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  • People waiting at a bus stop (SandyRavaloniaina@ unsplash.com)
    Article: Jul 11, 2022

    Lib Dem Councillors have criticised Stagecoach over cancellations and cuts to key bus services in Guildford and Woking.

    From today, the Services 1 and 2 in Guildford, will reduce to every 30 mins. From Monday 25th July, the 91 Service in Woking will reduce to 15 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday; evening journeys and the whole of the Sunday timetable will remain unchanged.

  • Upturned jar of coins (Photo by Josh Appel on Unsplash)
    Article: Jul 7, 2022

    Lib Dems will be calling on Surrey County Council to declare a cost-of-living crisis emergency in a motion they will propose at the full council meeting on 12 July.

    Families in Surrey were starting to struggle even before the pandemic, but spiralling prices and real terms fall in wages have caused many more residents to start claiming benefits for the first time. Food bank usage has increased by 300% over 2019 figures and around 23,000 children are already living in poverty.

  • Will Forster outside Quadrant Court
    Article: Jun 30, 2022

    Lib Dem Councillors have called the Conservative-run Surrey County Council's plans to axe area committees as one that 'undermines local democracy and reduce the local people's voice in Council decisions.'

    Local and Joint Committees have been the mainstay of local democracy in Surrey over the last 20 years, providing a forum for county councillors to join with their counterparts from the district/borough councils to discuss issues and make decisions on local county council spending. Members of the public participated in the meetings by bringing petitions and asking questions about council services.

  • Group of young climate change protestors (Li-An Lim @ unsplash.com)
    Article: Jun 9, 2022

    The Liberal Democrats have criticised Michael Gove for giving the go ahead to gas drilling in Surrey.

    In a decision published yesterday, the Conservative government announced it will grant planning permission to explore for gas in Dunsfold, by the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It comes despite concerns raised by the local community and environmental campaigners about the damage the drilling could do to the countryside and the UK's climate ambitions.

  • Young girl sitting at table eating
    Article: Jun 6, 2022

    The government has slashed funding for free school meals for 4-7-year-olds in Surrey by £940,756.00 in real terms, shocking new figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.

    The party said it is another example of the Conservatives "short-changing our children."

    Universal Infant Free School Meals were introduced by the Liberal Democrats, to provide free school meals to all pupils in reception, Year 1 and Year 2. However, since the policy was introduced seven years ago, the Conservatives have increased funding per pupil by just 4 pence, from £2.30 to £2.34, or an increase of 1.7%.