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  Liberal Party General Election Manifesto 2019 – Business
Posted by: ReadingLib - 11-29-2019, 08:13 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

We would encourage small business start-ups by making money from a 'Universal Inheritance' available before the age of 25 for those who wanted to start their own business.
 
For the economy to grow we must encourage small businesses and social enterprises. However, the ever increasing ‘red tape’ on small business and community charities is strangling our ability to grow the economy. This burden needs to be removed for small businesses and social enterprises and made proportionate for medium size and larger organisations depending on their turnover value.
 
We would waive business rates/land value tax for the first year of any new small business.
 
Promoted by Stephen Graham on behalf of the Liberal Party, 12 Dayworth Mews, Lundy Lane, Reading, RG30 2RR

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  Liberal Party General Election Manifesto 2019 – Taxation
Posted by: ReadingLib - 11-28-2019, 07:31 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

Liberals want to see a simplified tax system which allows the low paid and moderately paid to keep as much of their earned income as possible.
 
We believe that government should tackle the gross inequalities of earnings and wealth. Income Tax and National Insurance thresholds should be raised to remove the low paid from the tax and benefits trap and improve disposable incomes of the working poor and low paid pensioners.
 
We propose radical reform of the inheritance tax system. We would reduce the rate of inheritance tax to 10% but would abolish the large number of allowances and exemptions which allow the very wealthy to pay little or no inheritance tax. This would be used to provide a tax free lump sum to every UK citizen at the age of 25, which can be used to pay university tuition fees or provide money for a business start-up.
 
Promoted by Stephen Graham on behalf of the Liberal Party, 12 Dayworth Mews, Lundy Lane, Reading, RG30 2RR

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  Liberal party Election 2019 Statement - UK Nursing Recruitment Commitments
Posted by: ReadingLib - 11-27-2019, 08:13 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party notes the general election manifesto commitment by Boris Johnson to increase the number of trained nurses in the UK by 50k, along with one for 24k by the Labour Party.

A closer scrutiny of the proposal is for 14k new nurses, and 5k nursing apprentices, whilst efforts will be made to retain or encourage the return to the profession 18,500 nursing staff who often after leaving the profession to start a family or for other reasons are not been able to commit to returning.

The party notes with disappointment that the plan also relies on a recruitment drive for 12,500 nurses from abroad again highlighting the lack of domestic training which deprives other countries of their own skilled staff. Any recruitment from overseas should therefore be regarded as a temporary measure, and plans should be put in place to recruit and retain a growing workforce from within the UK.

We welcome the restoration of the student nurse bursary, and believe a full bursary is warranted. Student nurses should also continue to be supernumerary to staffing numbers while on clinical placement.

While those wishing to qualify as a Registered Nurse must obtain a degree there is also a pressing need to recruit more Health Care Assistants and other associated nursing staff. Increasing staffing levels in nursing would enable better patient care, and safe working practices. Efforts should also be made to care for the well-being of existing staff to promote retention of numbers.

Nurses remain the first line of contact in our NHS and maintaining numbers in the face of ever-increasing demands is of vital importance to the delivery of care in this country.

Promoted by Stephen Graham on behalf of the Liberal Party, 12 Dayworth Mews, Lundy Lane, Reading, RG30 2RR

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  Liberal Party General Election Manifesto 2019 – Drug Use
Posted by: ReadingLib - 11-27-2019, 08:06 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The party advocates replacing the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and ancillary legislation with an act which provides for an effective strategy of legalisation, regulation and control.
 
We call for a less punitive and more ‘harm reducing’ approach to drugs use. Criminalisation of those afflicted with drugs dependency can have a detrimental impact, alienating people from contributing to society.
 
We call for the establishment of an independent multi-agency co-ordinating body to oversee policy development and implementation in relation to the supply and control of drugs.
 
We support the taxation of drugs and redirection of criminal justice expenditure to education and treatment services and the dissemination of accurate and truthful information to minimise substance-related harm to individuals and communities.
 
