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You're probably already familiar with our community newsletter "Focus". This Website is an on-line version of "Focus". If you visit this site regularly you'll see that we keep the site updated with information about Southampton and your community.

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Recent updates

  • Peanuts
    Article: Dec 18, 2014

    Restaurants, takeaways and ready-meals will all be required to show allergy information on their menus under a new EU law which came into force this week (Saturday 13th December).

    Customers must now be informed if their food contains any of 14 ingredients that cause severe allergies including nuts, milk, celery, gluten, soya and wheat.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2014

    Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that unemployment has fallen again.

    In the three months to October, unemployment fell by 63,000.

    The rate of unemployment stands at 6 per cent, its lowest level in 6 years.

    There are 30.8m people in work and 1.7m new jobs have been created since Liberal Democrats entered government.

  • Article: Dec 17, 2014

    1.3m schoolchildren across England are now enjoying a free school lunch thanks to Liberal Democrats in government.

    Figures out today (December 18) show that the policy has had a very high uptake in its first three months, with a total of more than 1.6m children enjoying a school meal every lunchtime.


    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

  • Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Nick Clegg has said that all 16-21 year olds in England will get a 66% discount on bus travel.

    Appearing on Bite the Ballot's Leaders Live, which can be viewed on Youtube, Nick Clegg set out the proposal which would see all 16-21 year olds would be given a Young Person's Bus Pass. It would help young people with the cost of travel by offering a minimum two thirds discount on bus travel in England. Bus companies would then be able to add their own discounts on top of that.

  • Keith Reed
    Article: Dec 11, 2014
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Many FOCUS readers have contacted us to express concern at proposals to convert the Highfield House Hotel into 144 student flats.

    Lib Dem campaigner Keith Reed says: 'Purpose built student accommodation is generally to be welcomed, but this seems an excessive proposal in the wrong place. There are a number of elderly people living nearby, as well as other residents who are concerned about possible noise problems at night, and traffic congestion around Highfield junction is already bad.

    The hotel is a valuable local facility, which would be a loss to Portswood.'

    Let us know what you think about this here.

  • key_christmas_card.jpg
    Article: Dec 11, 2014

    Happy Christmas from Nick and Miriam.

    This year's Christmas card was designed in Sheffield by Martha and Hepsie Ltd.

  • Police (Kent Police on Facebook)
    Article: Dec 9, 2014
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Our local police station in St Denys Road is due to re-open around the end of November after a refurbishment. Revised police plans mean that it will be retained long-term.

    Adrian Vinson says: 'This is great news, and a great conclusion to the FOCUS campaign to keep a police station in Portswood.'

  • Article: Dec 8, 2014

    The Autumn Statement this week is packed with Liberal Democrat policies, and has our priorities at its core. Read on for 13 wins which are helping to build a stronger economy in a fairer society.

    1. Our economic plan is working

    Our economic plan is working and the economy is recovering faster than forecast and the UK is the fastest growing major advanced economy. Thanks to Liberal Democrats in Government, we are restoring the public finances to a sustainable path and delivering economic security. The deficit is forecast to have halved from its 2009/10 peak in 2014/15 as a share of GDP. Inflation is low, supporting households and businesses, and a record number of people - 30.8 million - are in work. By 2018/19, the Government is forecast to run the first surplus for 18 years. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said, "After many difficult decisions and with the hard work of people up and down the country, the British economy is doing well. As the economy continues to grow stronger, we are making sure that it does so in a society that is fairer."

  • Chicken
    Article: Dec 8, 2014

    Last week it emerged that over 70% of chickens sold in British supermarkets are contaminated with the food-poisoning bug campylobacter.

    South East Euro-MP Catherine Bearder is now asking the European Commission to set EU limits for campylobacter in chicken meat to reduce the risk of people catching food poisoning.

  • Adrian Vinson - 'Forest' of To Let boards, Portswood
    Article: Dec 5, 2014
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Local campaigner Adrian Vinson is calling for faster action by the Council's Planning Department against developers who flout planning regulations.

    Adrian says: 'Too often delays in issuing enforcement notices enable landlords and other developers to spin out planning breaches with successive appeals against refusal of permission and subsequent enforcement. With prompt enforcement on refusal of planning permission, the national Planning Inspectorate will rule on both at the same time, cutting down on the disruption neighbourhoods have to suffer.'

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