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  • Campaigners in North Shropshire
    Article: Dec 17, 2021

    The Lib Dems are on track to win seats across the country at the next General Election, including here in Surrey, following the historic by-election victory overnight in North Shropshire.

    The party won the once safe Conservative seat of North Shropshire, overturning the Conservatives majority of almost 23,000 votes. It is the second parliamentary by-election the Lib Dems have won against the Tories this year, following their victory in Chesham and Amersham in the summer.

  • 'Meetings in progress' sign on closed wooden door (John Tyson@unsplash.com)
    Article: Dec 15, 2021

    Against a backdrop of Surrey's increasing coronavirus infections and the spread of the Omicron variant, Surrey County Council has been pressured into postponing its pre-Christmas Full Council meeting until the New Year.

    In person meetings are currently the only option for local authorities making formal decisions. The Government has so far resisted calls from all sides to grant councils the powers to be able to meet virtually, as they had been able to do during the pandemic up until 7th May 2021.

  • Cllr Pippa Heylings, Cllr Joe Harris and Cllr Bridget Smith holding letter at COP26
    Article: Nov 11, 2021

    Surrey Lib Dems have backed a letter sent to the COP26 climate change summit signed by hundreds of local councillors across the country calling on more power for local government to tackle climate change.

    Lance Spencer, spokesperson on climate change for the Surrey Lib Dems group said:

    "What the country has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic will pale in comparison to the economic and social impacts of climate breakdown if we do not take action immediately. The latest UK Climate Risk Assessment concluded that the UK is "woefully underprepared" for the impacts of climate change that will hit the country.

    "The UK's net zero targets can only be achieved if Government and local authorities work seamlessly together. More than half of the emissions cuts needed rely on people and businesses taking up low-carbon solutions - solutions around buildings, energy and transport - decisions that are made at a local and individual level.

  • woman in blue shirt using Macbook air (Bermix Studio @ unsplash.com)
    Article: Nov 10, 2021

    81,853 low income households in Surrey are paying too much for their broadband because the Government has not forced providers to offer cheaper tariffs, an analysis by the Liberal Democrats has found.

    So-called 'social tariffs', which typically offer broadband access between £10 and £20 a month, are only currently offered by some providers. But changes to the law that came into force last year mean that the Government now has the ability to force broadband providers to offer these cheaper deals.

  • person in blue pants sitting on brown wooden floor (Erik Mclean @ unsplash.com)
    Article: Nov 4, 2021

    Only around 732 families in Surrey have been supported to better insulate their homes under the government's flagship Green Homes Grant scheme, new figures have revealed.

    The scheme was meant to help people upgrade their homes to net-zero standards and cut their energy bills through fitting better insulation or heat pumps but was scrapped earlier this year after just six months. However, figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats show how the scheme has failed families in the local area.