A Million Jobs …and counting!
Since 2010, more than one million jobs have been created in the private sector. We are proud of the role that the Liberal Democrats have played in directing government investment into job creation and training. We are now focusing our efforts on improving this record and delivering a million more new jobs as we continue to build a stronger economy for the future. Jobs for Young People The coalition government has already delivered 1.2 million apprenticeships for young people since 2010. The Liberal Democrats are now campaigning to double the number of apprenticeships being offered. Jobs in Manufacturing Manufacturing is the key to a sustainable ... More
Laws: More Money for Pupil Premium
The Coalition Government has today announced how much Pupil Premium money each school in England will receive in 2013/14. The cash targets extra money to schools depending on the number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds they have. The Pupil Premium is a major Liberal Democrat priority that is being delivered by the Coalition Government. The Pupil Premium will be worth a total of £1.65bn, or £900 per child, in 2013/14. It covers any primary or secondary school pupil that has been registered for Free School Meals in the past six years. Commenting, Liberal Democrat Schools Minister, David Laws said: “Liberal Democrats are building a ... More
Liberal Democrats: Cutting Your Taxes by £600 a Year
Commenting on the rise in the Income Tax personal allowance announced in the Autumn Statement, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson, Stephen Williams said: “Liberal Democrats are working for a stronger economy and a fairer society, so that everyone can get on in life. That’s why we are cutting taxes for working people. “Today’s announcement means that by April, Liberal Democrats will have cut your income tax bill by £600 a year. “Liberal Democrats want fairer taxes, which is why we made raising the tax-free allowance our number one priority at the General Election – so important that we put it on the front page ... More
Free Christmas Car Parking
From 10 Dec 2012, all Mendip’s car parks will be free from 2pm each day until after christmas, to allow shoppers to spend money locally and help boost town centre trade. The Car Parks will also be free all day on New Years Day. ... More
Frome Twinning
Just booked our flights to Poland for July 2013 when Claire and I will be attending Quadripartite Meeting with Frome’s twin towns at Rabka. I really enjoyed the last visit to Poland in 2009 and am also looking forward to a few extra days in Krakow. ... More
Frome Steiner Academy
Dealing with Planning issues about the proposed Steiner Academy to be located at the old Victoria Hospital in Park Road, I recently hosted two residents meeting and the main issues that have come forward are traffic generation and parking, the impact of such a large school on this particular area and its noise levels and also the lack of play space on the site. I will be attending Frome Town Council’s Public Meeting at the Assembly Rooms at 7pm on Wed 5 Dec 2012 and also Frome Town Council’s Full Council on 12 Dec also at 7pm at the Assembly Rooms. If ... More
Liberal Democrats: Fighting for Fairer Taxes
Launched at the Lib Dems Autumn Conference in Brighton, the Fairer Tax campaign seeks to make sure that the super rich pay their fair share and to cut the tax bill of ordinary people. If successful this would mean that since entering the Coalition, Liberal Democrats will have cut the Income Tax bill of most people by £700. Commenting on the campaign, Deputy Prime Minister  Nick Clegg said: “In government, the Liberal Democrats have already delivered a 10% increase in Capital Gains Tax from 18% to 28%, a new tax on sales houses worth over £2 million and a £10 billion new bank tax.” “But we believe we can ... More
Baker: Reducing Fare Rises for Passengers
The Liberal Democrats in government have kept their commitment to fair pricing for rail passengers. As a result, next year’s planned rail fare rise (initially RPI inflation, plus three per cent) has been capped at inflation plus one per cent. This will save over 250,000 season ticket holders up to £200 over the next two years. The money to fund the cap in fare rises will come from savings in the Department of Transport’s budget, and the government are committed to ending the era of above-inflation fare rises when the costs of maintaining and investing in the rail network allow. The Secretary ... More
Davey: Progress on Renewables
Ed Davey, Lib Dem Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, today spoke about the measures the government has taken to enhance the role of solar PV (photovoltaics) and biomass in creating an environmentally-sustainable energy mix in the UK. The Department for Energy and Climate Change has now proposed a range of new rates for solar projects covered by the Renewables Obligation – the commitment to producing a percentage of energy from renewable sources that energy companies are required by legislation to fulfil. Support levels for solar PV generation will be roughly equivalent to the rates that govern individual Feed-In Tariffs. Commenting, ... More
Lib Dems: Biggest Reform in Social Care in over 60 Years
Liberal Democrat Minister of State for Care Services Paul Burstow has announced the most radical reform of social care in the UK in over 60 years. These changes will mean that people will no longer have to face selling their own homes to pay for their care. They will fix a fragmented and confusing care system, end the incidence of ‘postcode lotteries’ in care, improve training across the board, and shift the system’s focus to prevention instead of endless crisis-management. The government’s aim is to create a social care system that is modern and comprehensive, fair and sustainable. Top Ten Changes in ... More