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List of articles added to this site

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:

  • Karl Reine skolegutt.jpg CCBY-SA4.0 A six year old boy with Downs Syndrome on his first day at school (Share-ALIKE 4.0 Int CC By-SA 4.0)
    Article: Apr 18, 2019



    Data published today by the National Education Union reveals that 93% of local authorities across England have faced a funding shortfall for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This has resulted in losses of invaluable support staff, increased waiting times for SEN assessments and cuts to specialist provision.

  • Tom Brake
    Article: Apr 15, 2019

    BRITAIN SHOULD BE A LEADER IN EUROPE, NOT A LEAVER says Brexit Spokesperson, Tom Brake MP

    The local election campaign is in full swing and we should keep concentrating on that but the country is unable to park Brexit for its duration whilst the current crisis continues.

    Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake has made an invaluable contribution to the Party's campaign on Brexit and to the thinking as a pro-European and internationalist political party. We are happy to reproduce this for our readers.

  • New ES Wards (Boundary Commission for England)
    Article: Apr 12, 2019

    East Suffolk District Council Wards & Candidates A-W

    The campaign to ensure that the newly formed East Suffolk District Council is not a repeat of the one party monopoly that previously dominated the Suffolk Coastal Council, is well underway. The postal votes have been delivered and decisions are being made about which candidate or candidates to support for the District, Town and Parish Councils. Naturally, we hope that there will be a change of power and direction with progressive voices leading the way to a better balanced Council willing to listen, consult and involve residents in future developments and major plans.

  • By-election celebration
    Article: Apr 9, 2019

    Congratulations to all our new Town and Parish Councillors

    Town and Parish Councils rarely attract the limelight and attention of higher authorities.

    It is nevertheless always sad to see so many local Town and Parish Councils unable to find individuals willing to put themselves forward for public office. In Suffolk we are not exempt from this situation and the consequences are that many local Councils have to function with vacancies. With fewer pairs of eyes and ears to scrutinise local plans and developments, decisions taken at a higher level may fall short for want of a voice on the ground.

  • Lib dems Demand Better (Lib Dems)
    Article: Apr 3, 2019

    Campaign for the East Suffolk District Council

    East Suffolk Liberal Democrats Launch their Election Campaign

    On Thursday May 2nd voters have the chance to help form a new District Council following the merger between the Suffolk Coastal and Waveney Councils.

    It is a chance to acheive a far better balanced Council with all 55 Councillors playing a full part in helping make the decisions in the best interests of their electors and all residents across the 29 massively enlarged electoral Wards.

  • CC BY-SA 2.0 Devan Hsu (Delta eEectronics EV charger)
    Article: Mar 31, 2019

    Suffolk and Norfolk County Councils have no formal plans for electric charging points says LGA Lib Dems FOI survey

    According to a recent Freedom of Information request by LGA Lib Dems, Suffolk andf Norfolk are two of 107 councils** in England and Wales that have no plans to expand their network of charging points for electric vehicles.

  • Reactor
    Article: Mar 28, 2019

    East Suffolk Lib Dems publish their response to the 3rd stage of the Sizewell C Consultation

    Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats - now East Suffolk Liberal Democrats (ESLD) - made a submission to the Stage 2 of the Sizewell C Consultation in 2017. At that time, they did will not comment on the need for a new nuclear power station at Sizewell, limiting comments to the proposals made by EDF Energy in its consultation document, in case consent for Sizewell C is granted.

  • March March 2019 Lds (Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Mar 26, 2019

    UK citizens took to the streets, the silent, peaceful Petition soared and Parliament called time on the Tory war.

    As Parliament takes control of the Brexit options, the pressure on the P.M. Government and MPs continues to build to take No Deal off the table and for the people to be given the opportunity to decide the UK's future relationship with the EU.

  • Revoke Article 50
    Article: Mar 21, 2019

    Petition to cancel BREXIT passes 1m 3m 5m signatures on Parliament site


    A petition calling for Theresa May to cancel Brexit by revoking Article 50 has passed a million signatures and was approaching 1.1m at 4pm on Thursday. By 3pm Friday 22nd the figure had passed 3.3m. On Sunday afternoon it topped the 5m. Most of the Suffolk constituencies had recorded around 8k signatures; someway to go to beat Bristol West with over 31k signatures and running.

  • Sir Vince Cable MP
    Article: Mar 18, 2019

    Sir Vince Cable makes his final Spring Conference speech as Leader

    " we are committed to tackling the underlying causes of Brexit. "

    " What is democracy if it is not the right for a country to change its mind?"

    " It is dividing families, communities, and even the United Kingdom and sucking the energy out of government.

  • World Autism Week
    Article: Mar 17, 2019

    World Autism Awareness Week 1-7 April 2019

    World Autism Awareness Week 2019 is taking place between the 1st and 7th April with World Autism Awareness Day also falling in the same week on Tuesday 2nd April.

    The aim is to make the week bigger and better than ever with the intention to help create a society that works for autistic people everywhere.

  • 2 minutes to midnight Ryanicus GirraficusCC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain
    Article: Mar 16, 2019

    Parliament has been driven to the very cliff edge over Brexit.


