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  • Ed Davey
    Article: Oct 28, 2020

    Families deserve a Christmas that is as normal as possible says Sir Ed

    Lib Dem Leader Ed Davey is working with the Alliance Party in Northern Ireland and calling for a four nations summit to make a plan for Christmas that works for families across the UK. pic.twitter.com/yGqhl34QRm

    Speaking at PMQs, Ed Davey said,'the Govt has been badly prepared and slow to act at every stage throughout this Covid-19 crisis. That can't happen again, especially for Christmas. 2020 has been terribly hard on people - 'Many families across the UK have had an extremely difficult year being separated from their loved ones. They deserve a Christmas as normal as possible.

  • Free School Meals
    Article: Oct 22, 2020

    Suffolk Coastal and Waveney Tory MPs help to vote down proposal to extend Free School Meals

    Peter Aldous (Waveney) and Therese Coffey (Suffolk Coastal) voted against a motion to extend free school meals in England over the school holiday periods until Easter 2021 and whilst the pandemic continues to impact deprived areas especially and hit poorer families.

  • Planning Permission Granted
    Article: Oct 19, 2020

    East Suffolk Council's three consultations for you to respond to:

    : Engagement in the Planning Process

    : Cycling & Walking Improvements

    : Protecting Habit Sites in Housing Developments

    East Suffolk Council have launched the three different consultations, ranging from how they can better engage you in the planning process, to discovering the walking and cycling infrastructure matters and opportunities in your local area.

    These consultations last for six weeks, and end at 5pm on 30 November 2020.

    If you have any questions about the consultations or get hard copies of the consultations ( see address below), or for anything relating to Planning Policy.

    Email: planningpolicy@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

    Twitter: @EastSuffolkPlan

  • Mark Pack (Mark Pack)
    Article: Oct 15, 2020

    PODCAST : Duncan Brack & Mark Pack

    Lib Dem Party President, Mark Pack: "Why did the Liberal Party become so pro-European and how did that carry over into the Liberal Democrats? That was the topic when I welcomed back Duncan Brack to Never Mind The Bar Charts. We roamed over everything from the creation of the Anti-Corn Law League through to the future for pro-Europeanism in the Lib Dems."

  • Article: Oct 10, 2020

    Ed Davey Connecting with Electors across the UK

    The Liberal Democrats are here for you says Ed

    We want to help people get on, and build a fairer, greener, more caring future

    Watch the video

    Since becoming leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey has spent a fair amount of his time travelling the country listening to people of all political persuasions about what are the issues they want addressed by politicians. He has made a short video of what he has found so far which can be seen by pressing

  • Planning Permission Granted
    Article: Oct 9, 2020

    Lib Dems in East Suffolk challenge Govt's "power grab" on planning

    Liberal Democrats have warned that the Government's planning proposals will "disempower" local authorities like East Suffolk District Council and allow developers to "run roughshod" over local communities' wishes.

    A motion accepted at the Party's Autumn Conference, making it official party policy, lays bare the risks of the Government's proposals, which the Party argue amount to a Government "power grab" that will reduce investment in affordable housing urgently needed in East Suffolk and elsewhere.

  • Help for health and care staff
    Article: Oct 5, 2020

    'Older people in care homes abandoned to die amid government failures during pandemic', says Amnesty Report


    A series of "shockingly irresponsible" Government decisions put tens of thousands of older people's lives at risk and led to multiple violations of care home residents' human rights, said Amnesty International yesterday, following an investigation by the human rights group's Crisis Response team.

  • Nuclear Power (Creative Commons Hendrik Tammen (Enricopedia))
    Article: Oct 1, 2020

    Sizewell C

    East Suffolk Lib Dems response to Planning Inspectorate. September 2020

    The Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent Councillor Group on Suffolk County Council have made their position abundantly clear that they consider the plans for Sizewell C to be economically unviable and damaging to the environment. Local East Suffolk District Council, however said in their 90 page submission that they will maintain a "neutral" stance on the proposed Sizewell C development.

  • Ed Davey MP, Lib Dem Leader
    Article: Sep 23, 2020

    Federal Party Autumn Conference 2020 - Preview of Day four, MONday 28th September

    The first session on the final day of Conference commences at 2pm and is taken up with Party Business

    Followed by:

    A SpeEch by Lib Dems party Leader, ED DAVEY MP commencING at 2.50pm

    Following a one hour break there follows a Consultative session at 5pm:

  • Christine Jardine
    Article: Sep 21, 2020

    Federal Party Autumn Conference 2020 - Preview of Day Three, Sunday 27th September

    Federal Conference commences at 10am on Sunday with an Emergency Motion or topical discussion to be determined from motions or items submitted for debate or discussion.

