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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:

  • Brexit Bus
    Article: Feb 17, 2019

    As the Tory and Labour Leaders dance around their Pro-Brexit handbags and put Party before Country, major Brexiteers plan a quick exit and move their fortunes out of harm's way.

    Last September we highlighted the reality of the Brexiteers promises when they promised an easy pain free exit from the EU. As many of us knew it was just us that was going to experience all the pain.

  • Social care image
    Article: Feb 12, 2019

    50,000 older people have now died waiting in vain for care during the 700 days since the Government first said it would publish a Care Green Paper.

    This is one of the conclusion drawn from a survey just released by Age UK

    Amongst the other findings are that:

    • over the same period, in excess of half a million older people (626,701) have had their requests for social care refused, and 7,240 older people have had the terrible experience of running down all their savings because of their care bills, leaving them reliant on the state to fund their care in future and with nothing to leave for loved ones after their death;

    • In addition, during the same 700 day period, 1,263,844 older people have developed an unmet need, such as being able to wash or dress. This is 1,805 developing an unmet need every day.

  • 5 day wait for UC (Trussell Trust)
    Article: Feb 12, 2019

    People are struggling to stay afloat while they wait at least five weeks for Universal Credit

    Food banks across the country tell the Trussell Trust that under the new benefits system, Universal Credit, people are struggling to stay afloat while they wait at least five weeks for the first payment. This isn't right.

    That's why the Trussell Trust is asking the government to end the five week wait and for everyone who agrees to be part of our new #5WeeksTooLong campaign - will you join them?

    We're a country that prides itself on making sure proper support is in place for each other when help is most needed - that's why we created our fire service, our health service, our benefits system.

    But the new benefits system, Universal Credit, isn't the poverty-fighting reform that was promised. More and more people are moving onto it, having to wait five weeks for a first payment, and being forced to food banks as a result.
    The five week wait needs to end.

    The Trussell Trust is asking everyone who thinks the government should end the five week wait to come together with food banks, charities, faith and community groups to be part of the new #5WeeksTooLong campaign.

    Together, we can show how damaging the five week wait is and demand change from those in charge.

    Join the campaign today!

    https://trusselltrust.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ec8261e9a533fd7c5c55815e6&id=eb9a0f2662&e=eec2312b42

    END

  • Article: Feb 9, 2019

    Our District Councils handed £35,000 to spend over two years to prepare for a No Deal!

    The Government's generosity has no bounds as local councils, struggling to even run just the most basic services are handed derisory payments and told to prepare for the shambles that is the Tory Brexit.

    Year upon year the Conservative Government has eroded local government down to the bare bones. Facing huge funding gaps in the most basic of services, it is now being asked to squeeze its budgets for a No Deal Brexit!

  • Back Artic 50 JC (Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Feb 6, 2019

    Meet the Brexit class of 2019

    Student Theresa May

    Theresa May

    Grade: F

    Making a total mess of Brexit

    Suffered the biggest ever Government defeat in the House of Commons

    Refuses to give the people the final say on her Brexit deal

    Jeremy Corbyn

    Grade: F

    Refuses to back a People's Vote

    Says Brexit will go ahead if he is Prime Minister

    Called for Article 50 to be invoked the day after the referendum

    Student Jeremy Corbyn

    Student Liberal Democrats

    Liberal Democrat MPs

    Grade: A

    ✔︎Campaigning to give the people the final say on Brexit for more than two years

    ✔︎ More than 200,000 people are backing their campaign for a People's Vote

    ✔︎ Believe Britain is better off in Europe

    Theresa May and the Conservatives are making an absolute mess of Brexit.

    And Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party are helping make Brexit happen.

    There is still time to stop Brexit, but we have to act now before it is too late.

    The Liberal Democrats have been fighting for two and a half years to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal.

    With your help, we have changed the conversation on Brexit and defeated the Government in Parliament 23 times.


    If you want a people's vote, help us fight for it.

