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    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."



    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.

  • Wiltshire buses
    Article: Jul 25, 2022
    By Andy Boddington (edited)

    Buses are the cinderella of transport. We hear a lot about trains, the inconvenience of delays, strikes and buckled rails. But we don't hear much about buses. Yet there were more than four billion local bus passenger journeys in England in the year ending March 2020 before the pandemic. Numbers inevitably declined during the pandemic and have not yet recovered to pre-pandemic levels, especially among concessionary pass passengers.

  • nts4 (Photo by Aleks Marinkovic on Unsplash)
    Article: Jul 24, 2022

    As numbers travelling to Europe by ferry grows towards its summer peak with the school holidays underway waits of up to 6 hours are being forecast the need for a scapegoat has grown

    When in doubt blame the French who apparently dont have enough officers at Dover to carry out the necessary checks including stamping passports (for those lucky enough to have got through the delays and queues to renew their passports!)

  • Westbury Incinerator ()
    Article: Jul 23, 2022
    By South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

    The application by Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd goes to the Strategic Planning Committee for the third time next Wednesday (July 27). In June '21 the committee resolved to permit the scheme. The vote split on party lines, with the Conservatives voting for permission and Lib Dems and the Independent voting against. But there was a delay while the Secretary of State considered whether it should be decided at national level. It took nine months for the government to kick it back to Wiltshire Council. So the Planning Committee was asked if it was still happy with the original decision or if the passage of time had tilted the balance. In a fit of indecision the members decided to defer, asking for yet more information.

  • Conservatives cut schools budgets by 2.5bn in cash terms
    Article: Jul 22, 2022
    Boris Johnson's parting gift to schools is a £2.5 billion slap in the face.
    Education is an investment in our children's future. The next Prime Minister must put our young people first and provide schools with the resources they desperately need.
  • Article: Jul 21, 2022
    By Lib Dems

    A 'Councillors Forum' convened by Wiltshire Council's Liberal Democrats to replace a cancelled full council meeting has called on the council to take extra action to help residents cope with the cost of living crisis.

    Gavin Grant, the Lib Dems' Shadow Finance Spokesperson, said: "Based on what we heard from a range of charities and voluntary groups, we will bring a motion to the council calling on its leadership to really take a lead."

  • Article: Jul 20, 2022
    By Wiltshire Council (edited)

    Following a successful expression of interest to the Department for Education (DfE), Wiltshire Council has been allocated funding to develop a model of 'Staying Close' for Care Leavers over the next two years.

    Staying Close provides an enhanced support package for young people leaving residential children's homes. It is designed to be a comparable offer to the option to 'Stay Put', which supports young people in foster care to remain with their former foster carers until 21 years of age. Staying Close is designed to support with move-on accommodation, alongside a package of practical and emotional support provided by a member of staff from their former children's home, or from someone who they know and trust.