Labour in Kirklees - Massive Rise in Burial Fees

Labour Councillors in Kirklees are planning on massive rises in burial fees from November 1 this year.

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There has been a huge amount of criticism to the plans and Labour have said they will "pause" for a consultation. No doubt they will wait until after the Batley East by-election on October 26th to make their decision.

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Inequality is threatening our future - Cable

Vince Cable will today (Wednesday) make a major speech warning of the dangers of inequality arguing that if the problems we face today are not addressed then our country risks tearing itself apart.

Speaking to the Resolution Foundation he will warn that "growing inequality is linked to poor economic performance, greater economic instability, more social tension, insecurity and unhappiness."  He will also argue that generational inequality is increasingly proving as much of a challenge as class-based inequality.  He will warn that "a serious review is needed of the set of taxes which are there to mitigate the sharp, jarring difference brought about by asset inflation and unearned income.  We must tax wealth effectively."


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PM told to force councils to build more homes



Backbench Conservatives are putting Theresa May under pressure to approve DCLG proposals aimed at forcing councils to build more homes to tackle Britain’s housing crisis. The department has confirmed that it will publish details by the end of this month of how local authorities should assess the need for housing. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid is particularly keen to kick-start redevelopment in areas where prices are rising fastest, although some MPs and councillors are concerned about over-development. In a white paper published in February, the DCLG said: “Some local authorities can duck potentially difficult decisions, because they are free to come up with their own methodology for calculating ‘objectively assessed need’. So, we are going to consult on a new standard methodology for calculating ‘objectively assessed need’, and encourage councils to plan on this basis.”

The full story is available from The Guardian

LIB DEMS to give £770 boost to 75,150 pensioners in Kirklees

75,50 pensioners living in Kirklees will receive at least an extra £772 per year under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans to protect the 'triple lock' for state pensions.

Kirklees has a high number of people receiving state pensions, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics.

Thanks to the triple lock guarantee, secured by the Liberal Democrats when they were in government, 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.


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Lib Dems announce additional funding for mental health in Calderdale

The Liberal Democrats have today announced that they will add another £1 billion for mental ill health care through putting a penny on income tax. This could equate to approximately £32 million of the party's additional health funding would be spent in Calderdale 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.


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Lib Dems will invest £55M in Kirklees school funding

The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest £55,794,425 more in schools and colleges in Kirklees over the next parliament.

The funding for Kirklees 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.

Cahal Burke outside Colne Valley High School


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Lib Dem membership surge

The Liberal Democrats in Colne Valley have seen a surge in new members over the past two weeks, with membership up 25 % since the general election was called.

It comes as the Liberal Democrats reach their highest ever membership nationally, with over 101,768 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.

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Clegg speech: UK consumers facing a £500 Brexit squeeze in 2017

Liberal Democrat European Union Spokesperson Nick Clegg will today addressed the ‘Brexit Squeeze’ and its impact on consumers in his first major speech of the General Election campaign.

The former Deputy Prime Minister will criticise Theresa May for her pursuit of a hard Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn for his inept opposition.

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Farron: May has "betrayed the national interest"

Responding to Theresa May's comments calling on people to vote "in the national interest" and claiming EU countries are lining up to oppose Britain over Brexit, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

“Theresa May has betrayed the national interest by opting for a disastrous hard Brexit that will wreck our economy.

Tim Farron

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Cllr Burke runs streets of London for charity

Local Liberal Democrat councillor, Cahal Burke, successfully completed the London Marathon recently in aid of Arthritis Research UK. 

Cahal Burke completes London Marathon

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