• 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.

  • Article: Nov 11, 2016

    UK welfare reforms have led to "grave and systematic violations" of disabled people's rights, a UN inquiry has said.

    Changes to benefits "disproportionately affected" disabled people, the UN Committee on the Rights of Disabled Persons (CRPD) found. The UK was the first to be investigated under a UN convention it has been signed up to since 2007. But the government said it "strongly refuted" the committee's findings and its "offensive" view of disability.

  • Article: Nov 11, 2016

    A test for a disability benefit is "traumatic" for applicants and needs to change, according to former work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb. Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) help disabled people live an independent life.

    But the Preseli Pembrokeshire MP said applicants for PIPs found the test "very intrusive". The UK government said assessments were carried out by qualified health professionals.

  • Article: Nov 11, 2016

    Long-awaited plans for the future of health services in South Cumbria have finally been released today. The plans show the urgent need for extra NHS funding, according to local MP Tim Farron. The plans show a projected deficit of £572 million by 2021, and would cost an estimated £160 million to implement.