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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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  • Article: Oct 26, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has written the following article for Mumsnet, in response to comments made regarding his announcement on equalising paternity and maternity pay in the civil service.

    Nick announced this week that fathers in the civil service who choose to share parental leave with their partners will be entitled to the same paternity pay as mothers.

  • Article: Oct 25, 2014

    I am sure members will agree that Kent's community wardens provide a valuable service, preventing low level crime in local communities. In reducing warden numbers from 79 to 40 across the county as outlined in the public consultation, there is a real risk that the scheme will become inadequate, local crime will increase and long term viability of community wardens called into question.

  • Article: Oct 25, 2014

    With an apparently increasing likelihood of the Ebola virus eventually coming to the British Isles, would the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Public Health please advise what preparations KCC's Public Health team have already made or are making for the immediate containment of any case - or epidemic in Kent - should this sadly come to pass.

  • Article: Oct 25, 2014

    Given the persistent excess of demand for Specialist Children's Services, and of unit costs, over the level budgeted for in this financial year, will the Cabinet Member for Specialist Children's Services specify what action has been taken to reduce the forecast deficit in the budget for which he is responsible, and how he proposes to eliminate the deficit by the end of the financial year?

  • Article: Oct 25, 2014

    Most of us love Kent's green landscapes but as I travel along the roads in Maidstone and the surrounding countryside I have noticed that much of our greenery has become overly rampant. More and more roadside signs are obscured, some are completely hidden and footways are becoming impassable.

    In most cases residents, farmers and other landowners are responsible for cutting back hedgerows bordering their properties. However, it is Kent County Council that is responsible for safety on our roads.

  • Article: Oct 25, 2014

    Given the increasing number of residents of Kent falling into food poverty, as evidenced by those needing to make use of Foodbanks, will the Leader

    • undertake to make safeguarding of the budget for the Kent Support and Assistance Service a priority for 2015/16, in the case that Government does not continue its funding of this service; and
    • will he take steps to ensure that the County Council, as the strategic lead authority for Kent, uses its influence to help coordinate the response to the crisis by voluntary and statutory organisations?
  • Article: Oct 24, 2014

    EU leaders have made a historic decision to tackle climate change by agreeing on a new climate and energy deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.

    The deal includes also includes plans to boost the use of renewable energy to 27% in the total energy mix and increase energy efficiency to at least 27%.

  • Article: Oct 24, 2014

    GDP figures released today by the Office for National Statistics provide further evidence that our economic plan is working.

    The latest statistics show that in the three months to September the UK economy grew by 0.7%.

    Commenting, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said:

    "Our recovery is now well established and creating jobs in record numbers.

  • Brian Clark
    Article: Oct 24, 2014

    23rd October 2014

    Kent County Council is to formally write to the Prime Minister requesting that the voting age be lowered to 16, following a motion raised at Kent County Council today by Liberal Democrat Councillors Brian Clark (Maidstone South) and Rob Bird (Maidstone Central).

    Proposing, Cllr Clark stated, " Following the recent referendum for Scottish independence where 16 was the minimum voting age, I am bringing this motion to county to open the debate more widely on the right for individuals to vote at 16 (a move which would affect more than 1.5 million teenagers in the UK)."

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Today Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England, published his 5-year Forward Look setting out the challenges facing our health and care system in the coming years.

    It makes sobering reading. Simon Stevens sets out the huge scale of the financial challenge facing us in the years ahead as we continue to adapt to an ageing population, and increasing numbers of people living longer with multiple chronic conditions. We also need more investment to ensure that people with mental health problems can get the same standard of care and support as with physical health.

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