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  • Article: Sep 21, 2020
    By Munira Wilson

    On May 20th, Boris Johnson declared that the UK would have a 'world-beating' coronavirus test, track and trace system in place by June 1st. Instead, four months later the UK is facing a testing crisis.

    The British public are confronting the reality that we may be facing a second wave of coronavirus with a test and trace system that is just inadequate. It is unacceptable.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2020
    By WC

    ...actually applies to homes of any colour. Homeowners and landlords can now get funding to pay for energy saving measures and businesses are being encouraged to register their services.

    The scheme means homeowners can obtain up to two-thirds of the cost of energy saving measures - up to £5000. Lower-income households could be entitled to claim as much as £10,000 to cover the cost.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson
    it feels as if there is a lot of anger around #InternalMarketBill and it's not lessening.
    It seems very much as if the government has misjudged public opinion. This could well become Johnson & his MPs 'poll tax' turning point.
    Amal Cloony, a respected human rights lawyer has withdrawn her support saying 'She could not tell others to honour legal obligations when the UK "declares it does not intend to do so itself".
    And rightly so because when you look at the bill - clauses 2d and 4g are frankly terrifying in the power they confer on government not Parliament.
    If Johnson, the government and the Conservatives didn't understand what they were voting for, they need to say so but it is far more likely a no deal Brexit was always the aim - breaking every promise they gave the electorate.
    What Conservatives hadn't reckoned was the international condemnation which won't be giving them any decent trade deals any time soon, IDS and Raab lecturing the US hasn't gone down well - meaning the citizens of the United Kingdom suffer all for the Conservatives deviousness and lies.
    Brexit: Amal Clooney quits government envoy role over law break plan https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-54210658
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  • Article: Sep 18, 2020
    By WC (edited in the interests of the English language)

    Wiltshire Council has received £47,000 from the government to help rough sleepers.

    It's part of £91.5m allocated to 274 local authorities to help support vulnerable people housed during the pandemic.

    The funding will be spent on a range of measures that will provide support and accommodation, and ultimately reduce rough sleeping in the county.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2020

    Lib Dems Launch Campaign to Reject Government Planning Proposals

    Wiltshire Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign to call on Wiltshire Council to pressure the Government to scrap its proposals to weaken planning controls. They say the proposed changes will do nothing to alleviate the housing crisis but will instead strip local authorities of the power to set local planning policies.

  • Housing Construction
    Article: Sep 17, 2020

    The Conservative Government published a White Paper, 'Planning for the Future' on 6 August, which set out proposals on reforms to the planning process.

    The proposals will reduce or remove the right of residents to object to applications near them, grant automatic rights for developers to build on land identified as 'for growth', and remove section 106 payments for infrastructure, with financial contributions going to the government instead.

  • Unemployment
    Article: Sep 16, 2020

    The Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures show that the economy shed 695,000 jobs between March and August this year.

    • The unemployment rate grew to 4.1% in the three months to July, compared with 3.9% previously.
    • There were 156,000 fewer young people in employment in the three months to July. 16-24sffered the biggest drop in employment.
    • Some 695,000 UK workers have disappeared from the payrolls of UK firms since March.
    • More than 5m people (including furloughed workers) were still temporarily away from work in July.
  • Article: Sep 15, 2020
    By Lisa Smart and Iain Donaldson

    Last week we officially welcomed our newest member - Director of Strategy, Research and Messaging Mimi Turner.

    Mimi provided for us her perspective on the Party's strategic and campaigning position, as well as an initial summary of what we might do differently in future. There is much to be done but we are excited by the steps the Party is taking to get more Liberal Democrats elected and our newly elected Leader's listening tour.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2020
    By WC

    From today, (Monday 14 September), small and medium sized businesses can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The grant can be used to pay for:

    • specialist professional advice such as human resources, accountants, legal, financial, IT and digital etc
    • purchase of minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology so they can continue to deliver their business activity or diversify
  • Article: Sep 14, 2020

    The Government must be stopped from breaking international law.

    We have tabled amendments to the UK Internal Market Bill - due to be debated today - that will remove controversial clauses breaching the Northern Ireland Protocol (part of the EU Withdrawal Agreement).

    By Liberal Democrats, Sep 14, 2020 3:09