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  • Boris Johnson demeans the office he holds
    Article: Aug 6, 2020

    Lib Dems say 'we don't need rhetoric' as thousands of planning applications are sitting there without a brick being laid.

    "Build, Build Build" says Johnson who dismisses opposition to planning reforms as "nimbyism"

    "Developers to be permitted to build on top of existing blocks of flats up to 5 storeys" says Baroness Jenny Randerson

    The Government have announced a planning 'revolution' that will force local authorities to allocate land for developments that will then not have to go through the full planning process. Under the new process, land will be designated in one of three zoning categories: 'for growth, for renewal or for protection'.

    In the first two categories there will be a new legal 'permission in principle' approach for new buildings, it is understood. Areas of outstanding natural beauty and the green belt will come under the protection category where most new buildings will be automatically banned.

    The reforms will be published in a paper entitled Planning for the Future and follow an extension of permitted development rights announced earlier this summer.

    Critics including the RIBA, the Local Government Association and the charity Shelter have already said that the move would lead to poor-quality new houses being built in areas without adequate public services and would lessen democratic accountability.

    Reported in the Architects Journal, RIBA President Alan Jones said. 'deregulation would not deliver new homes and called for the government to 'urgently reconsider'.

    Baroness Jenny Randerson said: "I have spoken out in the Lords against Conservative Government regulations which will allow developers to build on top of existing blocks of flats up to 5 storeys. We had 5 Lib Dem speakers all fiercely opposed to this. This is going to be a major issue for local planning authorities".

    LGA Liberal Democrat Group Leader Councillor Howard Sykes said: "The prime minister has promised 'the most radical reforms of our planning system since the end of the Second World War'. Not again please. Will the Government wake up to the FACT that councils aren't the problem with getting homes built nor is the planning system?

    He added: "How many times do we have to say that councils approve nine in 10 applications? The Government conveniently forgets the thousands of planning applications that are sitting there without a brick being laid. Hundreds of thousands of homes lay unbuilt. We need powers to force developers to build these out. Don't demonise us and point the finger again at local government blaming us. We don't need rhetoric - we need partnership".

    Liberal Democrat MHCLG Spokesperson Tim Farron MP added:

    "The announcement to reform England's planning laws today reveals that once again Ministers are not serious about solving the housing crisis. It is not the lack of planning permission that prevents new, genuinely affordable, homes being built, but this Government's refusal to properly invest in social housing.
    "Rather than tinkering with planning laws, what Robert Jenrick should be doing is unveiling a huge housebuilding program of social homes for rent. We have already lost thousands of social rented homes as a result of the Government's permitted developed changes to date.

    "The Liberal Democrats want to see 100,000 new social homes to be built every year, as well as giving local authorities the ability to suspend the right to buy in their own areas, so that we can finally start tackling the crisis that's crippling the UK's housing market."

    LINKS:

    Lib Dem Lords speak out against planning changes Baroness Jenny Randerson ". A link to the speech can be found here:

    https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2020-07-29/debates/04DC3EE5-E933-41CA-BD17-02795ADD6A24/TownAndCountryPlanning(FeesForApplicationsDeemedApplicationsRequestsAndSiteVisits)(England)(Amendment)Regulations2020#contribution-5A475532-D6FE-4BC5-B9BF-117E9EFBA0DD

    Architects Journal: Sweeping reforms will give new schemes 'automatic' planning permission 3 AUGUST, 2020 BY WILL HURST

    https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/sweeping-reforms-will-give-new-schemes-automatic-planning-permission/10047761.article

    A major planning overhaul in England will allow 'automatic' planning permission for new homes, hospitals, schools, shops and offices

  • Lowestoft High Street Trevor King -Share Alike 2.0 Generic (Trevor King / Lowestoft High Street / CC BY-SA 2.0)
    Article: Aug 5, 2020

    North Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone Design Guide Published

    In May 2019, Historic England launched a multi-million pound fund to revive historic English high streets through a High Streets Heritage Action Zones scheme. Working with partners, 69 high streets across England were selected to receive a share of the £95 million fund to find new ways to unleash the potential of the historic environment, create economic growth, improve quality of life and champion and revive high streets. Lowestoft is one of seven towns in the east of England to benefit. Other towns include, Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn, North Walsham & Swaffham.

