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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.

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

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.

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.

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. 

187 Bristol homes have stood empty for at least 10 years, Lib Dems reveal

A Liberal Democrat investigation has revealed 13,000 homes nationwide have been left vacant for over 10 years, including 187 across the city of Bristol.

The news comes despite devastating new government statistics which reveal 127,000 children across England face being homeless at New Year.

Former Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, has declared a "national emergency" and demanded urgent action to alleviate the housing crisis to ensure "every child has the security of a warm home."

Christmas chaos expected as Bristol A&E waiting time figures reach new low

Only 83.6% of patients arriving at A&E in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire were treated or admitted within four hours in November 2019, according to damning figures published by NHS England.

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%.

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.

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.