

    In England, second home owners can avoid council tax by claiming to be a business if they say they are available for letting for 140 days a year - they do not have to actually let at all.

  • Orange flag white
    Article: May 18, 2018

    The Conservatives hold the Leiston seat whilst the Lib Dem vote share doubles

    Result of the Leiston Ward By Election (SCDC) held on Thursday 17th May was as follows:

    BETSON, SAMMY (INDEPENDENT) 293

    CASAGRANDE, FREDA (LABOUR) 336

    EWART, JULES (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT) 213 (14.7%) +7%

    GEATER, SUSAN (CONSERVATIVE) 612 Elected

  • Vote today
    Article: May 17, 2018

    Leiston By-Election - Thursday 17th May 2018

    VOTE FOR CHANGE

    VOTE JULES EWART

    VOTE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

    Polling stations open from 7am -10pm

    Leiston Long Shop Museum ( The Garratt Room)

    Leiston Community Centre

    Middleton Village Hall

    Theberton Jubilee Village Hall

    Published and promoted by Jon James on behalf of Julia Ewart (Liberal Democrats) both at Tree Cottage, Mill Green, Parham IP13 9NH

  • Suffolk Coastal - Vote Lib Dem
    Article: May 16, 2018

    THE LEISTON BY-ELECTION

    Thursday 17th May 2018

    Polling stations open from 7am until 10pm at

    Leiston Long Shop Museum (The Garratt Room) & Leiston Community Centre

    Middleton Village Hall

    Theberton Jubilee Village Hall

    This is a four way all women contest for Suffolk Coastal District Council

    The Liberal Democrat Candidate is Jules Ewart.

  • MH Awareness week
    Article: May 13, 2018

    Mental Health Awareness Week Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. This year for Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May), we're focusing on stress.

    Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.

    By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide. We will look at how we can tackle stress and help improve our mental health.

  • Europe Day in the EU - a celebration of peace & unity
    Article: May 9, 2018

    Today, the 9th of May, is Europe Day, celebrating peace and unity across Europe.

    • "World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it."
      The Schuman Declaration - 9 May 1950
    • "There will be no peace in Europe if the States rebuild themselves on the basis of national sovereignty, with its implications of prestige politics and economic protection…."

      Jean Monnet 1888-1979

    • "The European Union is the world's most successful invention for advancing peace. John Bruton 1947-

    • Finally on Brexit and UK leaving the EU

  • cpage
    Article: May 4, 2018

    Caroline Page Lib Dem County Councillor for Woodbridge elected as Deputy Leader of the Group

    The Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent Group on Suffolk County Council have elected a new leadership team. The new Leader is Andrew Stringer (Green) and the Deputy Leader is Caroline Page (Liberal Democrat). Caroline is the Group spokesperson for women and a champion for gender balance in politics.

  • JE Leiston Ward
    Article: May 4, 2018

    WANTing to help Jules with her campaign in leiston?

    CONTACT FOR DETAILS OF WHEN AND WHERE TO MEET:

    TELEPHONE:

    0777 0666 604

    Published and promoted by Jon James on behalf of Jules Ewart (Liberal Democrats) all at Tree Cottage, Mill Green, Parham IP13 9NH

  • ESDCWardingMap
    Article: May 2, 2018

    Suffolk Coastal & Waveney District Councils held simultaneous full Council meetings at High Lodge, Darsham on Monday 30th to progress proposals for the new East Suffolk District Council.

    The meeting follows the decision by the Communities Secretary to approve the plans for the merger which the ruling Conservatives claim will save £200.000 annually. The statutory order to dissolve the existing Councils on 1st April 2019 is expected shortly enabling new elections to take place in May 2019. New Warding proposals will be put to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local government for subsequent consideration by the LG Boundary Commission for England. Under the warding proposals drawn up by the existing two Councils the number of Wards is reduced to 29 and the number of councillors from 90 to 55 (plus or minus 2).

  • Jules Ewart
    Article: Apr 27, 2018

    Jules EWART is the Lib dem Candidate for the forthcoming by-election for the Leiston ward seat on suffolk coastal district council.

    An all women contest gets underway for a Suffolk Coastal District Council seat.

    The By Election which will be held on Thursday 17th May follows the resignation of the sitting District Councillor.

  • MS Week 18
    Article: Apr 22, 2018

    MS Awareness Week 23-29 April

    23-29 April 2018 is MS week, which is a chance for us all to do our bit to raise awareness and money to make sure no one has to fight MS alone.

    MS is a neurological life long condition which affects your brain, spinal chord and central nervous system. As a result MS can create many different symptoms, and is different for every patient

  • Barkerbus (chris sampson creative commons 2.0 generic)
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    Flying in the face of widespread concern by parents, teachers and local communities across the county, Conservative Councillors used their overwhelming majority and denied members the chance to debate the final school transport proposals.

