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  • Article: Jan 26, 2021

    Wiltshire Council has reopened the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG, also known as Discretionary Payments) to help businesses in the county.

    The grant has been reopened for new applications only, or for those who had previously applied before November 2020. Any business that has already applied for an ARG since November does not need to reapply as they will, if eligible, receive any further payments automatically.

  • The Weekly Whip
    Article: Jan 26, 2021

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 18th January

    Monday 18th January

    Over the weekend, it emerged that more than 400,000 of fingerprint, DNA and arrest history records were accidentally wiped from police databases, bec ause of "human error" and "defective code". The Home Secretary was warned that the mistake could put the public at risk, but Priti Patel ducked the direct responsibility and sent Policing Minister Kit Malthouse instead.

  • covid19 ()
    Article: Jan 26, 2021
    By Liberal Democrats

    We are in debt to all the front-line workers who have put their own health at risk to fight this virus and keep us safe.

    It is clear that the Government could have done far more to protect our key workers

    Everyone must continue to do their bit and make every effort to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

  • Chair campaign for Western Counties LDs (Louise Harris)
    Article: Jan 25, 2021
    By Keith Melton

    Louise Harris seeks Party Position...

    Louise Harris has been a GLD member from the start of the group (and a member of the Liberal Ecology Group before that!). She has been a Vice Chair of the group and has won awards as an environmentalist campaigning Councillor

    GLD members wish her the best of luck in her new campaign....

  • Article: Jan 25, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson
    Lovely to speak with Barry on Saturday 23rd January on Warminster Community Radio and to have the opportunity to talk about a few of the wider aspects of #Covid19 in Wiltshire and across the UK. I know from my work with general practice across England that the logistics are not easy.
    We talked a bit about #LongCovid - if anyone is having difficulties recovering from Covid, please speak with your General practice surgery. NHS England have announced funding and clinics specifically aimed at Long Covid - for Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire - Wiltshire health and care will take the lead providing this.
  • Get a postal vote
    Article: Jan 25, 2021
    By Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

    We urge all residents to vote and to consider the safest ways to vote both for themselves and for dependents especially in this time of pandemic.

    The next electionsis the opportunity for all residents to have their say on who they want to represent them at Wiltshire Council and as the Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner as well as Local Councils on Thursday 6 May 2021.

    The Liberal Democrat group on Wiltshire Council are 21 strong and form the official opposition to the Conservative administration. Our Wiltshire Councillors (Liberal Democrats in Wiltshire) (wiltshirelibdems.org.uk)

    Wiltshire Council local authority area is divided into 98 areas known as divisions and each is represented by one Councillor. All 98 seats will become vacant for May 2021 elections. As part of an electoral review of the division boundaries conducted by the Local Boundary Commission for England recently, many of the division areas will change for the May 2021 elections.

    Unitary elections - Wiltshire Council

    These elections affect a big part of what you pay and the services you receive for your Council Tax.

    Anyone can apply to vote by post. You don't need to give a reason.

    To download a form for a postal vote here Application to Vote by Post - for Current Elector with letter (wiltshire.gov.uk)

    Please complete in BLACK INK and return to Electoral Services, Wiltshire Council, County Hall,
    Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8JN.

  • Snow forecast ()
    Article: Jan 23, 2021
    The upcoming weather forecast is showing snow in Wiltshire.
    For weather emergencies or empty salt bins, please report via My Wilts https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/mywilts-online-reporting
    Town and Parish councils are responsible for siting of the local grit bins, and will show bin locations on their websites.
  • Article: Jan 22, 2021

    'How do we make a difference?' That was the question the Party Body Review Group was asked to answer. Looking at the range of Party bodies, there was only one way to find out!

    As a Review Group we decided to ask those Party Organisations what they thought, where the gaps were, how they could make a difference to the Party going forward and how they might help one another. The Review captures their views, their potential and the opportunity for the Party as a whole to benefit from changes and how they and the Party relate to one another.

  • Wiltshire Buses ()
    Article: Jan 22, 2021
    By Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

    With buses largely empty anyway this step is overdue - and why make people wait another week? Anyway here's the WC announcement:

    "From Monday 1 February start time restrictions on Wiltshire Council bus passes will be lifted.

    Usually, people can only use their bus passes from 9:30am but people will be able to use them at any time until schools fully reopen."

  • Article: Jan 21, 2021

    The Liberal Democrats are the most pro-European party in British politics. We truly believe that we are stronger together, and internationalism will always be one of our core values.

    That hasn't changed now that we have left the European Union.

    I am proud how we Liberal Democrats campaigned tirelessly against Brexit, and proud that last month all Liberal Democrat MPs voted against Johnson's dreadful EU Trade Deal - already proving so disastrous to small businesses, fishermen and the wider economy.