Sprinklers could help save lives

Borough LibDems know that sprinklers could save lives. Cllr Kathy Newbound, LibDem Group Deputy Leader said, “A fire causing 13 deaths in a Scottish care home in 2003 led to the Scottish Parliament making sprinklers compulsory in all care homes two years later. This year the Welsh Assembly have asked for all new homes to […]

Council spends £9,000 in a month on a worse service

LibDems have uncovered that over £9,000m in a month are being spent by the Tories on temps in the council’s revenue and benefits department. Cllr Kathy Newbound, LibDem Deputy Group Leader said, “All this money is being spent and the service has got worse. In 2008/9 the average housing benefit/council tax benefit processing time was […]

Stop the revolving door of prison says council

LibDem Group Leader Cllr Simon Werner pursuaded the Borough Council to support Justice Secretary Ken Clarke’s attempt to close the revolving door of crime. Cllr Simon Werner said, “It is vital that the opportunities offered by community sentences to effectively punish and reform offenders are examined alongside the role of prison. More than half of […]

Do We Need to Spend over £5 million on Agency Staff?

LibDems were shocked to find out that, according to latest figures, over £5 million is being spent by the Tories on outside staff being engaged on agency terms. Cllr Simon Werner LibDem Group Leader said: “It is crazy for the council to pay this sort of money to outside people. The council surely has enough […]

Credit Union to come to this borough this year

Following a LibDem council motion it has now been announced that this year a Credit Union will come to aid financially hard-pressed borough residents. Cllr Kathy Newbound, LibDem Deputy Leader, who moved the council motion in April, said: “The Credit Union can’t come too soon. In difficult times loan sharks thrive. They lend money at […]