We believe that these measures will eliminate the criminal marketplace and cause a reduction in drugs related crime and violence whilst aiding those most in need of rehabilitation.
 
Promoted by Stephen Graham on behalf of the Liberal Party, 12 Dayworth Mews, Lundy Lane, Reading, RG30 2RR

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  Liberal Party General Election Manifesto 2019 – Health and Social care
Posted by: ReadingLib - 11-26-2019, 12:10 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

Liberals would help save money within the NHS in the long term by greatly increasing public health promotion, particularly by local councils and by increasing focus on preventive health measures.
 
We would restore democratic accountability to NHS supervision 'watchdogs'.
The Liberal Party also calls for the abolition of social care charges for disabled people.
 
We would increase the lower threshold at which the elderly are required to pay for social care to £25,000 in capital and savings by 2020.
 
On the principle of free education for all, we would reintroduce nursing bursaries and introduce vocational training schemes for student nurses, compassionate care is as vital to the nursing profession as academic ability.
 
These reforms would be partly financed by abolishing VAT exemption for private healthcare providers.
 
Promoted by Stephen Graham on behalf of the Liberal Party, 12 Dayworth Mews, Lundy Lane, Reading, RG30 2RR

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  Liberal Party General Election Manifesto 2019 – Education
Posted by: ReadingLib - 11-25-2019, 07:59 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

We want to create a country which is proud of its state education system. We want to see proper state school provision
where the most able are stretched and challenged in order that they develop to their maximum ability, but equally no
child should be considered a failure or 'left behind' all children should be encouraged to aspire to achieve their
very best and fulfil their maximum potential. To this end we would seek to ensure all teachers are well trained, well
qualified and well-motivated to educate and train young people.

We want all children to be given a fair opportunity to succeed. We would oppose further expansion of grammar schools
and we would ensure a fair and consistent funding formula and tax application across state, free and private schools.
We would oppose plans to ban private schools which provide people with choice and diversity, which can provide vital
lessons to state schools. School inspections would be carried out across all schools which receive public funding.
 
We would seek to restore the principle of free Education. Tuition fees need to be abolished; this could be funded by
a modest charge against funds raised from inheritance tax (excluding the main family home which nil-band rated to
ensure direct descendants can inherit without fear of tax burden). Let the capital of one generation fund the human
investment of the next generation.

A comprehensive network of children’s centres is an essential investment to encourage children to have a good start
in both education and health.

We need to establish and fund an independent Council for Voluntary Youth Services to strengthen the partnership
between youth services, the community voluntary and faith sectors, and local authorities.
 
We would plough investment into skills training and vocational education so that the UK is equipped to develop a
high tech - high skills economy. To this end we will seek to foster a culture where vocational training is seen to be
given the same status and esteem as purely academic qualifications.

These reforms would be partly funded by applying VAT to 'private' school fees.

Promoted by Stephen Graham on behalf of the Liberal Party, 12 Dayworth Mews, Lundy Lane, Reading, RG30 2RR

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  Liberal Party General Election Manifesto 2019 – The Environment
Posted by: ReadingLib - 11-24-2019, 06:02 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party would end 'fracking' now. We believe that the risks of fracking are not yet fully researched or understood and the potential for damage to the environment is enormous.
 
We believe that still further reductions can be made in the amount of 'landfill' waste by making greater use of local authority administered recycling schemes.
 
We call for greater investment in environmentally friendly technology and sustainable energy generation. We want Britain to become a world leader in sustainable and renewable technology.
 
There must be no more production for production’s sake, no more “planned obsolescence”. We would implement a policy which supports producing only what we need and that such products should be as durable, repairable, and of as good a quality as is possible, designed with recycling and reduction of pollution during manufacture and disposal in mind.

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  Liberal Party General Election Manifesto – Britain and Brexit
Posted by: ReadingLib - 11-23-2019, 06:01 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

Liberals call for the referendum vote to be respected and for all to work to make Brexit a success.
 
