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South Central Region

Welcome to the web site of South Central Region Liberal Democrats.

South Central Region covers the counties of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and this site contains information about the Liberal Democrats across the region.

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  • votes at 16
    Article: Nov 18, 2015

    Liberal Democrat peers have tonight played a key role in defeating the Government, giving 16 and 17 year olds a voice in the EU referendum.

    Following the victory, Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

    "The Liberal Democrats have been fighting for this for decades, and we are winning the argument.

  • Avril Davies
    Article: Nov 13, 2015
    On Tuesday Conservative controlled Bucks County Council announced a freeze on non-essential spending.

    It stated that 'The Council is taking decisive action to address a possible budget shortfall of almost £6m by March 2016, mainly due to increasing demand for social care for both adults and children'
    Conservative Leader Martin Tett said "The main catalyst for our potential overspend is the significant increase in demand on services for vulnerable adults and children. There is little we can do about this because we have to give priority to safeguarding our old and our young."
    Avril Davies, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Bucks County Council says it is unfair to blame this weeks action on the neediest people in our community.
    This year's budget was set with a high risk of being unable to be achieved. In February I warned that the County was not just taking the risk of failing to make savings, and by not doing so, risking not delivering services at all. Cabinet was told on Monday the projected overspend could run as high as £10M, or half the County's reserves.
    The budget was filled with unspecified savings still 'to be found', failure to deal with the increase need for social care, and new duties required by the government.
    The county has resources, but the hard choices on where to spend them were ducked until another day.
    Instead this year the council has been embroiled in significant and unproven ie risky organisational change. It has been difficult for our staff to stay focussed on delivering their core business. Not all parts of the council have been able to fit in to the new organisational structure at the same pace, and many jobs, not only hard to find children's social workers, have been filled with expensive consultants and agency staff.

    The Leader is right to finally prioritise services for the most needy, and to review the spend on interim and agency staff as a matter of urgency, but instead of looking to scapegoat others, he has to address the shortcomings of his own budget and his own organisation.
    Avril Davies
  • Article: Nov 9, 2015

    Hundreds of properties in Newbury and West Berkshire could be sold off under government plans to reduce the number of council homes.

    Liberal Democrats have criticised the move as "irresponsible" and said it would ramp up demand for housing and increase rents.

    It comes despite figures from homeless charity Shelter which show there are2,287 families on the housing waiting list in West Berkshire.

  • fightback
    Article: Oct 9, 2015

    We will shortly be electing our Regional team of Officers and Committee members for 2016.

    The Regions A.G.M. takes place at our Regional Conference in High Wycombe on 17th October (Registration form available here).

    We are always looking for new people to play an active role on the Executive Committee or the other Regional Committees (listed below). If you are interested you can chat to existing committee members at the Regional stand on the day or make contact with Vanessa McPake by email southcentralld@btconnect.com

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  • Tim Farron
    Article: Oct 1, 2015

    Today, revenge evictions have been outlawed after a long campaign by the Liberal Democrats. This news has been heralded by Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron.

    The law, which was passed in March as part of the Deregulation Bill, will make any eviction invalid where the tenant has made a complaint about housing conditions that the landlord did not respond to adequately. Where a landlord gives notice seeking possession through a 'Section 21 notice' following a complaint about the condition of their home, it will no longer be possible to evict that tenant and a court must strike out any attempt to evict under those circumstances.

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  • Tim Farron
    Article: Sep 26, 2015

    Commenting on the news that Drax are to abandon a £1bn project to introduce carbon capture technology to cut emissions Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron MP said:

    "The Tories are proving to be the most effective poison to the UK's green industry.

    "We could- and should- be leading the world in tackling climate change, boosting jobs in the renewables industry and playing our part in making sure other countries take action too.

  • Tim Farron refugee demo
    Article: Sep 25, 2015

    We have the perfect solution!

    Our one day #LibDemFightBack conference takes place on the 17th October in High Wycombe.

    There will be debates on NHS, Transport and Housing. Training on Connect and Nationbuider and a special fringe event for new members.

    Delighted that we have Tim Farron MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats speaking as well as Party President Baroness Sal Brinton and Tom Brake MP.

  • European campaign
    Article: Sep 25, 2015

    Liberal Democrats believe in an open, modern and inclusive Britain that stands tall in the world, and doesn't hide from it. We are a modern, free, prosperous country, respected the world over. This is Britain's time to lead.

    Find out how to help our campaign by visiting here

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