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Greater Manchester ‘Combined Authority’ has announced the ‘next steps’ in the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework announced. This has been agreed by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, and the ten council leaders, including Bury’s. Residents will recall that the first proposals set out plans build significant numbers of houses across Greater Manchester – this was for 227,000 new […]

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Answers to Questions: Reducing Smoking

by burylibdems on 15 August, 2017

At Bury’s last Full Council meeting, Lib Dem councillors asked questions on how Bury was performing on reducing the rate of smoking in the borough. Local Councils have responsibility for public health, of which reducing smoking rates is an important part. We asked following the Public Health England report on smoking rates for 2016, which […]

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Council Starts Consultation on ‘Local Plan’

by burylibdems on 8 August, 2017

Consultation on Bury Council’s own ‘Local Plan’ started on 7 August. The Plan will set out housing and employment requirements of the borough for years to come and the need for new infrastructure. The above is strategic issues outlined in the GMSF.  The Issues Paper forms part of the Local Plan, which is being drawn […]

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Mental Health plan doesn’t go far enough

by burylibdems on 1 August, 2017

Health organisations and the Liberal Democrats have criticised the Government’s announcement on mental health NHS staffing shortages as inadequate. The Government announced plans yesterday to recruit an extra 5,000 staff into mental health services by 2020-21, but many have critised the existing crisis in filling jobs, and the lack of any new funding to pay […]

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Reporting Back: Extraordinary Council Meeting

by burylibdems on 22 July, 2017

Last week Bury’s Councillors met together for an important extraordinary meeting. This was to consider the outcome of an investigation in to senior staff, which had resulted in the resignation of the Council’s Chief Executive and Executive Director of Children’s Services. This is an important and serious issue, and one which you will probably have […]

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Justine Greening has announced £1.3bn of additional funding for schools that she has said will come from “efficiencies” from within the education budget. Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Layla Moran said: “This is a desperate attempt to pull the wool over people’s eyes. Instead of providing the £4bn of extra funding promised in their manifesto, […]

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Our two local NHS walk-in centres will remain open for at least eight more months. NHS Bury CCG has confirmed that the centres, at Prestwich and within Moorgate Primary Care Centre in Bury, will remain operational until at least March 31 2018. The CCG says that: “The CCG remains committed to the redesign of urgent […]

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Standing Up for Public Sector Pay

by burylibdems on 4 July, 2017

Liberal Democrats MPs have supported plans to end the public sector pay cap in amendments on the Queens Speech being considered by Parliament. This follows a clear Manifesto Commitment to end the 1% pay cap by the Party. After the Conservatives were elected as a majority government in 2015, then chancellor George Osborne said that he […]

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Success for Campaign to ban Letting Fees

by burylibdems on 27 June, 2017

Letting agents fees look set to be banned in this year Queen’s Speech following pressure from the Liberal Democrats. The fees cost on average £223 per tenancy but under the new plans they will be banned and tenants will be given the opportunity to recover illegal fees imposed upon them. Liberal Democrat member of the […]

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Government Drops Plans to Scrap Free School Lunches

by burylibdems on 21 June, 2017

Theresa May is expected to have dropped plans to scrap free school lunches for infant pupils from today’s Queen’s Speech. It comes after the Liberal Democrats strongly criticised the Conservatives during the election campaign over the plans which would have deprived 1.7 million children of free school lunches, including 700,000 living in poverty. Liberal Democrat […]

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