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Bristol NHS & Care staff must receive more mental health support

The Liberal Democrats are today calling on the Government to ramp up mental health support for health and care staff to ensure “world-class” support for those tackling the virus head-on.

Labour's proposals a 'debt bomb' for Bristol renters

Labour's proposed policy of deferring rent payments has been criticised for unfairly punishing renters and creating new debt.
Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire today announced her first policy as Shadow Housing Secretary to lobby the government to implement a system whereby tenants who fall into rent arrears during the COVID-19 crisis will have to pay back the debt in full on top of their monthly rent payments. 

Lib Dems lead campaign to support local newspapers in the Bristol region.

The Liberal Democrats are leading a cross-party campaign calling on the Government to support local and independent media through an increased share of public health communications spending.

Writing to the government, Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael had warned that although the "All in, All together" campaign had provided public health information as well as advertising revenue for major media groups, the National Union of Journalists, local press organisations and individual journalists had raised the Government's lack of support for local independent media.

Government should provide Canada-style COVID-19 support for students

The government is being called on to provide financial and employment support to university students and recent graduates in view of fears they will be severely impacted during the COVID-19 crisis.

In a letter to Universities Minister Michelle Donelan, Liberal Democrat Bristol West Spokesperson and Young Liberals Honorary Vice President James Cox has called on the government to model a support package on the new announcements from the Canadian government, who are offering an emergency student benefit to assist with accommodation and living costs during the summer.

Lib Dems launch campaign for 'Frontline Support Package'

The Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign calling for a 'Frontline Support Package', a five-point plan to give frontline workers the support they need and the recognition they deserve as they get us through this appalling coronavirus crisis.

Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey thanked the “army of workers protecting us” in hospitals, care homes and hospices and asked the Government to support these “coronavirus heroes” properly.

Lib Dems lead fight against "creatives exodus" of Bristol amidst Covid-19 crisis

The Liberal Democrats are leading a cross-party effort to secure Government agreement for an economic package to support Bristol's world leading creative industries, including a timeline for its urgent implementation.

Lib Dems call for energy saving scheme to be extended to 23,000 Bristol homes amidst Covid-19 crisis

The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to extend a scheme that saves £140 on energy bills to households struggling due to the coronavirus, helping an estimated 23,015 across Bristol.

In a warning from the Liberal Democrat Climate Change Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse, the MP for Bath said these measures were needed before families are forced "to choose between heating their home or eating"

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.

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.

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.