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Recent updates

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    Article: Nov 21, 2014

    The pay gap between men and women has fallen to a record low, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

    In April, the difference in pay between men and women stood at 9.4 per cent, compared with 10 per cent the previous year.

    When records began in 1997, the pay gap was 17.4 per cent, the ONS said.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2014

    Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is calling on businesses to revolutionise what they are doing to support family friendly working.

    Nick's call for action follows the results of a survey by Mumsnet which reveals that 39 per cent of dads have had to use their paid annual leave just to take time off after the birth of a child.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has today (20 November) announced that the UK government will invest up to £720m in the Green Climate fund to help poorer countries adapt to climate change and go low-carbon.

    The UK joins other major economies including Japan, Germany, America and France in pledging financial support to help developing countries adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2014

    Liberal Democrats are committed to stamping out the stigma around mental health. We want to see mental health care put on equal footing with physical health.

    In the Political Slot on Channel 4, Norman Lamb talks about the work Liberal Democrats in government are doing to improve mental health care including introducing the first ever mental health waiting times.

  • Catherine
    Article: Nov 17, 2014

    Ahead of the adoption by the new Commission of its work programme for 2015, President of the European Commission Jean- Claude Juncker has drawn up a "kill list" of legislative proposals from the previous Barroso Commission to be considered for withdrawal.

    A letter outlining the proposals to be scrapped, co-signed by Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans, was sent to the 26 other European commissioners last Friday. Included in the list are legislative proposals to improve air quality as well as the review of waste policy, the key "green growth" proposal put forward by the Barroso Commission and presented in July.

  • Carer's bonus
    Article: Nov 12, 2014

    In a landmark case today, the European Court of Justice has ruled that economically inactive EU nationals who go to another EU country solely in order to obtain social assistance can be excluded from certain social benefits.

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:

    "Today's ruling shows that while EU free movement is non-negotiable, it is not an unfettered right.

  • Article: Nov 12, 2014

    A record number of people are now in work, according to latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

    There are now 30.79m people in work and from July to September, unemployment fell by 115,000.

    In the same period, the number of people in work grew by 112,000.

    Commenting on the figures, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said:

  • Article: Nov 12, 2014

    Following his call to the government to make freeing up as much as £1.5bn to invest in the NHS in 2015/2016 an Autumn Statement priority, Liberal Democrat Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb has written the article below.

    "For too long mental health has been seen as a second-class issue in the NHS and I am determined to change that.

  • Southampton Civic Centre
    Article: Nov 12, 2014
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Southampton Lib Dem Spokesperson Adrian Vinson comments on the City Council Labour Administration's draft budget published this week:

    'The task facing the Council in setting a legal budget is truly horrendous. Nevertheless, once again Labour appear to have gone for the doomsday option - savage cuts in care for our most vulnerable citizens, closure of a fistful of libraries at the heart of our communities, draconian job losses.... And here in my local community in Portswood, closure of the public toilets that can only harm the district shopping centre.

    'Once again Labour appear to cling to outdated orthodoxies, when they could take some leaves from the Liberal Democrat book by cutting out Council tax revenue funding of capital projects, trimming councillors' allowances, and reducing redundancy costs.

    'There is still time for a re-think before the budget is finally set in February. It is impossible to avoid serious pain, but there are alternatives which can minimise the pain.'

  • Article: Nov 11, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

    "As part of this year's centenary to mark the outbreak of World War One, hundreds of thousands of ceramic poppies now surround the Tower of London.

    "It is an incredible sight, with each poppy planted to represent a British soldier who lost their life during this conflict.

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