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  • Article: Dec 16, 2020

    The Conservatives' 'uninspired' proposals in the County's newly adopted 'Sustainable Hertfordshire Action Plan' have been slammed by the Liberal Democrats after the Conservatives rejected their immediate 10 point action plan

    As a result, it is claimed the county is unlikely to meet the council's target of zero carbon emissions by 2030.

    Lib Dem County councillor Steve Jarvis, who proposed a 10 point set of proposals to cut carbon emissions said: "We need bold and immediate steps not woolly words. We have an immediate plan to tackle the problems if we take control of the County Council in May"

    Amongst the proposals rejected by the Conservatives were:

  • Article: Dec 16, 2020
    Yesterday, at the Hertfordshire County Council Meeting, Tory councillors put support for the Conservative Government ahead of the needs either of unpaid Carers, or of our Care Workforce.
    A LibDem motion asked the Council to call upon the Government to increase Carers' Allowance by £1,000 per year (£20 per week) and to honour its Queen's Speech commitment to establish a single watchdog to enforce employee's rights. Labour supported the motion but the Conservatives voted to deny an appeal to Government to support carers, whether paid or unpaid.
  • Daisy
    Article: Dec 6, 2020

    A cross-carty campaign led by the Liberal Democrat MP, Daisy Cooper, has secured Christmas contacts for care home residents and their families.

    Families of care home residents can look forward to giving their loved-ones a big hug this Christmas following the success of a cross-party campaign led by Daisy Cooper, the MP for St Albans.

    Forty MPs from across the political spectrum had signed a joint letter to health secretary Matt Hancock deploring the lack
    of contact permitted by families with relatives in care homes during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The MPs complained of a lack of guidelines to protect loved-ones from dying from loneliness and isolation, and they called
    on the Government to introduce measures to relieve the distress caused to families.

    Now, as part of the Covid-19 Winter Plan1 the Government has committed to bring "an end to the pain of separation" by
    providing twice-weekly visitor testing to enable care home residents to have regular visits from up to two people.

    Daisy Cooper MP commented:

    "This announcement will have come as a huge relief to so many families - it's a sign that the Government is finally
    listening to the horror and heartbreak experienced by so many family carers. Extending testing to family carers is a great
    step forward, but the Government must go further in making sure that care homes have everything they need to allow
    family carers to visit safely."

    Previously, during a debate in the House of Commons, Daisy spoke of the heartbreak she'd experienced listening to
    constituents who described the fear and isolation they knew their loved-ones were experiencing, including Steph Sykes,
    one of five children who before the pandemic had spent hours holding hands with their mother and providing essential
    close-contact care.

    Following the Government announcement, Steph Sykes said: "I am immensely grateful to Daisy for the time she's given me and the active and influential part she's played in supporting the Rights for Residents Campaign, which is campaigning, along with many other organisations, such as Age UK, the National Care Forum and the Alzheimer's Society, to bring an end to the isolation of care residents from their families.

    "This has had a catastrophic, life-reducing impact on their physical and mental health - the most vulnerable in society have been failed by this Government.

    "Now, in response to this campaign, the Government has at last made a positive step - but further action is needed.

    "First, care providers must be indemnified against the possibility of being sued if the virus were to be introduced into a care home by a visitor, as the NHS is. Second, the Government must take responsibility and issue clear, unequivocal guidance which puts an end to the current postcode and individual care home lottery.

    "Family members must now be allowed to spend quality time with their loved ones, to hug and hold their hands. The tragedy is that for many it is now too late."

  • Tackling Climate Change
    Article: Dec 6, 2020

    "Hertfordshire County Council's Sustainability Action Plan doesn't actually contain enough action on tackling the Climate Emergency," claims the County's Liberal Democrat Group.

    Whilst welcoming Herts County Council's announcement that it is finally making a start on addressing the climate emergency, Liberal Democrat County Councillors have nevertheless condemned the Conservative Council Leaders' proposals in their Sustainable Hertfordshire Action Plan. They say that these proposals lack ambition and are most unlikely to meet the council's target of zero carbon emissions by 2030.

  • Raffle Tickets
    Article: Nov 30, 2020

    Can you help the West Herts Liberal Democrats get the Resources they need to carry on their political and community activity and their local and national campaigning?

    Help the Liberal Democrats Build Back Better, locally, nationally - and internationally. (We're not turning our backs on overseas aid and development like the Tories!)

    And a very simple way to help would be to buy some tickets in their Christmas Raffle.

  • 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.