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  • j6w0
    Article: Aug 2, 2022

    As the Conservative leadership hopefuls trade ever greater promises of tax cuts, they both seem to think that this alone will solve all our ills.

    Nothing is said about the backlog of 6.6 million people waiting for NHS England operations, 60,000 court cases pending in England and Wales, and 90% of English schools waiting for urgent repairs. No mention is made of the fact that spend per pupil is unchanged on 2010 or that energy bills could get close to £4000 on average this autumn. Or the fact that promises to increase defence spending by 50% post Ukraine needs to be paid for. Or the fact that the UK is forecast to have the slowest growth of any rich country bar Russia despite the fact that incomes have already grown at the slowest rate in Europe for the past decade

  • Refugees Welcome
    Article: Aug 1, 2022

    By ending indefinite detentions and establishing safe and legal immigration routes, we can restore our reputation as a haven to the world's most vulnerable and fulfil our moral duty to help displaced people across the globe.

    Read the article by Left Foot Forward here

  • Higher rate tax band ()
    Article: Jul 31, 2022
    By South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

    Conservative-held constituencies have been disproportionately hit by fiscal drag - where a higher proportion of income goes into tax as wages rise - with almost a million voters pulled into the higher-rate tax band.

    About 1.7 million people have become higher-rate taxpayers since the general election in 2019, according to HM Revenue & Customs.

    Analysis by the Liberal Democrats found that 34 of the 50 worst-hit constituencies are held by Conservatives.

    Here in South West Wiltshire 2,700 voters being dragged into the higher threshold, just at a time when the cost of living crisis is set to worsen.

    More voters in blue seats pulled into higher tax rate | News | The Times

  • Article: Jul 30, 2022
    Yesterday afternoon we attended a section of woodland measuring roughly 40 meters square in Dilton Marsh well alight. This was caused by a camp fire left unattended.
    After 4 hours hard work crews from Warminster, Trowbridge, Shaftesbury and Blandford were able bring the fire under control and extinguish it. We are currently still regularly checking in on the area to ensure it does not re-ignite.
  • y661.
    Article: Jul 30, 2022

    The current leadership election in the Conservative party has illustrated just how far the Conservative Party has moved to the right over the past decade

    Public institutions valued by most have been the subject of manufactured brawls whether it be with the BBC, National Trust, the judiciary, universities, the civil service and just recently Channel 4

  • Article: Jul 29, 2022

    General Election preparedness

    As is our key focus, in our last meeting we continued to discuss our General Election preparedness and planning.

    In summary, our plan builds on what worked in the 2019 general election (and previous plans), changes what didn't work, and looks to the future for new ideas and approaches.

  • k52x
    Article: Jul 29, 2022

    One of the more interesting aspects of Liz Truss's campaign to be Tory leader is that she appears to be basing her rather dodgy economic agenda on advice from Patrick Minford, an economist whose every prediction about Brexit has proved to be wrong.


    Minford is not the only one, of course, who has got things wrong in predictng how Brexit will play out. Nearly everything we were promised by the pro-Brexit campaign has turned out to be nonsense.

    That does not stop the brexiteers from trying to blame others when things go wrong of course, whether they argue it is the fault of the French for the queues outside Dover, or the responsibility of the EU for enforcing an agreement these people negotiated, signed up for and campaigned on, despite its obvious flaws. UK Tory Ministers made all the key decisions and they need to start taking responsibility for them.

    During the campaign itself, many of us were arguing that the border and import/export controls and red tape would lead to jobs moving abroad. We were told that we were scaremongering. Unfortunately, once more we have been proved right, and the brexiteers, wrong.

    One example of that is referred to in today's Independent, who report that a leading British wine agent has decided to leave the UK citing "incredibly complicated" post-Brexit paperwork, leading to a hole in his revenue.

    He had calculated that Brexit is adding an average of more than £1.50 to the cost of every bottle of European wine sold to consumers. Following Brexit, lead times from order to delivery of shipments have stretched from 7 to 10 days to as much as 21 days from Spain, 26 days from France, 35 from Germany or Austria and 45 to 70 from Italy:

    Mr Lambert said he is moving to Montpellier in France later this week with his family, where he would set up a French company to export back to his own company in Wales. His wine company Daniel Lambert Wines Ltd supplies to Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and nearly 300 other independent retailers.

    "In just one week I will finally leave Brexitland for good," he said in a tweet last Friday.

    "Let me know if anyone ever finds those sunlit uplands. Not expecting an answer anytime soon."

    And so say all of us.

  • Article: Jul 28, 2022
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Local Councillors have given new hope to campaigners fighting controversial plans for a new incinerator at Westbury as they withdrew their support from the £200m waste plant at the Northacre Industrial Estate.

    The final decision on the scheme's fate will be made after a planning inquiry likely to be held in November.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2022
    By South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

    Wiltshire Police Force closed over 13,000 cases last year without even identifying a suspect, new analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    The party's analysis of new Home Office figures has found that, of the 39,993 offences committed between April 2021 and March 2022; 13,617 were unsolved.

    This means a staggering 34% of crimes in Wiltshire were uninvestigated.

    The Government has neglected Police Forces for far too long. They should be giving the forces the resources they need to make sure that every crime is investigated properly.

    Liberal Democrat South West Wiltshire Spokesperson Ellen Nicholson reacted to the findings saying:

    "These awful figures show criminals are getting away with victimising people on an industrial scale. The Conservative party love to talk tough on crime, but they can't even get the basics right.

    "The South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and focused on cutting crime.

    "The Government should give forces the resources they need to make sure that every crime is investigated.

    "We must reverse years of Conservative neglect that have made our communities less safe and let far too many criminals get away with it."

    ENDS

    Notes

    Source: Home Office, Police recorded crime and outcomes open data tables, 'Outcomes open data year ending March 2022'




  • Article: Jul 26, 2022
    By South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

    The following table contains household waste data derived from WasteDataFlow and Defra's statistical department for the period covering the financial year 2020/21.

    The data shows the total household waste recycling, composting and reuse rate for English local authorities from April 2020 to March 2021.