Tory government is starving local councils 

Responding to the Local Government Association's statement that councils have "no choice" but to increase council tax, local government spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said:   "In the past local councils received most of their income via a central government fund while council tax made up only about a third or quarter of the local authority income.  "Severe cuts … Continue reading Tory government is starving local councils 

Layla Moran to sponsor NI same-sex marriage bill    

Tomorrow Lib Dem MP Layla Moran will sponsor a Bill to change the law on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.  The Oxford West and Abingdon MP will sponsor Labour MP Conor McGinn’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) (Northern Ireland) Bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday (28th March), along with Conservative MP Nick Herbert and … Continue reading Layla Moran to sponsor NI same-sex marriage bill    

Rough sleeping up by a third since 2015 

Commenting on reports today released by the government that show that rough sleeping has risen by a third since 2015, a Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:  “The homelessness figures revealed today show that the situation is spiralling out of control. In the last two years we have seen the number of rough sleepers sky rocket by … Continue reading Rough sleeping up by a third since 2015 

Lloyd: Lack of preparedness about the forthcoming changes to SMI rules a horror

The current lack of preparedness about the forthcoming changes to the Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) rules is a "horror" that shows both the meanness and lack of foresight of the government, commented Stephen Lloyd MP, Liberal Democrat spokesman for Work and Pensions. It has emerged that around 100,000 mortgage holders could be plunged into … Continue reading Lloyd: Lack of preparedness about the forthcoming changes to SMI rules a horror

Universal Credit could lead to up to 1.3 million evictions

New data released today by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) reveals that only 6% of Universal Credit claimants in the private rented sector have their rent paid directly to their landlords, compared to 35% in the socially rented sector. This is despite calls by Liberal Democrat DWP spokesperson Stephen Lloyd to make payments … Continue reading Universal Credit could lead to up to 1.3 million evictions

Jardine: Social responsibility should come before profit

Responding to today's announcement by the Gambling Commission that they have recommended a £30 or lower stake for Fixed-Odds-Betting-Terminal's, Liberal Democrat Culture Spokesperson in the House of Commons, Christine Jardine said: "The Gambling Commission's recommendation is simply not enough and we will be continuing to push the Government for a £2 limit to help protect … Continue reading Jardine: Social responsibility should come before profit

Vince Cable: Council tax is no longer fit for purpose 

Commenting on calls from the Resolution Foundation to radically reform the Council Tax system, leader of the Liberal Democrats Leader Vince Cable, said: "It has long been clear that council tax is no longer fit for purpose. What was meant to be a temporary replacement for the disastrous poll tax has itself become so deeply … Continue reading Vince Cable: Council tax is no longer fit for purpose 

Davey: Allegations against Cambridge Analytica must be investigated

Responding to allegations in the New York Times that Cambridge Analytica 'harvested' 50 million Facebook profiles in a potentially huge data breach, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said: "If these allegations against Cambridge Analytica are correct then it is a shocking betrayal of people's personal data." "If this data was then actively exploited … Continue reading Davey: Allegations against Cambridge Analytica must be investigated

Lib Dems secure major victory in ban on cold-calling

As the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill returns to the House of Commons today, the Liberal Democrats have secured a significant victory following the government’s acceptance of crucial amendments tabled by Liberal Democrats peers in the House of Lords. Led by Lord Sharkey, the Liberal Democrats campaigned in the House of Lords to end the … Continue reading Lib Dems secure major victory in ban on cold-calling