    End

  • Halesworth Bus Cuts (East Suffolk Lib Dems)
    Article: Feb 6, 2019

    Halesworth Bus Services to Norwich and Southwold face cuts

    Residents in the Halesworth area, reliant on local bus services to allow them to socialise, get to hospital appointments and other essential appointments are facing the prospect of having to use taxis and depend the goodwill of friends once bus company Konectbus withdraws it service to Norwich from March 31st.

  • Demand Better Brexit Dec 2018 (by Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Feb 6, 2019

    'We are focused on delivering an outcome which betters the lives of British people - whether they voted to Leave or to Remain'.

    How the Government responded to the recent Petition:

    The Government is clear we will not have a second referendum. We continue to approach cross-party meetings in a constructive spirit, with a commitment to deliver the referendum result.

  • Brexit Euro&Union Jack
    Article: Feb 4, 2019

    MUST WATCH: "Reality has hit because there's no plan of what 'leave' meant'.

    "This film is very moving, spare a couple of minutes to watch it.."

    https://twitter.com/RemainerNow/status/1089882895207014400

    James Mellor is from Yorkshire and in 2016 he voted to leave the EU.

    He's changed his mind and now he's demanding a #PeoplesVote.

  • Budget Cuts
    Article: Feb 4, 2019

    LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE SETTLEMENT LEAVES A GAP OF £3 BILLION

    The money councils have to provide local services is running out fast and there is huge uncertainty about how they will pay for them into the next decade and beyond. Far from an end to austerity, the Government continues to under fund public services hitting the poorest in society.

  • Lib Dem Women (Libdemwomen)
    Article: Jan 29, 2019

    Demand Better Than Brexit

    Watch our new short film now

    By Tom Brake

    Watch our new short film now:

    www.libdems.org.uk/better-than-brexit

    (Note: if you are using Safari MacOS it doesnt recognise https://)

    We all remember waking up to that awful result two and a half years ago.

    We were all braced for uncertainty. But nobody could have predicted how disastrously the wheels came off the Brexit wagon.

  • LibDem Spring Conference
    Article: Jan 25, 2019

    SPRING CONFERENCE

    York, 15-17 March 2019

    Registration is now open

    We look forward to welcoming back return attendees and newcomers at Spring Conference 2019 in York!

    Register now for three days of lively, informative and engaging events.

    Conference is a great opportunity to:

    • Participate in thought-provoking debates

    • Meet like-minded people at our social events

    • Hear from experts on a range of topics at our fringe events

    • Learn new skills at our training sessions

  • lib Dem Women
    Article: Jan 24, 2019

    International Women's Day Conference

    Join fellow Lib Dems for a one day conference to celebrate International Women's Day.

    This will be a unique chance to hear from some truly inspirational women from within the party and beyond.

    In the afternoon you can take part in a series of practical workshops focusing on women in community activism, politics, public life, business, tech, creative industries etc, plus strategies for encouraging women to participate.

  • Julia Ewart PPC (East Suffolk Lib Dems)
    Article: Jan 19, 2019

    Julia Ewart is selected as Lib DEMS prospective parliamentary candidate for Suffolk Coastal

    Saxmundham based Julia Ewart has been selected as the prospective parliamentary candidate to contest the Suffolk Coastal constituency at the next election. Julia is the Chair of Suffolk /EU alliance and is a leading campaigner in the fight against Brexit.

  • Theresa May
    Article: Jan 16, 2019

    Record breaking defeat and further self-inflicted humiliation for the 'Empress with no clothes'.

    By Jon James

    Having suffered one of the largest parliamentary defeats in modern times the Prime Minister seems to be in denial and quite oblivious to the chaos happening around her. How much more humiliation and embarrassment will the nation be forced to endure just to keep the Conservative Party from imploding

  • Planning and Development header
    Article: Jan 14, 2019

    Suffolk Coastal Final Draft Local Plan

    (Publication under Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012)

    The Suffolk Coastal Final Draft Local Plan has been published for submission of representations. This is the final stage before the Council submits the Local Plan to the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for Examination. The representations period runs to17.00 on Monday 25th February 2019.

