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Bury Liberal Democrats

  • Bury Town Hall
    Article: Jan 7, 2020

    Last night was the regular meeting of Bury's Strategic Commissioning Board, this is the relatively new body which brings together the Coucnil and NHS Bury to make joint decisions about health and care services. Opposition Group Leaders can attend but not vote. Councillor Tim Pickstone reports:

    Public Health Priorities in Bury:
    The Director of Public Health gave a report on the public health prioritis in Bury, based on the health needs of local people. These are identified as:

  • Gareth Lloyd Johnson HS
    Article: Dec 7, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats would use an ambitious £50 billion regional growth fund to invest in regional development projects, including in Bury, according to local candidate Gareth Lloyd-Johnson.

    The Liberal Democrats, who are fighting their campaign on a platform to Stop Brexit to build a brighter future, have earmarked £50 billion to reverse regional under-investment from the Conservatives.

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Bury North said it is "vital our communities are not left at the back of the queue".

    This £50 billion ring-fenced by the party will go towards major, sustainable infrastructure projects, such as electrifying railways, increasing the availability of charging points for electric vehicles and improving broadband access.

    Gareth Lloyd-Johnson, Liberal Democrat candidate for Bury North said:

    "For far too long people have seen our area miss out on the investment it needs. Successive governments, be they red or blue, have failed to listen to local needs, neglected our public services and hung our community out to dry.

    "People deserve better. It is vital our that we are not left at the back of the queue.

    "That is why the Liberal Democrats are prioritising an ambitious £50 billion regional growth fund. If elected, I will fight tooth and nail to invest this money is invested in [INSERT PROJECT/AREA].

    "That is the brighter future our communities deserve, not the uncosted promises of the other parties."

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Ed Davey added:

    "Any form of Brexit, whether red or blue, will make Britain's economy weaker and people poorer.

    "Neither Labour or the Tories can square their spending promises today with the cost of Brexit. They are writing promises on cheques that will bounce.

    "In contrast, every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit, build a brighter future and invest billions into our vital public services."


    Notes to editors:

    The Liberal Democrats will:

  • Bury Town Hall
    Article: Dec 7, 2019

    Last month was the regular meeting of Bury Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Councillor Michael Powell reports back:

    Performance in schools
    Headteachers from a high-performing college, secondary school, nursery school and primary school academy trust gave presentations on how they've managed to establish and maintain high levels of attainment and process amongst their pupils. Amongst the points discussed were the importance of sharing 'best practice' between staff members, departments and also other schools, well as maintaining strong links with 'feeder schools' to ensure progress is maintained when children move up to Secondary school. Some of the headteachers also discussed the emphasis they've placed on staff wellbeing and development, including regular 'drop-ins' to offer support, as well as improving teaching and assessment through CPD (Continuing Professional Development).

    Ombudsman Report
    A report was presented summarising all the complaints dealt with over the past year by the LGO (Local Government Ombudsman) involving the Council's different service providers, such as highways, adult care services, housing and education services. The total number of complaints and enquiries received in 2018/19 was 67, up from 44 from the previous 12 month period. Only 6 of these complaints were upheld and the Council were found to comply with the recommendations of the Ombudsman in all of these cases.

    Finance Monitoring Report
    A finance report for the last quart period (April-August 2019) was also presented. Four themed Budget Recovery Boards have also been established to oversee the implementation of savings plans, to develop further pipeline schemes, to monitor additional pressures arising in year, and to identify mitigations. The Council is currently projecting to overspend by £0.467m, which represents approximately 0.34% of the total net budget of £138.862m.

    Papers for the meeting are here.

  • Nurses
    Article: Nov 28, 2019

    The latest figures on NHS vacancies reveal that there was 5362vacancies for nurses in the NHS in the North West region in July to September 2019. This means that 9.9% of posts were unfilled, showing the NHS staff shortage crisis to get worse.

    The Conservatives have presided over a staffing crisis in our health service, failing to adequately ensure the NHS has the workforce it needs to care for our loved ones.

    Even worse, Boris Johnson's pledge for 50,000 new nurses isn't even true. What is true is the Conservative's manifesto commitment to introduce a nurse tax for EU workers.

    Over 11,600 NHS staff from the EU have left the health service in the three years since the Brexit vote, including 4,783 nurses. The Conservatives are only going to discourage more nurses from coming to work in the UK with their manifesto pledges.

  • Bury Town Hall
    Article: Nov 21, 2019

    Earlier this month was the Nmonthly meeting of Bury's Planning Control Committee. This is the meeting made up of the 11 Councillors. The committee determines planning applications for certain major developments and others where objections have been received. Councillor Cristina Tegoloreports:

    Prior to the Committee meeting, a site visit took place in respect of planning application 63992 and 64437.