OPINION: Why the Lib Dems' climate change policy makes them the only sensible choice

The world woke this morning to an early Christmas gift. Not a novelty knitted jumper or bottle of tipple, but something more poignant altogether. Unconventionally, the gift in question was not only immaterial, but universal, unquantifiable, and intergenerational: the prospect of a deal on climate change in Paris.

The final agreement includes a commitment to keeping temperature rises 'significantly below' 2C, with the aim of 1.5C as a target. Whilst 2 degrees may sound inconsequential, the difference between today's average global temperature and that during the last ice age is around 5 degrees. Our climate has never changed so rapidly, it's unequivocally due to human activity, and avoiding the problem could result in temperature rises of 5-6C by the end of a century. Ask a climate scientist to describe what a 5-degree-world would be like, and you might just wish that you hadn't.

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Tax Credit changes will hammer families in Bristol

20,000 families in Bristol will lose out under Conservative plans to cut tax credits.

Figures produced by the House of Commons Library show over three million low-income working families currently in receipt of tax credits will see their entitlement reduced, as part of the Government’s proposals.

The change will mean a total loss of £22,725,000 to families in the city, with the average family losing £750 a year.

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Scrutiny Chair welcomes Mayoral announcement on libraries

The Chair of the Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee, Lib Dem Councillor Anthony Negus, has welcomed the u-turn by Mayor Ferguson today on library closures.

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Cllr Anthony Negus (pictured, Lib Dem, Cotham) said:

“I welcome the news that there will be an equitable solution to keep open libraries throughout the city.

“At the scrutiny meeting, though, we continued to raise concerns about lack of information so the Mayor agreed to delay his final decision until September.

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Liberal Democrats Select Kay Barnard as Bristol Mayoral Candidate

The Liberal Democrats have selected Dr Kay Barnard as their candidate to be the next Mayor of Bristol.

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Bristol Lib Dems say “Yes to EU”

Yes to EU logoLiberal Democrats in Bristol are leading the way with a positive attitude towards Europe and are the first party to formally join the ‘Yeto EU Bristol Alliance‘, ahead of the anticipated referendum on EU membership.

 

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Let’s avoid another school places crisis

Bristol Councillors are due to debate the provision of new secondary school places at next week’s Full Council with a fear that the city could be rocked with another school places crisis if it does not act soon.

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Welfare cuts to hit thousands of Bristol residents

Welfare cuts to hit thousands of Bristol residents

The Conservative government have announced a range of cuts to working age benefits that will affect local residents.

Recent analysis has estimated that in the City of Bristol:

The four year freeze on working age benefits means 33,410 Bristol residents and their families will lose an average of £260 per year.

This includes 18,700 working people whose families will have to make up an average £280 shortfall per year in tax credits.

4,020 residents in the ESA work related activity group, considered only temporarily too ill to work, will lose a further £30 per week as their allowance is brought down to the level of JSA.

Other measures include:

  • the household benefit cap will be reduced to £20,000 (£23,000 in London)
  • support through Child Tax Credit will be limited to 2 children for children born from April 2017
  • automatic entitlement to housing benefit will be ended for 18-21 year olds
  • limiting child tax credits to 2 children
  • reducing the amount of tax credits anyone with an income of more than £3,300 can receive
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