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  • Carie-Anne
    Article: Nov 19, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    At a meeting of the full Rugby Borough Council on Thursday 14 November 2019, Councillor Carie-Anne Dumbleton (Rokeby & Overslade) questioned the Portfolio Holder for evidence that the targets set out in the Council's Housing Strategy are being met.

    Councillor Dumbleton's question to the Portfolio Holder for Homes and Communities asked about how the Council is providing homes for families that suit their needs and how the Council is planning the right houses in the right places.

    Evidence from Rokeby and Overslade is showing that families need larger houses and are struggling with their existing arrangements.

    Commenting, Councillor Dumbleton, said:

    "Across Rugby, including in Rokeby and Overslade, there is a demand from families for five-bedroom homes when only three-bedroom homes are available.

    "The Council must look at all options at their disposal. For instance, there may be option to convert upstairs to a four bed or alternatively block the dining room door leading to the kitchen, put French doors where the existing windows are and call it a bedroom.

    "More must be done by Rugby Council to adapt existing three-bedroom homes and or purchase larger homes that cater for the people of Rugby."

    Question at Full Council on Thursday 14 November 2019.

    Councillor Miss Dumbleton to ask the Communities and Homes Portfolio Holder, Councillor Mrs Crane:

    "Our Housing Strategy states that we will

    1. Provide homes for families which suit their needs.
    2. That we will plan for the right houses in the right places and diversify the housing market.
    3. It states that in the previous housing strategy the objective was to ensure that Rugby's housing supply meets housing needs.
    4. It states that properties were purchased to mitigate the loss of houses through the right to buy scheme.
  • Jerry Roodhouse
    Article: Nov 19, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    At a meeting of the full Rugby Borough Council on Thursday 14 November 2019, Councillor Jerry Roodhouse (Paddox) put forward a motion urging the Council to raise awareness of Community Triggers in order to better tackle anti-social behaviour.

    Community Trigger is the name generally applied to the Response to Complaints section of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. It enables victims to require agencies to carry out a review of their response to the anti-social behaviour they reported where they feel they did not get a satisfactory response.

  • LD demand better
    Article: Nov 16, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The Liberal Democrats have set out ambitious plans to tackle soaring levels of knife crime, by investing £500 million in youth services and adopting a public health approach to youth violence.

    A Liberal Democrat government would create a £500 million ring-fenced fund for Local Authorities in England to spend on youth services. This would provide young people with positive, safe and healthy opportunities to prevent them being drawn into youth violence and gang-related crime. The party would also make local youth services a statutory service, protecting them from future cuts.

    The Liberal Democrats would take a public health approach to tackling youth violence, modelled on the successful approach taken by Scotland's Violence Reduction Unit. This would involve identifying risk factors and treating them early on, with youth workers, police, teachers, health professionals and social services all working closely together to prevent young people falling into gangs and violence.

    Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidate for Rugby and Bulkington, Rana Das-Gupta said:

    "There is a problem with knife crime and something needs to be done about it. Recently in Warwickshire over 80 knives were handed in to county police during a week-long campaign. In Rugby 15 blades were handed in, 16 in Nuneaton, 17 in Stratford and 35 blades in Leamington. Liberal Democrats will support young people by investing £500 million a year in youth services and taking a public health approach to youth violence."

    September 2019 - Over 80 knives handed in to Warwickshire police during week-long campaign https://rugbyobserver.co.uk/news/over-80-knives-handed-in-to-warwickshire-police-during-week-long-campaign-15189/

  • BRIGHTER FUTURE
    Article: Nov 13, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Jo Swinson has launched the Liberal Democrats' Plan for a Brighter Future. Jo will start her nationwide tour today and details of the plan will be delivered to millions of people across the UK by mail and online.

    The plan outlines the party's key priority - to Stop Brexit - and sets out a bold vision on how to build a fairer, brighter future for the country. It is a plan to tackle inequalities, confront the climate emergency and give everyone the opportunities they need to succeed. 

  • RDG & Local Party Sept 2019
    Article: Nov 12, 2019
    Responding to the news that Nigel Farage's Brexit Party will not be standing a candidate in Rugby & Bulkington, Liberal Democrats candidate Rana Das Gupta said:

    "At the European Parliament elections in May, Liberal Democrats beat the Tories, Labour and the Greens in Rugby before losing narrowly to the Brexit Party. It's clear from Nigel Farage's comments that he is running scared of the Liberal Democrats as the strongest Remain party in areas like Rugby & Bulkington.
  • Rana in St Cross 2
    Article: Nov 12, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Responding to the report by the IFS stating that Councils will need billions of pounds in additional funding to meet the rising costs of adult social care, Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidate for Rugby and Bulkington, Rana Das Gupta said:

    "It is absolutely appalling that our elderly and most vulnerable people are missing out on vital care, with family members having to give up their jobs to fill the chronic gaps in the social care system.

  • LD demand better
    Article: Nov 12, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The Liberal Democrats have set out their vision for a "new era of learning throughout life" with the creation of an ambitious Skills Wallet. This will give every adult £10,000 to spend on education and training throughout their lives.

    A Liberal Democrat Government will put £4,000 into people's 'Skills Wallet' at 25, £3,000 at 40 and another £3,000 at 55. The grants have been designed to encourage saving towards the costs of education and training throughout adult life.

  • Rana Rugby in Europe
    Article: Oct 17, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems
    Rana Das Gupta, the Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidate for Rugby & Bulkington, has written to the local papers about Brexit and the current political situation.
    Dear Editor,

    The Liberal Democrats have always opposed Brexit and were arguing to stop it when it was deeply unfashionable to do so immediately after the 2016 result. Unfortunately, so keen was the Labour Leader for the UK to head for the exit door that Jeremy Corbyn was insisting Article 50 be invoked the day after the 2016 referendum result. This is because Mr Corbyn does not care for EU membership, beyond the needs of political management inside and outside the Labour Party.

    Mr Corbyn's campaigning for Remain in 2016 was lukewarm because he didn't believe in the cause and he never has. Jeremy Corbyn has carried on in this fashion since the Brexit vote. He must realise that the only democratic way out of this mess is to have a People's Vote with remain on the ballot paper.

    At conference in September in Bournemouth, we the Liberal Democrats, voted for a change in our manifesto to say that if we won an overall majority at the next General Election, we would cancel Brexit. I was at that debate and voted in favour of that motion.

    I can tell you that our principle aim during that debate was to support another democratic second referendum. However, the change in manifesto was made because we do not trust the opposition and we do not believe that the current government would allow such a second referendum.

    Yours sincerely,

    Rana Das Gupta

    Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidate

    Rugby & Bulkington

  • Rans Das Gupta Parliamentary Candidate St Cross
    Article: Oct 17, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Responding to the report, Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidate for Rugby and Bulkington Rana Das Gupta, said:

    "Staffing shortages, coupled with inadequate funding solutions has meant the strained care system is beginning to crack.

    "The Care Quality Commission has highlighted graphically the decline in standards for mental health and learning disability inpatient services. This means some of the most vulnerable are not receiving anything like the standards of care that they need.

  • TD, NN, JR St Andrews 2016
    Article: Oct 10, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Paddox Ward Councillors (Jerry Roodhouse, Tim Douglas and Noreen New) are hosting a drop-in event to provide residents with an opportunity to meet their local Councillors, ask questions and raise any issues.

    The drop-in takes place on Thursday 17 October 2019 at the Paddox Methodist Church, Dunsmore Avenue from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

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