• Right2Work Employment Service
    Article: Feb 3, 2017

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed the launch of a new employment service for those who are disabled or disadvantaged in the workplace. The service also provides support to employers.

    Tim visited Right2Work at their premises in Kendal to meet staff who work at the new employment support service which launched last month. The service provides support and guidance to anyone who is disadvantaged or struggling in the workplace, whether that be from a physical or mental disability or other barriers due to personal circumstances. The service is also designed to provide support to employers with the issues that they face. The aim is to break down barriers to employment for both service users and employers.

  • Hazel at County Hall
    Article: Feb 3, 2017

    This week at County Hall Surrey's Conservative Cabinet approved proposals for a 15% council tax rise, a referendum on the council tax on 4 May and cuts of £93 million to services in Surrey.

    Councillor Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council said:

    "The Conservative administration at County Hall is asking Surrey residents to pay more for less - an unreasonable and unaffordable 15% council tax increase and £93 million of unspecified cuts in council services.

    "It is time for the Tories at County Hall to end their secrecy and to spill the beans about the £93 million of cuts which are coming down the pipeline. Councillors who have to vote on the County Council budget next week and Surrey residents who pay council tax and are served by the County Council should not be kept in the dark and have a right to know now about the cuts which are on the way.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2017

    On 'Time to Talk' Day (today, 2nd February), South Lakeland MP Tim Farron has urged the public to start a conversation about mental health issues and help break down the stigma surrounding this topic.

    In a video posted online, Tim insists that it is "time to take mental health seriously", pointing out that one in four people struggle with mental health conditions.

  • Norman Lamb MP
    Article: Feb 3, 2017

    Liberal Democrats in Surrey have written to the county's 11 Conservative Members of Parliament, asking them to back a cross party initiative on the future of social care and how to fund it.

    In the letter, Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council, has asked the 11 Surrey MPs to back plans by Norman Lamb MP, the Liberal Democrat Care Minister in the previous Coalition Government. He is calling on the government to establish an NHS & Care Convention, which will look for a long-term solution to the crisis in health and social care funding. The plan is backed by 25 MPs from all parties, and the supporting statement was also signed by Dr Dan Poulter MP, former Conservative Health Minister, and Liz Kendall MP, Labour's former shadow care minister. The Prime Minister has now met with Norman Lamb and a group of cross party MPs to discuss the proposal further.

  • Article: Jan 16, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have called for the Government to "see sense" and provide an urgent cash boost to the NHS, as new figures reveal that four in ten hospital trusts issued emergency alerts warning that they were facing serious operational pressures in the first week of January.

    The figures show that from the 3rd to 8th January:

  • NHS Logo
    Article: Jan 16, 2017

    There has been a lot - even more than usual - in the media recently over the funding crisis which is affecting our NHS; lengthening queues in A&E's across the country, folk not being able to go home because their is no care package organised for them etc.
    And underpinning all this is the crumbling fabric of our social care costs which have been under-funded, frankly, for thirty years.

  • Blue Monday
    Article: Jan 16, 2017

    We all expect to feel under the weather sometimes but when it comes to the way we feel emotionally, it can be tough to recognise or admit that we're not feeling 100%.

    This Monday is titled 'blue Monday' because people can feel down at this time of year. Whilst 'blue Monday' might be a myth, it's certainly true that winter can be a difficult time for lots of people in the UK.

  • Article: Jan 16, 2017
    By Mark Pack

    Here's a new pair of videos from the Liberal Democrats about Norman Lamb's health campaigning:

  • Event: Sep 19, 2017 1:00 PM - Sep 23, 2017 1:00 PM

    Tim Farron's first Autumn Conference as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    Come and hear him, and participate in some interesting debates, such as Welfare Reform.

  • Article: Nov 11, 2016

    The scheme that assesses claimants of disability benefits faces a major overhaul, with ministers promising to extend a "revolution" of getting more people into work.

    A consultation on reforming the Work Capability Assessment was announced on Monday. Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said he wanted a "personalised" way to help more people find jobs.