by Les on October 23, 2014

Nurseries, child minders and other early years providers across the country are set for a £50m cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families. Children from low income families have often fallen behind more well off classmates before they even start school. But from April 2015, the Early Years Pupil Premium – which […]

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David Ward writes: Liberal Democrats support the right of recall and I’m pleased the Coalition Government ensured that this year’s Queen’s Speech contained measures to get it into law. For too long, voters have not had any way to hold to account the small number of MPs that bring the good name of other MPs […]

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Following the publication of a report by NHS England which outlines CEO Simon Steven’s five-year forward view on the health service, Liberal Democrat Care Minister Norman Lamb said: “Liberal Democrats want to create opportunity for everyone by building a stronger economy and a fairer society. That means properly funding our NHS for the future, and […]

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Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is launching a TechNorth, a new scheme to co-ordinate the existing digital technology expertise of Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle. The government will be investing in an organisation that will promote TechNorth internationally to encourage global businesses to invest in the North. TechNorth is born […]

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Tory mask slips on bedroom tax bill

by Les on October 22, 2014

Tories spent a full morning Committee session talking out a simple motion to agree that the Committee should sit in a desperate attempt to use parliamentary procedure to defeat Liberal Democrat MP, Andrew George’s Private Members’ Bill to scrap the bedroom tax. Mr George said, “The mask has slipped. They have no shame. The ‘Nasty Party’ has […]

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Payday lenders should seize the opportunity to point people they have turned down for a loan towards debt advice says Citizens Advice.  New research from the Consumer Finance Association, which represents payday lenders, says that some people say they were left financially worse off after being turned down for a payday loan.  Citizens Advice has […]

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Faced with a £500,000 cut to the library budget, the council’s cabinet took the decision in July to reduce the number of libraries it operates from ten to four. While the authority will continue to operate four core libraries, expressions of interest were sought to run a service in the remaining library areas at Humberston, […]

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Shocking NHS waiting times in Wales mean nearly 1,400 patients are waiting more than a year for treatment. The figures obtained by Liberal Democrats show that 9 patients in the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board area, have been waiting over 2 years and still haven’t received their treatment. Under the Labour-run Welsh Assembly, 1,400 […]

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The UK’s wind farms generated a record amount of power at the weekend, according to the National Grid. On Saturday 18 October, wind farms generated 6,372 MW of power, the highest amount on National Grid records. This produced almost 20 per cent of the UK’s electricity. The milestone was followed by further news from the […]

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With energy prices up by a third since 2010, it’s more important than ever that consumers can find the best deal. While comparison websites can help people shop around to reduce their bills, new research published today has found that all sites do not always show the best available deals. Citizens Advice has previously raised […]

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