Rise in homelessness in Bristol shows failing Conservative govt approach

The Liberal Democrats have today renewed calls for “a more compassionate and holistic approach” to tackling homelessness following the publication of new government statistics today which revealed a 26.8% rise in households in Bristol assessed as either homeless or threatened with homelessness, way above the national average of 11.4%.
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7,000 businesses in Bristol close in past three years in Brexit hit to high street

The Liberal Democrats have accused the Conservatives of failing to protect local small businesses, after figures revealed that 6,945 businesses in the area have closed over the last three years.

It comes as Boris Johnson announces a new clause the Withdrawal Bill which would rule out extension at the end of 2020, further increasing the chances of Britain falling off a no-deal Brexit cliff-edge.

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Lib Dems put forward December 9th General Election plan

Today (27th October) the Liberal Democrats announce they will propose a Bill to amend the Fixed Term Parliament Act to hold a General Election on Monday December 9th.

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Health Committee recommends drugs decriminalisation and consumption room pilots

A new report published today by the cross-party parliamentary Health & Social Care Select Committee has highlighted the need for widescale radical change in the approach to drug use, including the decriminalisation of drug possession and recommending measures such as drug consumption rooms and drug checking services. 

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Barclays must maintain full Post Office services

James Cox is calling on Barclays Bank to reverse their recent decision to reduce banking services available to their customers through Post Office branches from January 2020.

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Record high knife crime offences in Avon & Somerset

Statistics released today by the ONS show that knife crime offences have hit a record high across Avon & Somerset, with a 14% increase in the last year - double the national average.

The region of Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire recorded 922 offences involving a knife in the year up to June 2019, an increase of 110 incidents from the previous year. 

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People being 'priced out' of Bristol as rent prices rise faster than wage growth

Bristol, Leeds and Nottingham revealed as the only cities in the UK where the price of rents rose faster than UK average wage growth. 

A survey conducted by the property website Zoopla found that rental prices in the city had risen 4.5% in the last year, with younger people disproportionately impacted. 

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School funding emergency continues in Bristol

New data shows that despite the Conservative government's spending announcements, schools in Bristol continue to be in a state of emergency over funding shortfalls. 

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Councillor Tony Carey Joins the Lib Dem Team

Cllr Carey and the Bristol Lib Dems on College Green

Former Conservative councillor Tony Carey joins Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats are delighted to welcome another new councillor to their party, Brislington East Councillor Tony Carey, less than a month after former Labour councillor Sultan Khan joined them.

Cllr Tony Carey resigned form the Conservatives in July following the election of Boris Johnson as Conservative Leader and his pursuit of a ‘no deal’ Brexit at any cost.

Bristol Liberal Democrats, like the national party, have seen a surge in membership this year, gaining several hundred new members and now two new councillors.

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Tories starve local NHS Trust of £12.5 million

 

The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Tories as heartless for starving the NHS of vital cash after revealing University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust paid £12,578,657 in interest on outstanding debt over the last five years.

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