  • Boris Johnson Broke the Law (Chatham House London)
    Article: Jul 31, 2020

    Focus on Poverty in Britain

    The lies, falsehoods and misrepresentations of Boris Johnson and his government are well documented. Boris' own dossier of lies over many years continues to grow by the the day. Death, hunger, poverty the subject of his lies are endless - nothing phases Boris Johnson.

    Whether it is his claims about protecting care homes during the early days of the pandemic, feigning ignorance about a footballer's campaign about the free school meal voucher scheme or claiming that child poverty levels have come down under his government, Boris Johnson simply cannot help telling lies. There is a medical term for the condition of pathological lying; it is known as mythomania. The trouble is that the public perception of politicians and a largely friendly Press means he keeps telling lies and getting away with them

    Asked to comment by the BBC, Downing Street pointed to a previous statement made by the PM, in which he said that "as of December" there were "740,000 fewer children living in a household where no one works".

    The Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) however said some of the figures he has quoted to back this claim up are incorrect. The OSR, which is the regulatory arm of the UK Statistics Authority watchdog, was responding to a complaint from the End Child Poverty Coalition.

    The Coalition highlighted three instances when the prime minister made what it described as "misleading" statements.

    These were:

    • Mr Johnson's claim on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on 1 December 2019 that there "are 400,000 fewer children in poverty than there were in 2010"

    • His statement at PMQs on 17 June that "absolute poverty and relative poverty have both declined under this government" and "there are hundreds of thousands, I think 400,000, fewer families living in poverty now than there were in 2010"

    • Mr Johnson's claim at PMQs on 24 June, in which he said that "there are 100,000 fewer children in absolute poverty and 500,000 fewer children falling below thresholds of low income and material deprivation".

      In a letter to the OSR, the End Child Poverty Coalition chairwoman Anna Feuchtwang said: "It cannot be right that official figures on something as fundamental as how many children are in poverty continue to be used selectively, inaccurately and, ultimately, misleadingly." She added, "It is deeply insulting to the children and families swept into poverty when data about them is used selectively and misleadingly at the whim of politicians". 'The simple fact is that by any measures child poverty is rising but instead of tackling the problem the government risks obscuring the issue and misinforming the public. "The lives of real people are at stake and we need consistent use of information and urgent action."

      Responding to the complaints set out in the letter, Ed Humpherson, director-general for regulation at the statistics authority, said: "Our team has investigated the statements which you highlight (and has reached the same conclusion that these statements are incorrect)."

  • Caregiver - St John of God Hauora Trust CC BY-SA 4.0 (* CC BY-SA 4.0 * File:St John of God Hauora Trust.jpg)
    Article: Jul 28, 2020

    One year ago Boris Johnson pledged to fix the social care crisis

    A year later and with over 22,000 Covid-19 deaths* in the community and care homes we still await his 'oven ready' detailed plan

    Including social care among a string of domestic pledges, Johnson said at the time "My job is to protect you or your parents or grandparents from the fear of having to sell your home to pay for the cost of care. And so I am announcing on the steps of Downing Street that we will fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve."

  • brak (Thanks to Rocco Dipoppa for sharing their work on Unsplash.)
    Article: Jul 21, 2020

    British Retail Consortium (BRC) warns shoppers face higher prices if no EU trade deal

    "Government must put consumers first and agree a deal that avoids tariffs and minimises the impact of non-tariff barriers" says BRC Director

    Reuters Business News report that the retail industry have urged UK and European negotiators to reach a post-Brexit trade deal, warning that without tariff-free trade, consumers face higher prices from next year.

  • Leadership Contenders Layla Moran MP & Ed Davey MP
    Article: Jul 19, 2020

    Ed Davey and Layla Moran are the two candidates to be our next Liberal Democrat leader.

    Ballots will go out in a few weeks time - on Thursday 30th July.

