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  • Cllr Tim Douglas
    Article: Dec 6, 2016
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby Liberal Democrats Councillor for Paddox Ward, Tim Douglas has written to the Rugby Advertiser about the growing campaign against Conservative-led Rugby Borough Council's decision to stop green bin collections for three months from December until March next year.

    Dear Editor,

    I'm pleased that Labour in Rugby have decided to come on board and campaign with Rugby Liberal Democrats against the Conservatives decision to stop green bin collections from December until March 2017. The Conservatives are now consulting on whether to charge residents to reinstate the service, which rightly led to an outcry and launch of a petition in last week's Advertiser. Both Labour and the Independent group of Councillors supported our motion to rethink the decision. It has long been our view that we need more joined up thinking and better decision making at Rugby Borough Council to ensure residents get value for money. It is pleasing that others are now also putting pressure on those running Rugby Council to make better decisions and look at offering residents alternatives before cutting local services that they use and need.

  • Liberal Democrat logo large
    Article: Dec 6, 2016
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Last week Warwickshire County Council released details of the savage cuts to spending budgets required to achieve savings of £67 million by 2020, in order to meet the Government's austerity targets. Although described as "options", there is no doubt that most of them will form the basis of the budget proposals to be released by the ruling Conservative group at the Cabinet meeting on Thursday.

  • Dale Keeling
    Article: Dec 6, 2016
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Recent Freedom of Information (FOI) requests reveal that the Conservative administration which controls Warwickshire County Council annual spend on consultancies, up to now and the last finance year, came to £5,935,682.

    The FOI request also revealed that an annual spend on recruitment agencies that Warwickshire County Council have contracts with, up to now and last finance year, was £10,644,472.

  • Liberal Democrat logo large
    Article: Nov 23, 2016
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    At a full Rugby Borough Council meeting on Tuesday 15 November, Rugby Liberal Democrats Councillors tabled an amendment that would have seen the Local Plan consultation process extended until Spring next year, so key infrastructure information would be available for analysis.

    Before the meeting a last minute urgency report from the Council's Executive Director was tabled. The report called for an additional consultation period ending in January 2017 due to demands made by the public for extra information.

  • Jerry Roodhouse
    Article: Nov 21, 2016
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Councillor Jerry Roodhouse, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Group on Warwickshire County Council, has written to the local press stating that health and care Sustainability Transformation Plans (STPs) for Coventry and Warwickshire should be public now with a clear timetable for discussion.

    Dear Editor,

  • Norman Lamb C & W Mind 171116
    Article: Nov 21, 2016
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    On Thursday 17 November 2016, Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority on Mental Health, visited Warwickshire to see first-hand how services are coping with the demand placed on them from people suffering from mental health problems.

    Norman is a former Minister of State for Care and Support in the Coalition Government and was influential in ensuring that the Government introduced the first ever access rights and maximum waiting time standards in mental health.

  • Jerry Roodhouse
    Article: Nov 19, 2016
    By Rugby LibDems

    Despite a Rugby Borough Council press release stating that a "cross party waste management services working group" will be looking at the issue of the green bin services being stopped from December until March next year, Cllr Jerry Roodhouse has confirmed in a letter to the local papers that the Liberal Democrats Group on Rugby Borough Council will not be participating because decisons have already been made behind closed doors.

  • Green Bin thumbs down Oct 2016
    Article: Nov 19, 2016
    By Rugby LibDems

    At a meeting of the Full Rugby Borough Council on Tuesday 15 November 2016 the Conservative administration who run Rugby Council, ignored a motion by Liberal Democrats Councillors to rethink the termination of the green and food waste service from December until March next year.

    The decision to stop the green bin service was made by the Conservative Cabinet on 3 October 2016. No prior consultation had been sought from other Councillors or members of the public.

  • Liberal Democrat logo large
    Article: Nov 12, 2016
    By Warwickshire Lib Dems

    The Warwickshire County Council Liberal Democrat group of councillors has been consulting and working through the proposed £67 million cuts to services by 2020 as outlined in documents published. We are concerned that not all the information needed is being placed in the public arena for council tax payers to make a judgement on. Our core principle is that we should be seeking to "Invest for the Future. As part of the budget making process, therefore, we are making the following commitments known now for the other political groups on the council to consider if they also wish to support.

    Our Youngest & Most Vulnerable

    Investing in children and young people is also investing for the next generation - it goes beyond elections and one budget. That is what the Liberal Democrats said when we introduced the £5.0 million funding for the "Smart Start" programme, that this needs to become the everyday business of not just the County Council but of Health and others. A long term vision that lasts.

    For this reason we have decided not to support any of the proposed savings on Children Centres. Sustained investment for our future delivers better outcomes for children and families, but also makes savings for the public purse in the longer term.

    There is a need to reduce children from becoming looked after within this sum allocated we are also proposing to main stream the "Smart Start" work. We shall be investing the remaining allocation and adding to it ensuring that we can achieve our goal of a service that is fit for the future.

    Our Fire Service

    We say that there should be no more cuts to the Fire & Rescue Service - it is at the edge of not being able to provide a safe service. We say no to the proposed cuts to fire engines and staff.

    Instead we want to invest £200,000 into community fire safety, focusing on three important initiatives:

  • Phone Box
    Article: Nov 7, 2016
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    British Telecom (BT) proposes to remove 28 public phone boxes across Rugby Borough. According to BT, this is on the basis of low usage, the extent of mobile network coverage for normal and emergency use and that the majority of people do not view payphones as essential for most customers in most circumstances.