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  • Lib Dems' campaign to raise carer's allowance
    Article: Nov 26, 2020
    By Sir Ed Davey MP

    Unpaid carers are doing a remarkable and important job in very difficult circumstances. They deserve our support.

    But many carers are facing extreme financial hardship.

    900,000 full-time unpaid carers rely on Carer's Allowance - but at just £67.25 a week, it's just not nearly enough.

    It is the lowest benefit of its kind - another example of how carers are too often an afterthought for many politicians.

  • Who Rishi Sunak left behind
    Article: Nov 25, 2020

    Countless families are facing serious financial hardship. More than a million people have lost their jobs and the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic will continue to be felt throughout the next year.

    We are also facing serious challenges in deep-seated inequality and the climate emergency.

  • Ed Davey MP, Lib Dem Leader
    Article: Nov 18, 2020

    The Tory Government announced their Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.

    Sadly, it fails to undo the damage the Conservatives have done to the UK's progress on climate change over the past five years.

    We need a long term plan backed by meaningful funding.

    Their plan extends the Green Homes Grant by just one year.

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    Article: Nov 6, 2020
    By Ed Davey

    Ed Davey writes: With coronavirus restrictions in place across the country, this is a difficult year for the Poppy Appeal.

    Ordinarily around 40,000 volunteers help make the appeal happen. Through their dedication the Royal British Legion can continue to provide support to members and veterans of our armed forces, as well as their families.

  • Daisy Cooper, MP for St Albans, Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems
    Article: Oct 23, 2020

    Daisy Cooper, MP, Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems and Education Spokesperson writes:

    This pandemic has shone a spotlight on the travesty of child food poverty. Finally, it feels like this is something everyone is talking about - everyone, it seems, except this Tory government.

    Last week, Liberal Democrat Education Minister for Wales, Kirsty Williams, guaranteed free school meal provision during school holidays until at least Easter 2021.

    We've been calling on the government to make free school meals available for every child in poverty in England, including during school holidays and lockdowns.

  • Bath Road Bus Lane-Robert Plimmer & Matthew Taylor call for proper consultation
    Article: Oct 17, 2020

    "Much better public consultation is needed to build consensus on tackling key issues such as the housing shortage and improving air quality," demanded Robert Plimmer, Chair of Slough Lib Dems, in a letter published in the Slough Express on 9th Oct, and the Slough Observer on 16th Oct.

    Robert went on to explain how recent events show neither Slough's Labour Council nor the Tory Government seem willing to allow adequate consultation or long-term thinking on topics such as bus lanes or house building.

  • Kirsty Williams_Lib Dem Member of Senedd-Education Minister for Wales
    Article: Oct 15, 2020

    Kirsty Williams, Lib Dem Member of Senedd and Education Minister in the Welsh coalition Government writes:

    I am pleased to announce today that in Wales we have secured free school meal provision for all school holidays until at least Easter 2021.

    The coronavirus pandemic has presented countless challenges this year, but with the Welsh Government now guaranteeing £11 million for these provisions, we can help support those who look to school for more than just education.

  • Ed Davey MP, Lib Dem Leader
    Article: Oct 15, 2020

    People across the country have endured terrible hardships over the past six months. They've lost loved ones, lost livelihoods and been cut off from friends and family.

    We have made huge sacrifices and played by the Government's rules - we deserve to have confidence that these rules will work.

    Instead, our efforts are being squandered by the incompetence of Boris Johnson. His Test and Trace system is not fit for purpose, and scientific advice is being ignored.

  • Ed Davey MP, Lib Dem Leader
    Article: Sep 28, 2020

    Ed Davey shared his vision on how he plans to fight for a greener, fairer country as we move forward through the coronavirus pandemic. In his first keynote conference speech as Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey's key themes were:

    On the government's failures over COVID-19

    Opening his speech with the challenges facing our country right now, Ed slammed the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying:

  • NHS Heroes
    Article: Sep 26, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has changed every single one of our lives.

    For our frontline workers, we need safety, support and fair pay now.

    You may have been furloughed from work, or lost your job, You may be one of millions of young people who navigated an online learning environment. You may be isolated from friends or family or have lost a loved one to COVID-19.