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  • North Hertfordshire Liberal Democrat group photo
    Article: Feb 27, 2021

    Liberal Democrat plans for free school meals for vulnerable children, investment in roads and footways, action on flooding, tree planting and mental health support in schools have all been voted down by the Conservatives at Hertfordshire County Council.

    The Conservatives rejected a fully costed and deliverable plan from the opposition Liberal Democrats that would have delivered free school meals, for children in need, for the next year - while seeking government support for future years.

  • Lib Dem PCC Candidate Sam North
    Article: Feb 27, 2021

    Under plans released by Liberal Democrat Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate, Sam North, roads are to be made safer.

    "I have unveiled plans today for a coherent roads policing strategy that sets out the basis for how our roads can be made safer. After it was revealed that only 3% of Hertfordshire Police's budget is spent on policing our roads, it is no wonder that on average 78% of people see a traffic offence on a daily or weekly basis.

  • Free School Meals 1
    Article: Feb 26, 2021

    At the Hertfordshire County Council Budget Council Meeting on 23rd February, 2021, the Conservative Administration refused to support Liberal Democrat proposals to fund free school meals for 22,000 children during school holidays, once current funding runs out at the end of the Summer Half-Term. But the £3.5m cost of this could have come from a £5.5m Inequality Reserve created from council tax surpluses.

  • Lib Dem PCC Candidate Sam North
    Article: Feb 25, 2021

    Under plans released by Liberal Democrat Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate, Sam North, roads are to be made safer.

    "I have unveiled plans today for a coherent roads policing strategy that sets out the basis for how our roads can be made safer. After it was revealed that only 3% of Hertfordshire Police's budget is spent on policing our roads, it is no wonder that on average 78% of people see a traffic offence on a daily or weekly basis.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2021

    Liberal Democrat plans for free school meals for vulnerable children, investment in roads and footways, action on flooding, tree planting and mental health support in schools have all been voted down by the Conservatives at Hertfordshire County Council.

    The Conservatives rejected a fully costed and deliverable plan from the opposition Liberal Democrats that would have delivered free school meals, for children in need, for the next year - while seeking government support for future years.

  • Article: Feb 24, 2021
    Opposition Liberal Democrats have hit out at a massive cut that the Conservatives have voted through to highways schemes in the next year.

    The ruling Conservatives have cut 61 road improvement schemes across Herts and reduced the budget for such schemes by £2m in the next year and each of the following three years cutting £8m in total.

    Originally the Conservatives had agreed to spend an extra £37m up to 2025. They have now reduced this by £8m to £29m - a cut of 22%.

    County Councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst (Lib Dem Group Leader and Highways Spokesperson) said:

    "The Conservatives claim that our side roads have improved over recent years. There may have been some improvements but it was from a very low base. For residents living on the roads that have now been cut and for others waiting for their roads to be considered, the situation is far from satisfactory.
  • Housing Construction
    Article: Feb 21, 2021

    Why does the Housing Secretary think a zoning system from the Wild West will work in "England's green and pleasant land?" Or anywhere else in the UK come to mention it! And to make matters worse local planning authorities - in our case Dacorum Borough Council - appear to be completely in thrall to the Housing Secretary?

  • Flooding on Bullens Green Lane
    Article: Feb 21, 2021

    Hertfordshire County Council officers have today confirmed to Liberal Democrat county councillors that the Government has cut direct grant funding for the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), the body responsible for sorting out surface water flooding across the county.

    In Hertfordshire the role of Lead Local Flood Authority is filled by the County Council itself. A small team of professionals was set up within HCC 6 years ago with resources and funding to finance its activities. Since then funding has been continuously as the LLFA Grant. This has enabled the team to build up expertise and carried out minor improvements and small flood management works - though any large schemes would need specific grants to have them carried out.

  • Article: Feb 18, 2021

    Liberal Democrats in the East of England have called on the Government to reinstate the EnAble Fund for disabled candidates running for public office.

    With political campaigning made more difficult because of Covid-19, disabled candidates are unfairly disadvantaged. The current Conservative Government should fulfil the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, which states disabled people have the right to 'participate effectively and fully in political life on an equal basis with others.'

    Adam Robertson, Diversity Lead for East of England Liberal Democrats, said:

  • Article: Feb 15, 2021

    Dear David,

    As Police and Crime Commissioner you have overseen the police force in Hertfordshire for the past 8 years, holding the Chief Constable to account and ensuring the service is pursuing your strategic direction.

    It is very important to us that everybody, no matter who they are, receives an equal service and that officers are appropriately supported to do their jobs in the most effective way possible. You will be very aware of the Macpherson Review, which came following the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993, which produced a total of 70 recommendations for reform.