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  Liberal Party NEC Statement - COVID Pandemic Care Home Crisis
Posted by: ReadingLib - 04-18-2020, 10:48 AM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party notes the unprecedented crisis now unfolding in the nations care homes as they struggle with an ever-increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

The nations care homes as well as domiciliary care have become the health sectors Cinderella services, managing a population of 410000 residential and half a million home-based patients, an increased number suffering from Dementia.

The party calls for immediate action by the Government to remedy reported shortages of PPE and to properly account for the number of care homes infected, and the number of residents who have succumb.

In the long term the care for the elderly needs to be given a higher profile in a sector already facing staff shortages in the region of 120000 vacancies exacerbated by a high staff turnover and financial uncertainty over long-term funding and the viability of businesses.

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  Liberal Party NEC Statement - NHS Equipment Procurement post-Pandemic
Posted by: ReadingLib - 04-15-2020, 06:50 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party notes with pride the tremendous efforts being made by UK companies to supply the NHS with vital equipment such as PPE and ventilators during the current pandemic.

The party believes that the NHS should take advantage of this opportunity to utilise domestic production to secure future equipment procurement.

Such actions will prompt increased business activity during the countries post-pandemic recovery providing valuable investment and employment.

The current economic disruption has already highlighted the inherent dangers in relying on global supply chains and production concentrated in a single region or country of the world.

The UK has a long history of innovation and this should be harnessed to the long-term benefit of the economy.

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  Liberal Party NEC Statement - Post Pandemic Economic Recovery
Posted by: ReadingLib - 04-11-2020, 05:41 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

"The Liberal Party acknowledges the widely anticipated extension of the current national lockdown to contain the current COVID pandemic.
This necessary regime is however already causing serious long-term damage to business and livelihoods which are likely to intensify over the coming weeks and months.
Once the pandemic has subsided, an innovative and far-reaching fiscal stimulus package will be needed to help rebuild the nation’s economy and recreate jobs and prosperity.
Such an initiative needs to be funded out of a modest redistribution of wealth to support workers and families who have been left without jobs or reduced income and to help recovery in the hard-hit small business and SME sectors, whilst restricting the ability of large firms to establish dominating or monopoly positions."

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  2019 Election Manifesto
Posted by: JEBaker1892 - 04-09-2020, 08:36 PM - Forum: Party Policy Discussion - Replies (1)

Just got a few points I would like to raise from the manifesto and things which I feel need to be considered moving forwards.

Firstly, one key point is the funding of the armed services through the scrapping of the nuclear weapons scheme. This personally is a high risk move. We need the deterrent of nuclear weapons in order to help maintain peace and the loss of nuclear weapon abilities completely would be a big loss for our global political standing. In this case I would propose that a reduction in investment into the Trident Nuclear scheme occurs with a small amount of investment occurring only to keep up to date on tech (we don't have to produce more nuclear weapons). We can then use our current nuclear industry as a means to hold nuclear power without actually developing weapons. This has been done successfully by Japan who are seen as a nuclear state without actually owning a nuclear weapon. 

In regards to Grammar schools I personally went to a Grammar school and would argue that without that provision I wouldn't have gone University and most probably would have reduced grades at both GCSE and A-Level. Under the current education system Grammar schools are being hit unfairly financially and are struggling to cope especially in my area and I feel this is the wrong approach. Those Grammar schools which still exist should be allowed to continue running and with fair support as they do generally help those who are from less wealthy backgrounds to move upwards (in my experience at least) as shown by the fact I was able to go to University, something my parents didn't even get close to. 

In terms of scrapping tuition fees I am ok with that as a policy but it is "gravy" in my opinion. Tuition fees don't really impact anyone as you don't even have to pay them back and they seem like a fuss over nothing. If anyone knows more about them please could you explain why they are seen as important?

In terms of taxation how much money were we planning to give as part of the lump sum given at 25 and would this be realistically economically viable? Also I feel it is dangerous to push too much of the tax burden onto those who are richer in society. So how much of an extra burden would the richest have bearing in mind the top rate at the moment is 40% and there are a good number of people who have moved wealth abroad already showing that the tax rate is perceivably high. If we planned on raising it too much surely we would see an overall reduction in tax due to avoidance from those who can afford to move their money around?

With our affordable housing policy I think it is important we add in the development of greater green spaces/parks/play areas for kids as generally it will be families moving in to these estates. At the moment the only focus is the money that can be made and not on the provisions that need to be in place. This may also help with other aims such as health as kids may be more enticed to play outside if there is actually somewhere they can play without getting in trouble. 

