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  • Article: Sep 16, 2017
    By Gemma Roulston

    Another motion, which was successful in the emergency motion ballot, will be debated on Monday, was on the chaos around the Implementation of Universal Credit.

    The motion reads as follows:-

    Conference notes that Liberal Democrats support the principles behind Universal Credit, namely its aims of simplifying the social security system, improving work incentives, increasing take up, tackling poverty and reducing fraud and error.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2017
    By Gemma Roulston

    After successfully coming through the ballot on emergency motions at the Bournemouth Conference, Liberal Democrats will debate the motion that was backed by LDDA, on the UK Government's treatment of disabled people.

    The motion reads as follows:-

    Conference notes that in August 2017, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) Committee found that the UK Government's cuts to social security and other support for deaf and disabled people had caused a "human catasrophe" which was "totally neglecting the vulnerable situation that people with disabilities find themselves in" and, taken with the UK Government's refusal to either recognise or implement the recommendations fo the previous inquiry by the UN CRPD Committee in 2016, concluded that the Conservative Goverment ahd committed "a grave, systemic violations of the rights of person with disabilities"

  • Article: Sep 14, 2017

    The abuse of disabled persons' parking spaces is still having a huge impact on people's lives eight years after legislation designed at preventing such misuse was passed, according to MSPs. Holyrood's local government and finance committee has been reviewing the Disabled Persons' Parking Places Act.

  • Tim & Craig Pharmacy pic
    Article: Sep 14, 2017
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby Liberal Democrats are urging local residents to put their views across on experiences of local pharmacy services to help guide decisions on how services can be improved.

    Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council are working in partnership with the NHS to understand how you use pharmacies (or Chemists) and the services they provide that are most important to residents.

  • LGBT+ Lib Dems Winter Strategy Conference 2015
    Article: Sep 14, 2017

    It's Lib Dem Autumn Conference in Bournemouth over the next few days. Here are the highlights of LGBT+ Lib Dems' plans for the next few days.

    Exhibition Stall. We will be at stand 17 in the Liberal Democrats Autumn Conference 2017 Exhibition on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Join us to pick up our Members Handbook, to join or renew, to hear about what we've been up to this year, and to pick up paperwork ahead of our AGM on Sunday.

  • Campaigners holding the Bisexual flag
    Article: Sep 14, 2017

    Stockport Town Hall debates how to serve bisexual residents most effectively tonight with a motion moved by Lib Dem councillor Lisa Smart.

    Welcoming the motion for debate, LGBT+ Lib Dems Chair Jennie Rigg said, "Too often in talking about 'LGBT' policy-makers concentrate on those first two letters. Ahead of Bi Visibility Day it is excellent to hear from Lib Dem councillors putting the focus firmly on the 'B' and the many ways bisexual people face specific challenges."

  • Article: Sep 13, 2017

    An autistic teenager who was thrown off his college course just days after starting said he feels as though he has been "thrown away in a bin".City College Norwich said James Parker, 16, had been "enrolled in error".

    His mother was told by letter that the college had made a mistake and that James, from Norwich, could not return. The college has apologised to the family, but James said: "I just wanted to study there, I don't know how they can do that."

  • Article: Sep 13, 2017

    A leading provider of care for people with learning disabilities says it might have to pull out of some services if a row over back pay for staff is not settled soon. Mencap says it might have to end its involvement in running more than 200 residential care homes and services affecting more than 2,000 people with serious learning disabilities. The services would have to be taken over by local authorities. A government spokesman said further clarity would be provided in the coming weeks.

  • Article: Sep 13, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said that new figures show the SNP Government's chronic waiting time failures, with nearly 30% of those needing pain treatment waiting longer than the 18-week treatment target.

    Figures published by ISD Scotland show just 72% of patients waiting for chronic pain treatment were seen within the 18-week standard between April and June. The worst performances were recorded by Ayrshire & Arran where just 3.3% of patients respectively were seen within the standard.

  • Tim with John Heaton and Kath Dunning
    Article: Sep 13, 2017

    Tim Farron has slammed the Government for lying to local people over plans to stop re-testing benefit claimants who have long-term chronic illnesses such as Huntingdon's, MS, and Parkinson's.

    Back in October last year, the then Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, Damien Green, said that they would no longer reassessing benefits for those who have long-term sickness as it is "pointless" and "only adds to their anxiety and difficulties".