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    Article: Nov 30, 2020

    We have all become more aware of the need for free school meals in the last few months, but child food poverty did not start with Covid19. Surrey Lib Dems have called on the Surrey County Council administration to take steps to address this growing problem across the county.

    Surrey is a comparatively wealthy county, but this generalisation hides a number of uncomfortable truths about the level of poverty experienced by those living in some of its poorer areas. Some families are already struggling to put food on the table for children in a county where housing costs are four times less affordable than the national average and are amongst the highest in the country.

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    Article: Nov 26, 2020

    The Surrey Lib Dems are asking people across the county who care for relatives to get in touch and share their story - to mark national Carers Rights Day.

    Lib Dem Party Leader Ed Davey has said he wants the party wants to be a "strong voice" for the millions across the country - including the 97,691 people in Surrey who care for those who need it.

  • Paul Kennedy with Lib Dem stake board
    Article: Nov 24, 2020

    Surrey's Liberal Democrat PCC candidate Paul Kennedy is calling on Surrey's Police Commissioner to act, as Lib Dem research reveals 30-40% of non-emergency calls to Surrey Police went unanswered in late summer. In August alone nearly 10,000 callers - representing 32% of total 101 calls - gave up in the face of a 4 minute average waiting time, while nearly 1,000 callers had to wait more than 20 minutes to get through.

  • Wisley Junction Map
    Article: Nov 19, 2020
    Surrey Liberal Democrats have welcomed the Early Day Motion tabled by Liberal Democrat MP for St Albans Daisy Cooper which raises concerns regarding the proposed new M25/A3 junction alongside RHS Wisley.

    In the motion Daisy Cooper MP highlights RHS Wisley's concerns around the impact the proposal will have on 44 trees along their boundary with the A3, including the felling of 17 Grade II Heritage trees and 27 other trees being negatively impacted by the undermining of their root strength. She also notes local concerns from residents and the local councils about the wider environmental impact as a result of the unnecessary extra mileage and inevitable increased pollution created by the junction, ending with a call for the Government to stop the proposal and require Highways England to consider and implement an alternative approach.
  • Free School Meals 1
    Article: Oct 27, 2020

    Last week the Conservative Government voted against extending free school meals for children in need during the holidays, including Angela Richardson, MP for Guildford, Cranleigh and our Villages. This means that during October half term, the Christmas holidays and beyond, there will be many parents struggling to feed their children.
    Not only have the Conservative Government taken this action, which has shocked many, but they have also been condemned by many members of the public for their response to the criticism. Just one reaction was that of Paul Scully, who is a Conservative minister, was to say "Children have been going hungry for years".
    In Surrey, 9% of children live in poverty, despite one or more of their parents being in work and Surrey Lib Dems argue that free school meals are an essential lifeline for many, especially with the further difficulties faced by all due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Liberal Democrat County group leader, Chris Botten said:
    " Suggesting that families need support because their parent(s) spend their money on non-essential items is dangerous and harmful. It is clear the Conservatives are out of touch and hold great contempt for large sections of our communities, this is unacceptable. We cannot allow children to suffer as a result."
    "That is why Liberal Democrats across Surrey are calling on the County Council to use their powers to show compassion, take responsibility and step in."
    Surrey residents can sign the petition calling for an extension to free school meals in Surrey here: http://bit.ly/PetitionSCCFreeSchoolMeals
    Zöe Franklin, Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages backed the petition and added:
    "This Conservative Government are failing Surrey's Children's and their parents with their vote last week. That is why we are calling on the County Council to step up and fill the gap left by their colleagues in Westminster.
    However, there are so many determined to help families at this time. As well as congratulating the brilliant campaigning by Marcus Rashford, we would also like to take this opportunity to thank those businesses and members of the community who have come forward to help ensure as many children as possible have access to free meals during half term."