  • #24ReasonstoRemain (⁦@albawhitewolf⁩)
    Article: Jan 10, 2019

    Only 80 days left until #Brexit & we urgently need to remind Leavers on

    what the EU does for us...


    ALREADY LOST

    European Medicines Agency: moving from London to Amsterdam, 890 jobs LOST

    European Banking Authority: moving from London to Paris, 180 jobs LOST

    Order your copies of this fab poster #24ReasonstoRemain here from ⁦@albawhitewolf#EUsupergirl and get posting them wherever you can!

  • CC BY-SA 4.0 flat tyre on car (https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Xwizard35&action=edit&redlink=1)
    Article: Jan 9, 2019

    Significant increase in insurance pay-outs for cars damaged by potholes on Suffolk roads

    Despite the County Highways receiving grants to repair potholes in our roads many still remain in a sorry state. It seems that at the same time as the Conservative controlled Suffolk County Council is planning to make even more cuts to services it is happy to pay out thousand of pounds to motorists in claims for vehicles damaged on Suffolk's roads.

  • Nuclear Power (Creative Commons Hendrik Tammen (Enricopedia))
    Article: Jan 6, 2019

    EDF ENERGY LAUNCHES THE 3RD AND FINAL STAGE OF ITS PUBLIC CONSULTATION

    The third stage public consultation has been launched by EDF Energy. This is the final stage before the application for development is submitted and the proposal is examined by the Inspectorate. It is now six years since the community consultation was launched and construction will take a further 10-12 years after the final decision is taken by the Secretary of State.

  • Affordable Housing
    Article: Jan 6, 2019

    Communities may have missed out on more than 10,000 desperately-needed affordable homes in the past three years

    As a result of government rules allowing developers to bypass the planning system to convert offices, council's may have missed out on more than 10,000 desperately-needed affordable homes in the past three years

  • Kath Pinnock
    Article: Jan 4, 2019

    POORER COMMUNITIES HIT THE HARDEST BY FINANCE SETTLEMENT

    The local government funding settlement for social care in 2019-20 released at the end of December is 'a drop in the ocean' compared to the funding gap expected to reach £3.5 billion by 2025.

    offer of £650 million for social care in 2019-20 falls drastically short". said Liberal Democrat Local Government Spokesperson for the House of Lords, Baroness Pinnock.

  • Happy New Year
    Article: Dec 31, 2018

    A peaceful and happy 2019 to all our visitors

    In this, our final article of 2018 we look back on the events of this our first year as the newly merged East Suffolk Party. It was a busy year and one that certainly had some surprises.

    EAST SUFFOLK PARTY WEBSITE - REVIEW OF THE YEAR

    January 2018

    With winter in full swing we highlighted the issues of health, poverty and homelessness.

  • 2 minutes to midnight Ryanicus GirraficusCC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain
    Article: Dec 30, 2018

    AS THE CLOCK CLICKS DOWN TO 29TH MARCH 2019......

    Far from allowing Parliament a 'meaningful vote' on the deal with the EU in December, Prime Minister May ran from the inevitable defeat, wasted yet more valuable time for our already weakened economy hoping that, by postponing her next date with destiny until mid January the EU would throw her a last minute life line and the possibility of a No Deal Brexit would panic MPs into line. Stubbornly refusing to see any fault lines in her deal, she now hopes that with the divided Parliament, running the clock down will ensure that alternative options are swept off the table and MPs will be forced to support her Brexit deal in the meaningful vote in January or risk leaving the EU without a deal.

  • Advice_session_in_new_interview_room.JPG.jpg
    Article: Dec 28, 2018

    To: Suffolk County Council

    Stop cuts to Citizens Advice in Suffolk

    The future of Citizens Advice in Suffolk is under threat because Suffolk County Council is proposing to halve and then completely withdraw its funding to the charities.

    This would lead to a significantly reduced service for people in Suffolk. The number of staff and volunteers available to give advice would have to be drastically reduced. The volunteer advisers provide quality assured advice on a wide range of issues such as debt, disability benefits, housing, employment and relationships.

