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  • Jeremy, Declan and Rebecca at bus station
    Article: Nov 9, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats are developing a set of radical policies to reverse the Conservatives' Vanishing Council and kick-start the regeneration of Gloucester.

    Underpinning this will be the pledge to relocate the city council offices from the Docks to the King's Quarter.

    They also want to see a new civil justice centre built there as part of the project.

  • Rebecca Trimnell
    Article: Oct 30, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for a new People's Budget to heal the divided country - as it becomes clear there will not be a "Brexit dividend".

    Under the party's proposals there would be a three-step Budget plan, which involves stopping Brexit, fairer taxes and funding public services.

    Chancellor Philip Hammond may have claimed that "the era of austerity is coming to an end" but austerity cannot be ended without difficult decisions involving an increase in taxation, according to Gloucester Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate Dr Rebecca Trimnell.

  • Rebecca Trimnell
    Article: Oct 17, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats have once again called on Conservative MP Richard Graham to apologise over his flippant use of the term "foreigners".

    The Gloucester MP was speaking in the House of Commons on Monday during a debate on Universal Credit when he referred to the "quite high number of foreigners claiming food bank vouchers".

  • Jeremy Hilton and housing
    Article: Sep 20, 2018
    There are calls for Gloucester to get its fair share of a £2 billion Government fund to build more social housing.

    Prime Minister Theresa May announced that housing associations can bid for a share of the funding, which runs from 2022 until 2028/29.

    Now Gloucester Liberal Democrats are demanding that council bosses make sure the city gets its fair share of the funding - after it missed out on previous Government housing cash.

    Only last month it emerged Gloucester did not get a penny of a previous £2 billion social housing allocation, which was announced at last year's Conservative Party conference.

    The money was targeted to areas where there was a large discrepancy between the cost of renting in the open market and that offered in the social rented sector.

    If, like Gloucester, the gap is under £50 a week, local authorities get nothing.

    "At the beginning of 2017 there were 3,846 families in Gloucester on the housing waiting list," Councillor Jeremy Hilton, leader of Gloucester Lib Dems, said.

    "It means that many families in Gloucester will never get the chance of a home to call their own.

    "We need to build many new homes with secured social tenancies and it is absolutely vital that Gloucester gets a fair share of this new funding."

    Councillor David Brown, Liberal Democrat housing spokesman at Gloucester City Council, said: "I shall be asking questions of Councillor Colin Organ, the cabinet member for planning and housing strategy, about this cash at the next meeting of city council.

    "I will be seeking reassurances that Gloucester will not be missing out like last time.

    "There are too many people in Gloucester who will never ever be able to call a house a home. People should not have to live in fear of receiving a couple of months' notice to vacate a property."

    During her speech to the National Housing Federation, the prime minister said people who live in council houses should be made to feel proud of their homes.

    Councillor Hilton added: "I welcome the language the Prime Minister used about residents who live in social housing.

    "The Prime Minister is right they are not 'second-rate citizens' and should not feel marginalised or overlooked.

    "But it should also be remembered that it was Margaret Thatcher who introduced the right to buy policy in the 1980s which saw thousands of local authority homes sold off and not replaced."

    A Lib Dem Government would end the voluntary right to buy pilots that sell off housing association homes and the associated high value asset levy.

    They would also lift the borrowing cap on local authorities and increase the borrowing capacity of housing associations so that they can build council and social housing.
  • Jeremy Hilton - recycling boxes
    Article: Sep 5, 2018
    Liberal Democrat councillors have questioned Gloucestershire County Council's decision to close its household recycling centres one day a week.
    The Conservative-run county council has announced from the end of October changes to the opening hours of the five household recycling centres it owns.
    These are Fosse Cross near Cirencester, Hempsted in Gloucester, Wingmoor Farm at Bishops Cleeve, Pyke Quarry near Horsley and Oak Quarry near Coleford. They currently open at 9am and close at 6.15pm 12 months a year.
  • Jeremy Hilton & Rebecca Trimnell with team at Gloucester Day 2018
    Article: Sep 5, 2018

    Liberal Democrats in Gloucester will be taking their campaign to remain in the European Union to Gloucester Pride on Saturday when party members will be handing out cards encouraging everyone to support having a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal.
    This campaign will proceed a major debate at the county council when councillors will be encouraged to support a Lib Dem motion calling for a People's Vote on the Brexit deal.
  • Rebecca Trimnell
    Article: Aug 31, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats have published a comprehensive blueprint for replacing the broken business rates system, cutting taxes for businesses by 20% in Gloucester.

    Dr Rebecca Trimnell, the Lib Dem Parliamentary spokeswoman for Gloucester, said the plans would boost local investment and ensure businesses in the city thrive.

  • Article: Aug 30, 2018

    Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats are calling for a greater recognition and understanding of Type 1 Diabetes.

    Councillor Klara Sudbury has tabled a motion at a meeting of the councillors on September 12 calling for the county council to coordinate with Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, schools and independent academies to raise awareness of the distinction between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as well as the symptoms of the disease.

  • Jeremy Hilton & Declan Wilson outside the proposed much smaller public advice reception on Westgate Street
    Article: Jul 25, 2018

    Gloucester City Council should suspend its planned move of its offices to Shire Hall, say the Lib Dems. The current plan is for the city council to be based on the fifth floor at Shire Hall from 1st April 2019. Shire Hall is the headquarters of the county council.

    The Liberal Democrat group says the business planning behind the project is ill thought out and the office accommodation will be temporary, too small and the financial savings unsound.

  • Jeremy Hilton - recycling boxes
    Article: Jul 19, 2018

    Discussions about the failing Amey streetcare contract must be held in open session with the press and public present says Liberal Democrat group leader, Cllr. Jeremy Hilton.

    On Monday 23rd of July, the Audit and Governance Committee of Gloucester City Council will receive a report (agenda item 16) about the failing streetcare contract that it has with Amey PLC.