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  • Article: Sep 8, 2020

    Many residents in the Whitehall area of Darwen have been angered by the fact that many of their grey recycling bins have been left unemptied. The new system means that residents have to separate their recycled items; paper and card in a blue bin and the rest of the recycled mate4ial in the grey one. Last week many grey bins were not emptied because they were "contaminated". Even when a resident removed a contaminated item the refuse collectors refused to empty it. A Liberal Democrat spokesperson said, "While we see the need to improve recycling rates there needs to be some flexibility until the new system becomes more familiar to residents."

  • Tim Farron (Tim Farron)
    Article: Sep 7, 2020

    Ahead of the Government's motion on the Local Government Boundary Commission this week, Liberal Democrat Local Government spokesperson Tim Farron said:

    "The Chair of the Local Government Boundary Commissions looks like they're going to have a lot on their plate. Just last week the Tories proposed abolishing nearly every council and replacing them with larger, less accountable, 'super-councils.'

  • Christine Jardine ()
    Article: Sep 5, 2020

    Responding to a National Audit Office report on the Government handling of Brexit, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

    "With the combination of coronavirus creating uncertainty for people's lives coupled with this Brexit shambles, we cannot afford for the Prime Minister to continue playing politics.

  • Christine Jardine (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Sep 2, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats introduced a Bill on Tuesday 1 September calling on the Government to offer indefinite leave to remain to foreign nationals currently working in the health and social care sectors.

    Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine, who is moving the Ten Minute Rule Bill, has warned it is unacceptable that people who put their lives on the line during Covid-19 should not be welcome to stay.

  • Article: Sep 1, 2020

    Responding to reports that the Chancellor is set to scrap Foreign Aid, Liberal Democrat International Development spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain said:

    For too many vulnerable people in need around the world, UK foreign aid has made the difference between life and death.Despite previous assurances, the mask has now slipped and we can see the callous Tories for who they really are.

  • Event: Oct 1, 2020 6:00 PM
    Blackburn Town Hall

    The meeting of the full council. This is open to the public and members of the public can ask qurstions by submitting them in adavance to Democratic Services. You will need to check if this will be a virtual or a physical meeting.

  • Ed Davey MP
    Article: Aug 27, 2020

    Ed Davey MP was elected leader of the Liberal Democrats. The result of the election in which all members had a vote was announced at 11:30 today. In his acceptance speach he praised Layla Morgan's passionate campaign and he sain, "Her energy has inspired many people and I look forward to her playing a big role in my team."

  • Article: Aug 22, 2020

    Responding to reports that the eviction ban in England will be extended until 20 September, Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said:

    No-one should face losing their homes while this deadly virus still hasn't been properly brought under control.

    Extending the eviction ban by just a mere month is nothing more than kicking the can down the road. It is a dereliction of duty.

  • Article: Aug 22, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have warned it is "shameful" that bereaved families of NHS and care workers who die of coronavirus risk losing access to welfare benefits if they receive payments under the government's Covid-19 compensation scheme and called on Ministers to "scrap this senseless rule immediately."

    The Government has confirmed that families who receive the £60,000 payout under the scheme will no longer be able to claim for universal credit, housing benefit or pension credit, as they would be in breach of capital limits.

    Layla Moran led the cross-party campaign calling for the introduction of the Covid-19 compensation scheme for families of NHS and care workers who lose their lives to coronavirus.

    Figures she uncovered in July revealed only 19 families had benefited so far from the scheme, despite there being over 540 Covid-19 related deaths of health and social care workers in the UK.

    Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said:

    It is utterly shameful that bereaved families of NHS and care workers face losing access to benefits if they receive a payment from the Covid-19 compensation scheme.

    This scheme was set up to provide financial security and comfort to the loveed ones of those who tragically died on the frontline against coronavirus.

    This exercise in penny pinching is completely tone deaf and risks rubbing salt in the wounds of grieving families. The Government must scrap this senseless rule immediately.

  • Article: Aug 22, 2020

    Responding to ONS figures that show retail sales rose above pre-pandemic levels in July, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

    This will be welcome news for so many people working on our high streets who would have spent several months worried about their job.

    However, we are not out of the woods yet. The Government is yet to bring forward a proper plan for high streets in locally locked down areas, so people are likely to go through more tough times.

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