  • Norwich Christmas 2017
    Article: Dec 24, 2018

    East Suffolk Liberal Democrats wish you all a very happy Christmas

    We hope that you have enjoyed dipping into the information and articles on our website this year and you will add us to your list of favourites in 2019

    Oh children join our merry band - And carry a banner for the good of the land - A jolly time just to remember -

  • Paddy Ashdown
    Article: Dec 23, 2018

    Rt Hon Lord 'Paddy' Ashdown

    Baron Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, GCMG, CH, KBE, PC,

    1941-2018

    It is with great sadness that we leaned of the death of Lord 'Paddy' Ashdown yesterday with the following announcement by the Party.

    Paddy Ashdown passed away earlier this evening following a short illness. He will be desperately missed by everyone at the Liberal Democrats as a dear friend and colleague, and remembered as someone who made an immeasurable contribution to furthering the cause of liberalism.

    Our thoughts are with his family and all of his friends at this difficult time, and we ask that their privacy is respected.

    _________________

    Paddy Ashdown led the Liberal Democrats from July 1988 - 11 August 1999, through two general elections, in 1992 and 1997. At the 1997 election, the Liberal Democrats won 46 seats, their best performance since the 1920s. Paddy was a Liberal to the core yet his passing has been met with heartfelt tributes across political divide.

  • 2018 ELECTIONS ALDC CHART (ALDC)
    Article: Dec 21, 2018

    LIBERAL DEMOCRATS ARE WAY AHEAD IN THE 2018 BY ELECTIONS

    Behind that headline figure we've actually:

    • Gained 26 seats

    • Successfully defended 18 seats

    • Sadly lost eight seats

    East Suffolk Party are proud to have contributed to the Party's 18 overall net gains in 2018 with our outstanding win in Southwold & Reydon.

  • May Deal Cost Dec 2018 (by Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Dec 14, 2018

    NEBULOUS: indistinct, indefinite, unclear, vague, hazy, cloudy, fuzzy, misty, lacking definition, blurred, blurry, out of focus, foggy, faint, shadowy, dim, obscure, shapeless, formless, unformed, amorphous; rarenebulose "the figure was still nebulous - she couldn't quite see it"

    Example: One's memory of a long-past event, for example, will often be nebulous; a teenager might give a nebulous

  • Empty Homes
    Article: Dec 12, 2018

    NEW COUNCIL TAX MUST BE USED TO BRING EMPTY HOMES BACK INTO USE
    New rules brought in by the Government last month have given councils the powers to ramp up the Council Tax on homes which have been empty for more than two years. It is increasingly felt that substantially increasing Council Tax will hopefully encourage owners to either bring the properties up to date and into use, or sell them if they cannot afford any necessary repairs and renovations.

    Under the change in the law which came into force on 1st November, councils will be able to charge more council tax for long term empty properties. Currently, it is believed there are 200,000 properties standing empty in England.

    There is a national housing crisis with 1.6 million families on waiting lists for what was used to call council housing however the future East Suffolk District Council is proposing to add just 50% to the full charge for properties empty for 2 years or more but only after 2 years.

    Compare this with Teignbridge in Devon where there is a proposal for a Quadruple Council Tax levied on long-term empty homes. Teignbridge proposals include doubling Council Tax from next April for homes empty for more than two years. In 2020, that would rise to triple council tax for homes empty more than five years and from 2021, homes left vacant for more than 10 years would pay four times the standard Council Tax rate for the property. Some exemptions from the new rules would apply. In cases where the person is the sole or main resident in armed forces accommodation they would not be charged extra.

    "Under schemes run by councils like Teignbridge, help and support can be provided to bring houses back into use and lift the burden the owners' shoulders. 'Sometimes people inherit a property and may not be in a position to manage it. said Lib Dem Councillor Connett. An extra £68,500 next year, rising to £153,600 in three years time could be raised in Teignbridge who would in turn would keep around 10 per cent of the extra money it collected. "Personally, I would like to see any extra money from the empty homes Council Tax put into local housing support services such as tackling homelessness and bringing empty homes back into use" said Cllr Connett.

