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  • Caroline Voaden with Vince Cable
    Article: Apr 9, 2018

    I was disappointed, but not surprised, to see that Sarah Wollaston MP voted together with all MPs from her party to ensure that more than 1 million children will be denied free school meals when they come under Universal Credit.

    As a former GP Ms Wollaston must know the value to children of good nutrition and must surely understand the evidence that shows children learn more effectively and perform better at school when they've had a decent meal.

  • Stressed about debt
    Article: Mar 22, 2018

    Care leavers in Torbay are set to benefit from a change in the council tax system from this April. Following a motion at Council in February 2017 the local authority agreed to exempt them from council tax for the first few years of their lives.

    The Paignton Liberal Democrat councillor Ian Doggett, who proposed the original motion, said: "There are approximately 200 care leavers in Torbay at present. By adopting this motion, Torbay will give these vulnerable young people a better start into adulthood and protect these and future leavers from debt charges, especially council tax.

  • Lib Dems celebrate plastic free Torbay
    Article: Mar 7, 2018

    Many people in Torbay and across the UK were moved by the recent 'Blue Planet' programme which highlighted how single use plastics are blighting the UK's seas, beaches and marine life. This in turn affects people as the plastic can end up in the food we eat.

    In 2016 the Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimated that by weight there could be more plastic than fish in our seas.

  • Burning note
    Article: Mar 1, 2018

    The Conservative-controlled South Hams District Council has, over the past 18 months, wasted £250,000 on failed projects.

    • They tried, and failed, to set up a 'local authority controlled company', which would have privatised all council services.
    • They sank SHDC Council Tax money into plans for a "K2" Kingsbridge Quayside Development, and only afterwards asked Kingsbridge Town Council to come on board, only to discover their plans did not have community support!
    • They wasted money, and time, planning to buy a commercial property portfolio that would have used up to £80 million of borrowed money - at council taxpayers' risk.
    • They hired external consultants as part of the proposal to push through the merger with West Devon Borough Council, only for West Devon to throw out the plan.
  • Heath's Nursery Car Park
    Article: Feb 23, 2018

    Conservative councillors on SHDC have voted to increase car parking charges again.

    Your Lib Dem councillors opposed the move and called for a cut in car parking charges by 10%, with a target to reduce charges by 50% by 2022/23.

    These cuts were fully costed - the income shortfall would be covered by the Economic Regeneration Projects reserve.

  • Money / banknotes (pounds sterling) in hand
    Article: Feb 23, 2018

    At the 2018 budget meeting of South Hams District Council, the controlling Conservative group

    • Voted to increase Council Tax
    • Voted to increase car parking charges
    • Voted to close public toilets
    • Refused to debate the option of increasing council tax on second homes
    • Dismissed all Lib Dem amendments, rejecting them with no debate.

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