Liberal Democrats call for £4m extra for NHS and social care in Newbury & West Berkshire

  Ahead of this week's budget the Liberal Democrats called for a £4 billion funding boost for NHS and care services. That would have amounted to a cash injection of £4 million for local NHS services in the Newbury and District CCG and £5.9m for social care across West Berkshire. The Budget announced by the … Continue reading Liberal Democrats call for £4m extra for NHS and social care in Newbury & West Berkshire

“I think it is almost lemming like …”

What could be done to minimise the potential impact of Brexit on your business? Here is a selection of comments from the local business people who completed the Liberal Democrats' West Berkshire Business Brexit Survey. Businesses are not named, as many prefer to to keep their worries anonymous: (Thanks to Arranology for use of the cartoon, … Continue reading “I think it is almost lemming like …”

“The changes for our organisation might put us out of business.”

Do you believe Brexit will increase your net costs? How do you intend to deal with any increases? Here is a selection of comments from the local business people who completed the Liberal Democrats' West Berkshire Business Brexit Survey. Businesses are not named, as many prefer to to keep their worries anonymous: Do you believe Brexit will … Continue reading “The changes for our organisation might put us out of business.”

“It is the effect on access to European labour that worries us and the risk of inflation.”

If the UK does not have membership of or full access to the single market, what impact would this have on your business? Here is a selection of comments from the local business people who completed the Liberal Democrats' West Berkshire Business Brexit Survey. Businesses are not named, as many prefer to to keep their worries anonymous: … Continue reading “It is the effect on access to European labour that worries us and the risk of inflation.”

What Other Councils Do …

  If anyone tries to tell you that it's unrealistic to fight the cuts being imposed by the conservatives on West Berkshire Council, here's a little ammunition: Eastleigh Borough Council has a £150m asset management plan which has enabled 13 years of real term cuts in council tax and NO CUTS TO FRONT LINE SERVICES. Eastleigh Borough … Continue reading What Other Councils Do …

Reasons to vote Liberal Democrat

While in government the Lib Dem team has put through some of the most common sense, socially democratic policies this country has seen for a generation.  If I am elected to Westminster, whether we are in Coalition with Labour or Tories or no one, I will work with our team to do more of the same.  … Continue reading Reasons to vote Liberal Democrat

Vote Education

The Liberal Democrats will protect public spending on education to build a fairer society that offers opportunity to all. It's essential to protect the education budget, in real terms, from cradle to college, including schools, early years and the Department for Education's 16-19 budget. The Party has also voted to introduce a fair national funding … Continue reading Vote Education

The Importance of the Rural Bus

I recently visited Ivy in Ashmore Green. A woman in her eighties, Ivy is still bright and lively. When I met her, she had recently given up driving and was still reeling from discovering that her local busservice, the 76, that connects Ashmore Green to the rest of the world, runs once a week. Now, … Continue reading The Importance of the Rural Bus

Let me tell you a story … Tax Cut for 45,000 people in West Berks

Raising the amount we earn before we start paying any tax is a key Lib Dem policy. The changes we have made in government mean our kids now don't pay tax until they earn £10,000. After April this year, it will be £10,500. By the time the election hits, it will mean people hardest hit by austerity … Continue reading Let me tell you a story … Tax Cut for 45,000 people in West Berks

Protecting Education

[polldaddy poll=8757362] The Liberal Democrats will protect public spending on education to build a fairer society that offers opportunity to all. Lib Dem members have agreed to protect the education budget, in real terms, from cradle to college, including schools, early years and the Department for Education's 16-19 budget. The Party will also extend the … Continue reading Protecting Education