    .......................*This is a dead Brexit Deal, - this Brexit Deal is stone Dead, - this Deal is no more, - it has ceased to be! 'I's expired and gone to meet 'is maker!


  • Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils proposed merger
    Article: Mar 14, 2019

    The 2019 Campaign for the East Suffolk District Council

    On April 1st 2019 the new East Suffolk District Council starts its work across the combined areas previously served by the Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils. It remains to be seen whether the new authority lives up to its much heralded title of 'Super' but what is certain - this new Council's elected members must demonstrate that they are willing to listen and consult the people that they serve. With the total number of Councillors almost halved and the size of the Wards enlarged it will become increasingly difficult for residents to hold their elected representative to account

  • Peoples Vote
    Article: Mar 13, 2019

    March to give the People a Vote - 23 March

    On 23rd March the Liberal Democrats will be marching on the streets of London demanding a People's Vote.

    It's what Liberal Democrats have been calling for since day one.

    Theresa May has wasted over two years, stubbornly sticking to her red lines and refusing to seek a consensus across the parties. At the eleventh hour and with days to go until we could crash out of the EU without a Deal she has brought the Parliament to its knees and left the divided Country facing the biggest crisis for several generations.

  • CllrPaul Light (Cllr Paul Light)
    Article: Mar 13, 2019

    Independent Waveney Councillor paul light joins the Liberal democrats

    Today we are pleased to welcome Waveney District Cllr Paul Light to the Party. Former Independent Councillor Paul brings with him a long and distinguished period of public service as Councillor representing the residents of the Carlton Colvile seat on Waveney District Council and Carlton Colville Town Council.

  • Social care image
    Article: Mar 7, 2019

    'Council Tax Rises in 2019/20 will not bring in enough money to prevent the need for further cutbacks to the care that millions of older and disabled people rely on every day'.(LGA March 2019)

    Suffolk County Council like other councils are able to raise council tax by up to 2.99% in 2019/20 to fund local services without the need for a referendum. This is the final year however that social care authorities are able to levy an extra social care precept **, which must be spent on adult social care services.

    Article: Mar 7, 2019

    Put the Brexit deal to the people

    #PutItToThePeople March

    In partnership with the Independent's Final Say campaign

    Join us on 23rd of March for the 'Put It To The People March' to make the calls for a People's Vote too loud to ignore.

    On the 23rd of March, just six days before the Government hopes to take Britain out of the EU, hundreds of thousands of people will march on Parliament offering a solution to a crisis that threatens their living standards, businesses and jobs. We demand a People's Vote, and come 23 March, it could be a case of now or never.

  • Theresa May
    Article: Mar 5, 2019

    East of England towns offered £25m 'Brexit Bung'

    First it was £1bn to the DUP to keep her Government in power now its Brexit 'Bung' money to cash strapped poorer towns. English towns are to get a £1.6bn funding boost over a seven year period as part of a package of measures clearly aimed at winning MPs support for Theresa May's Brexit deal.

  • 2 minutes to midnight Ryanicus GirraficusCC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain
    Article: Feb 28, 2019

    30 Days to Go - Better Late than Never...

    By JON jAMES

    Better late than Never - Pro Europe Tory and Labour MP's leave their Pro-Brexit led parties and their stubborn tribal leaders.

    Better Late than Never - 'She of the red lines' and 'Brexit means Brexit' on March 29th, plans to leave a final decision to ask the EU to extend Article 50 until Tuesday 19th March.

  • Children drawing
    Article: Feb 28, 2019

    Leading Children Charities reporting Children's Services Now at a Tipping Point

    Unless the Government heeds the consistent and increasingly urgent warnings that children's services are now at a tipping point, and uses the upcoming Spending Review to deliver a long-term strategy, councils will be unable to meet the growing need for support from some of the most vulnerable children in society." says Cambridge Councillor Lucy Nethsingha, Lib Dem Spokesperson for Children and Young People's Services.

  • International Women' Day 2019campaignmage (International Women's Day)
    Article: Feb 25, 2019


    Campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter

    Liberal Democrat Gathering To Celebrate


    Riverside Café, Woodbridge, IP12 1BH


    10.30 - 12 noon

    Coffee & Delicious Cake £5.00 (payable to the Cafe on the day)

    We are delighted to invite our membership, followers and friends of the Suffolk Coastal Constituency to share coffee* and & cakes whilst meeting each other and listening to some special Women from Suffolk share their day. County Cllr.Cro Page will be one of those sharing her morning. Attendance is open to simply anyone who may enjoy celebrating International Women's Day. We have capacity for around sixty guests, so kindly arrange your diary to join us soonest for this 'pop-up' event. If you've never visited the Riverside Café before you'll enjoy this special cinema site. Handily the rail station is next door but do say if we can help with a lift. (*tea is available)

  • Transport Vouchers
    Article: Feb 21, 2019


    As the Chancellor announces its largest January borrowing surplus meaning Government finances were in surplus by £14.9bn last month; the largest January surplus since records began in 1993, we report on the funding crisis for public transport services.

  • 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!


  • 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.


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

    For the latest on this story read postscript at the end.

    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.."

    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


    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

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    By Tom Brake

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    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


    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...


    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 (
    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


    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


    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.


    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


    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,


    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.

    Article: Dec 21, 2018


    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 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


    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.