Local NHS debt write off "win" must come with testing and PPE investment

Bristol West Liberal Democrats have claimed a campaign victory as the Government announces it will write off debt at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and have called for investment in Covid-19 testing and PPE for NHS staff at Bristol Royal Infirmary following an increase in deaths.

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Lib Dems call on Govt to step in to pay council tax in face of coronavirus threat

The Liberal Democrats are calling on Government to pick up the bill for council tax payments in order to ease the financial pressure people are facing as a result of the coronavirus.

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Bristol renters must be protected during COVID-19 crisis

Liberal Democrats have called on the government to go further in protecting the thousands of Bristol residents in private and social rented accommodation during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bristol City Council urged to take extra measures to help homeless people impacted by coronavirus



The Liberal Democrats have urged Bristol City Council to make clear what additional measures it will take to help homeless people as the COVID-19 situation continues to escalate.

Writing to the Mayor, Liberal Democrat campaigner James Cox warned that the homeless are "some of the most vulnerable people in our society."

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Bristol Lib Dems say no to airport expansion

Bristol Liberal Democrats have reiterated their objection to the expansion of Bristol Airport as North Somerset Council prepares to meet on Monday to decide on the controversial plans. 

Bristol Airport are requesting a major expansion to their capacity to 12 million passengers a year, despite the airport already well under its current maximum capacity. 

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Government grants only half of Bristol’s EU citizens settled status

The government has been accused of creating further uncertainty for EU citizens in Bristol as official figures reveal that of the 26,000 settled status applications from Bristol, 13,000 have been granted.

From August 28th 2018 to December 31st 2019, 25,990 applications have been received from EU citizens in Bristol for settled status after Britain leaves the European Single Market on December 31st. Whilst 23,480 of the applications have been processed, only 13,260 have been granted full settled status. 10,070 have been given ‘pre-settled status’ with 160 having ‘other outcomes’ including rejection.

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Self-harm in Bristol Prison at record high

Latest figures reveal an enormous increase in rates of self-harm at Bristol Prison, with the Liberal Democrats calling for immediate action from the government.

The latest Safety in custody statistics, published today by the Ministry of Justice, show that there were 745 self-harm incidents at Bristol Prison in the year ending September 2019. That is the highest rate on record and a 67% increase since the previous 12-month period

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Bristol Prison over capacity by one third

The Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to end “pointless” short prison sentences, as new official figures show that Bristol Prison is over capacity by 33.33%
 
The extent of overcrowding in prisons is revealed today in the Ministry of Justice’s latest Prison Population bulletin. It shows that, as of the end of 2019, there are 68 prisons in England and Wales (58%) where the number of prisoners exceeds capacity.
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Bristol could face Windrush-style scandal after Johnson votes against protecting rights of EU citizens

MPs have voted on the Liberal Democrats' amendment to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to protect the rights of EU citizens living in the UK after Brexit.

The amendment (New Clause 34) would have given EU citizens the right to appeal if the Home Office refused them Settled Status under the Conservative Government’s scheme, but was blocked by Conservative MPs by 343 votes to 251 votes.

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Ed Davey's New Year Message

In his New Year message, Ed Davey said: 

I’ve made a New Year’s Resolution. 

I want to show my community better than ever what liberalism means in action. 

So I’ll be working harder than ever in my constituency advice surgeries, helping local people with their financial problems, with their housing issues and working with local people to strengthen our communities, that we’re privileged to serve. 

If that sounds like old-fashioned, grassroots, community politics, you’re hearing me. 

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