Finally, in regards to smaller hospitals I just want to re-state a point I have made before in that one way we could help the NHS as a whole is through greater homogenisation of products/procedures/equipment etc and this policy may be a good way to implement this as we can equip the new hospitals through wholesale purchases which in turn will free up funding for recruitment or other needs the healthcare system has.

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  Social Media
Posted by: JEBaker1892 - 04-09-2020, 03:57 PM - Forum: General Discussion - News and Views - Replies (2)

I have seen different threads before about Social Media and the development within the party and use of social media as well as ideas on how to promote the party further so I thought I would offer a few ideas on what I think could help us move forward. 

Firstly, I know that there exists both a Liberal Party and Youth Liberal Party pages on facebook however I have noticed especially from more left leaning Party's that an independent page/blog is used to promote their policies and ideas. Labour has Another Angry Voice which I see quite often. This allows content to be shared without necessarily pushing people away through the association of a political party. Alternatively I think a more active facebook page would be beneficial.

Another proposal is more a personal thing but despite being a member for nearly a year I still know very little about the Party itself, I don't even know if there is anyone in Devon who is a member, let alone looking to be elected to local councils or in a General election therefore I would like to propose we use social media to network amongst our membership as I still feel a bit on the outside. 

Finally, a slight tangent but for Party promotion I could if wanted look at trying to establish a society at University (I am at Swansea University). Currently there is a socialist and conservative society so I feel it could be possible to attract new members or at least gain interest. Also with younger people developing a greater political voice I feel it may be worth trying to tap into this to promote the Party further. I study War and Society also so I know a lot of the Lecturers and Students studying politics and related subjects so hopefully would be able to find a decent crowd to make it worthwhile.

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  HEALTH & WELLBEING POLICY - Present at Special Assembly 7th February 2015
Posted by: ReadingLib - 04-06-2020, 05:35 PM - Forum: Party Policy Discussion - No Replies

The document is now available again on the Liberal Party website:

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  Liberal Party NEC Statement - Assistance for family finances during the viral pandemi
Posted by: ReadingLib - 03-22-2020, 02:34 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party notes the continued media attention on the issue of financial support for families affected by the current viral pandemic and its economic fallout.

The vulnerability of the low paid, those on zero hours contracts or universal credit to any protracted crisis has been in the public arene for some time as has the perilous state on many family’s finances more than a decade after the financial crisis.

The need for many workers and their families is prompt intervention and although we welcome the governments announcements on aid these need to be translated into action in a very short timeframe.

The party therefore believes more immediate results would be achieved by a council tax holiday, or a one-off tax rebate, coupled with a pensions or benefits bonus and would provide a targeted boost to depleted family finances.

In the aftermath of the current crisis the Liberal Party calls for better protection for workers’ rights, access to statutory sick pay, unemployment benefit and reasonable time off for domestic and health issues.

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  Liberal Party NEC Statement - Community Groups during the coronavirus self-isolation
Posted by: ReadingLib - 03-19-2020, 06:49 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party notes the increase emphasis being placed on self-isolation to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Firstly, the party would like to emphasise how community groups can safely support older people and other vulnerable groups during these difficult times.

Self-isolation restricts many groups from activities such as shopping, exercise and the social contacts which allow their wellbeing to be checked-on and delays prompt assistance.

We would ask people to be aware of those in their local community who may need a courteous check and to offer what assistance we can without compromising the isolation regime which is in place.

The current pandemic is expected to have a protracted impact on our daily life and community action can act as a stabilising factor.

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  Liberal Party NEC Statement - The business impact of the coronavirus
Posted by: ReadingLib - 03-17-2020, 07:44 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party notes the continued escalation in the country’s response to the coronavirus and the latest advice from the Government to avoid all none-essential social contact.

The nation’s business owners now face an unparalleled risk to their existence and the party calls upon the government to take urgent action to safeguard jobs and businesses.

Airlines, train operators and hotel chains are already seeing drastic falls in business and this will now spread to the retail and service sectoring including clubs, pubs and restaurants.

Practical steps such as temporary relief from business rates, negotiated rent reductions and increased bank assistance all help business survive over the coming weeks until the pandemic has peaked.

Without such support already hard-pressed high streets will see a further and irreversible loss of occupied premises and the jobs and livelihoods which depend on these.

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  Liberal Party NEC and Special Assembly - July 4th 2020
Posted by: ReadingLib - 02-12-2020, 06:44 PM - Forum: General Discussion - News and Views - No Replies

The next open NEC and Special Assembly will be the 4th July, between 11am and 4pm at the Briar Rose Hotel in Birmingham, B2 5RE.
Please forward any motions for the Special Assembly in advance.

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