Article: Sep 24, 2021By Rugby Lib Dems
NHS workers face a £940 hit to their incomes next year due to Conservative plans to increase national insurance to 13.25% and cut Universal Credit, analysis published by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.
The figures show that the 3% pay rise for NHS workers announced by the government earlier this year will be more than wiped out by the combined impact of the unfair tax hike and slashing of support to working households.
Article: Sep 13, 2021By Rugby Lib Dems
As reported locally in the news West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) plans to move the final ambulance stationed at Rugby's St Cross to Coventry in October.
Rugby Liberal Democrats are calling on the ambulance service to explain to Councillors and the public why they plan to remove the last ambulance stationed at St Cross.
Article: Sep 13, 2021By Rugby Lib Dems
Last week the Government have finally acted to tackle the NHS backlog and put more money in Social Care to help the vulnerable.
The changes, which go against the Conservatives' manifesto promise not to raise taxes, will mean hard-pressed local families and small businesses will be left paying hundreds of pounds more in tax each year.
Article: Sep 10, 2021By Rugby Lib Dems
A summit to address the causes of climate change and its impacts on Rugby is to be held later this month.
The summit will explore some of the themes highlighted in the recent Rugby Climate Survey, and will also update participants on some of the steps being taken to lead the borough to a low carbon future.
The Rugby Climate Summit - the first cross-sector initiative in the borough's response to the climate emergency - will take place on Saturday 18 September, from 10am to 1pm. The summit will be hosted by Rugby Borough Council, and will be held online to allow greater participation and reduce Covid-19 risks.
The draft agenda for the summit includes speakers from HERU, looking at waste reduction and energy creation; Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, on biodiversity; Transition Town Rugby, who will bring a community perspective; and a speaker on sustainable transport.
The Rugby Climate Summit is free to attend. Residents, businesses and community organisations can register at www.rugby.gov.uk/ClimateSummit.
Article: Aug 28, 2021By Rugby Lib Dems
Public consultations have been launched to give residents a chance to have a say on the refurbishments of play areas in Bilton and Brownsover.
Rugby Borough Council has confirmed plans to revamp the play areas in Apple Grove and Sorrel Drive, and now wants to hear from residents to help develop blueprints for the refurbishments.
Consultation packs have been delivered to the homes of residents living near the play areas, while the wider community can have a say by completing the online consultation forms on the council's website:
Article: Aug 28, 2021By Rugby Lib Dems
On 9 September, business people from across the Midlands will come together in Sutton Coldfield at the inaugural meeting of LDBN Midlands, a newly formed regional business network.
LDBN Midlands will be first of six English regional business networks to be established under the "umbrella" of the national Liberal Democrat Business Network (LDBN), a 300-member strong group of liberally minded business women and men. LDBN unites the voices of business people across the country and acts as a dynamic "conduit" for the exchange of information and ideas between the business community and Liberal Democrat MPs, peers and local government leaders.
Article: Aug 23, 2021By Rugby Lib Dems
Have your say on bus service improvements in Warwickshire.
Warwickshire County Council is working closely with bus operators to develop an ambitious Warwickshire Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) aimed at encouraging more people to travel by bus.
The Government has earmarked £3 billion towards improving bus services throughout England. The BSIP will set out Warwickshire's ambitions for bus service improvements and help secure a proportion of the funding to benefit people living, working and travelling in Warwickshire.
Article: Aug 10, 2021By Rugby Lib Dems
Rugby Borough Council has launched a survey to gauge Rugbeians' understanding of climate change and the effect it has on their lives.
With the United Nations this week (w/c 9 August) announcing that the climate emergency has now become critical, the council is preparing its climate change strategy and now wants to understand residents' perceptions of the emergency, how prepared they are to respond to the emergency, and how the council can support residents to shift to a net zero future.
Article: Aug 6, 2021By Rugby Lib Dems
Liberal Democrat Online Autumn 2021 Conference takes place from Friday 17 - Monday 20 September 2020. This first edition of the Conference Agenda contains the agenda for the auditorium sessions at conference and information about the conduct of the sessions.
Friday 17 September
2.30 pm Policy motion: Ban Conversion Therapy
3.15 p Speech: Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP, Spokesperson for Home Affairs and Political and Constitutional Reform
3.45 pm Policy Motion: Boosting Small Businesses and Jobs in the Post-Pandemic Economy
6.45 pm Policy motion: Towards a Fair Global Corporation Tax System
7.35 pm Constitutional amendment: Presidential Election
8.05 pm Policy motion: Democracy and Public Debate
Saturday 18 September
9.00 m Policy motion: Children in Care and Care Leavers
9.30 am Policy motion: The Climate Change Conference and the UK Government
10.00 am Policy motion: Tackling the Climate Emergency: Proposals for Carbon Pricing
11.05 am Speech: Daisy Cooper MP, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats
11.25 am Policy motion: The Uyghur Genocide
12 noon Policy motion: Dignity, Care and Choice at the End of Life
2.15 pm Policy motion: Protecting Patients' Health Data - Creating a Health Data Charter and Sovereign Health Data Trust
2.50 pm Report: Parliamentary Parties
3.20 pm Questions and answer session: Rt Hon Sir Edward Davey MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats
6.45 pm Speech: Cllr Joe Harris, Leader of Liberal Democrat Group at the Local Government Association and Leader of Cotswold District Council
7.05 pm Policy motion: Building Communities
Sunday 19 September
9.00 am Policy motion: A Framework for England in a Federal UK
10.10 am Policy motion: What Liberal Democrats Believe
10.55 am Policy motion: Party Strategy: Our Road to Success
12 noon Policy motion: A Fairer, Greener, More Caring Society
2.30 pm Business Motion: Membership Subscription and Federal Levy
2.50 pm Report: Federal Appeals Panel
3.05 pm Speech: Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Rt Hon Sir Edward Davey MP
6.45 pm Constitutional amendment: Party Bodies Reform and Party business
7.20 pm Policy motion: International Trade and the DIT
Monday 20 September
10.00 am Report: Campaign for Gender Balance
10.10 am Emergency motions or topical issue discussions
11.40 am Speech: Jane Dodds MS, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats
12 noon Policy motion: Towards a Lasting Peace in Israel and Palestine
2.15 pm Constitutional amendment: Young Liberals Age Limit Change
2.30 pm Constitutional amendment: Empowering Liberal Democrat Values: for People and Planet
2.50 pm Constitutional amendment: Updating the Constitution's Language on Equality and Inclusion
3.10 pm Speech: Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats
3.30 pm Policy motion: Rebuilding our Cultural, Artistic and Educational Ties with Europe
4.05 pm Policy motion: Keeping People Safe from Frauds and Scams
4.50 pm Policy motion: Ending Violence Against Women and Girls
5.35 pm Party Awards and close of Conference
Full agenda can be found here:
Article: Aug 3, 2021By Rugby Lib Dems
After a lengthy period of lockdown when many residents found that they were using online and telephone services rather than in person visits, Rugby Borough Council is asking residents how they would prefer to access council information and services in future.
Like many other service providers the council has seen an increase in online transactions and enquiries, with one service seeing 70 per cent of transactions taking place online. Face-to-face enquiries have been limited to urgent enquiries such as homelessness.