    The first motion Racial Justice Cannot Wait is currently scheduled to be moved by Christine Jardine (Note:The newly appointed Spokesperson for Women & Equalities is Wera Hobhouse)

  • Baroness Ludford
    Article: Sep 19, 2020

    Federal Party Autumn Conference 2020 - Preview of Day Two, Saturday 26th September

    Federal Conference commences at 10am on Saturday with a Q & A session on Foreign Affairs and post Brexit transition period. Final line up of the Panel awaited but include two Lib Dem Peers, Baronesses Northover and Ludford*

  • Register for Conference
    Article: Sep 16, 2020

    Federal Party Autumn Conference 2020 - Preview of Day One, 25th September

    DAY ONE AT OUR ONLINE AUTUMN CONFERENCE

    THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS ONLINE AUTUMN CONFERENCE KICKS OFF ON FRIDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER AT AT 14.15.

    MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS CAN SIGN UP TO SECURE A SPACE BY CLICKING THIS LINK AND REGISTERING:

  • make Votes Mater votes no seats (make Votes matter)
    Article: Sep 10, 2020

    If anyone had any doubts about the need for PR for Westminster Elections then Johnson's flagrant disregard for the rule of law must tip the balance.

    Having been proven to have illegally suspended Parliament, Johnson and his supine cabinet of incompetents are now set course on the ultimate No Deal Brexit blame game. Bring forth a Bill to drive a coach and horses through the UK/ EU Withdrawal Agreement, threaten to breach international law, cause maximum chaos and hope that the EU will unilaterally disengage from trade talks.

  • Autumn Conference 2020 will be 100% virtual
    Article: Sep 4, 2020

    Federal Party Autumn Conference - online

    Friday 25th September - Monday 28th September 2020

    The continuing Covid-19 pandemic means that the Party will not be convening its Autumn Federal Conference in Brighton as planned but will convene online on 25th September and be held over the following four days.

  • File:SARS-CoV-2 without background.png* Public Domain * (* Public Domain * Centers for Disease Control and Prevention #23312)
    Article: Aug 31, 2020

    Pandemic has made young people's mental health worse

    Young Minds research exposes the pressure Covid-19 is having on the young.

    Survey of 2,036 young people in June and July investigated the mental health impact of Covid-19 and showed that many are under increasing pressure and struggling to get the right support.

  • Children yellow block
    Article: Aug 29, 2020

    Woodbridge Children's Centre to close as Tory cuts and closure plans are approved

    The Woodbridge Caterpillar Children's Centre and Chatterbox in Ipswich will shut as part of the Suffolk County Council's cabinet plans to revamp the 38 children's centres. Suffolk County Council closed nine centres in 2015 and under the currently approved plans, two more centres would be close and nine would become nurseries, leaving 27 full or part-time "family hubs".

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Aug 27, 2020

    Ed Davey elected as new Lib Dem Leader

    East Suffolk Liberal Democrats congratulate Ed Davey on his election as Party Leader

    Ed Davey has been elected as Leader of the Liberal Democrats. In an short announcement at 11.30am today Party President Mark Pack declared that Ed Davey had been elected with 42,756 votes to Layla Moran with 24,564. (57.6% of the party membership voted).

  • Article: Aug 25, 2020
    By Bryan Lewis

    Johnson stuffs Lords with appointments in Brexit payback

    Britain's ability to speak up for democracy abroad has just taken a major self-inflicted hit. wrote Darren Hughes for Politics.co.uk

    "Corruption in England deepens: Johnson has promoted his brother...and the son of a KGB agent to aristocratic status," one Czech newspaper story ran, on the news of 36 new peers being packed in to the Lords.

  • EU Protecting Nature
    Article: Aug 21, 2020

    They said a Trade Deal with the EU was going to be Easy!

    "To me, Brexit's easy", Nigel Farage

    "There is no plan for no deal, because we're going to get a great deal". Boris Johnson.

    "We hold all the cards and we can choose the path we want."We can easily conclude a new settlement with EU in that period", Michael Gove

  • Postal votes
    Article: Aug 14, 2020

    IT IS MUCH MORE CONVENIENT TO VOTE BY POST SO WHY NOT APPLY NOW?

    We are fortunate to live in a country where voting fraud is rare and we are not only able to register for a postal vote but be fairly certain that our ballot paper will arrive in time and subsequent cast vote will be efficiently processed by our postal service.

  • Key LD Covid update
    Article: Aug 12, 2020

    COVID-19 TEST AND TRACE SYSTEM - East Suffolk Local Mobile Testing Sites & Dates for August

    The test and trace system is to "go local" as the Government appears to acknowledge that the national system, described as "world beating", is not fit for purpose. The Suffolk mobile testing sites and dates in August for the East Suffolk area are listed below.

  • Baroness Jenny Randerson
    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.

  • CHILD POVERTY GREY
    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."

  • EU limits mobile roaming phone charges
    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.

  • 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'

  • WIKIPEDIA IMAGEDesalination_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

  • EU flag with question mark
    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.

  • Layla Moran ()
    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.

  • CHILD POVERTY ORANGE
    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
  • 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.

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