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The inside scoop from the Liberal Democrats on what's going on at County Hall, home of Norfolk County Council

  • Steff Aquarone
    Article: Feb 13, 2018

    You may have heard that the Conservative-controlled County Council passed its budget yesterday, raising council tax by 6% and putting an unexpected £3m bonus from Central Government into reserves rather than investing it in services.

    The Liberal Democrats proposed a series of costed, pragmatic proposals that put people first, which were dismissed by the Conservatives.

  • Mundesley Childrens Centre
    Article: Feb 9, 2018

    Proposed cuts to Children's Centre Services expose three great contradictions at the heart of Norfolk Conservatives' plan for dealing with funding pressures.

    County Hall officials say they can make £1.25 million of efficiency and 'in-contract' savings under the current contract. But they are being asked to cut £2 million this year and a total of £5 million - half the budget for the service - over the next two years. All of this without a clear idea of how this will affect Norfolk's most vulnerable families.

  • Document: Feb 8, 2018
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    Here is the Liberal Democrat Vision for our county that you may heard Dan Roper talking about on Radio Norfolk.

  • Adult Social care
    Article: Jan 29, 2018

    A joint report in September 2016, by the Kings Fund and the Nuffield Trust, looked at the state of social care services for older people in England.

    It found that:

    • Social care for older people is under massive pressure; increasing numbers of people are not receiving the help they need, which in turn puts a strain on carers.
  • Stephen Lloyd.
    Article: Jan 25, 2018

    The government have today agreed to bring forward plans to review the current rules concerning the priority of pensioners following pressure from the Liberal Democrats.

    Responding to calls from the Lib Dem Spokesman for the Department for Work & Pensions, Stephen Lloyd MP, new DWP Secretary of State Esther McVey agreed that a review into the current rules - past and current - after companies go bust is "something that needs to be brought forward".

    Under current rules, pension obligations are unsecured - meaning that insolvent companies only fund their pension schemes once they have compensated they are other supposedly more 'important' secured creditors."

    Today I urged the new Secretary of State to review the rules and provide further protection for employees with private pensions by giving them greater priority when companies fail. I was delighted to hear the Minister agree that this is something 'which needs to be brought forward'.

    Then and only then will employees with private pensions be wholly protected when large companies collapse. I will be making sure that the Minister sticks to her word on this.