Progress on Plastic Free Lewes- joint event on 9th March

Our joint work on reducing plastic use is making headlines all around the district at the moment and we are delighted to announce the next 'Plastic Free Lewes' event on 9th March at Lewes Town Hall- 'What really happens to our rubbish?'

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Budget success for the Lib Dems at Lewes District Council

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Lib Dem leader Sarah Osborne (centre) arriving at the LDC budget meeting on Monday night with some of her fellow councillors L to R: Will Elliott, Steve Saunders, Sarah Osborne, Olivia Honeyman, Graham Amy

Budget success for the Liberal Democrats and their leader Sarah Osborne at Lewes district council.  All five of Lewes District Council Liberal Democrat Leader Sarah Osborne’s amendments to the Lewes District Council budget were approved with cross-party support this week. Measures include:
 
1) Special fund of £2.2 million to provide new temporary accommodation for homeless people
2) Introduction of on-street recycling bins
3) Feasibility study to create a trade waste recycling service for small businesses
4) A major environmental initiative to develop new standards in relation to new planning applications and building regulations which will include a range of sustainability measures such as renewable energy for new developments and 'green corridors'
5) A series of events during 2018 to celebrate the Representation of the Peoples Act 1918 where women began to get the vote for the first time. The events would also promote equality and diversity in our society.
 
Councillor Osborne said: “Punch and Judy politics doesn't achieve anything for the people who elected us. All Councils face huge financial and social challenges, so we must work together where we can to deliver more housing and a cleaner environment and deliver the services our residents rightly expect from us."

Lib Dems campaign in the sun in Newhaven and Peacehaven

Dave Twaits and Matthew Milligan have been selected as the Lib Dem Town Council candidates for Newhaven and Peacehaven Town Councils in by-elections set for 8th March; and are already out knocking on doors. In a busy weekend of campaigning, local volunteers joined the candidates to speak to residents and share key priorities.

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Lib Dems push for ambitious budget at Lewes District Council

A bumper crop of Liberal Democrat amendments will be tabled for the budget on Monday, 19 February (next week) at Lewes District Council.  Deputy Leader of the Lib Dem group, Steve Saunders said, “Our leader, Sarah Osborne, has put together an excellent package of proposals on housing and the environment."

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Time To Talk Day 2018

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The first Thursday in February every year is designated as Time To Talk day, to help end the stigma around mental health and enable people to be more open about the impact that mental ill health has on them. Lewes Liberal Democrats give their steadfast support to this initiative. For far too many people in this country every day is a struggle to get by with their mind and self esteem intact, and we need to do far more to tackle both the causes and the effects of the problem. In government, the LibDems fought hard and successfully for more recognition for mental health in budget priorities. Our minister, Norman Lamb, introduced the Crisis Care Concordat  and argued for parity for mental health services: "we must fight for mental health to get the recognition it needs”.

In this country 1 in 6 people is experiencing a mental health problem in any given week, and 1 in 4 in any year. While some of these will pass, many are extremely serious – suicide, though not an indicator of mental ill health, is strongly associated with it and suicide remains the commonest cause of death in men aged 20 to 49.

So give yourself time, and give other people time, to talk, today.


Holocaust Memorial Day

On the 27th January 1945 Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated. It is a fitting day to mark as Holocaust Memorial Day and remember the victims of genocides throughout history and even to the present day. Eastbourne's LibDem MP, Stephen Lloyd, recently co sponsored a Commons debate. Here is what he said:

I thank the hon. Member for Brigg and Goole (Andrew Percy) for sponsoring the debate. It is a pleasure for me to co-sponsor it. This is the fifth or sixth time I have co-sponsored a debate on this important day. When I was first a Member of Parliament I was proud to do so, and now that I am back in the House, I am even more delighted.

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Make housing the homeless a priority! say Lewes Lib Dems

Lib Dems at Lewes District Council are to propose a new housing scheme in the up coming budget council meeting.
 
Lib Dem Group Leader Sarah Osborne will be asking Councillors to support Lib Dem plans for 24 2-bed units or a mixture of 1-3 bed units that could be delivered quickly to provide new accommodation in the district for people who are otherwise housed in B&Bs in Eastbourne.
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Lewes elects first ethnic minority Mayor

Liberal Democrat Councillor Janet Baah has been elected Mayor of Lewes (18/01/18).

Ghanaian-born Baah is the first ethnic minority Mayor to be appointed in Lewes since the Borough Council (the Town Council’s predecessor) was incorporated in 1881.

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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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