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  • Ti Luck Thai Takeaway, Sandgate High Street
    Article: Jun 12, 2018
    By David Thorpe in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The death of the great British high street is an event rarely out of the popular press, and it has been so for a decade.

    Mary Portas was appointed in a hail of publicity by David Cameron to find ways to save the high street as far back as 2011, nothing came of that and the problem has become much worse since the increase in business rates introduced last year, the creation of the national living wage and the dent to consumer sentiment caused by the UK's vote to leave the European Union.

  • Lord Wallace of Saltaire (Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Jun 1, 2018
    By William Wallace in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The developing consensus that the NHS needs more money, and that there is nowhere else for that to come from except increased taxation, shows that there are some things that voters may well be willing to pay more for in order to get better-quality service. But we need, also, to recognise how strong the anti-tax lobby in this country is, and how difficult it will be to shift popular perceptions that others should pay more, but we deserve lower taxes ourselves.

  • Article: Mar 2, 2018
    By Adam Bennett in Liberal Democrat Voice

    To be quite blunt, I've been spending a lot of time lately thinking about where it's all gone wrong for the Liberal Democrats. I've been a member of the party for seven years now, three-quarters of a decade no less, and in that time we have scarcely polled into the double digits.

    Amongst the young, the people who you may think would be the natural supporters of an anti-Brexit, progressive party, the outlook is especially bleak. In the latest Times tracker conducted by YouGov, a mere 4% of 18-24-year-olds plan to vote Liberal Democrat at the next election. The number shoots up to a comparatively lofty 7% of 25-49-year-olds but it's still nowhere near good enough for a party such as ours.

  • 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.

  • John Marriott
    Article: Feb 12, 2018
    By John Marriott in Lincolnshire Reporter - https://lincolnshirereporter.co.uk/2018/02/john-marriott-pay-local-services/?utm_source=Lincolnshire+Reporter+Daily+News&utm_campaign=fde81447f0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_11_21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e88988b43a-fde81447f0-127546729

    For many years now governments of all political colours have seen fit to centralise more and more powers to themselves. The result of this has impacted directly on the councils that in the past were the major providers of the kind of services that have improved the lives for generations of our citizens. Today they are a shadow of their former selves, whose lack of influence is clearly reflected in poor turnouts in local elections.

  • 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.

  • Article: Feb 10, 2018
    By Michael Berwick-Gooding in Liberal Democrat Voice

    In the last few years there have been a number of reports which consider the introduction of a Citizens' Income and how it can be funded. Towards the end of last year I came across the Compass report - "Universal Basic Income: An idea whose time has come?" written by Howard Reed and Stewart Lansley (and partly funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation).

  • Council Tax
    Article: Feb 6, 2018
    By Stefan Pidluznyj in Lincolnshire Reporter

    Leading Lincolnshire county councillors have supported plans to increase council tax by 4.95%, blaming a drop in government funding for the move.

    Lincolnshire County Council's Executive backed the budget plans which will also include savings of £23 million and using just over £14 million of the authority's reserves at a meeting on Tuesday, February 6.

  • Lord Wallace of Saltaire (Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Dec 29, 2017
    By Lord William Wallace in Liberal Democrat Voice

    We need to talk about tax. The IMF's annual report on the UK economy recommends that taxes should be raised, in order to reduce the deficit further without cutting public investment and services. Philip Hammond, it is reported, would like to do so; but he is opposed by the ideological (and Eurosceptic) right of his own party, and by the influential group of free market think tanks who were cheerleaders for the Brexit campaign.

  • Vince Cable (hero_vince2.jpg)
    Article: Nov 24, 2017
    By Vince Cable MP

    With inflation running at 3% a year, many people will see their savings shrink in real terms because of this unfair policy.

    Around ten million small savers will be hit by a stealth tax worth £500m buried in the small print of the Budget, it emerged today.

    Previously small savers were only taxed on increases above inflation, but under the new plans the whole of the increase will be taxed.