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  • Green Bins Thumbs Down
    Article: Feb 8, 2017
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    At a full meeting of Rugby Borough Council on 7 February 2017, Rugby Liberal Democrats voted against plans to start charging residents £40 for a green bin from April this year - a move that will see only garden waste collected and not food waste as the service currently provides.

    Rugby Liberal Democrats tabled a motion which would have seen the green waste collection service continue for everyone for another 12 months whilst a solution is found for the sustainability and longevity of the service.

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    Article: Feb 6, 2017
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    In a surprise outcome to the Warwickshire County Council budget debate at Shire Hall on Thursday 2 February 2017, Conservative and Labour councillors collaborated to push through a joint budget, which the Liberal Democrats could not support.

    The Lib Dem Group had set out its key priorities clearly ahead of the debate, which were to invest in and protect our youngest and most vulnerable citizens, and to invest in speeding up integration of health and social care services. The "compromise" Tory-Labour deal failed to meet any of these priorities. In particular:

  • Eastlands Ward Councillors
    Article: Jan 31, 2017
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    After years of campaigning Rugby Liberal Democrat Councillors for Eastlands Ward, Cllr Sue Roodhouse, Cllr Neil Sandison and Cllr Dale Keeling have welcomed the securing of £52,000 by Rugby Borough Council to tackle flooding on the footpath and cycleway between the Clifton Road Bridge and Hillmorton's Pytchley Road.

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    Article: Jan 31, 2017
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Warwickshire County Council meets on Thursday this week to decide its 2017-2020 budget and medium term financial plan, and to set its strategic direction for the next three years.

    In a "hung" council with no overall majority, it's necessary for two or more of the political groups to come together to ensure that a budget can be passed.

    The Liberal Democrat Group has clear strategic and financial objectives, which it is looking for the other groups to support. These are focussed on what we consider to be the primary responsibilities of the Council, which are to invest in and protect our youngest and most vulnerable citizens, and to provide dignity and support for older citizens by investing in adult social care and its integration with health services. A better way for Warwickshire.

    Two years ago Lib Dems led the way with the introduction of the 'Smart Start' programme, focussed on 0-5 year old children and their families, which has delivered a powerful evidence base and innovative solutions for the delivery of better outcomes for children and families across Warwickshire. We now want to see this programme fully integrated into the redesign of future services for children and families. In the medium term this will deliver better services at lower cost, but we cannot accept the speed and depth of budget cuts in this area proposed by both Conservatives and Labour.

    In adult social care, we are clear that now is time to "grasp the nettle" in terms of maximising the funding available to sustain and transform our services. We want the Council to take the opportunity offered by central government to raise the council tax precept by an extra 1% in both 2017/18 and 2018/19 compared with the plans put forward by the Conservative administration.

    This will provide an extra cash injection of £7.5 million into adult social care services over the next two years. It will ensure that the new model of integrated health and social care in Warwickshire, which the whole Council is being asked to back, can be delivered faster and more securely, taking pressure off severely stretched NHS budgets, and helping people to live independent lives for longer.

    Cllr Jerry Roodhouse, Lib Dem Group Leader, said:

    "We're amazed that the Conservative leader Izzi Seccombe, who has been speaking out nationally for many months for better funding for adult social care, seems prepared to turn down this opportunity offered by her own Government.

    "While it's nowhere near enough to solve the overall funding crisis, an extra £7.5 million of ring-fenced money over the next two years would make a massive difference."

  • Erasmus
    Article: Jan 27, 2017
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    This week is the 30th anniversary of the EU Erasmus+ programme. Since it began over 200,000 British students have benefited from the exchange programme, allowing them to study, train and gain work experience abroad.

    The Prime Minister has said that after Brexit she will try to attract the "brightest and the best"to study in Britain, but made no mention of helping British students to continue to have the opportunity to study abroad.

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    Article: Jan 23, 2017
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The announcement in December that Rugby Borough Council will reinstate the green bin service in January has been welcomed by Rugby Liberal Democrats, but the portfolio holder responsible for the time and money wasted on this matter should step down.

    It has since been announced that council's across Warwickshire will take part in the "Slim Your Bin" campaign helping residents to waste less and recycle more, with no involvement from Rugby Borough Council.

  • Dale Keeling
    Article: Jan 23, 2017
    By Rugby Lib Dems
    Liberal Democrats Councillor for Eastlands Ward, Dale Keeling has warned local residents to be wary of telephone scam callers after he and relatives in Rugby had received scam calls from number 01612 269268.
    Cllr. Keeling missed the call but after ringing the number back to investigate, an automated voice stated the number was unknown. He then contacted Trading Standards. Warwickshire Trading Standards confirmed the number had a Manchester code but was likely to be made outside the UK. They advise never agree to purchase goods or services from cold callers, or arrange for those callers to visit your home. Other advice incudes:
  • Norman Lamb C & W Mind 171116
    Article: Jan 17, 2017
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Following the Prime Minister's speech on 9 January 2017 where Theresa May unveiled plans to transform mental health support, Councillor Jerry Roodhouse has written to the local papers stating that MPs in Warwickshire should be fighting for local funding to come through Councils and not lost in Clinical Commissioning Groups.

  • Green Bins Thumbs Down
    Article: Jan 17, 2017
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The chaos over the recycling system in Rugby seems set to continue into 2017 after Warwickshire County Council have put together a "Slim Your Bin" campaign helping residents to waste less and recycle more, with no involvement from Rugby Borough Council.

    The campaign is free to join and anyone from the Borough of North Warwickshire, the Borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth, the District of Stratford-on-Avon and the District of Warwick can sign up.