Vince Cable's Plan for a Better Britain

Vince Cable has set out the direction he wants to lead the country, in his first conference speech as party leader.   An Exit from Brexit, a return to Economic Stability, and an increase in Intergenerational Fairness.

“Anyone who doubts the relevance of the Liberal Democrats should reflect on the three great disasters perpetrated by the two main parties in recent years: the war in Iraq; the banking crisis; now Brexit.”  said Vince Cable as he opened his key note speech. 

"At the end of these tortuous divorce negotiations, the British public must be given a vote on the outcome. Let me be clear about this. This is not a call for a re-run. This is not a call for a second referendum on Brexit. This is a call for a first referendum on the facts.  When we know what Brexit means, the people should get the choice: the government deal or an ‘exit from Brexit’."

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Vince Cable calls for "renaissance of manufacturing" in Midlands

Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable has called for a "renaissance of manufacturing" and a massive injection of infrastructure investment in the Midlands, in a speech today at his party's Autumn conference.

The former Business Secretary will warn that the UK economy remains overly reliant on property markets and banks in London and the South East.

He will then set out policies to tackle regional inequality and rebalance the economy, including a "massive injection" of investment in railways, broadband and housing.

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Next bin collection in Harborne

The next bin collection in Harborne will be on Tuesday and Wednesday 12th and 13th September.

With the resumption of strike action, Harborne is not currently scheduled to have a household refuse collection this week.

The strike has resumed following staggering mismanagement by the Council's Labour leadership. They U turned on their plans for the refuse collection service, to get the Union to suspend the strike. But they now admit the Council couldn't afford to make this concession, so they were forced to U turn again and withdraw it, leading to the resumption of the strike yesterday.

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Labour's £10 million white elephant

The next time Labour tells you there's no money, show them this.  They're spending £10 million pounds redeveloping Centenary Square.  We reported in December that it was a missed opportunity and that the money could be better spent.

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Failed bin plan is the cause of binmen strike over job losses

Birmingham’s Refuse collectors have voted to strike over planned job losses. The job losses come as the Labour run council is desperately trying to cut costs. Their introduction of wheelie bins cost way more than Labour predicted. Plus the running cost of switching to wheelie bins has cost the council more per year.

Labour spent over £60 million on wheelie bins, new lorries and tablet computers for bin crews. The scheme has failed. Our streets are still dirty, refuse collections are still missed and recycling rates have fallen.

To fix these problems, a Lib Dem led council would bring back green waste collections and introduce food waste collections for composting, which would increase recycling. We would bring back one bulky rubbish collection per household per year to reduce fly tipping and the cost of cleaning it up. And we would reverse cuts to street cleaning.  We would not be afraid of taking any hard decisions needed to sort out our refuse collection service.


Lib Dems will invest £125m to protect school funding in Birmingham

The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest £124.9 million more in schools and colleges in Birmingham over the next parliament.

The funding for Birmingham would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements.

£16 million of the funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children.

Liberal Democrat spokesperson Colin Green said:
 
"Children in Birmingham are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers - but Theresa May doesn't seem to care.  Under the Conservatives, funding per pupil is set to see the biggest cuts in a generation, while billions of pounds are being spent on divisive plans to expand grammars and free schools.

"This extra £125 million of funding would ensure no school and no child loses out.  We will reverse crippling Conservative cuts to school budgets and invest to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed."

Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

"A landslide for the Conservatives would allow Theresa May to take parents across the country for granted and cut our schools to the bone.

"Only the Liberal Democrats can provide the strong opposition Britain needs to stand up for Birmingham.

"Vote for the Liberal Democrats and you can change Britain’s future."


Lib Dems to invest £7bn in schools

The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest nearly £7bn more in schools and colleges over the next parliament.  The funding would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from the National Funding Formula.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Sarah Olney said:

"Children are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers - but Theresa May doesn't care.

"While funding per pupil is set to see the biggest cuts in a generation, billions of pounds are being spent on divisive plans to expand grammars and free schools.

"This extra £7 billion of funding would ensure no school and no child loses out.  We will reverse crippling Conservative cuts to school budgets and invest to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed."

Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

"A landslide for the Conservatives would allow Theresa May to take parents across the country for granted and cut our schools to the bone.  Only the Liberal Democrats can provide the strong opposition Britain needs to stand up for your community.

"Vote for the Liberal Democrats and you can change Britain’s future."

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Lib Dems will protect the Pensions Tripple Lock

14,700 pensioners living in Edgbaston will receive at least an extra £772 per year under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans to protect the 'triple lock' for state pensions.

The triple lock guarantee was introduced by the Liberal Democrats when they were in government.  Thanks to this, the basic state pension has risen in each year by whichever is the higher of earnings, prices or a rate of 2.5%. However, the Conservatives have refused to guarantee whether the triple lock will continue, raising fears it could be scrapped.

The Liberal Democrats have committed today to keeping the triple lock, meaning the state pension would be worth at least £137.15 a week by 2021, up from £122.30 in 2017, or an extra £772 a year.

This would be paid for in part by restricting perks such as the winter fuel allowance so they are no longer paid to the wealthiest pensioners.  In this way, the least well off pensioners will be protected by reducing tax free perks for the most well off.

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Lib Dems penny for NHS would raise £130m extra for Birmingham

The Liberal Democrats have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in their first major manifesto commitment of the election campaign.

The tax would raise an additional £130 million for Birmingham, with £90 million for the NHS and £38.8 million for social care each year. 
 
This is the party’s flagship spending commitment and its first major policy announcement for the election. The Liberal Democrats manifesto will also set out a ‘five-point recovery plan’ for NHS and social care services in their manifesto.

At least 70% of Brits would happily pay an extra 1p in every pound if that money was guaranteed to go to the NHS, an ITV poll found last October.

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Lib Dems to give more money for the NHS and Social Care

The NHS is under funded and over stretched.  The Liberal Democrats will always fight to ensure our health and care system can carry on delivering for future generations. But to do that, we know we must recognise and address the critical funding and capacity challenges these services face.

We know we need additional investment in health and care services as a matter of urgency.  We have set up our own panel of leading experts who will produce recommendations on improving health and care funding later in the year.  Meanwhile, we will put 1p on income tax for the NHS.  This will raise an extra £4bn that the NHS desperately needs

Liberal Democrats are clear that our national healthcare system must provide high quality care to all – we need care for both mental and physical health.  We would also like to see health and care services delivered in a more integrated way.  It will empower people to take more control of their care through personal budgets.  And it will allow people to choose services to fit their individual needs.

A Lib Dem led government will:


-    put a penny on income tax to fund the NHS
-    pool health and social care budgets, tailoring care to individualpatients and reduce inefficiencies.
-    establish a mental health fund worth £50m per year by 2020


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