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£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”.


Lib Dems issue challenge on Metro Mayor costs and transparency

Lib Dem Councillors in B&NES have called for the new West of England combined authority to prioritise financial responsibility and democratic accountability.

In a motion to Council, which was approved by all those voting in Bath this evening, Councillors called for the new Mayor of the West of England and the Leaders of the three Councils to minimise the running costs of the new Authority and to maximise transparency.


Support for EU Nationals' Right to Remain

Local Councillors in B&NES have added their voices to calls for the government to resolve the situation of EU nationals in the UK as soon as possible. There are over 6,000 residents from other EU countries in the district and around 3 million in the UK as a whole.

Councillors debated a motion on the issue at this evening’s meeting of full Council, which called for the government to prioritise reaching an agreement on EU nationals’ rights in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations. The motion was approved by Councillors from all political groups. The motion was adopted by all Councillors, bar one abstention.