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  • Noreen
    Article: Jun 5, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    At a recent full meeting of Rugby Borough Council, Paddox Ward Councillor Noreen New raised the issue of having a direct debit system for paying the green bin charge.

    Councillor New raised the issue with the Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Public Realm after receiving several complaints regarding the time it takes to get through on the phones and the length of time it takes to get a sticker. Having a direct debit payment option would help to alleviate this problem.

  • Yellow door
    Article: May 29, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    With support from the Liberal Democrats the Second Reading of the Tenant Fees Bill was passed by Members of Parliament on 21 May 2018.

    The Tenant Fees Bill sets out the Government's approach to banning letting fees paid by tenants in the private rented sector.

    Liberal Democrats have campaigned relentlessly to get tenants' letting fees banned. The upfront costs of renting are far too high, pushing many people into debt just to pay the fees, and stopping others from being able to move into a rented home.

  • Bill Lewis Deputy Mayor
    Article: May 29, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    On 17 May 2018 Councillor Bill Lewis was elected Deputy Mayor of Rugby. He will take up office in May 2019 when the current Mayor, Councillor Tom Mahoney's year comes to an end.

    Councillor Lewis represents Rokeby and Overslade Ward. He has an impressive track record of community involvement from his schooldays in Wales, through university and into his professional career. Bill has lived on the Hillside Estate for over 36 years and is a former Rugby Borough Councillor for Caldecott Ward.

  • Liberal Democrat logo large
    Article: May 23, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    On 22 May 2018, Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change spokesperson, Lynne Featherstone hosted a talk with former President of the Geological Society Professor Peter Styles on the increased risk of earthquakes due to fracking.

    Professor Styles is calling for the implementation of buffer zones and stricter regulations, forcing fracking companies to assess dangers and faults.

    Commenting on Professor Styles' speech, Lynne Featherstone said:

    "Fracking is an unnecessary, invasive and dangerous distraction from the very urgent need to move away from carbon-based energy and towards sustainable energy sources.

    "There is a growing consensus that fracking is destructive to the environment and dangerous to the public. The Government must response to the increasing number of experts speaking out against the practice."

  • Jerry Roodhouse
    Article: May 23, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Jerry Roodhouse has written again to the local newspapers about his calls for the old St Cross building to be put back to use.

    Dear Editor,

    A few weeks ago I wrote about the old St Cross building and how we should seek to explore options to reopen it. I contacted UHCW about this and the silence since then has been deafening.

  • Jerry Roodhouse
    Article: May 20, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    More rough sleepers have appeared in town since the Rugby Winter Shelter closed at the end of March - and some are more prominent than ever, having taken shelter in the doorways of vacant town centre shops.

    The chair of Hope4, which runs the shelter, says supporting the charity is the best way to help them. The shelter faced huge demand last winter, providing beds and meals for 59 people across seven church venues.

  • Liberal Democrats, open, tolerant and united
    Article: May 20, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable is calling on the Conservatives to bring forward side-lined plans to introduce tax breaks for employers who hire from disadvantaged groups.

    In their general election manifesto, the Conservatives promised to introduce a 12-month exemption in employer's National Insurance Contributions when businesses took on people from groups that have found it difficult to find employment. These groups included the long-term unemployed, people with mental health problems, and those with a disability.

  • Universal Credit
    Article: May 14, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Lloyd has written to the Government demanding action to make it easier for domestic abuse victims to have money paid into a separate bank account.

    Lloyd's proposal comes after it was revealed the Universal Credit lump sum payment is paid into one designated bank account for the whole household, often the male partner in the relationship. This had led, in some cases, to domestic abuse victims being deprived of money, and less able to escape their dangerous home situation.

    The Eastbourne MP has demanded that the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey MP, make the plight of domestic abuse victims a "top priority".

    Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Work and Pensions, Stephen Lloyd said:

    "Among the litany of failures that is Universal Credit, this is one of the most disturbing and damaging.

    "I believe it should be at the very top of Esther McVey's priorities. Without fast remedial work on the very processes of Universal Credit, some people's lives may well be put in danger.

    "I will be demanding the minister acts quickly before it is too late."

    Please see the text of Stephen Lloyd's letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rt Hon Esther Mcvey MP, below.

    Dear Esther

    Re: Universal Credit Split Payments

    I am writing to you on the aforementioned topic of split payments of Universal Credit. Under its current implementation, the single monthly household payment of UC makes it easier for domestic abusers to seize and regulate family income and prevent partners from leaving the home.

    At present the only way to arrange a split payment of a couple's Universal Credit is on request. For a victim of domestic abuse, having to make this request will often put them at more danger of abuse from their partner. A recent survey of domestic abuse victims by the charity Women's Aid found almost 85 per cent of respondents feared the abuse would get worse if their partner found out they had asked for their benefit payment to be divided.

    I urge you, for the sake of the victims of domestic abuse, take action immediately. Either to make it easier to request split payments or make split payments the default payment method for couples, including dividing payments so that the child credit element is made payable to the main carer, usually the mother, which was the case with child tax credits.

    All the best,

    Stephen Lloyd MP
    Eastbourne and Willingdon
    Lib Dem Front Bench Spokesman
    Department for Work and Pensions

  • Lee Chase
    Article: May 14, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Local Liberal Democrat, Lee Chase, in Admirals and Cawston is campaigning for a Country Park around the ancient woodland at Cawston Spinney because green spaces add value to our lives and save money for the tax payer.

    Studies over many years have put the great value on the benefits to the UK of its green spaces, the most recent by 'Fields in Trust' on 7 May 2018 puts it at £34 billion a year. Saving the NHS at least £111 million per year just from GP visits not needed. The study estimates that to achieve the same benefits each person would need to spend £974.

  • Care
    Article: May 14, 2018
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Responding to the publication of a House of Commons Committee report on 9 May 2018 which highlights an underfunded adult social care sector Liberal Democrats have called for a long-term plan to fund the increasing demand for care.

    The care sector is in a precarious state, but the Department of Health and Social Care has not yet said how it intends to put in place a long-term, sustainable funding regime to meet the ever-increasing demand for care.