A housing shortage crisis and yet there are homes left empty in Peterborough.

574 homes across Peterborough classed as long-term empty.  Of which 10 homes have been sitting empty for ten years or more, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.    The figures, uncovered through Freedom of Information requests, show that there are 574 homes across Peterborough that have been empty for six months or more. Of these, 137 had been empty for two years or more, 44 for five years or more, and 10 have stood empty for at least ten years. Peterborough City Council  has failed to make effective use of Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMO), powers used by local authorities to take over properties that have been empty for at[…]

Wave of Vehicle Crime hits the city

There has been a recent upsurge in opportunist vehicle crime across the city, specifically south of the river. This time of year is the perfect storm of dark nights, cold weather and cars left with valuables in (some even with receipts conveniently in the bags). Police are stepping up patrols in housing estates and are asking residents to report any suspicious activity and any thefts either via the 101 call line or via the www.cambs.police.uk website. In conjunction with the police we have produced a few tips for reducing your risk, please circulate this information to your friends and neighbours. >>DOWNLOAD HERE<<

How much extra are you paying for Brown Bin collection ?

  The Garden Waste Service, aka Brown Bin Tax, has been offered for a while now. Some would say that it is fair that households that use the service should pay separately, but is it fair that the service is a flat fee regardless of the size of house. The effective increase to a Band A house is 5.1% in the Peterborough City Council element of the council tax bill, in comparison with a 1.7% on a Band H house. Check the table below to see how much more you are paying:  

Government spending on schools is set to drop for the first time since the 1990’s

The  Institute for Fiscal Studies say that schools funding has been well protected for the last two decades but this is set to drop by 6.5% in real terms over the course of this parliament. The National Governors’ Association said that the money being provided by Government simply isn’t enough to educate our children. “The Department for Education unfortunately doesn’t know how much it costs to educate a pupil whether it be a primary or secondary pupil,” Emma Knights, the association’s chief executive, on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. This is putting further strain on hard working teachers and in some cases is prompting them to leave the profession out[…]

Voters backing Liberal Democrats in best results since ’96

  The Liberal Democrats have just had their best year of Council by-elections in 20 years!   It ends a year of enormous growth for the Liberal Democrats, with fantastic by-election results, and tens of thousands of new members. People across the country are now voting to reject a politics of fear and division and instead voting for hard working Liberal Democrat Councillors who represent the united, open and tolerant Britain we live in. Not since 1996 when records began have the Liberal Democrats been getting better results. Then John Major was still the Prime Minister, the Spice Girls were heading to their first Christmas number 1 and even Baddiel[…]

Peterborough Liberal Democrats 100 Club

Win Prizes – Help Win Elections ! Fighting elections – and winning them – costs money. So too does the year round campaigning that we undertake in many parts of Peterborough. The good news is that raising money need not be hard work – and can even be profitable! The Peterborough Liberal Democrats 100 Club raises funds to pay for local Focus leaflets and election campaigns. You simply buy as many chances to win as you like and a draw takes place every month. ● Prizes every month – over £45.00 given out every month ● Cheap to Enter – each ticket to win costs just £1 per month, ●[…]

Anti-Bullying Week – Get Involved!

This week schools, colleges, parents, carers, children and young adults unite to say a big ‘NO’ to bullying. Of course it’s important to tackle bullying all year round! But this week is a special chance to draw everyone’s attention to bullying. So we can take individual and collective efforts to make sure children have safe places where they can thrive. The Anti-Bullying Alliance’s website is http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/and you can find, activities, check sheets and ways to support our community and strengthen it against bullying. This year Anti-Bullying Week is particularly focused on ‘Power For Good’. Helping children understand how powerful they are and encouraging us all to use our ‘Power For[…]

Nick Clegg appointed party’s European Union spokesperson

Nick Clegg, has returned to the frontbench to speak on Brexit, knows what he is talking about as a former EU trade negotiator and European Commission official. He has assembled a team of experts and will publish a series of 12 “Brexit Challenge” papers posing the key questions the Government must answer. Clegg wants an informed public debate, and is rightly worried that the key decisions might otherwise depend on “who shouts loudest on the Tory backbenches”. Clegg is not trying to overturn the referendum decision. But he believes Parliament must play a big role in shaping the terms on which we leave the EU, because people did not vote on[…]

A letter from Tim Farron following the news of Jo Cox’s tragic death

This morning with my kids all I could think about was the family who’ve woken up with their lives changed forever. Yesterday a mum, who left home to do her job to serve her constituents, was cruelly and brutally taken from them. Her husband and their children are in my thoughts and prayers. When something terrible happens, I feel it. I am not one of those who shies away from emotion. And I, like so many others, am really feeling it today. In Orlando, when all those people were massacred for simply being themselves, the hurt was overwhelming. And here in Britain, we have seen terror on our streets and[…]

Tim Farron on the Queen’s Speech

A  Liberal Democrat Queen’s Speech for the Next Generation. The future is full of opportunity, as technology changes the way we work and live. There are also huge challenges. Creating an education system that enables the next generation to reach their full potential. Adapting our changing economy. Tackling climate change. Liberal Democrats are the party of optimism, eager to improve the lives of our children and grandchildren and to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to succeed. We believe that a responsible Government should be delivering on challenges yet to come, not just dodging tomorrow’s headlines or reliving the battles of the past. That is why our Queen’s Speech is one[…]