    The two candidates will now face questioning from members across the globe in a series of hustings that will test their skills and help you decide which one is the right candidate to lead our party. You can see all of the planned hustings here: www.libdems.org.uk/hustings

  • Nuclear Power (Creative Commons Hendrik Tammen (Enricopedia))
    Article: Jul 15, 2020

    Liberal Democrat, Green & Independent group motion to Suffolk County Council called for the council to oppose the plans by EDF Energy to develop Sizewell C

    The Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent group on Suffolk County Council took the opportunity to ensure that the Sizewell C planning application was debated in full Council and presented a motion to last Thursday's Council meeting. The motion calling for the council to oppose the plans by EDF Energy to develop Sizewell C, and set up a cross-party task group to consider whether the authority should support the principle of nuclear energy at all was defeated by the combined forces of the ruling Conservatives and the Labour members.

  • Article: Jul 13, 2020

    FOCUS on POVERTY IN BRITAIN

    2,483 children under 16 admitted to hospital this year with MALNUTRITION reports Layla Moran MP

    Lib Dem leadership candidate Layla Moran MP has collated this 'shocking' data on hospital admissions from 50 English hospital trusts in a FoI request.

    Almost 2,500 children have been admitted to hospital with malnutrition in the first six months of the year - double the number over the same period last year - prompting fresh concern that families are struggling to afford to feed themselves and that the pandemic has intensified the problem.

  • Nuclear Power (Creative Commons Hendrik Tammen (Enricopedia))
    Article: Jul 9, 2020

    Sizewell C Development Consent Order application hits the Planning Inspectorate's desk, but what now for its future?

    By Jon James

    This week householders in parts of East Suffolk coastal areas have received a summary of EDFs proposals for Sizewell nuclear plant as the planning application is accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate.

  • make Votes Mater votes no seats (make Votes matter)
    Article: Jul 6, 2020

    Electoral reform debated in the House of Commons

    Earlier last month, the Liberal Democrat Constitutional Spokesperson, Wendy Chamberlain MP called an adjpurnement debate where she demolished the arguments for First Past the Post. This was the first time since 2016 that the need for equal votes was debated in the House of Commons, and it was long overdue.

  • Lib Dem Leadership Contest
    Article: Jul 1, 2020

    LIB DEM LEADERSHIP ELECTION 2020

    Last month has been the biggest month in membership recruitment for the Liberal Democrats of 2020.

    People are already excited to have their say in the upcoming leadership election and they are joining us to vote for the candidate that they believe in

    Already, Ed Davey and Layla Moran have inspired lots of people to join the Liberal Democrats.

  • Children drawing
    Article: Jun 30, 2020

    Focus on Poverty in Britain in the 21st century

    In our series of articles on Poverty in 21st century Britain we have drawn on research and the experiences of those on the front line.

    In this interview by ATD Fourth World with "Annie" the focus is on the link between poverty and child protection.

    Child Protection Under Covid-19: 'Parents Are Simply on Their Knees'

  • Desalination_plant.JPG Barcelona Spain
    Article: Jun 27, 2020

    East Suffolk - the coastal district in the driest part of the UK with average rainfall below 600mm each year

    Oceans cover 71% of the Earth's surface and contain 97% of the Earth's water.

    Less than one percent of the Earth's water is fresh water and 2-3% is contained in the glaciers and ice caps.

    66% of the worlds inhabitants could live in water-stressed conditions by 2025

  • Article: Jun 24, 2020

    Extend the Brexit transition period say Lib Dems as another deadline looms

    Bank of England governor urges banks to step up no-deal Brexit plans

    CBI says British firms do not have the resilience to cope with a no-deal Brexit after the battering of the coronavirus crisis.

    The Lib Dems said, At a time when our NHS, jobs, and the economy are already struggling, it would be unthinkable to rush through a bad deal, or worse get no deal at all.

