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Reporting Back – Meeting the Mayor

by timpickstone on 10 October, 2018

Last week was the regular meeting between the Mayor of Greater Manchester (Andy Burnham) and representatives of Liberal Democrat Council Groups across Greater Manchester. Our group leader in Bury, Councillor Tim Pickstone, was at the meeting. Greater Manchester Spatial Framework Residents may have read in the local press that the major ‘Greater Manchester Spatial Framework’ […]

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Commenting on the Government announcement that it will consult on greater transparency on parental pay, Jo Swinson, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “I am delighted that the Government will be consulting on putting my parental pay transparency bill into law. “This is a simple regulatory change with great benefits for employers, employees and […]

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Decision made to reduce IVF provision for Bury patients

by timpickstone on 3 October, 2018

From October 2018, any new applications to seek funding for IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) services will be capped to one funded cycle for Bury patients. The decision to reduce provision in this area from the current offer of up to three funded cycles, to one, was made at the most recent meeting of the NHS […]

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Calls for International Treaty on Plastics

by timpickstone on 19 September, 2018

A legally binding international treaty on plastics is the call from the Liberal Democrats following a major debate at their Party Conference. The treaty would encompass phased reductions in the production, consumption and trade of virgin feedstock.

It would also include a financial mechanism providing aid and capacity-building assistance to developing countries. Liberal Democrat Group Leader in Bury, […]

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Taking Action on Rising School Uniform Costs

by timpickstone on 13 September, 2018

The Liberal Democrat team on Bury Council have been successful in getting the Council to take action on the rising prices of school uniforms, in a move to help parents who are struggling with the costs. According to research by the Children’s Society, 3 million families in Britain are struggling to pay for school uniform […]

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Over 1/3 of Home Care Visits in Bury still only 15 minutes

by timpickstone on 12 September, 2018

At the last meeting of Bury Council, Liberal Democrat Councillors Mary D’Albert tabled a formal question to determine the number of home care visits, commissioned by Bury Council, are of 15 minutes or less.   “Could the Leader of the Council inform members of the number and proportion of home care visits undertaken within the borough […]

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Inheritance tax overhaul part of radical Lib Dem plans to tackle wealth inequality Liberal Democrats have today set out bold reforms designed to spread opportunity, power and wealth more fairly throughout society and to give everyone a stake in the UK’s economic success. The party expects these reforms to raise an additional £15 billion per […]

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NHS Bury consulting on reducing funding for IVF

by timpickstone on 15 August, 2018

NHS Bury are asking patients and the public to share their views on proposals to review Bury’s current policy in relation to commissioning In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) services. The consultation will run for six weeks from Monday 6th August to Sunday 16th September 2018. Within the consultation document the CCG describes the reasons why it is […]

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Businesses and residents are invited to have their say on Bury Council’s gambling policy. By law, the council is required to have a policy and review it every three years. It is now consulting gambling premises such as betting shops, amusement arcades and pubs, but anyone is allowed to comment. The Gambling Act 2005 has […]

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Call for Double Council Tax on long term empty homes

by timpickstone on 24 July, 2018

Thousands of empty properties across England could be brought back into use if councils are allowed to double the rate of extra council tax on empty homes say local government leaders. The Local Government Association’s Liberal Democrat Group backed an amendment to the Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill to […]

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