    Against this background apparently the joint authority meeting of East Suffolk DC recently passed the following policy regarding Council Tax as follows

    Empty and unfurnished properties 100% discount for two weeks then full payment

    Empty and uninhabitable properties 25% discount for 12 months then full payment

    Long term empty more than 6 months and less than 2 years 100% charge no discount

    Long term empty 2 years or more additional 50% added after 2 years

    Second homes no discount 100% charge

    EMPTY PROPERTIES NOTES

    1. Since 1 April 2013, local authorities in England have been able to charge a premium of 50% on the full council tax charge, and that a further change to the law has now been made to allow councils to raise this premium.
    2. The legislation allowing this to happen became law on 1 November 2018 and is contained in the Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018. A key intention of this is to encourage owners of empty properties to bring their properties back into use.
    3. Empty properties attract squatters, vandalism and anti-social behaviour; can be a blight on the local community; and can affect the value of the properties around them.
    4. 1.6 million households are on social housing waiting lists, long-term empty properties are a wasted resource.
    5. An empty property for council tax purpose is defined as a property that is 'unoccupied and substantially unfurnished'.
    6. Currently there are just over 200,000 long-term empty dwellings in England compared to 300,000 in 2010. The number has reduced since 2013, when councils were given powers to charge a 50% premium under the Coalition Government - so applying a premium has been a successful incentive in tackling empty homes.
    7. The law introduced incremental increases that can be applied to reflect the length of time that properties have been empty. From April 2019 properties that have been empty for more than 2 years can be charged a 100% council tax premium. By April 2021, properties empty for more than 10 years will be liable for a 300% council tax premium.

    END

  • Brexit banners (East Suffolk Lib Dems)
    Article: Dec 10, 2018

    THE LIB DEMS STEP UP THEIR CAMPAIGN FOR A PEOPLES VOTE ACROSS THE REGION

    As the shambolic negotiations by HM Government reach a crisis point and businesses pull their hair out in utter desperation at further vacillation by a Prime Minister out of control, 54% of people* said that they would stay in the EU if the 2016 Referendum were held now.. the Liberal Democrats step up their campaign for a People's Vote with Action Days and Roadside Banners across Suffolk and the Region.

  • Human Rights Day
    Article: Dec 7, 2018

    HUMAN RIGHTS DAY IS ON MONDAY 10TH DECEMBER

    Human Rights Day is 10th December 2018 and this year is the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    As Lib Dems we know that we have to be vigilant to ensure that our own human rights are not put at risk and we know there's still a way to go to get many countries to comply with the vital charter.

  • Nursing home Norway Bjørkan CC BY-SA 3.0 (Thomas Bjørkan CC BY-SA 3.0)
    Article: Dec 4, 2018

    Our experience as carers looking after a family member in Suffolk

    Following our recent feature on the Carer's Rights Day at the end of November we received the following response from one of our readers...

    "No matter how many carers rights days or other days, the role of the family carer is totally mis-understood, underfunded and in general ignored by the government. This is particularly so when the person cared for has mental health problems.

  • SUFFOLK EU ALL LOGO (SUFFOLK EU ALLIANCE)
    Article: Dec 3, 2018

    Day of Action - Suffolk Events

    People's Vote Day of Action - Ipswich Street Stall

    The People's Vote have called for an Action Day on Saturday 8th December & the Suffolk EU Alliance are in Ipswich doing our (cross party) bit to support remaining in the EU.

    Last week, Theresa May said the country faces three choices: Her deal, no deal, or no Brexit. Even her own ex-Brexit Minister has said No Brexit is better than her deal! Now, with the first vote on the deal imminent in Parliament, we need to be out promoting "No Brexit" via a People's Vote. We've already seen independent economic forecasts which show that the government's deal will leave us poorer, with less money for our public services.

  • Holly Berries 2016
    Article: Dec 2, 2018

    A Message to Theresa May - 'You are in a hole so please stop digging!'

