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  • Stephen Lloyd (By Chris McAndrew (https://beta.parliament.uk/media/yhEkjW57) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Mar 23, 2018
    By The Voice in Liberal Democrat Voice

    New data released this week by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) reveals that only 6% of Universal Credit claimants in the private rented sector have their rent paid directly to their landlords, compared to 35% in the socially rented sector [see page 9 of the report].

    This is despite calls by Liberal Democrat DWP spokesperson Stephen Lloyd to make payments to landlords default. Lloyd has argued that maintaining the status quo will lead to many of the 1.3 million benefit claimants in the private rented sector being evicted, and potentially made homeless.

  • housing
    Article: Mar 13, 2018
    By Newshound in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The package, passed by the party at its Spring Conference in Southport, calls for new powers that will see local authorities able to build and invest in more affordable and social housing. This includes greater access to borrowing for local authorities, strengthened powers to bring empty homes back into use and the power to direct the use of otherwise unwanted public land. Alongside measures to allow local government to abandon Right to Buy and to require that profit from council house sales is invested in new social housing.

  • Layla Moran (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Mar 1, 2018
    By The Voice in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Every year the House of Commons spends 3 days debating Government Department's estimates for public spending. Up until now, a committee of select committee chairs decides what subjects to debate, but it was different this year:

    Layla Moran led the section on homelessness. She expressed disbelief that funding to tackle this was being cut when the supply of housing was going down and homelessness was rising due to Universal Credit. She highlighted the case of a constituent, a mother who works full time, who couldn't find somewhere she could afford. How did we get to this stage, she asked.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2018
    By John Shoesmith

    Politics and Passion - Land Value Tax
    Thursday 8th March 2018

    Members and their guests are invited to a social evening at Sir Barnes Wallis at Ripley on Thursday March 8th at 7.30pm. Our guest will be William Davison, who will be speaking on the topic of Land Value Tax.

    William Davison will talk about Land Value Tax, a topic that has been central to Liberal thinking since the time of Lloyd George. Land Value Tax would provide the community with a share of the huge financial gains that can be made by simply owning land. It is especially relevant at a time when young people struggle to afford a home, and when wealth is so unfairly shared.

  • Alter
    Article: Feb 11, 2018
    By Joe Bourke in Liberal Democrat Voice

    ALTER will address this question in our conference fringe at Southport next month to be held on Friday, 9th March at the Ramada Plaza, from 20:15 to 21:30 in the Promenade room.

    Leading the discussion will be two LVT experts and experienced Liberal Democrat campaigners - Michael Meadowcroft and Tony Vickers.

  • Ed Davey (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Feb 8, 2018

    Here's the new film from the Liberal Democrats, featuring Ed Davey introducing a proposed new piece of legislation to help homeless people with terminal illnesses:

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jan 25, 2018

    Rough sleeping in England rose by 15% in the year to autumn 2017, according to new government figures.

    A 15% rise in rough sleeping is shameful and shows the Conservatives have failed to take real action to tackle the housing crisis.

    The number of rough sleepers is hard to record and so these figures are likely to be an understatement of the full extent of the crisis.

    Until the Government commits to the funding needed to prevent homelessness and builds more genuinely affordable homes, and invests properly in mental health care, the number of rough sleepers will continue to rise at a shocking pace.

    This is why I'm putting tackling rough sleeping, and the wider issue of homelessness, at the heart of my leadership of the Liberal Democrats.

  • Bourne site map
    Article: Jan 17, 2018
    By Sarah Barker in Lincolnshire Reporter

    The new development on Manning Road, Bourne would include a mixture of properties ranging from one to four bedroom homes for families, first time buyers and the elderly.

    A proportion of these would be affordable homes.

    There would also be areas of public open space with a children's play area.

    A letter has been distributed to local residents providing information about the proposals, along with details about a public exhibition which will be held on Thursday, January 25 between 3pm and 7pm at the Bourne Corn Exchange, 3 Abbey Road, Bourne, PE10 9EF.

  • Christine Jardine (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 11, 2018
    By The Voice in Liiberal Democrat Voice

    Yesterday, a Westminster Hall debate took place, led by Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Lloyd. He aimed to highlight the effect of universal credit on the private rented sector. Simply, landlords aren't loving the prospect of not getting their rent money, so they are simply saying they won't rent to anyone on benefits.

  • Housing (Wokingham Liberal Deocrats)
    Article: Jan 4, 2018

    On Monday the Liberal Democrats got into the national press after exposing the failure of councils up and down the country to claim funding they're entitled to to bring empty homes back into use.

    A template press release on this issue has already been sent out for you to use in your local area. We've now also produced a number of other templates to help you campaign on this issue.

    We've produced:

    • A Focus drop-in article.
    • A template petition for your Nationbuilder site.
    • Graphics to use on social media.
    • An email to send to your email list.

    You can find those resources here:

    Download the Campaign pack