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Bury Liberal Democrats

  • Overflowing bins Prestwich
    Article: Apr 20, 2020

    Call for Litter Bins, Dog Bins and Tips to be re-opened

    Liberal Democrat councillors are calling on Bury Council to re-open street litter bins, including dog waste bins, and for Greater Manchester Waste to re-open the local tips.

    Prestwich Councillor Michael Powell said;
    "We're all getting loads of concerns from residents about an increase in litter and fly-tipping."

    "Other authorities across the UK are still providing these services. Manchester and Oldham's bins and dog waste bins are open. Wigan has now reopened its refuse facilities."

    These calls have come following a month of lockdown closures from the start of the Coronavirus Pandemic. There has been a noticeable spike in fly tipping across in many areas. .

    "All of us would want to ensure the safety of council staff, but hopefully a way can be found to do this which keeps both staff and members of the public safe.
    If it is good enough for Manchester and Wigan then it is good enough for Bury, stated Councillor Powell."

  • Article: Apr 20, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have launched calls for the Government to support their 'Frontline Support Package', a five-point plan to give frontline workers the support they need and the recognition they deserve as they get us through this appalling coronavirus crisis.

    The package, includes measures to scale up the procurement of PPE as well as a frontline service reward. This would recognise the risks our frontline workers are taking throughout this crisis, just as the Operational Allowance does for Armed Forces personnel deployed to dangerous areas.

    Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

    "The fight against coronavirus is seeing several million key workers risking their lives to protect others. NHS and care staff are truly on the frontline in this national struggle - putting themselves in danger and working long shifts.

    "In our hospitals, care homes, hospices and in the wider health and care sector, an army of workers are protecting us. Liberal Democrats believe the Government must support these coronavirus heroes properly."The top priority for frontline staff is protection. We should never ask our military to risk their lives without the proper kit, and we shouldn't be leaving health and care workers without sufficient protective kit either. It is simply unacceptable that so many key workers do not have the equipment they need to protect them from coronavirus in the line of duty. The Government must do far more.

  • 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."

    ENDS.

    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.