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  • cows - landscape
    Article: Nov 3, 2020

    Liberal Democrats across Devon have called on the county's Conservative MPs to back British farming this week and vote to protect our high environmental and animal welfare standards.

    In a letter to the ten Tory MPs representing Devon, their Lib Dem opponents from 2019 warned them not to "risk farmers' livelihoods to win a favourable trade deal from Donald Trump".

  • Mr Bumble and Oliver Twist, by Charles Edmund Brock
    Article: Oct 27, 2020

    Devon County Hall could give Mr Bumble, the workhouse beadle from Oliver Twist, a run for his money after trying to pretend it had made a U-turn to tackle holiday hunger across Devon.

    County Hall announced on Monday that there really was cash, after all, for meals during the holiday for those children receiving free school meals. But checking the detail, it becomes clear it is 'old money' being re-packaged, says Cllr Alan Connett, Liberal Democrat opposition leader at Devon County.

  • DCC sign
    Article: Oct 23, 2020

    Devon County Council should reverse its 'mean minded' refusal to provide free school meals during the holidays, say Devon's Liberal Democrats.

    "The impact of the lockdown and Covid19 on many families across the County is not of their making and money is increasingly tight, especially for those affected by reduced hours, lost jobs, or furlough arrangements," said Liberal Democrat opposition leader Cllr Alan Connett.

  • Houses with banner
    Article: Oct 21, 2020

    The government's White Paper on planning reforms is a missed opportunity to resolve the country's housing crisis and does nothing to address the issues we face in the South Hams, agreed councillors and public at a meeting held on Tuesday October 20th online.

    While the Government claims there has not been enough house building to meet demand, Totnes Councillor John Birch reminded the meeting that planning permission has already been granted for 6,950 dwellings that have not yet been implemented.

  • housing in countryside
    Article: Oct 21, 2020
    By Julian Brazil

    The average house price is more than 11 times the average income in the South Hams. If we want young working families to remain here something has to change, writes Julian Brazil, Chair of the Development Management Committee at South Hams District Council.

    Our local infrastructure already struggles to cope with the extra pressure of new development. And housing numbers are imposed on us from central government. The latest white paper on planning was an opportunity for change. What a missed opportunity! Far from solving the issues we face; it just amplifies the problems.

  • Covid 19
    Article: Sep 21, 2020
    The Liberal Democrats are calling for an extension of the Government's furlough scheme until the jobs market is "ready to bounce back" in the wake of "staggering job losses" across the country.
    With 6.1% of people now relying on Universal Credit in Totnes constituency, the Party claims that extending furlough would help "stop this crisis getting even worse" and protect jobs for the future.
    Despite the Chancellor promising last month to do "whatever it takes" to support households and businesses through the worst of the coronavirus outbreak, the Government has so far failed to agree a plan beyond the end of the furlough scheme on October 31st.
    The Liberal Democrats have also warned some of the worst hit are the country's self-employed workers, three million of whom are still not covered by support. The Party has called for support to be extended and urged the public to join its campaign to protect jobs.
    Alan Kerr, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for South Hams Lib Dems said:
    "With so many families in crisis, the Government should be doing everything in its power to protect jobs in Totnes and right across the country.
    "The fact that 2,855 people are now relying on Universal Credit in Totnes shows exactly why the Chancellor must extend the furlough scheme, at least until the middle of next year.
    "Ministers need to act now to stop this crisis getting even worse and extend financial support for the millions of people currently excluded from Government assistance."
    Christine Jardine MP, Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesperson, added:
    "We are seeing staggering job losses, even with the furlough scheme in place.
    "People have a right to expect that their Government will stand by them in exactly the way that Rishi Sunak promised when he said he would "do whatever it takes."
    "The Liberal Democrats' are clear that the Government must extend the furlough scheme until the jobs market is ready to bounce back."
  • Register for Conference
    Article: Sep 18, 2020

    Hopefully lots of you have already signed up for conference at the end of the month but for those who haven't yet, this article,detailing why this will be a great conference for first timers may be of interest.

    Our first ever full online conference is set to be one of our biggest ever. With a more accessible, affordable, and flexible conference, more members than ever will be able to have their say and vote on some of the fantastic policy motions coming up at Autumn Conference. You can view a full list of the motions that are going to be debated here.

  • Susie Jackson
    Article: Sep 1, 2020

    Meet your Councillors: Cllr Susie Jackson for the Kingsbridge Ward

    I have lived and worked in Devon for 40 years, 14 of those in the South Hams. I work as an Occupational therapist at Torbay Hospital and my role with the NHS has made me aware of the lack of affordable housing in the area. I hope to meet many of you over the next few years. I will listen carefully to what is important to you. I passionately believe in the power of local communities and I want to help create thriving, sustainable and safe towns to live in. I will work hard to promote a culture of openness and transparency, ending the Conservative 'closed shop' approach.

    Contact Susie

    Email susiejackson005@gmail.com

    Tel 01548 511628





  • Parking at Lumsdale (Paul Cruise)
    Article: Aug 28, 2020
    South Hams District Council is conducting a review of how its parking permits work.The consultation runs until Friday 11 September.
    Cllr Keith Baldry, Executive Member for Environment at South Hams District Council, said:
    "We have decided to conduct a thorough review of our permits across the District so we can hear what residents and visitors want. We want to have a fair and consistent approach to our permit parking but we need to know what you, our residents and visitors, think about it first.
  • Ed Davey
    Article: Aug 28, 2020

    Hopefully you all managed to vote in the recent leadership election. We are glad that we now have a permanent leader in Ed Davey and hope that he can now concentrate on taking the party forward. We know there is national ground to recover and look forward to seeing the party energy revitalised. We were glad to hear that Ed will be launching a national listening programme so voters can tell us what matters to them. Congratulations to Ed!