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Bury Council Budget Liberal Democrat Group Statement

by burylibdems on 22 February, 2018

Liberal Democrat Council Group Leader, Councillor Tim Pickstone said: “With this 6% council tax rise (actually 6.35% when you include the increases from Andy Burnham) Bury’s Labour Council have put Council Tax up a shocking 17% in three years. At the same time they were asking Councillors to vote for cuts to jobs, services and […]

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More than 423,000 homes have been given planning permission but are still waiting to be built, according to new research published today by the Local Government Association. The study shows the backlog has grown by almost 16 per cent in the last year. The figures also show that developers are taking longer to build new […]

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NHS A&E waiting times have hit the worst levels on record. This is yet more evidence of the growing crisis in our health and social care services, where staff are being put under great pressure and quality of care for patients is suffering. When will the Government wake up to the fact that they urgently […]

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A new tax earmarked solely for the NHS and social care is among the recommendations from a panel of 10 experts in a report on healthcare reform commissioned by the Liberal Democrats. This heavyweight report, Health and Social Care: Delivering a Secure Funding Future, will form the blueprint of the Lib Dems’ ongoing healthcare policy. […]

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Yesterday marks the 100-year anniversary of female suffrage in the UK. Speaking on the centennial, President of the Liberal Democrats Sal Brinton said: In the last 100 years there have obviously been massive changes for the role of women in society. We are more equal, we are treated more fairly, and we face fewer obstacles […]

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Reporting Back: Bury Council Cabinet January 2018

by burylibdems on 6 February, 2018

Last week was the regular meeting of Bury Council’s ‘Cabinet’, the Committee of the eight Labour councillors who are Cabinet members. The two opposition leaders are allowed to attend but not vote, Councillor Tim Pickstone reports: The main items on the agenda included: Homelessness The Homeless Reduction Act comes into force in April 2018. The […]

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After yet another court defeat for the Government on mass surveillance, it’s time for them to overhaul the system to put protecting our freedoms & civil liberties at its heart, says Ed Davey MP: The UK’s surveillance regime has once again been declared unlawful by the courts. What we need is an overhaul of the […]

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Don’t Persecute Honest Passengers!

by burylibdems on 30 January, 2018

Don’t persecute honest passengers, prosecute fare-dodgers is the message from the Opposition Spokesperson on Transport for Greater Manchester Committee. Investigations from the Lib Dem team of councillors here in Bury revealed that an estimated one in eight Metrolink passengers are fare-dodgers with T4GM confirming that they estimate that 12% of journeys are not paid for. […]

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It is not in a democracy’s interests to allow one group to have such potential power to shape public opinion. The regulator’s decision must now be the end of the Sky saga, says Vince Cable. The Competition & Markets Authority has provisionally blocked Fox’s attempt to buy the 61% of Sky that it does not […]

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Reducing Plastic Waste – Bury Takes a Stand

by burylibdems on 24 January, 2018

Bury Councillors made a commitment for Bury to play its full part in reducing plastic waste, thanks to a move from the team of Lib Dem Councillors . The Council agreed to look at its own use of us ‘single use plastics’, work with local retailers and crucially to play its part on helping residents […]

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