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  • Warwickshire CC Offices
    Article: Mar 4, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    A Freedom of Information request has shown that 6,518 'offenders' were found guilty under the Vagrancy Act between the years 2014 to 2017 in England and Wales including 32 in Warwickshire.


    The Metropolitan Police were the most likely force to use the Act, which criminalises rough sleepers, averaging 459 convictions a year. West Midlands police force area averaged 161, and Merseyside averaged 148 per year.

  • St Andrews Church in Rugby (April 2015)
    Article: Mar 4, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    On 26 February 2019, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, released figures showing that Rugby was one of the top ten local authorities in England with the largest increases in the number of people sleeping rough between Autumn 2017 and Autumn 2018.

    The total number of rough sleepers recorded in a single night in Rugby went from 6 in 2017 to 32 in 2018, a rise of 26 and a 433% change.

  • Green Bin thumbs down Oct 2016
    Article: Mar 4, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    On Tuesday 26 February 2019, Rugby Liberal Democrat Councillors did not support the Rugby Borough Council Budget for 2019/20 as it includes measures outlined in the Council's Medium-Term Financial Plan to add £10 to the current green bin charge.

    The report approved by the Conservative Cabinet who run Rugby Borough Council says that other major assumptions within the MTFP include a £10 increase in the Garden Waste subscription charge in 2020/21 to generate £200,000 extra income in 2020/21.

  • Ashlawn Road prime agricultural land prepared for potatoes - April 2015
    Article: Mar 2, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    An information evening for all farmers, horse owners and rural businesses will take place on Wednesday 6 March 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Broadstreet Rugby Football Club, Ivor Preece Field, 105 Rugby Road, Binley Woods, CV3 2AY.

    The local policing team, PCC and partners will all be present in a market stall style evening to provide information, advice and support.

  • Rubbish
    Article: Feb 25, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    On 25 February 2019, Alistair Carmichael, the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Environment, presented his Plastic Pollution Bill to Parliament.

    The Bill will set targets to help fix our plastics crisis and require the Secretary of State to publish a strategy for the reduction of plastic pollution.

  • Rugby sign (lighter)
    Article: Feb 20, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Community Project Grants offer a revenue grant of up to £2,000 for community and voluntary organisations to deliver one-off projects or activities which benefit the borough's community.

    Application deadline: midnight on Sunday, 31 March 2019.

    Examples of recent projects which have secured grants include:

  • Lib Dem House Yellow Door
    Article: Feb 18, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    A Liberal Democrat campaign led to the Government to introduce a new Tenant Fees Bill last year. Since then we have won several important amendments to prevent renters being charged unfair fees, cap tenancy deposits at five weeks' rent and requiring more transparency when a deposit isn't returned.

    On 12 February 2018, that Bill became law, giving renters a fairer deal in the private rental sector and protecting them from unaffordable deposits and extortionate fees.

  • Overslade litter pick Oct 2017 (2)
    Article: Feb 18, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The Government is seeking views on plans to make local authorities collect the same kind of materials for household recycling and on improving how businesses recycle in England.

    In February 2018, Councillor Tim Douglas (Paddox) and Councillor Noreen New (Paddox) proposed a motion to ensure Rugby Borough Council does more to reduce single use plastic waste within the authority, adopt the Waste and Resources Action Programme and engage more with local environmental groups, businesses and residents to cut their plastic waste.

  • Layla Moran MP
    Article: Jan 31, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Liberal Democrats call on the Government to repeal the Vagrancy Act. The Act criminalises people for sleeping rough, deeming them "rogues and vagabonds".

    The 1824 Vagrancy Act was drafted with soldiers coming home from the Napoleonic Wars in mind. It's a cold, archaic relic from a bygone age.

    It has been used over 3000 times between 2014 and 2016, resulting in hundreds of homeless people being brought before the courts for being in violation of the Act.

  • Rugby Town Hall
    Article: Jan 31, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Following the publication of the finalised Local Government Finance Settlement, Liberal Democrats are concerned that the settlement does nothing to address the growing inequalities across our country.

    The highly regressive council tax system means that, as the Conservative Government continue to underfund local government, subsequent council tax rises hit poorer communities the hardest.