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  • Indignant Cat (Alex Chambers, Unsplash)
    Article: Nov 27, 2020
    The Housing Targets Imposed by the Government, or The Mysterious Case of the Missing Cap (Easy Read Version).
    The Office of National Statistics is charged with estimating all sorts of things, but among them the demand in the community for more houses. Everyone knows we should be building new houses. The government thinks we should build 300,000 a year in the UK. They put that in their manifesto and they were re-elected in December 2019 with a large majority.
  • Article: Nov 25, 2020

    Funding for school children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) will need to be cut if
    the Government fails to address a multi-million-pound gap in funding for the most vulnerable, warns
    Daisy Cooper, the MP for St Albans.


    In her own county, according to figures supplied by Hertfordshire Schools Forum, the deficit is forecast to rise to
    £11 million in 2022-3 and to £19.8 million in 2023-4 for children with 'High Needs'.

  • South Lakes MP Tim Farron has backed the '20's Plenty for Kendal' campaign, an initiative to pressure local authorities into designating major areas of the town as 20 mile per hour zones.
    Article: Nov 20, 2020

    Herts County Council's Highways Panel has voted in favour of a new speed management strategy that will make it harder to introduce new 20mph speed limits.

    At the moment, to introduce a 20mph limit without humps or similar traffic calming, the existing speeds must be 25mph or below in at least 90% of the roads covered. The new strategy changes this to require existing speeds below 24mph in every single road. It also introduces a policy of removing new 20mph limits if speeds remain too high after they have been installed for a year.

  • Child enjoying a free school meal
    Article: Nov 18, 2020

    An Extraordinary meeting of Herts County Council held this morning (Tuesday 17th November) agreed to provide support to vulnerable families and children receiving free school meals through the school holidays up to the end of the Summer half-term next year. In so doing, the Council recognised the growing seriousness of child poverty in society.

  • Housing ()
    Article: Nov 15, 2020

    The Liberal Democrat Councillors on Dacorum Borough Council are protesting against imposed government housing demands for the Borough which they feel are excessive, especially in their impact on Berkhamsted and Tring.

    One of the DBC Councillors for Berkhamsted East, Nigel Taylor, writes as follows:

    "The way the planning system operates is complex. The Central Government now sets targets for where it wants houses built. Then local Councils are, in effect, forced to produce a local plan to deliver the Central Government target. Recently the Government has increased the target for Dacorum Council from roughly 430 new houses (set as recently as 2013) to 922 new houses per year.

  • Tackling Climate Change
    Article: Nov 12, 2020

    Whilst welcoming Herts County Council's announcement that it is finally making a start on addressing the climate emergency, Liberal Democrat County Councillors have condemned the Conservative Council's proposals in their "Sustainable Hertfordshire Action Plan" as unlikely to meet the council's target of zero carbon emissions by 2030.

  • Wendy Chamberlain MP
    Article: Nov 10, 2020

    Wendy Chamberlain, Liberal Democrat MP for North East Fife.
    Chief Whip and Spokesperson for Scotland, Wales and Work & Pensions

    Originally from Greenock, Wendy has lived in Fife since 2003 with her husband and two children.

    Following her degree in English from Edinburgh University, Wendy joined Lothian and Borders Police in 1999, serving for 12 years as a Police Officer. After a period in a variety of operational policing roles, she moved into HR and Learning and Development, during which time she worked for the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland and in the Business Management Unit of the Scottish Police College. During this period she also worked part-time as a Communications Lecturer for the then Lauder College (now Fife College) in Dunfermline.

  • Small Business Grants
    Article: Nov 9, 2020

    Like other district and borough councils across the UK, Three Rivers District Council has been allocating government grants to local businesses to help cope with economic shock of the Covid-19 crisis.


    Cllr Roger Seabourne who represents the Penn & Mill End Ward commented, ''We value our small businesses who contribute to our economy and community. The last few months have been very challenging and we will keep trying to help local businesses, I am pleased that the Council was able to help so many businesses to cope and hopefully bounce back''.

    By the end of the Summer, Three Rivers District Council had successfully allocated £11.44m to 820 businesses in the form of government grants to help cope with economic shock of the Covid-19 crisis.

    Cllr Dom Sokalski, the Three Rivers District Councillor for Dickensons Ward added, ''Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local communities, providing not only jobs but also goods and services to residents right where they live."

  • Article: Oct 26, 2020

    Opposition Liberal Democrat councillors on Hertfordshire County Council have called on the Conservative Council to follow the lead of other councils to step in and assist in providing free school meals to those in need during half term and school holidays up to at least the Easter holidays in 2021.

    Last Tuesday at a Full Council meeting of Herts County Council, the Conservative majority rejected a Lib Dem motion calling on the government to support Marcus Rashford's appeal.

    Following the government's refusal late last week to support Marcus's proposal, the Liberal Democrats are now calling on the Conservative-run council to follow the lead of other councils, including Conservative-run authorities such as Essex, Staffordshire and Kensington and Chelsea, to step in and meet this need. With the second wave of the Pandemic now hitting, and with the dramatic rise in the number of families in need, they are calling on Herts County Council to set up a system, which may be providing actual meals or vouchers, as they did last Summer, for all children receiving free school meals. This should continue to operate through school holidays until at least Easter 2021.

    Education spokesperson Mark Watkin has already called on the Conservative cabinet member for Education at County Hall, Terry Douris, to agree to this and sent him an open letter to which he has not yet had a reply.

    To keep up the pressure, the opposition Lib Dem councillors have now written to the Council's Chief Legal Officer calling for an Extraordinary Meeting of the County Council to agree to their proposal.

    Opposition leader Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst said, "We do not take this step lightly. This will be the first time an Extraordinary Meeting has been called by the opposition in over 10 years but it is essential that the County, as the education authority, steps up to the mark if the government will not. I hope that the Conservatives will act now and not wait until the meeting, but if not, we will force a debate to vote that the county should step in.

    Frankly it's a disgrace that in this day and age children from the least well off in our society, through no fault of their own, and many with unemployed parents due to the pandemic, could go hungry during school holidays. The Government which found hundreds of millions of pounds for 'Eat out to Help out' now refuses to find money for our children in need. If the government will not find the money then Herts County Council with millions in reserves must step in. It must act and follow the lead that other Conservative-run Councils have taken. The County may have missed the boat for this half term but there are other school holidays coming up and it must act now. It must not be a Christmas Scrooge"

    I and my colleagues want to thank the amazing community groups and businesses, themselves under pressure, who have already stepped into the void created by the Government, but the County Council is best able to co-ordinate the approach that will ensure that every child in need receives the help they deserve and that no child goes hungry." said Cllr Mark Watkin. Opposition Education Spokesperson.

    St Albans Lib Dem MP, Daisy Cooper has added her support to the campaign. "Half term has started and many parents don't know where they will find the £30-40 at least they will need to feed their children this week, let alone how they will feed their kids at Christmas. No-one is denying that there are big financial demands on the Government but the public simply cannot understand why the Conservative Government is drawing the red line at hungry children.

  • Money
    Article: Oct 22, 2020
    Conservative run Herts County Council has wasted £119,000 of council tax payers' money on investigating a failed bid to turn it into a mega
    super council abolishing the 10 district and borough councils.

    Following questions raised by Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst, it was revealed that Hertfordshire County Council spent £119,000 in the last year to explore local government reform in the county.