    By Jon James

    Dear Prime Minister

    No amount of arm twisting by your Government's Whips or promises of honours to wavering Tory MPs is going to change the way that parliament votes on December 11th. Almost a third of your MPs are planning to vote down 'your deal', two of your appointees handling the negotiations have already resigned along with several other members of your government; your party is in turmoil. The unedifying internal domestic disputes over Europe which have plagued your Party for decades continue to play out in public. Your Party's survival should not be your overriding concern at a time of national crisis. As you must have heard on your flying visits, the country at large is in danger of becoming so battle weary after over two years of these shambolic negotiations to listen to any of the counter arguments.

  • Houses of parliament & Westminster Bridge
    Article: Dec 1, 2018

    Give us a real debate

    A debate between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn would be a debate between two cosy Brexiters.

    The public deserve to hear all the options on Brexit. Giving the people the final say, including the option to remain, is the only real alternative to the national embarrassment of Brexit.

    We need to pressure the BBC and ITV to include the Liberal Democrats in any debate to put the case for giving the people the final say on Brexit.

    Find out how here:

    Step 1: Tweet the broadcasters

    Tweet ITV & BBC now

  • World Aids Day
    Article: Nov 26, 2018

    World Aids Day

    On Saturday 1st December millions of people, internationally, will be supporting the 30th Anniversary of World AIDS Day.

    Globally, 35 million people have died from HIV and AIDS and there are still around 36.7 million people living with HIV. There has been a fall in the number of diagnoses in the UK, however it is vital that we all remain vigilant and keep awareness of the stigmas and discrimination that are still around and show our commitment to stamping out AIDS for good!

  • CARERS RIGHTS DAY
    Article: Nov 23, 2018

    CARERS RIGHTS DAY - 30TH NOVEMBER

    This year, Carers Rights Day takes place on Friday 30 November. The day brings organisations together from across the UK, helping carers know their rights and get the help and support they deserve. It does this whilst raising awareness for carers across the UK and the vital contributions that they make.

  • slot machs Las VegasCC Commons CC BY-SA 3.0 Yamaguchi先生 (CC Commons CC BY-SA 3.0 Yamaguchi先生)
    Article: Nov 22, 2018

    LIB DEMS WELCOME U-TURN OVER FIXED ODDS BETTING TERMINALS - (FOBTs)

    The Government has been forced into an embarrassing climbdown as ministers announced they would bring forward curbs to tackle highly addictive fixed-odd betting terminals in the face of considerable opposition from MPs and campaigners.

  • Ruthin School Music violinist (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Wills16)
    Article: Nov 17, 2018

    MUSIC LESSONS UNDER THREAT UNLESS GOVERNMENT FULLY FUNDS PAY RISE

    Music lessons in council maintained schools could be under threat unless the Government covers the cost of the teacher pay rise to include music teachers.

    In the summer the Government announced that it would fully fund the pay rise for all classroom teachers, yet it has since emerged that this will not apply to centrally employed teachers (CETs), the majority of which provide music tuition. These are teachers employed directly by councils.

  • TMay (Lib Dems .org)
    Article: Nov 16, 2018

    Hoist by her own Petard

    By Jon James

    Prime Minister May planted the seeds of her own destruction in July at Chequers.The 'collective agreement' was soon in trouble when two of her Brexiteer cabinet members walked to minimise the damage to their future political careers, cheered on by the very same group of right wing backbenchers who have snapped at the heels of successive Tory leaders and prime ministers for decades over Europe and eventually drove former Prime Minister Cameron to agree to the divisive, binary choice Referendum in 2016.

  • Cllr David Beavan (East Suffolk Lib Dems)
    Article: Nov 12, 2018

    Department for Local Government launches a review of the business rates loophole

    Hot on the heels of the Chancellors Budget, and as reported by the East Suffolk Lib Dems on the 7th November, the Department for Local Government has take up the challenge lead by local Liberal Democrats and has launched a review of a business rates loophole which has allowed the owners of some second homes to register as businesses, claiming their property is available for "holiday accommodation" for part of the year.

  • Poppies (wiki images)
    Article: Nov 10, 2018

    Lest we Forget..