  • Ed Davey MP (Graham Neale)
    Article: Jun 19, 2020

    Virus Pandemic blocks out the biggest Global battle of them all - Climate Change

    Every week that passes we are told about another 'world beating' Boris response to the global pandemic with the Prime Minister 'back in control'.. proud of his Covid-19 response on testing targets and lab capacity, sourcing and availability of protective clothing, shielding care homes, recording and registering deaths in care, fines for breaking social distancing applied/retracted or not, a track and trace App, English school opening, visitor quarantine and the highest Covid rated mortality rates in Europe. This pandemic has shown that science and politics are not easy bedfellows when it comes to getting to the truth especially when the Government exploits experts as political cover. Headlines are the tools of this PM's trade, planning and strategy are definitely not. As long as each element translates into two words of no more than two syllables it will be 'oven ready' for the front pages of the Tory press without any fear that readers will wish to dig deeper.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2020

    Using the Rainbow as the 'New Pattern for Politics'

    Charles Muggleston writes: The Unity of Spirit at Harvest House

    Would that it could help 'Politics' move forward more positively in general as well - would that we could eventually see out of the tragic mess of this Corona Crisis 'Politics' duly reformed out of its selfishness / mess using the Rainbow as the 'New Pattern for Politics'.

  • anti-racism
    Article: Jun 10, 2020

    Carlford Division Conservative County Councillor Robin Vickery resigns from Suffolk County and Ipswich Borough Council

    640 complaints received by Councils against Robin Vickery after he shared racist posts on Facebook page

    As reported in the Ipswich Star and local and national media, Robin Vickery has resigned from both Suffolk and Ipswich councils after over 600 complaints were received against him for sharing racist posts on his Facebook page. He also resigned his Conservative Party membership before he was subject to an investigation into the racist posts.

  • Schools ()
    Article: Jun 9, 2020

    Plans for all primary school years in England to return before the end of term dropped by the government.

    Children's commissioner: reports secondary schools may not open past September is "deeply worrying" and says look at Wales

    According to the www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-52969679 scepticism by parents and opposition from school unions and local authorities, wary of the health and safety difficulties for both staff and pupils in England's ageing and cramped classrooms has effectively ended the Government's plan to get all primary pupils in school before the summer break.

  • childpoverty
    Article: Jun 5, 2020

    FOCUS on POVERTY IN BRITAIN

    Boris Johnson's spokesman says that the school meal voucher scheme will not run over the summer.

    According to reports in The Independent, Lawyers for food charity Sustain have sent a letter to education secretary Gavin Williamson demanding urgent clarification of what measures he will take to prevent "holiday hunger" and warning of court action if his response was not adequate.

  • Nuclear Power (Creative Commons Hendrik Tammen (Enricopedia))
    Article: May 29, 2020

    Sizewell C Planning Application for Development Consent Order

    Suffolk Lib Dems call for a delay in consultation

    The Lib Dems, Greens & Independents Group on Suffolk County Council have slammed the timing of what they believe is an 'undemocratic' Sizewell C consultation

    The Group have strongly criticised the timing of EDF's application for a Development Consent Order to build a new nuclear power station at Sizewell.

  • 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.

  • Lupton's Tower, Eton College/photos/herrywiki/en:Creative_Commons (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:https://www.flickr.com/photos/herry/)
    Article: May 5, 2020

    Living in Poverty in Britain in 21st century

    The UK is the world's 11th most prosperous nation but the coronavirus will hit the poorest hardest.

    COVID-19 a trigger for profound change - "The unfairness will become transparent". says Eton College Head.

    'COVID-19 a trigger for profound change', and 'may well precipitate rapid social and economic transformation similar to that which followed two world wars' - 'because of mounting anger about inequality', Simon Henderson, headmaster of Eton College, reportedly told The Times newspaper. Henderson said that Eton will spend £100m over five years to help disadvantaged children in East Anglia, the Midlands and North.

  • ESuff electoral Boundary Commission for England (Boundary Commission for England)
    Article: May 4, 2020

    East Suffolk Council - Suffolk Coastal Local Plan

    Consultation on Main Modifications

    The Suffolk Coastal Local Plan is currently being examined by an Independent Planning Inspector, Philip Lewis BA (Hons) MSc MRTPI. Following the public hearings which were held in August / September 2019, the Inspector has written to the Council advising what modifications are likely to be required in order for the plan to be found 'sound'.