    The cross party opposition motion to give all members a chance to express an opinion prior to cabinet decision failed to receive support from the ruling party.

  • House with £ sign and person
    Article: Apr 11, 2018

    East Suffolk Lib Dem Campaigners expose second home tax avoidance loophole

    East Anglian Daily Times front page picks up the Lib Dems' campaign

    Local Tory MP says she 'is aware of issue and awaits representation from constituents' having failed to answer Lib Dem's letter.

    In East Suffolk where second home ownership is around a third of properties in coastal communities such as Southwold, Aldeburgh and Walberswick a homes loophole, which is said to be potentially costing councils millions in lost income, Lib Dems have called for a review and a change in the tax and registration arrangements for second homes.

  • one penny
    Article: Apr 6, 2018


    2018 World Health Day is all about Universal Health Coverage.

    Half of the world's people still struggle to get basic medical help, choosing between, food, shelter and life saving drugs. But in the UK we are incredibly lucky to have our NHS.

    That's why the Liberal Democrats are calling for an extra £6 billion a year to protect the NHS, paid for by an extra penny on Income Tax.

  • EU security 2
    Article: Apr 3, 2018

    UK locks up more than any other EU country, according to a report.

    Only non EU member, Turkey had more prison inmates, with 192,627.

    The prison population has come under sharp focus in recent years as jails have been hit by surging levels of violence, self-harm and major disturbances. Penal reform groups have repeatedly highlighted overcrowding as a factor in declining standards behind bars.

  • Lib Dem Women (Libdemwomen)
    Article: Mar 29, 2018

    The Economic Impact of Brexit on Women

    The report published this week by the Women's Budget Group and the Fawcett Society warns that the UK's poorest and most vulnerable women are likely to be the hardest hit by Brexit.

    Because of the avalance of news stories about Brexit from all sides, it's becoming all too easy to zone out however this report is very clear that a post-Brexit economic slump could have a very real impact on women's everyday lives and on the poorest households.. Workplace rights, parental leave, and rights for part-time workers (on which more women than men rely) could all be threatened. If the government opts for a 'hard' Brexit and we leave the Single Market and Customs Union, the situation for women is likely to become even worse.
    A significant economic downturn could also cause government cuts to public services, a sector of employment where women are more likely to work. Other sectors with a largely female workforce such as clothing and textiles could be harmed by increased trade barriers.
    A further drop in the value of the pound coupled with increased trade tariffs would probably drive up food prices, affecting the women who tend to manage budgets in the UK's poorest households.

  • MARCH IPSWICH 2018
    Article: Mar 25, 2018

    Resounding support for Staying Together as Ipswich Exit from Brexit Rally attracts hundreds to March for Europe

    On a day when Labour Shadow spokesperson Owen Smith MP was sacked for speaking out and demanding that the British public get a voice through a referendum on the Brexit deal and Channel 4 and the Guardian made explosive claims about the Leave campaign's conduct during the EU referendum hundreds of supporters for Staying Together gathered at University Campus Ipswich for a March for Europe.

  • school meals (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d4/20111012-FNCS-LSC-0144_-_Flickr_-_USDAgov.jpg)
    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.

  • INT WOMEN'S DAY18
    Article: Mar 8, 2018


    International Women's Day

    Each year, women celebrate the 8th March as a chance to remember the advancement of women's rights and the women who led the way, whilst remembering our continued action to maintain and advance women's rights globally, in all aspects of life.
    Thousands of events will be held across the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. They will range from rallies, conferences and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatrical and musical performances.
    For International Women's Day 2018, we're asking you to #PressforProgress. Its aim is to motivate whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

  • opinion
    Article: Mar 7, 2018

    With a merger of the two District Councils pending, the Waveney District Councillors accept a back dated increase in allowances of 28.6%

    On Wednesday, 24 January 2018 Waveney District councillors met to consider a report from the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) containing recommendations for a revised Waveney Members' Allowances Scheme back dated to 1 April 2017. 


  • By-election celebration
    Article: Mar 3, 2018

    CELEBRATE THAT THE UK HAS A SENSIBLE, OPEN, TOLERANT, AND UNITED ALTERNATIVE POLITICAL PARTY..

    HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY LIBERAL DEMOCRAT PARTY FROM ALL MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS IN EAST SUFFOLK

    On March 3rd1988 the Liberal Party and Social Democratic Party merged to create the Social and Liberal Democrats, renamed the Liberal Democrats in October 1989.

  • All our yesterdays
    Article: Mar 1, 2018

    MARCH 1918 - Breaking News - Breaking News

    SCHOOL LEAVING AGE RAISED

    COAL , GAS AND ELECTRICITY RATIONED

    RESTAURANTS MUST CLOSE AT 10 PM

    March 13th

    In the second reading of the Education Bill, MPs voted to raise the school leaving age for all children to 14 years.