We would guarantee the rights of EU nationals already working in the UK. These workers need certainty in their lives and the UK would benefit by their skills remaining in the British economy.
 
We want to see the processes and procedures for applying for settled status to be simplified and made accessible.
 
We want to see access to the EU Single Market to be as free as is possible, but within the context of the UK negotiating trade deals with other countries.
 
We want to see a fairer deal for countries of the Commonwealth, both in terms of immigration and trade.
 
For future immigration needs we would introduce a preference in favour of candidates from former Commonwealth countries, who have shared our culture, language, customs and who have long established communities in the UK to encourage integration.
 
Promoted by Stephen Graham on behalf of the Liberal Party, 12 Dayworth Mews, Lundy Lane, Reading, RG30 2RR

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  Liberal Party response to climate change lobbying
Posted by: ReadingLib - 11-22-2019, 08:58 PM - Forum: Local Association Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party encourages all candidates and supporters to consider using this draft letter to respond to climate changel obbying and the Friend of the Earth(FoE) Climate Action Pledge:

Thank you for your email regarding the FoE Climate Action Pledge.

I have signed the pledge and will encourage other Liberal Party candidates to do likewise.

Climate protection, damage reduction and repair will certainly influence how I use my vote on the many issues that
impact climate and which will be on the political agenda.

Special interest groups like FoE are so important in helping us keep our focus, thank you for keeping the climate
issue high on the political agenda.   Beyond this election we will continue as a party to develop policies and would
welcome FoE input into our policy development process.

For your information I am attaching a motion which was carried by a special Liberal Party assembly in June this year.

Climate Emergency - Motion carried at the Liberal Party Special Assembly 22nd June 2019

The Liberal Party accepts there is sufficient scientific evidence of climate damage, for a Climate Emergency to be
declared and actions taken to reduce the impact humans are having on our planet.

We therefore open up the Liberal Party policy set to scrutiny and resolve to review and edit any policy which is
demonstrated to cause or exacerbate climate damage.

We also encourage our elected representatives and wider membership to ensure a request is submitted to local
authorities in their area, to debate and consider a Climate Emergency motion.

Promoted by Stephen Graham on behalf of the Liberal Party, 12 Dayworth Mews, Lundy Lane, Reading, RG30 2RR

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  Response from BBC on election coverage and info-graphics.
Posted by: ReadingLib - 11-22-2019, 07:55 PM - Forum: Local Association Press Releases - No Replies

Response from BBC on election coverage and info-graphics.
 
Thank you for your email and request. The BBC is required, under the terms of its charter and agreement, to ensure political issues are covered with due accuracy and due impartiality. It has election guidelines that help govern this:


 The issue of coverage and prominence given to parties, is covered in section 3 of the guidelines which states:

3. Due Impartiality in coverage of parties and issues
3.1 Coverage of the Parties

To achieve due impartiality, each bulletin, programme or programme strand, as well as online and social media channels, must ensure that the parties are covered proportionately over an appropriate period and overall across the Election Period.

Determining appropriate levels of coverage should take into account levels of past and current electoral support, as consistent with the approach set out in Ofcom’s Digest (and see Appendix).



Electoral support in the most recent equivalent elections (that is, the 2017 and 2015 General Elections) is the starting point for making those judgements.

However, other factors should be taken into account where appropriate, including evidence of variation in levels of support in other sorts of elections, changed political circumstances (e.g. new parties or party splits) as well as other evidence of current support. The number of candidates a party is standing may also be a factor.

 How does this work in practice? For the website Policy Guide, for example, we have clearly set out the methodology that governs how parties were chosen and ordered:

Linked from this, we also have a page of all parties taking part in the election:
[url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2019-50381819][/url]
 With regards, BBC News online

Promoted by Stephen Graham on behalf of the Liberal Party, 12 Dayworth Mews, Lundy Lane, Reading, RG30 2RR

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