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  • Ed Davey
    Article: Nov 30, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey has slammed the Government for failing to build a plan to "bring the virus under control and keep people safe" and warned that Ministers must address growing concerns before his Party can vote for the new system.

    In a letter to the Prime Minister ahead of the vote on the new measures in Parliament, the Liberal Democrat leader made clear that "without the assurances the public need" the Liberal Democrats " cannot in all conscience vote for this plan."

    The Liberal Democrats have called on the Prime Minister to first address a series of concerns before the Party's MPs will vote for a new system. They include

    Full release of the scientific evidence underpinning the tier system, including economic and health impact assessments.
    An ongoing commitment that tier decisions and local rules will be made in partnership with local authorities, and subject to Parliamentary scrutiny.
    A new approach to the failed test, trace and isolate system that partners properly with local authorities on tracing, and provides proper incentives for people to isolate, to keep people safe and prevent new surges
    Urgent financial support for pubs, including removing the requirement for alcohol sales to be accompanied by a substantial meal in outdoor areas.
    A clearer exit route from tiering with a comprehensive strategy to roll out a vaccine.
    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

    "As it stands, we cannot in all conscience vote for this unsafe plan. The Government has failed once again to put together a plan to bring the virus under control and keep people safe.

    "The new tier system is arbitrary, confused and chaotic and the Government has failed yet again to deliver the test, trace and isolate strategy to beat this virus and end this pandemic.

    "Boris Johnson's incompetence is now clear for all to see - with his failure to engage local authorities, failure to explain the criteria for the tiers and failure to communicate with the public and keep our trust.

    "What the country needs is a transparent system of local restrictions, an exit plan with a comprehensive strategy to roll out vaccines and a test, trace and isolate system that works.

    "Time and time again, the Government has squandered the sacrifices the British people have made through Ministers' unbelievable incompetence."



    Please see Ed Davey's letter to the Prime Minister below.

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    Dear Prime Minister,

    The country is desperate to get life back to normal, particularly given how much has already been sacrificed.

    For months, Liberal Democrats have been urging the Government to get to grips with test, trace and isolate and deliver what has been continually promised. Getting that right is the best hope we have until a vaccine is ready, but Ministers have been far too slow to ramp up testing, have failed to work properly and consistently with local authorities on tracing and have been utterly lamentable in implementing a workable scheme to encourage people to isolate.

    Moreover, given less than 50% of people understood the rules last time, it is clear you and your Ministers have again failed to put together a plan to bring the virus under control and keep people safe.

    The new tier system that you are putting before Parliament is arbitrary, confused and chaotic. It has been created without proper engagement with local authorities while the criteria for the tiers has lost the trust of the country.

    For the Liberal Democrats to continue to support Government restrictions - as up till now we have throughout the pandemic - we need to see:-

    Full release of the scientific evidence underpinning the tier system, including economic and health impact assessments.
    An ongoing commitment that tier decisions and local rules will be made in partnership with local authorities, and subject to Parliamentary scrutiny.
    A new approach to the failed test, trace and isolate system, that partners properly with local authorities on tracing, and provides proper incentives for people to isolate, to keep people safe and prevent new surges
    Urgent financial support for pubs, including removing the requirement for alcohol sales to be accompanied by a substantial meal in outdoor areas.
    A clearer exit route from tiering with a comprehensive strategy to roll out a vaccine.
    I look forward to your response.

    Ed Davey
    Leader of the Liberal Democrats

  • No to Westbury Incinerator ()
    Article: Nov 30, 2020

    THE local campaign group, WGAG / No Westbury Incinerator Group, has sent a response to Wiltshire Council about the planned incinerator for Westbury, following a statement to the local media from Northacre Renewable Energy Limited.

    The statement has been sent to Wiltshire councillors who are members of the strategic planning committee, who will make the decision, which was originally scheduled for today, 30th November, but is now believed to be held over to the new year.

  • COVID-19 (https://phil.cdc.gov/Details.aspx?pid=23312)
    Article: Nov 30, 2020
    By George Miles

    Green Liberal Democrats November 2020 Newsletter

    * AGM 16 January 2021
    * Green Liberal Democrats AGM & Elections
    The GLD AGM will be held on Saturday 16 January 2021 via Zoom.
    http://grn.lib.dm/p5G3

    * SIGs: Join our new GLD Special Interest Groups :
    Quality of Life Economics + Doubling Nature + Renewables and Energy Efficiency + Food from Farm to Table
    http://grn.lib.dm/p7G4

  • Article: Nov 29, 2020
    By Howard Sykes

    The LGA's "cross party" briefing and comments can be seen here - but the following things are worth mentioning:

    • No extra Public Health funding for councils. As the Association of Directors of Public Health said, it is "completely incomprehensible" that the Government is not increasing the public health grant during a major pandemic.
    • Social care will still have a funding gap of billions of pounds and of what has been promised only £300 million appears to be genuinely new grant funding and is for both children's and adult social care. So guess who will pay for the Chancellor's largesse to make up the rest of the funding he announced ? That's right, the council taxpayer. The social care precept of the council tax bill provides limited means to raise additional funding, but it is not sustainable; it raises different amounts of money in different parts of the country, and it doesn't take into account the ability to pay. What is needed is a long term plan for social care funding.
    • No extra money to fund a pay rise for public sector workers who have worked so hard and been clapped so well during the demic.
    • Of the £100 billion to be invested in the UK's infrastructure, only a fraction seems destined to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
    • The Government's "Levelling up" fund, to which any local area can bid for the funding of local projects will need the local MP's sign off. Councils are no longer trusted to make a bid themselves.
  • mt6z (Photo by Science in HD on Unsplash)
    Article: Nov 29, 2020

    We gave a cautious welcome to the Governments proposals for becoming carbon neutral. Our doubts concerned not the objectives set but the lack of any obvious plans and more importantly the believe this dramatic shift in the way we operate could be achieved at next to no additional cost which defied credibility see here

  • Article: Nov 29, 2020

    The Liberal Democrat gain this week in Scotland was part of the final contests of the year. Which means we can also tally up the net score for each party during 2020. It's the Lib Dems who come out on top:

    • Liberal Democrats: net 4 seats gained
    • SNP: net 1 seat lost
    • Labour: net 2 seats lost
    • Conservatives: net 2 seats lost
  • Article: Nov 28, 2020
    By SW Wilts Lib Dems
  • Ed Davey speaking at Lib Dem Rally - Stop Brexit March (Kevin Daws)
    Article: Nov 28, 2020

    A Green Economic Recovery for hope: tackling the climate
    emergency with the jobs and technology people need

    The Liberal Democrats' ambitious ten point plan for UK Net-Zero


    As we look to beat the Covid health crisis, we should be doing far more to tackle the two crises
    that will still face us - the jobs crisis and the climate emergency.

  • Article: Nov 27, 2020

    Yesterday, on Carers Rights Day, we launched our campaign Stand Up for Carers - calling on the Government to immediately raise Carer's Allowance by £1,000 a year.

    After the Chancellor's Spending Review earlier this week, it's more important than ever that we support the incredible work that carers do.