Birmingham’s Refuse collectors have voted to strike over planned job losses. The job losses come as the Labour run council is desperately trying to cut costs. Their introduction of wheelie bins cost way more than Labour predicted. Plus the running cost of switching to wheelie bins has cost the council more per year.
Labour spent over £60 million on wheelie bins, new lorries and tablet computers for bin crews. The scheme has failed. Our streets are still dirty, refuse collections are still missed and recycling rates have fallen.
To fix these problems, a Lib Dem led council would bring back green waste collections and introduce food waste collections for composting, which would increase recycling. We would bring back one bulky rubbish collection per household per year to reduce fly tipping and the cost of cleaning it up. And we would reverse cuts to street cleaning. We would not be afraid of taking any hard decisions needed to sort out our refuse collection service.
The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest £124.9 million more in schools and colleges in Birmingham over the next parliament.
The funding for Birmingham would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements.
£16 million of the funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children.
Liberal Democrat spokesperson Colin Green said:
"Children in Birmingham are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers - but Theresa May doesn't seem to care. Under the Conservatives, funding per pupil is set to see the biggest cuts in a generation, while billions of pounds are being spent on divisive plans to expand grammars and free schools.
"This extra £125 million of funding would ensure no school and no child loses out. We will reverse crippling Conservative cuts to school budgets and invest to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed."
Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:
"A landslide for the Conservatives would allow Theresa May to take parents across the country for granted and cut our schools to the bone.
"Only the Liberal Democrats can provide the strong opposition Britain needs to stand up for Birmingham.
"Vote for the Liberal Democrats and you can change Britain’s future."
The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest nearly £7bn more in schools and colleges over the next parliament. The funding would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from the National Funding Formula.
Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Sarah Olney said:
"Children are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers - but Theresa May doesn't care.
"While funding per pupil is set to see the biggest cuts in a generation, billions of pounds are being spent on divisive plans to expand grammars and free schools.
"This extra £7 billion of funding would ensure no school and no child loses out. We will reverse crippling Conservative cuts to school budgets and invest to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed."
Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:
"A landslide for the Conservatives would allow Theresa May to take parents across the country for granted and cut our schools to the bone. Only the Liberal Democrats can provide the strong opposition Britain needs to stand up for your community.
"Vote for the Liberal Democrats and you can change Britain’s future."
14,700 pensioners living in Edgbaston will receive at least an extra £772 per year under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans to protect the 'triple lock' for state pensions.
The triple lock guarantee was introduced by the Liberal Democrats when they were in government. Thanks to this, the basic state pension has risen in each year by whichever is the higher of earnings, prices or a rate of 2.5%. However, the Conservatives have refused to guarantee whether the triple lock will continue, raising fears it could be scrapped.
The Liberal Democrats have committed today to keeping the triple lock, meaning the state pension would be worth at least £137.15 a week by 2021, up from £122.30 in 2017, or an extra £772 a year.
This would be paid for in part by restricting perks such as the winter fuel allowance so they are no longer paid to the wealthiest pensioners. In this way, the least well off pensioners will be protected by reducing tax free perks for the most well off.
The Liberal Democrats have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in their first major manifesto commitment of the election campaign.
The tax would raise an additional £130 million for Birmingham, with £90 million for the NHS and £38.8 million for social care each year.
This is the party’s flagship spending commitment and its first major policy announcement for the election. The Liberal Democrats manifesto will also set out a ‘five-point recovery plan’ for NHS and social care services in their manifesto.
At least 70% of Brits would happily pay an extra 1p in every pound if that money was guaranteed to go to the NHS, an ITV poll found last October.
The NHS is under funded and over stretched. The Liberal Democrats will always fight to ensure our health and care system can carry on delivering for future generations. But to do that, we know we must recognise and address the critical funding and capacity challenges these services face.
We know we need additional investment in health and care services as a matter of urgency. We have set up our own panel of leading experts who will produce recommendations on improving health and care funding later in the year. Meanwhile, we will put 1p on income tax for the NHS. This will raise an extra £4bn that the NHS desperately needs.
Liberal Democrats are clear that our national healthcare system must provide high quality care to all – we need care for both mental and physical health. We would also like to see health and care services delivered in a more integrated way. It will empower people to take more control of their care through personal budgets. And it will allow people to choose services to fit their individual needs.