  • GOV REG VOTE
    Article: Apr 29, 2020

    COVID-19 BRIEFINGS - THE PPE SPIN UNRAVELS

    On March 26th we published a piece on the Government's response to the Coronavirus pandemic. We were supportive of the Government decision to follow the science and accepted that the statement that the country held the required PPE stock but there were inevitable logistical problems in getting PPE to the front line. We also raised questions about the country's planning for the pandemic and underlined the importance of getting all front line staff full protection and safety equipment.

  • Article: Apr 28, 2020

    Living in Poverty in Britain in 21st century

    Access to the internet is neither universally available nor free. Covid-19 has highlighted the essential need to have access to the internet for home schooling support, access to benefits and credit and avoiding financial exclusion, not least for vulnerable low income groups.

  • New ES Wards (Boundary Commission for England)
    Article: Apr 25, 2020

    COVID-19 business grants - Government has allocated one of largest sums to an Engllsh local authority as East Suffolk gets over £100m .

    Receiving an allocation of not much less than some of the biggest metropolitan and Unitary authorities in England, East Suffolk District Council has paid out over £41.7m to local businesses to date

  • David Beavan
    Article: Apr 24, 2020

    After years of campaigning by Coastal Lib Dems on second homes tax loophole, a local Tory MP suddenly wakes up to a problem.

    For almost three years Lib Dem campaigner David Beavan (since elected as Southwold District Councillor in 2019) toiled long and hard with local activists to bring the second homes tax loophole issue to the public's attention.

  • Earth Day
    Article: Apr 22, 2020

    EARTH DAY - 22ND APRIL 2020

    Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries.

    On Earth Day, April 22, 2020, we have two crises: One is the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The other is a slowly building disaster for our climate.

  • Back Our Frontline Support Package (Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Apr 20, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have launched a plan for a comprehensive package of support for the 2.2 million NHS and social care workers on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis

    The package includes: ensuring workers have the personal protective equipment they need, now; practical help to make day-to-day life a little easier; extra pay to reflect the extra dangers they face; additional support for those who die in service; and a new medal to recognise their service during this perilous time.

  • domestic abuse * CC BY-SA 3.0Purple ribbon.svg (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:MesserWoland)
    Article: Apr 16, 2020

    Domestic abuse calls up 25% and at least 16 suspected domestic abuse killings identified since the Covid-19 lock-down restrictions were imposed

    As we prepare for a further period of lock-down, women in violent relationships are faced with being stuck at home and exposed to their abuser for even longer periods of time and making it very difficult for them to call helplines.

  • Climate Change
    Article: Apr 10, 2020

    AS THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK BRINGS THE GLOBAL ECONOMY TO A VIRTUAL STANDSTILL SCIENTISTS SAY CARBON EMISSIONS COULD FALL BY THE LARGEST AMOUNT SINCE WORLD WAR TWO.

    Reuters 31st March/2nd April

    As people across the world try to maintain physical distance to stop the spread of Covid-19, new forecasts being produced by climate researchers offer a tiny sliver of good news in the midst of the human crisis enveloping the planet.

  • Easter Eggs in Germany CC-BY-SA-3.0 (Wikipedia-Name Nyks CC-BY-SA-3.0)
    Article: Apr 9, 2020

    WE WISH ALL OUR VISITORS A VERY HAPPY, PEACEFUL AND SAFE EASTERTIDE

    From all at

    eastsuffolk-libdems.org.uk

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  • Article: Apr 3, 2020

    'We are in unprecedented times, all that we have previously felt to be 'normal' has changed.

    'COVID-19, the global pandemic, has resulted so far in fundamental changes to the way that we live our lives. Now more than ever, we need to remind ourselves of the values we hold dear; of compassion and justice'. Those experiencing extreme poverty are particularly hard-pressed, say the aplecollective

  • Coronavirus Help and Advice
    Article: Apr 2, 2020

    UPDATED COVID-19 - GROWING SUPPORT NETWORK THROUGHOUT OUR AREA

    How and where to get help, how to volunteer and news around the East Suffolk area

    For all information about the response to the Convid-19 pandemic, how to get help, volunteer and uptodate news in your area click on the following links:

    Bungay and Beccles: click here

  • Coronovirus Update Spelthorne Liberal Democrats (Image by Vektor Kunst from Pixabay)
    Article: Mar 26, 2020

    Protect our NHS and Social Care staff and back the self employed Now..

