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  • Layla Moran MP
    Article: Jan 31, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Liberal Democrats call on the Government to repeal the Vagrancy Act. The Act criminalises people for sleeping rough, deeming them "rogues and vagabonds".

    The 1824 Vagrancy Act was drafted with soldiers coming home from the Napoleonic Wars in mind. It's a cold, archaic relic from a bygone age.

    It has been used over 3000 times between 2014 and 2016, resulting in hundreds of homeless people being brought before the courts for being in violation of the Act.

  • Rugby Town Hall
    Article: Jan 31, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Following the publication of the finalised Local Government Finance Settlement, Liberal Democrats are concerned that the settlement does nothing to address the growing inequalities across our country.

    The highly regressive council tax system means that, as the Conservative Government continue to underfund local government, subsequent council tax rises hit poorer communities the hardest.

  • Rugby sign (lighter)
    Article: Jan 31, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Councillors have launched a review of disabled access to buildings and parks owned by Rugby Borough Council.

    The cross-party Access for People with a Disability Task Group (including Liberal Democrat Councillors Tim Douglas (Paddox), Bill Lewis (Rokeby and Overslade) and Neil Sandison (Eastlands)) has consulted with a range of organisations in a bid to identify potential improvements to increase accessibility for the disabled.

  • NS PSPO consultation Benn Hall event
    Article: Jan 29, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The Whittle Scrutiny Committee, a cross-party committee of Borough Councillors, is looking into access for pedestrians, cyclists and users of mobility aids as well as parking, including disabled parking and parking for parents.

    The Rugby Borough Council scrutiny group is asking residents for feedback on access to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Centre.

  • Neil Sandison bridges 1 (Jan 2019)
    Article: Jan 13, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Liberal Democrats Councillor for Eastlands Ward, Neil Sandison, is extremely concerned about the safe state of repair of the Great Central Railway bridges and has pressed for the issue to be looked at urgently by Rugby Borough Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

    Following representations from Councillors, residents, cycle users and nature conservationists a report was brought forward in 2008 requesting urgent funding for priority repairs to ensure public safety and continued repair of the bridge infrastructure.

  • Hospital of St Cross Rugby - no accident and emergency unit
    Article: Jan 13, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    On 7 January 2019, the Government unveiled their ten year plan for the National Health Service (NHS) to mark its 70th birthday.

    The 10-year plan includes measures to prevent 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and dementia cases, and better access to mental health services for adults and children.

    Delivering this ambitious plan is likely to be fatally undermined by insufficient resources, a staffing crisis and a failure to address the disastrous situation with social care.

  • Paddox Junction NN TD JR
    Article: Jan 13, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Warwickshire County Council has developed plans for a signalised crossing and improvements to the Paddox Junction. The scheme is being developed from the Section 106 proposed agreements from the Bellway and Ashlawn Road building sites.

    Warwickshire County Highways department is now consulting on its proposals. Any enquiries relating to the proposals should be made to Shirley Reynolds via telephone: 01926 412110 or email: shirleyreynolds@warwickshire.gov.uk

  • A better way
    Article: Jan 11, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Warwickshire Liberal Democrats challenge Conservative plans ahead of 2019/20 Budget: Opposing plans to reduce the number of fire engines & calling for a Cross Party Commission on Children's Services.

    With the forthcoming Council Tax and budget setting Liberal Democrats are calling on the Conservative administration of the County Council to:

  • Cllr Bill Lewis Rugby Police Station Jan 2018
    Article: Jan 3, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Warwickshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has begun consulting the public on the Police Precept, as the Commissioner begins the process of setting the 2019/20 budget for Warwickshire Police.

    The Precept consultation follows the Government's annual funding settlement announcement for policing on 13 December, which has given PCCs flexibility to raise their precept by up to £2 per month on a Band D property for 2019/20.

  • Great Central Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
    Article: Jan 3, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby Borough Council will be launching its new grant funds on 14 February 2019. New guidance notes have been developed to help community groups prepare to apply.

    The council's grants programme supports community and voluntary organisations to deliver projects for the benefit of the borough's residents.