Tim Farron welcomes Lib Dem Minister’s vow to outlaw revenge evictions
Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron welcomed the news this week that Lib Dem Minister Stephen Williams has backed a bill to outlaw “revenge evictions” – where renters are threatened with evictions after asking for improvements that guarantee them a safe and secure home to rent. The Private Member’s bill, which Sarah Teather MP is bringing before Parliament, now stands a higher chance of becoming law. It would stop a minority of rogue landlords who threaten to evict tenants simply for asking for essential repairs to be made, rather than make their properties safe and legal. Ministers backed ... More
Nick Clegg calls for PCCs to be scrapped
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) to be scrapped after the Commissioner for South Yorkshire, Shaun Wright, refused to step down despite calls to do so from Home Secretary Theresa May. Mr Clegg told BBC Radio Sheffield Mr Wright should go and the PCC role isa “discredited experiment”. Theresa May is facing calls from MPs for emergency legislation so that PCCs could be forced to leave their job. Earlier on Friday Mr Wright,  who used to head children’s services at Rotherham Council before being elected as Police and Crime Commissioner  in 2012, again made it clear he does ... More
Seized cigarettes to be destroyed in N E Lincs
North East Lincolnshire Council’s Trading Standards team is set to destroy its haul of 20,000 illicit cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco seized during recent operations across the borough Trading Standards currently have almost 1,000 packets of illicit cigarettes and more than 6kg of illicit hand rolling tobacco in storage that needs to be destroyed. This comes as North East Lincolnshire health and wellbeing board have funded staff within the team to focus on reducing the availability of illicit tobacco. The project which aims to stamp out the trade in illicit and fake tobacco products within North East Lincolnshire will see inspections to retailers, investigations ... More
Nick Clegg sets out his vision for decentralisation and devolution for North of England
Liberal Democrats have always been committed to decentralising power and freeing individuals from the one-size-fits-all state. The Northern Futures project builds on the work Liberal Democrats have done in government to give cities and communities more control over how they run. Liberal Democrats record of delivery in government for cities and communities include: Devolving power to many of Britain’s cities through the new City Deals. These deals grant new powers and freedoms to create economic growth and help businesses grow. So far 28 cities have been asked to bid for City Deal status. City Deals create thousands of new jobs and apprenticeships. Reforming business ... More
Citizens Advice: Protection from eviction is good news for four million
Citizens Advice has has welcomed news that the Government will support a Private Member’s Bill to give greater protection to tenants in privately-rented housing. The charity’s Chief Executive said that eliminating retaliatory evictions “is a matter of basic fairness and is long overdue”. Citizens Advice Chief Executive, Gillian Guy, said: “Protection from eviction is good news for four million UK households. In the past year Citizens Advice helped with 38 per cent more eviction problems in cases where people were up to date on their rent.  Although rent arrears is a common problem, the biggest cause of homelessness for private renters is ... More
Government supports bill to end “Revenge” evictions
A Bill  to stop rogue landlords from evicting tenants who complain about disrepair in their rented homes has been supported in principle by the Government today. Sarah Teather, Liberal Democrat MP for Brent Central, has used her Private Member’s Bill in Parliament to ask for new laws to prevent retaliatory evictions which will give added protection to 9 million renters in the country. The Liberal Democrat politician was one of 20 backbenchers who won a Private Members’ Ballot which enabled her to table the Bill. Backing the Bill, Stephen Williams, Liberal democrat Minister for Communities, said: “Our private rental sector is a vital asset, providing ... More
Lib Dems: Doing What What Works to Cut Crime
At Autumn conference Liberal Democrats will debate the policy paper Doing What Works to Cut Crime. The paper proposes evidence based policies that will cut crime and same money without needlessly compromising civil liberties. The paper proposes to promote restorative justice to prevent reoffending and to end imprisonment for people whose only crime is the possession of drugs. In order to improve police accountability the motion proposes to replace Police and Crime Commissioners with democratic police boards and apply a new code of practice to stop and search rules. The paper also proposes tackling the new forms of crime such as revenge porn. The policy motion ... More
Lib Dems: Protecting Public Services and Making them Work For You
At Autumn conference Liberal Democrats will debate  the policy paper Protecting Public Services and Making them Work For You. The paper sets out Liberal Democrats’ vision for public services that are high quality, accessible to all and locally accountable and transparent. It explains how joined-up public services can be achieved by joint commissioning at a local level. The paper outlines how greater accountability can be achieved through  transparency, including by private contractors being subject of Freedom  of Information requests. On the NHS, the motion calls for easier access to GPs and for mental health to be treated on equal footing as physical health. On schools, the ... More
Lib Dems: Expanding Opportunity and Unlocking Potential
Liberal Democrats are proud of our vision for a free, free and open society. At Autumn Conference we will debate the policy motion Expanding Opportunity, Unlocking Potential. This paper sets out our vision to continue our work in government in championing equalities. The paper proposes plans to extend free childcare for 2-year-olds to more families, so that parents can return to work. Its plans include helping disabled people by extending bus concessions to peak hours. The paper also calls for companies to publish salary information in order to close the gender pay gap. To stop discrimination the paper calls for greater use of ... More
Lib Dems: Age Ready Britain
Our ageing population is one of the biggest challenges Britain faces today. At Autumn Conference Liberal Democrats will debate the policy paper Age Ready Britain, which proposes a number of measures that will help make Britain age ready. For Liberal Democrats ensuring people have a decent income when they retire is vital to building a fairer society, so the paper proposes that our triple lock guarantee for the state pension is made permanent in law. Liberal Democrats will debate Age Ready Britain on Tuesday 7 October from 2.40am to 4.10pm. ... More