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

  • Ed Maxfield
    Article: Sep 4, 2019

    Three quarters of Norfolk schools have been forced to reduce Special Needs (SEND) provision over the last four years because of budget cuts according to a survey carried out by Liberal Democrats. Over 90% fear they will have to consider more cuts in the future.

    Ed Maxfield, leader of the Liberal Democrat group of councillors on Norfolk County Council commented:

  • Photo of David Harrison
    Article: Aug 29, 2019

    Councillor Margaret Stone's comments on disabled people and whether they should be seeking proper levels of funding to enable them to meet all their social care costs have received widespread condemnation.

    Outraged Liberal Democrat Councillor, David Harrison said "Councillor Stone is currently the chair of the Norfolk Health and Overview Scrutiny Committee. It is a powerful committee that has representatives from all the Norfolk District Councils and one of its key aims is to ensure that the needs and wishes for health and health-related services of all the population (including minorities, socially excluded groups and other targeted equality groups) have been identified towards achieving local health improvement."

    "Notwithstanding any calls for Councillor Stone to resign as a Councillor, Councillor Stone should first resign as the Chair of this Committee. It is due to meet again next Thursday. Its wide-ranging brief includes looking at services for disabled adults and children and if the chair of the committee cannot treat those people with the respect they deserve, then it calls into question the whole integrity of the committee and its work."

  • Photo of Ed Maxfield
    Article: Aug 28, 2019

    Councillor Ed Maxfield, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Norfolk County Council, in response to Nofolk County Council's No Deal Exit strategy said -

    "The threat of a No Deal Brexit is real and it represents a potential national crisis. But I get no sense of urgency and no sense of leadership from Norfolk County Council's preparations.

  • Article: Aug 27, 2019

    Councillor Ed Maxfield has today wriiten to Norfolk County Council Leader Andrew Proctor regarding comments by Conservative Councillor Margaret Stone on the cuts to the income that disabled people receive for their adult social care needs.

    Councilor Maxfield has said -

    "Dear Andrew

    I was personally dismayed to read the email sent by Cllr Stone to one of the families campaigning for the restoration of MIG funding. There has been strong and widespread condemnation of the comments from people across Norfolk which is understandable given the tone and content of Cllr Stone's reported comments.

  • desert
    Article: Jul 12, 2019

    The five point environmental plan announced on Monday by Norfolk Tories is a derisory gesture.

    Responding to the climate change emergency will take more than a few small measures, but in five points this is what the Liberal Democrats would do differently:

    1. Establish where Norfolk has got to get to. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change made it clear we have 12 years and counting to reverse the current trends if we are to limit global warming to one point five degrees. It's vital any plan knows where it's going. We would set up a Citizen's Assembly to develop a clear strategy for achieving this.