    On Nov. 11, 1918, fighting in World War I came to an end following the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany that called for a ceasefire effective at 11 a.m.- it was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

    The terms of the agreement called for the cessation of fighting along the entire Western Front to begin at precisely 11 am that morning. After over four years of bloody conflict, the Great War was at an end.

  • Budget box
    Article: Nov 7, 2018

    Second Homes Campaign Takes Another Step Forward in the Budget

    As previously reported the Liberal Democrat campaign, to ensure all second home owners pay their fair share of tax, led by our own newly elected District Councillor for Southwold & Reydon David Beavan, has clearly found its way to the Treasury and the matter is now very clearly on the record:

  • National School Meals week
    Article: Nov 5, 2018

    NATIONAL SCHOOL MEALS WEEK 2018, 12-16 NOVEMBER

    This year, National School Meals Week takes place from Monday 12 to Friday 16 November

    As always it's a great chance for us to re-state our commitment to giving children a free, nutritious, lunch every day at school. By now we all know how popular this is and how it's improving education in our schools.

  • Budget box
    Article: Nov 1, 2018

    AUTUMN BUDGET 2018

    LGA LIBERAL DEMOCRAT GROUP COMMENTS

    Commenting on the 2018 Budget, LGA Liberal Democrat Group Leader Howard Sykes said:

    "We saw nothing to tackle the massive funding crisis facing local police services, or anything of substance to address the gaping holes in our social care and school budgets.

  • Department of Work and Pensions (Open Government Licence https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/)
    Article: Oct 29, 2018

    GOVERNMENT MUST RESTORE BILLIONS TO UNIVERSAL CREDIT, SAY LIB DEMS

    Following the announcement of the delay in the rollout of Universal Credit, Local Government Association (LGA), Democrat Group Leader Cllr Howard Sykes, said: "Finally the Government has listened to the concerns of councils and slowed the implementation of Universal Credit (UC) managed migration.

  • NHS ACT (en.wiki.org.uk)
    Article: Oct 27, 2018

    Adult social care faces a £3.5 billion funding gap by 2025, just to maintain existing standards of care.

    Between 2015/16 (following the 2015 General Election) and 2019/20 there has been a £600 million reduction to councils' public health grants.

    "The Chancellor should use the Budget to stabilise adult social care in the here and now" said Saxmundham Councillor and former Lib Dem parliamentary candidate, James Sandbach following a letter to the Chancellor by leading healthcare groups.

  • New ES Wards (Boundary Commission for England)
    Article: Oct 26, 2018

    New Wards in East Suffolk District Council

    On 23 October 2018 the Boundary Commission for England published final recommendations for future electoral arrangements for East Suffolk Council. They have kindly granted the East Suffolk Lib Dems website permission to use the following image. The first map can be found via the link

  • Ballot Box
    Article: Oct 25, 2018

    Lib Dems submissions win favour from the Boundary Commission for East Suffolk

    The final makeup of the new East Suffolk District Council have been released and submissions by the East Suffolk Party for changes to the proposals affecting Felixstowe and Southwold have won the support of the Boundary Commission.

  • Flagsuk (ru.wikipedia.org)
    Article: Oct 23, 2018

    Majority of Conservative voters in England would prefer to press ahead with Brexit even if it led to the UK breaking up

    According to research by the Centre on Constitutional Change, which is based at Edinburgh University, Brexit is "dislodging long-held red lines about the [UK] union"

    It says a majority of Conservative voters in England would prefer to press ahead with Brexit even if it led to the UK breaking up

  • Peoples March Oct EU Commons.org (EU Commons.org)
    Article: Oct 21, 2018

    Nearly 700,000 people attended the march to demand a people's vote on the final terms of any Brexit deal..

    Making it the second largest UK protest this century after the Stop the War demonstration in 2003

    Lib Dem Leader Sir Vince Cable, Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas and MPs from the main political parties together with a wide range of individuals from business, sport and entertainment addressed the crowd in Parliament Square which included members and supporters from East Suffolk Lib Dems. The Leader of the SNP has now added their support for a vote but unsurprisingly there was no sign of the Leader of the Opposition.