    Since the end of December 2019 we have seen the Coronavirus spread from the far east to Europe and the US with devastating speed. World news and social media has tracked the virus, country by country as this disease defies borders, barriers and lock-downs and leaves families bereaved and in fear. This virus, for which we have no immediate solution barring isolation and medical care has brought large sections of the world to a standstill within the short space of 10-12 weeks. For the most part, nations have correctly turned to their scientists, researchers and clinicians to not only expedite a vaccine but to model effective responses to protect the lives of their citizens from what is a now the greatest health challenge we have faced for a century.

  • CC BY-SA 3.0-carnation.JPG * Created: 10 May 2009 (* CC BY-SA 3.0)
    Article: Mar 21, 2020

    "Not all of us can do Great Things

    But we can do small things with Great Love"

    Mother Teresa

    Happy Mother's Day 2020

    From East Suffolk Liberal Democrats

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  • Empty Supermarket shelves Australia Christopher Corneschi (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en Kjerish)
    Article: Mar 20, 2020

    Vulnerable people and key workers struggle to do their shopping and local Foodbanks call for more donations as supermarkets say there is sufficient food but shelves continue to empty as the 'have-nots' find that we are 'not all in this together'.

    Repeated claims on QT by the Health Minister, Matt Hancock that he was negotiating with the supermarkets weeks ago, a claim denied by some supermarkets is beginning to look decidedly hollow as reports come in that health workers finishing their shifts find empty shelves and Foodbanks including our local ones in East Suffolk are under pressure to source food.

    The Government claims to be following the science and the letter from food policy academics and addressed to the PM today underlines the need to protect the vulnerable and people on low incomes and initiate a health based food rationing programme.

    The letter is reproduced below and includes the five recommendations.

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    From:School of Health Sciences

    Tim Lang, PhD, FFPH, FRSA, Hon DSc Professor of Food Policy Centre for Food Policy Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB, UK Direct tel: + 44-(0)20-7040-8798 Mb: 07812-570579 e-mail: t.lang@city.ac.uk

    Rt Hon Boris Johnson, MP Prime Minister
    10 Downing Street London SW1 2AA

    March 20 2020

    Dear Prime Minister,

    Re food planning in crisis

    We write as academics with experience in food policy matters, and out of immediate concern about the emerging food crisis unfolding in response to the coronavirus covid-19 outbreak. Our concerns include:

    Public messaging about food supply is weak and unconvincing. The supermarkets are already subject to unprecedented purchasing stress. Yet people have been stocking up, not least out of concern that, if someone in their household falls ill, they will be unable to obtain more supplies. The supermarkets have responded by rationing some foodstuffs and grocery products. That problem could have been avoided by more consumer-friendly messaging. There is already a dangerous tendency to blame consumer behaviour not shape it. Nudge thinking is no longer sufficient. Consumers have repeatedly been told to look after themselves, so cannot be blamed for acting within their viable realm of influence. It might be regrettable, but stockpiling or uncivil behaviour in stores are signs that appeals to restraint or repetition of the 'We are in it together' message are wearing thin when it comes to food supply.

    Official thinking and consultation on food has so far been dominated by an industry focus. The civil society and local authority roles also urgently demand clearer public focus. The Coronavirus Bill has just four pages out of 329 on food, and empowers authorities to obtain information about potential disruptions to food supply, but no powers to resolve those disruptions. We note that last night food work was included under key worker status. Schools needed that guidance,but food crises also require leadership and action from local authorities and the Resilience Forums. Those local bodies have been weakened and dangerously under-resourced. We appreciate (and welcomed) that Defra has at last broadened consultation with the food industry itself beyond the 4 large organisations (NFU, FDF, BRC and UK Hospitality), but it has just focussed on supplies, but has not included consumer or public health representatives.