A Lib Dem led government will:
- put a penny on income tax to fund the NHS
- pool health and social care budgets, tailoring care to individualpatients and reduce inefficiencies.
- establish a mental health fund worth £50m per year by 2020
Theresa May has triggered a General Election for 8th June. Edgbaston's sitting MP, Gisela Stuart, has decided to not contest the seat again. So in a few weeks time, Edgbaston will choose a new MP.
This elecetion will be defined by Brexit. Theresa May's Conservatives are pushing for a damaging Hard Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn's Labour are just letting them do it. Only the Liberal Democrats have an unbroken record of supporting Britain's place in Europe.
Local Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Colin Green, has vowed to fight against the Tories' Hard Brexit. Commenting on the election being called, Colin said: "Brexit will damage Britain. It will hurt our economy, harming jobs and pay. It will hurt our NHS as many of our doctors and nurses are EU citizens. And it will hurt families in Edgbaston and nationwide - Families with EU and British citizens whose future is under threat from Brexit.
"This election is your opportunity to change the direction of our country. To change from Theresa May's Hard Brexit, her under funded NHS, and her idealogical cuts that hurt those in real need.
"This election is your opportunity to change Jeremy Corbyn's Labour. They provide no opposition to the Tories. They failed to oppose Brexit in Parliament. Time and again they have let Theresa May get away with whatever she wants.
"On the 8th of May you will choose a new MP. I will stand up for Edgbaston and its people. I will stand against the harm that Brexit will cause. And I will stand up for our values of Openness, Tolerance, Fairness and Equality. Take your oppotunity to change by voting for me on 8th June."
Local Lib Dems Colin Green and Ian Garrett are tackling the council over the poor state of the roads in Harborne. The winter weather has taken its toll on our streets. We've asked the council to repair potholes and damaged kerbs, unblock drains and clean up dog fouling and leaf mould. Many of the repairs have already been made and the rest are scheduled over the next month.
Some of the worst affected streets include Rose Road, Station Road, York Street car park, Weymoor Road, Northfield Road and Lordswood Road. If there is a problem in your street, please get in touch. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get on to the council to get it fixed.
Lib Dems tell Labour “Cut the grass not the jobs”
Plans to axe all 30 of Birmingham’s park keepers have been revealed by the city’s Liberal Democrat councillors. Details of the nearly £3 million of cuts came to light after pressure on the council to reveal their plans. The plans to cut costs in our parks and grass verges include not cutting the grass as often and grassing over some flower beds.
Following publication of the plans in the Birmingham Mail, Labour parks chief Lisa Trickett backtracked, describing the proposals as only a “worst case scenario”. Birmingham’s Lib Dem leader, councillor Jon Hunt, said: “The scale of the cutbacks proposed in the parks service is truly shocking. Birmingham has benefited in recent years from an explosion of friends of parks groups. These cuts risk demoralising groups risk losing their unpaid service in making this city a decent place to live.”
Gisela Stuart has been accused of a "clear betrayal" of her constituents after voting in favour of triggering Article 50 this week without giving the public the final say on the Brexit deal.
Edgbaston voted by a clear majority to remain in the EU referendum, and the Liberal Democrats have said it should be represented by someone who also opposes a damaging hard Brexit.
The Liberal Democrats tabled an amendment in Parliament this week to give the public the final say on the Government's Brexit deal, with the option of accepting it or remaining in the EU. However this was defeated after MPs including Gisela Stuart voted against it.
The Liberal Democrats have seen a huge surge in membership in Birmingham since the EU referendum, with many new members joining the party due to its strong stance against an economically damaging exit from the Single Market. This week figures by the respected Institute for Fiscal studies predicted the UK economy will be 3% smaller by 2030 as a result of hard Brexit, with years more austerity and tax increases expected.
Liberal Democrat spokesperson Colin Green commented:
"Gisela has betrayed her constituents this week by voting through a hard Brexit without giving the people the final say on the deal. She has also betrayed EU citizens living in the UK by voting against the amendment giving them the right to remain.
"Our area deserves an MP that will stand up against a reckless exit from the Single Market that would mean higher taxes, less funding for public services and huge damage to our local economy.
"The Liberal Democrats have seen a huge surge of new members who are worried about the direction our country is going in and want to do something about it.
"Both the Conservatives and Labour are now holding hands towards a hard Brexit.
"We will be the rallying point for all those in Edgbaston who want to hold this government to account and keep Britain open, tolerant and united."