    The Fisher Act; which raised the age previously set in 1899, to 14 paved the way for increased tertiary education and would remain in place for a further 26 years when the 1944 Education Act increased it to 15 years.

  • House with £ sign and person
    Article: Feb 22, 2018

    + More than 423,000 homes have been given planning permission but are still waiting to be built according to new research published by the Local Government Association (LGA).

    + Rate of homeownership among young, middle-income adults in Britain has more than halved over the last 20 years, says the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS Feb 2018)

  • children crossing
    Article: Feb 15, 2018

    Proposals to reduce eligibility for free school transport in Suffolk will adversely affect students 5-18 - and their families. Have your say!

    +++++The proposed changes have the potential to bring hardship - especially in rural areas: loss of choice; a postcode lottery for places and courses; potentially the splitting of siblings between schools. It will also put a lot more cars on the roads round our schools - with predictable effects on speed, safety, air-quality, and quality of life." says Lib Dem County Councillor for Woodbridge, Caroline Page.

  • VinceC
    Article: Feb 14, 2018

    Vince Cable responds to P.M.s answer to his question on protecting the NHS...

    'Pathetic non-committal response to my question at #PMQs stands in stark contrast to guarantees given by EU trade negotiator with US that #NHS would be protected. Brexit Britain in a far weaker negotiating position'.

    7th February 2018

  • lib dem peersmps100years
    Article: Feb 6, 2018

    - The Party celebrates 100 years of 'partial' women suffrage

    President Baroness Sal Brinton and Liberal Democrat Peers and MPs at Westminster joined in to celebrate 100 years since the partial extension of the franchise to women. It was to take another ten years before all women over 21 years gained the vote in 1928.

  • poyholes
    Article: Feb 5, 2018

    It has been revealed that the Conservative Government's funding for local roads maintained by Suffolk County Council will be cut by £1.842m in the coming financial year.

    Across the country, national roads - motorways and major trunk roads - will receive 52 times more government funding per mile by 2020, compared to local roads maintained by councils.

  • All our yesterdays
    Article: Feb 2, 2018

    February 1918 - Breaking News -

    Married Women over 30 years to get the vote

    Labour plans state control of industries......

    Government announces meat rationing for all London and Home counties adults to 20 oz per week.

    • 6th February : The Representation of the People Act received the Royal Assent today giving married women over the age of 30 the vote. Nine days after the Lords amendment to introduce proportional representation was defeated the new Act giving married women over 30 with the minimal property qualification the vote became law. (The voting age for all women was lowered to 21 in 1928)
  • Empty Homes
    Article: Jan 26, 2018

    Lib Dems call for real action to bring empty homes back into use.

    At a time when homelessness is on the rise it is a scandal that only one in 13 Councils in England and Wales (The Guardian 1st Jan 2018) are making use of the full powers* (gained in 2006) they have to bring empty homes back into use.

  • CHILD POVERTY LIGHT GREY
    Article: Jan 24, 2018

    MORE THAN HALF OF CHILDREN NOW LIVING IN POVERTY IN SOME PARTS OF THE UK*

    The End Child Poverty coalition has today published figures providing a new Child Poverty map of the UK.

    The new figures reveal that there are now constituencies within the UK where more than half of children are growing up in poverty - compared to one in ten, in the areas with the lowest child poverty rates.
    The figures also show that some of the most deprived areas of the UK have seen the biggest increases in child poverty since the coalition's last local child poverty figures for December 2015 and demonstrate the growing crisis of child poverty in the UK.
    As price rises risk pushing ever larger numbers of children below the poverty line, the coalition is calling on the Chancellor to end the freeze on children's benefits - currently in place until the end of the decade - so that families no longer see living standards squeezed as prices rise.

  • NHS STAFF
    Article: Jan 19, 2018

    NHS in crisis as winter demand increases pressure on staff

    Thousands of routine operations were cancelled earlier this month due to staff shortages and increased demand during the winter months. Whilst some of our local hospitals fared better than others, recent figures for ambulance delays and bed occupancy during the period to the end on 2017 provide further evidence that the NHS needs the extra cash. Across the UK more than 100,000 patients have had to wait this winter in the back of an ambulance for at least 30 mins due to overcrowding.

  • Nick Tyrone - 2017: A look at the year ahead of us
    Article: Dec 30, 2017

    Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats' trial book group comes to the end of its initial four-book run with a book published a year ago: Nick Tyrone's 2017: A look at the year ahead of us, of which the publisher writes:

    "2016 was a tumultuous year that changed the world. For many, it was a terrible twelve months, filled with celebrity deaths and unfortunate political results at the polls. For others, it was the year that the little guy struck back against the "establishment". 2017 reviews the year just gone and then looks at the year ahead of us, making predictions about what is to come. Along the way, Nick Tyrone will take us to Burnley and Norwich, Dublin and Venice, Brussels and Washington, talking to Leave voters on the Kentish coast and Beltway insiders about what Brexit and Trump will mean for the months directly ahead."

