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Exeter Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Sep 27, 2021

    Lib Dem leader Ed Davey gave his keynote speech to conference today! We've pulled some of the highlights for you - but if you want to read the full speech you can find it here.

    Boris Johnson's Conservative Government is steering us all into another terrible crisis.

    Ed started on the supply chain crisis

  • What the National Insurance rise will cost you (Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Sep 8, 2021
    By Exeter Liberal Democrats

    It should be the people who can afford it the most who fund our NHS and social care services. This punishing and regressive 10% tax hike will instead disproportionately hit young people, low earners and carers who are already struggling from the pandemic.

    There is no evidence that this broken promise will even fix the chronic problems in our social care system as money raised would mostly be absorbed by the NHS. No increase in the carer's allowance will mean that carers earn LESS despite unprecedented staffing shortages. Carers still aren't allowed proper breaks and these 'plans' do nothing for millions of unpaid carers. With this broken promise, the Tories are letting down millions of workers, and in particular those who care for a loved one.

    Liberal Democrats want to see cross-party talks on how to fund social care in a fair and sustainable way, along with urgent action to fix the staffing crisis in care homes and give unpaid carers the recognition they deserve.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Aug 27, 2021

    Devon & Cornwall Lib Dems are hosting an online forum for members & supporters this Friday 27th at 7pm with guest speaker Tim Farron.

    Please join if you can for just £5 and email jdarrandr@icloud.com for a ticket and more info.

    Here's what Tim had to say before our event:

    "Cornwall and Devon maybe a long way from Cumbria but we have so much in common: beautiful places, a far from London, facing similar challenges in farming, tourism and hospitality and loss of community as a result of excessive second homeownership.

  • Self Employed Woman
    Article: Jul 27, 2021

    Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Newton Abbot and Councillor for Dawlish, Martin Wrigley has called upon the Chancellor to be "on the side of the self-employed", as a million people face being slapped with a tax bill on money they never earned.

    Income tax bills landing at the doors of the self-employed and freelancers of this country at the end of July will be calculated based upon their earnings in 2019-20 - neglecting the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on business and trade.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2021
    The Progressive Group on Exeter City Council - made up of Green, Liberal Democrat and Independent councillors - have accused the Labour-led Council of 'dither and delay' over the introduction of kerb-side collections of food waste and glass for recycling. The Council has agreed to trial collections in one area of the city in the autumn [1], but the Progressive Group say the delay in introducing a city-wide roll out is unacceptable.
    Green Councillor and co-leader of the Progressive Group, Diana Moore, said:
    "The introduction of kerb-side collections of food waste was in Labour's manifesto as far back as 2016. Council approved a scheme for food and glass collection in October 2019. Then during the local election campaign this year, Labour pledged to introduce collections in the Autumn. Now we learn that it is only a pilot food waste collection scheme, in only one area. We need to be sure that the scheme will work in all areas, in particular the city centre that will be more challenging to collect from."
    Green Councillor Amy Sparling added:
    "Whilst it is excellent that Exeter residents produce less waste compared to other areas, only a tiny proportion - currently 26% - is recycled [2]. Measures to improve the recycling rates through the introduction of kerbside food waste and glass collection are clearly urgently needed."
    Liberal Democrat councillor, Michael Mitchell, said:
    "The delay is being blamed on lack of guidance from central government, changes in people's habits and lessons from neighbouring authorities, but there's no certainty about when a full roll-out of the new recycling collections will take place. When asked, the Portfolio holder was unable to say when the service would be extended to all areas of the city following the trial.
    Progressive Group co-leader, Cllr Kevin Mitchell, concluded:
    "Labour are recycling excuses rather than recycling people's waste. I can guarantee that if a Progressive Group councillor had been in charge of implementing kerb-side food waste and glass collections, and there had been this much dither and delay, Labour would have been calling for their resignation."
    ENDS