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  • Article: Aug 16, 2022
    By WC

    Wiltshire Council has launched a survey. The council is poised to spend £25m over the next few years on leisure provision in Trowbridge. The funding was agreed in the budget in February.

    A key stage of the process is getting feedback from the public, and people are being asked to complete the survey to provide an understanding of the leisure needs and priorities of the community.

  • Article: Aug 16, 2022

    Pay has fallen further behind the rising cost of living, according the latest official data.

    New statistics from the ONS show a record fall in wages, there has been a real-terms fall of 3% on the year.

    · Families are being hammered by a cost of living catastrophe and yet the Government is nowhere to be found. This Zombie Government has no plan and is failing our country, people can't wait any longer for the Conservatives to play out their horror show leadership contest.

    · Liberal Democrats are calling for energy bills to be frozen this winter and for Parliament to be recalled to put both plans into law.

    While average wages rose 4.7% between April and June, that was outpaced by inflation - or price rises - which is growing at a much faster pace.

    As a result, the "real value" of pay fell by 3%, according to the Office for National Statistics.

    Household budgets are being hit by soaring energy bills as well as higher food and fuel costs.

    Inflation drives fastest fall in real pay on record - BBC News

  • Article: Aug 15, 2022

    · Now that progressive parties and charities are speaking with one voice to cancel the energy price hike using a windfall tax, the woeful response from Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak is even more outrageous.

    · Soaring energy bills threaten to plunge millions into poverty this winter. It is a social catastrophe the likes of which we've not seen for decades, yet this out-of-touch Conservative government is failing to do anything to avoid it. It is a complete failure of leadership during this national crisis.

    · The Government's dither and delay from this Prime Minister and any future Prime Minister is deeply damaging for pensioners and families across the country.

    Lib Dem Regional Spotlight: Government must cancel October energy price rise to save families in Winchester, says Lib Dem candidate


  • Article: Aug 13, 2022

    With our Brighton conference approaching (agenda and registration here), I've recently written the latest report back to conference on the Board's work. Here is a slightly expanded and updated version of that report.

    The next general election

    With a new Conservative Party leader nearly upon us, the range of plausible dates for the general election is wide open. As it now may well be much sooner than seemed likely at the time of our last conference, the Federal Board has been reviewing our general election plans.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2022
    By Wiltshire Council (edited)

    Following a public consultation, Wiltshire Council has confirmed changes to some parking charges in the county will begin from 1 September.

    The changes will see an extra 10p per hour per tariff added to all car parking charges in Wiltshire Council car parks; an inflationary increase to car park season tickets; the introduction of charges for Blue Badge holders in all council car parks; and the introduction of charging at Castle Combe car park.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2022

    The risk of fire in Wiltshire has rocketed, after 180 fires were recorded in 10 days- resulting in a red fire severity alert.

    It has been described as an "unprecedented increase" in fires in the open in August by the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and rescue service.

    Rescuers attended 180 fires in the open from August 1 - 10 this year.

  • Article: Aug 11, 2022
    In Wiltshire Times

    WOMEN'S football in Trowbridge looks set to get a boost from the town's planned new all-weather pitch, say councillors planning the £7.5 million project.

    Trowbridge has a thriving female footballing community with numerous girls' and women's teams and 'Wildcats' girls-only sessions as part of Active Trowbridge's summer sports schools.

  • Article: Aug 10, 2022
    By SWR

    SWR announces August strike service levels

    • Due to the planned national strike, SWR customers are urged only to travel by rail if absolutely necessary between 18 and 21 August
    • SWR will run a severely reduced service on Thursday 18 August and Saturday 20 August, with significant parts of the network closed entirely
    • The severely reduced service will run between 07:15 and 18:30 on a limited number of routes
    • Friday 19 and Sunday 21 August will be significantly impacted by the strike; first trains across the network will start much later than usual
  • Smart Electricity Meter Display
    Article: Aug 10, 2022

    Ed Davey is calling for October's energy price rise to be cancelled, with part of the cost covered by a windfall tax on the energy companies. Given that some of them are making quarterly profits larger than the GDP of some countries, that is entirely justifiable.

    Under our plans, the 70% increase in the energy price cap expected to be announced by Ofgem later this month would be cancelled, with the Government instead paying the shortfall to energy suppliers so that they can afford to supply customers at the current rates. The party estimates that this would save a typical household an extra £1,400 a year.

  • Dentist Crisis ()
    Article: Aug 9, 2022
    By South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

    In a shocking investigation of dentistry services across the UK, new analysis by the BBC has found that 100% of dentistry practices in Wiltshire are not accepting any new NHS patients.

    The local South West Wiltshire spokesperson, Ellen Nicholson, has demanded a Health Minister comes to visit dentistry practices in South West Wiltshire to see for themselves how dire the situation is.