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  • Woman sitting between two children on bench - rear view (Benjamin Manley on unsplash.com)
    Article: Sep 3, 2021

    As many as 12% (*average) of hard-pressed families across Surrey face being left worse off when the government end the uplift to Universal Credit next month.

    New data from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation exposes the true nature of how badly some areas will be hit by the £20 Universal Credit cut, which is opposed by Fiona White, Deputy Leader of the Surrey Lib Dem group.

  • 3d multi coloured Welcome sign
    Article: Aug 24, 2021

    Surrey Lib Dems are calling on the Government to make a more ambitious commitment to resettle refugees fleeing the Taliban, and to give Surrey's Borough and District Councils, as well as the County Council, extra funding to house and support them here.

    The Lib Dems have slammed the Government's commitment to resettle just 5,000 Afghan refugees across the UK over the next year, saying it "falls woefully short" of what is needed in response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis.

  • Small teddy bear with red bow (Sandy Millar on unsplash.com)
    Article: Jul 29, 2021

    Surrey Lib Dem members who sit on the select committee for Children, Families, Lifelong Learning and Culture have responded to news that the Good Law Project is taking legal action against Surrey County Council.

    Fiona White (Guildford West) said:

    "It comes as no surprise to me and my Surrey Lib Dem colleagues, who have challenged Surrey County Council on its delivery of services to vulnerable children over many years, that it is now facing a legal challenge for failing in its statutory duty.

  • rear view of unknown persons in field (Dim Hou on unsplash.com)
    Article: Jul 27, 2021

    Lib Dems have secured support for measures that will result in all care leavers in Surrey being exempt from paying council tax from next April.

    In 2018, Surrey Lib Dems won unanimous backing at Surrey County Council for a motion to exempt care leavers from paying tax until they are 25. Ten of Surrey's eleven borough and district councils have also already taken this step, but under Conservative administration, Tandridge District Council had been holding out against the exemption, however a change in the power balance there has now created an opportunity for the District to move into line with the rest of the county.

  • Piles of plastic bottles for recycling (Nick Fewings on Unsplash)
    Article: Jul 23, 2021

    The local Lib Dems created a petition calling on Surrey County Council to increase the opening times and allow pedestrian access at the Community Recycling Centres in Caterham and Warlingham.

    Lib Dem County Councillor for Caterham Valley, Jeffrey Gray, said:

    "Local residents have become increasingly frustrated by the long queues outside the recycling centres on Bond Road in Warlingham and Chaldon Road in Caterham. The local tips' opening hours have been cut back so that when they are open, the demand is greater than ever, causing congestion in local roads."