    Prioritising people on low incomes. People on low incomes are particularly anxious about how they will feed themselves during this crisis. Food banks are closing, and those remaining open have supply shortages yet rocketing demands. Some very hungry people are being 'gate-kept' out of food banks because systems for allocating vouchers are failing. Food banks do not and cannot resolve structural inequalities, income deficits, or lack of access. The current crisis is in danger of aggravating existing problems. More than 8.4 million people in the UK are food-insecure, by the UN'scriterion. Diet is a key factor in lowering life-expectancy for the poorest people and weakening their immune systems. The current crisis risks exacerbating diet-related inequalities, which could have long-term adverse consequences. This is a time when market mechanisms are insufficient. Supermarkets cannot be expected to ration for health or filter food purchasing according to need, yet need and equity ought to be paramount. If the 'we are all in it together' principle reigns, then now is the time for health to shape access to food.

    We therefore call on the Government to:

    (1) initiate a health-based food rationing scheme to see the country through this crisis. This should start from Public Health England's Eatwell Plate, our official nutrition guidelines, and draw on expertise from the devolved administrations, and relevant disciplines.

    (2) Rapidly review options for ensuring people on low incomes have sufficient money to buy a decent diet. Maintenance of incomes is already being discussed by the Chancellor for those being laid off, but cash injections for people in receipt of welfare benefit (including Universal Credit) is also needed. Only a cash injection will enable people on low income to purchase food for their health and well-being and to avert hunger. Another possibility is to have a national voucher scheme redeemable for nutritionally sound purchases such as fruit and vegetables.

    (3) Ensure that nutritionally appropriate food can and will be delivered to all those who self-isolate or are quarantined.

    (4) Announce immediately that this new Food Rationing Scheme will be open, equitable and based on health needs, taking account of age, income, and vulnerability, and that this will be applied UK-wide.

    (5) Amend the Agriculture Bill, currently before Parliament, to include a new clause to ensure that the people of the United Kingdom will be fed well, healthily, equitably and sustainably.

    Yours faithfully,TIM LANG
    Prof of Food Policy Centre for Food Policy City, University of London

    pp Erik Millstone & Emeritus Prof of Science PolicySPRU
    University of Sussex
    Terry Marsden
    Professor and Director Sustainable Places Research Inst Cardiff University

    DONATIONS OF FOOD URGENTLY REQUIRED

    Our local foodbanks are experiencing a shortage of food.

    This includes the Lowestoft Trussell Trust Foodbank which extends down from Lowestoft to the Saxmundham/Leiston/Aldeburgh/Wickham Mkt areas.

    Donate at your local East Suffolk supermarkets at Waitrose/Coops and Tesco.

    The Salvation Army scheme covers Woodbridge

    The Waveney Foodbank covers Framlingham, Halesworth, Bungay and Beccles

    END

  • NHS Coronavirus information
    Article: Mar 18, 2020

    Stay at home advice- Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    How long to stay at home if you have symptoms?

    Anyone with symptoms should stay at home for at least 7 days.

    If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.

    After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

    But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days.

    Information:

    If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

    If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

    If you still have symptoms after 7 days

    After 7 days, if you no longer have a high temperature you can return to your normal routine.

    If you still have a high temperature, stay at home until your temperature returns to normal.

    If you still have a cough after 7 days, but your temperature is normal, you do not need to continue staying at home. A cough can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.

    Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

    • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home

    • your condition gets worse

    • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

    Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

    Tips for staying at home

    It's important to stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading.

    Do

    • try to keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) from other people in your home, particularly people over 70, or those with long-term health conditions

    • ask friends, family and delivery services to deliver things like food shopping and medicines but leave them outside

    • sleep alone, if possible

    • regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds

    • drink plenty of water and take paracetamol to help with your symptoms

    Don't

    • do not have visitors (ask people to leave deliveries outside)

    • do not leave your home, for example to go for a walk, to school or to public places


    Ibuprofen

    There is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (COVID-19) worse.

    But until we have more information, take paracetamol to treat the symptoms of coronavirus, unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you.

    If you are already taking ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) on the advice of a doctor, do not stop taking it without checking first.



    END

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    Tory government spent at least £4.4 billion on Brexit planning says Audit Office

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    In the first detailed estimate of the cost of Brexit, the National Audit Office (NAO) says the Britain's government spent at least 4.4 billion pounds of taxpayers' money on preparations to leave the European Union. The NAO said that most of the money was spent on staff costs, building new infrastructure and paying for external advice.

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