Private company involvement in benefit tests must end

Eastbourne MP and Liberal Democrat DWP spokesperson Stephen Lloyd – who has a disability himself – is calling for an immediate end to private sector involvement in benefit eligibility tests for sick and disabled people. He says this has undermined the principles of the welfare state established by Liberal reformer Sir William Beveridge.

After receiving contracts for personal independence payment (PIP) tests and work capability assessments (WCA) worth hundreds of millions of pounds from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), large multinationals including Atos, Capita and Maximus have consistently failed to meet the standards set by the Government.

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Get A Grip: Conservative Councillors consider campaign successful despite Parents Protest

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East Sussex County Council continues to reject calls from parents and Lib Dems to withdraw a 'condescending and insulting' campaign targeted at increasing child attendance levels, refusing to pause the campaign in spite of protesters present at the Council meeting. 

Instead, Conservative Councillors congratulated themselves on a campaign well run and successful. 

Parents were appalled to receive a leaflet which called on them to 'Get a Grip' following the first half term of the academic year. Mother of two, Ella Lewis, took to Change.org to set up a petition calling for the removal of the campaign. The petition, which has amassed over 11,500 signatures, was handed into the East Sussex County Councillors on Tuesday 5th December 2017.

East Sussex County Council continues to reject calls from parents and Lib Dems to withdraw a 'condescending and insulting' campaign targeted at increasing child attendance levels, refusing to pause the campaign in spite of protesters present at the Council meeting,


Instead, Conservative Councillors congratulated themselves on a campaign well run and successful.

 

Parents were appalled to receive a leaflet which called on them to 'Get a Grip' following the first half term of the academic year. Mother of two, Ella Lewis, took to Change.org to set up a petition calling for the removal of the campaign. The petition, which has amassed over 11,500 signatures, was handed into the East Sussex County Councillors on Tuesday 5th December 2017.

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Climate Change event

Thanks to Professor Tim Palmer for his talk- 'Climate Change: Catastrophe or Hoax?'. A full house to see a great presentation- amazing to see the in-depth digital modelling behind the forecasts. The uncomfortable truth is that there is a high probability that global temperatures will rise by at least 2 degrees- this would lead to major sea level rise and loss of habitats. That’s why we must act now together to stop it...

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Lib Dems call for Plastic Free Lewes

Local Liberal Democrats are calling for a “Plastic Free Lewes”. They are asking for a ban on non-biodegradable coffee cups, a plastic bottle return scheme and the provision of recycling bins for other types of plastic waste. This follows the Budget announcement this week that the Chancellor is looking to raise a charge on plastic waste.

 “There is national recognition that plastic waste is a major environmental challenge, blighting our landscapes and poisoning our seas,” said Oli Henman, an environmental campaigner and Lewes Lib Dems Town Council candidate. 

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Oli Henman selected for Lewes Bridge

Oli Henman has been selected as the Liberal Democrat Candidate for Lewes Bridge Ward for the Town Council by-election on December 7. He was a County Council candidate this May and is an experienced campaigner for an open democracy, social justice and environmental sustainability. 

 

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Lib Dem County Councillor Sarah Osborne votes against Conservative Leader's £9k pay rise

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East Sussex County Council met this week on Tuesday 17th of October and discussed cuts across the board to council services but amidst all this there was a proposal to give the Conservative leader of the council a pay rise of £9000! 

Liberal Democrat County Councillor Sarah Osborne spoke out against handing out this pay rise whilst the county council are implementing cuts to their services. Cllr Sarah Osborne said “it’s ridiculous that the Conservatives should be putting forward a pay rise for their own leader at the same time as cutting services. I could not bring myself to vote for this motion whilst at the same time the county council are cutting funding for home to school transport."

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Time to Solve Malling Parking Problems

Parking in the Malling area of Lewes has been a growing challenge in recent months; it's time to find a solution that works for all residents. Local Lib Dem County Councillor, Philip Daniel sets out the key issues.

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Let’s get on and build the Lewes to Uckfield railway line!

Building on their work to improve public transport in the area, at the recent full Council meeting of the Lewes District Council, the Liberal Democrat group were successful in modifying a motion, to call for continued support for the redevelopment of the Lewes to Uckfield railway line. Liberal Democrat District Council Transport & Environment spokesman Councillor Vic Ient said, “the Lib Dems wanted to strengthen the motion to ensure action will be carried through after the council meeting”.  

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Ringmer Library: pressure grows on County Council

 

James Gardiner presents Ringmer Library petition to County Council leader

Pressure increases on the County Council to reconsider its decision to close local libraries, with the presentation of a petition signed by more than 200 people to save Ringmer Library. Local Liberal Democrat campaigner, James Gardiner, and local member Rob Parsons handed in the petition, with Lib Dem County Councillor Philip Daniel in attendance.

 

James Gardiner said, “It is quite clear that the Council has miscalculated on this. Ringmer Library is well used, and provides services at a local level that cannot be replaced by inviting people to attend main libraries miles away from where they live. The savings involved in closing Ringmer Library are tiny, and the cost to the local community will be huge. The County Council encouraged the village to build a new library. It was even opened by the council chair, and now, no more than 17 months later, they want to close it.”

 

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Electric car charging points for new homes and businesses!

The Liberal Democrat group on the Lewes District Council were successful in getting a motion passed at the recent (Mon 9th Oct) full Council meeting which called for ‘new build’ planning applications to have electric car charging points included in the design. Despite Conservative councillors saying that ‘hydrogen cars might be the future rather than electric cars’ and ‘driverless cars might make electric cars obsolete within 10 years’ the Liberal Democrats were successful in getting their motion passed by a majority of one (17 voted for the motion, 16 voted against and there were 4 abstentions). The motion says:

“That from 1 January 2018 all new housing, new or replacement domestic garages and business/commercial planning applications to Lewes District Council include the provision of an 'electric vehicle charging scheme'; and that any such scheme would not become binding on the applicant unless included by the local planning authority as a condition of any planning permission granted”.

In his speech to members the Liberal Democrat District Council Transport & Environment spokesman Councillor Vic Ient said, “Michael Gove, the Conservative Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has announced a government plan to ban the sale of all petrol and diesel cars by 2040. What Michael Gove was doing was reacting to the research which has proven the high levels of air pollution caused by diesel and petrol vehicles. In the introduction to the government’s policy paper on air quality, issued in July 2017, it states:

‘We pledge to be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we inherited it. Clean air is one of the most basic requirements of a healthy environment for us all to live, work, and bring up families’ . I support this move by the government but without the provision for electric car charging points in the district the government will find it hard to force through the implementation of the ban on diesel and petrol cars”.

 

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