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Lib Dems announce plans to address Bath's housing shortage

The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to address the housing shortage in Bath and build more affordable homes.

The latest figures show that 6,093 families in B&NES on a waiting list for council homes, up from 5,662 the previous year.


Lib Dems announce £1bn of funding to transform mental health care

The Liberal Democrats have today announced that £1 billion of the party's additional health funding would be spent tackling the "historic injustice" faced by people with mental ill health.

Last weekend, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron and Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb unveiled a Five Point NHS and Care Recovery Plan to increase funding for health and social care services, including a penny on income tax to provide a £6 billion funding boost.

Today the Liberal Democrats announced that £1 billion of this extra money would be ring-fenced as dedicated funding for mental health services.


£6bn extra a year for the NHS and care

Today, we've have announced our first election manifesto commitment; we will invest an extra £6bn a year in our NHS & Social Care system.

This new funding will be paid for through an immediate 1p rise on all rates of income tax.


Lib Dem membership in B&NES jumps 17% since election called

The Liberal Democrats in B&NES have seen a big surge in new members in just two weeks, with membership up 17% since the General Election was called.

It comes as the Liberal Democrats reach their highest ever membership nationally, with more than 102,000 members.

14,000 new members across the country have joined the Liberal Democrats in the two weeks since the General Election was announced and over 50,000 members have joined since last year’s EU referendum.


Wera Hobhouse: Best for Bath

Wera Hobhouse is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the City of Bath. 

Aged 57, Wera was born in Hanover, Germany and came to Britain in 1990 having met and married her English husband, William Hobhouse. They both cite the fall of the Berlin Wall, which they travelled to witness in November 1989, as a pivotal moment in their lives. 

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Government taken to court for sitting on pollution report

Liberal Democrats have reacted angrily to news that ministers are today defending in the High Court their decision not to release a crucial clean air plan for the UK to tackle illegal levels of air pollution.


At least 40 young people in Bath at risk of homelessness

At least 40 young people in Bath will be affected by the Conservative government’s decision to strip 18-21 year olds of housing benefit, putting them at risk of homelessness. This shock figure emerged from research by the House of Commons library commissioned by the Liberal Democrats.

In total 18,000 young people across the country expected to be affected. The Liberal Democrats have committed to reverse the cuts, which came into force at the beginning of this month.

 


Lib Dems: Biggest rise in food prices in 3 years from Brexit squeeze

Food prices saw the biggest increase for three years in the year to March, figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed.
Food and drink prices rose by 1.2% and overall consumer inflation remained at 2.3%. Meanwhile wage growth is expected to slow, leaving people worse off in real terms.

The figures come as British retailers suffer a third consecutive month of falling sales, with takings down 1% compared to March last year.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Susan Kramer commented:
 
"The Brexit squeeze of a falling pound and rising import costs is hitting families across Britain, with higher prices in the shops denting incomes and leaving us all poorer.

"This is deeply worrying news for our economy, which has been propped up by consumer spending.

"The Government must urgently act to reverse this growing squeeze on living standards.

"The best way to protect British consumers and businesses would be to change course on Brexit and fight to stay in the Single Market.

"If Theresa May chooses to plough ahead with a hard Brexit, our declining living standards will be on her watch and her head. You can't have a hard Brexit and a strong economy." 

Winning in Walcot

Liberal Democrat candidate Richard Samuel has been elected as the new Councillor for Walcot ward in Bath in yesterday's by-election (6 April). 


Vince Cable supports Stephen Williams to deliver a ‘prosperous and sustainable regional economy’

Sir Vince Cable has given his support to Stephen Williams as the Lib Dem West of England mayoral candidate today, saying that Williams's economic plans would lead to a “thriving, sustainable and attractive place to live and work”.