  • Happy Christmas!
    Article: Dec 22, 2017

    Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats wish you a very Happy Christmas, and Best Wishes for 2018.

  • Shaun Roberts, Lib Dem Director of Campaigns, in Halesworth (December 2017)
    Article: Dec 11, 2017

    On Saturday 9th December, Shaun Roberts (the Liberal Democrats' Director of Campaigns) was the guest speaker at a joint Special General Meeting of Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats and Waveney Liberal Democrats, held in Halesworth. Shaun told us about his history in the party, about the party's campaigning in the general election, and about his plans and hopes for our future campaigning. There was a lively question-and-answer session afterwards, which carried on more informally into the excellent buffet lunch, and which touched on issues as varied as media bias and how to get the point across about Brexit without putting people's backs up. Thank you very much to Shaun for coming to talk to us, and for being so entertaining and informative.

  • The government's
    Article: Dec 6, 2017

    The Guardian reports online*:

    "The UK government has produced no economic forecasts on the likely impact of Brexit on various sectors of the economy, the Brexit secretary, David Davis, has told a committee of MPs who have attempted to examine the studies.

    "Answering questions from the Brexit select committee, Davis also said there had been no economic impact study undertaken before the cabinet decision to leave the EU customs union, and no assessment had been made of the possible economic effect of a no-deal Brexit.

    "'There's no systematic impact assessment,' Davis told the committee, which had summoned him to explain why it had not received more information from the studies following a House of Commons vote calling for their release."

  • AGM
    Article: Dec 6, 2017
    Felixstowe and Martlesham branch of Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats have held their Annual General Meeting, and have elected their branch committee for 2018. Branch officers are as follows:
     
    Chair: Harry Dangerfield
    Vice Chair: Seamus Bennett
    Treasurer: Margaret Condick
    Secretary: Lee Reeves
    Membership Secretary:
    John Wiggill
  • Edward Luce - The Retreat of Western Liberalism
    Article: Nov 25, 2017

    It's nearly time for the third get-together of Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats' new Book Group. We'll be meeting on Saturday 2nd December to talk about Edward Luce's book, The Retreat of Western Liberalism. Luce is a UK journalist, and the chief US commentator for the Financial Times. From the publisher's blurb:

  • Budget Cuts
    Article: Nov 22, 2017

    It's that time of year again, when Suffolk County Council opens its consultation on budget priorities for the upcoming year (2018-2019, in this case). This year, they are considering increasing council tax by 1.99% on top of the additional 3% that will be added to support Adult Care Services, so households may face a possible increase of 4.99% in their payments. And even if the extra 1.99% is approved, the council says that further savings of £26.9 million will be required over the coming year, so budget cuts will need to be made in some areas.

  • Neighbourhood Plan
    Article: Nov 19, 2017

    On 7th December 2017, residents of the parish of Melton will be invited to vote on their Neighbourhood Plan, being asked the question:

    "Do you want Suffolk Coastal District Council to use

    the neighbourhood plan for Melton

    to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

    If you live in the parish, make sure that you vote -- either by post (if you have a postal vote) or in person at the Burness Parish Rooms. Why is it important to take part in this exercise of local democracy? Because the neighbourhood plan really matters.

  • Liberal History Journal
    Article: Nov 15, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have many special-interest groups, one of which is the Liberal Democrat History Group, which organises events and discussion meetings and publishes material of interest in this area. They produce a quarterly journal, the Journal of Liberal History, of which the current edition is the 96th issue. The Autumn 2017 issue contains (amongst other things) articles on:

  • EU Remainer's Diary
    Article: Nov 11, 2017

    East of England Lib Dem activist Jo Hayes writes a diary post every day about the EU and her anti-Brexit campaign.

    Read it here:

    Diary Day 413: a concession is quietly made.

    https://josephinehayesblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/diary-day-413-a-concession-is-quietly-made/

     

    [This article was originally published by the Liberal Democrat European Group. You can access the home page of Jo's "Remainer's Diary" blog here.]

  • Pharmacy Logo
    Article: Nov 10, 2017

    Earlier this year, Suffolk County Council invited feedback on how Suffolk residents use pharmacy services. As a result of that feedback from the public, they "do not believe there are any gaps in provision of necessary pharmaceutical services in Suffolk".*

    They have prepared a draft "Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment" (as they are obliged to do every three years), and are now seeking comments on that draft, which you can download here. It's an enormous document, coming to 256 pages in PDF form, and chock-a-block with maps, tables and graphs. But it contains some surprisingly interesting details, such as health statistics, and projected population growth in particular areas, as well as detailed information on pharmacy provision.