The Liberal Democrats have set out their vision
for a “new era of learning throughout life” with the creation of an ambitious
Skills Wallet. This will give every adult £10,000 to spend on education and
training throughout their lives.
A Liberal Democrat Government will put £4,000 into people’s ‘Skills Wallet’ at
25, £3,000 at 40 and another £3,000 at 55. The grants have been designed to
encourage saving towards the costs of education and training throughout adult
Individuals, their employers and local government will be able to make
additional payments into the wallets. Access to free careers guidance will also
Democrat Shadow Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary, Sam Gyimah,
“Working hard should mean secure work and a decent income, but for too many
people that’s not the case. In an ever changing workplace people often need to
develop new skills, but the cost of courses and qualifications shuts too many
“Neither the Conservatives and Labour have the answers to these challenges.
They are stuck pursuing 20th-century policies that simply won’t work in our
21st-century economy. They would take our country backwards.
“Only the Liberal Democrats have a real plan to build a fairer economy and a
brighter future. We will create a new era of learning throughout adult life
with Skills Wallets for every individual, providing them with £10,000 to spend
on education and training at various stages of their lives.
“By stopping Brexit and investing in our Skills Wallets, Liberal Democrats will
empower people to develop new skills so that they can thrive in the
technologies and industries that are key to the UK’s economic future and
Today the Liberal Democrats announce that the
party will waive the exorbitant leave to remain application fees for members of
the Armed Forces who were born outside of the UK. The fees cost a family of
four almost £10k.
In recent years the fees for these applications have been increased to
exorbitant levels: they now stand at £2,389 per person, despite the unit cost
to the Home Office of processing an application being just £243. This means
that the cost of applying for a family of four is £9,556.
These excessive fees have prevented many brave veterans from taking up their
right to settle in the UK with their families. Some have been forced to leave
the country they have served for and lived in for years; others have remained
in the UK without immigration status, unable to work in the country they sought
Democrat Shadow Defence Secretary Jamie Stone said:
“Foreign and Commonwealth citizens have a proud legacy of serving our country
in the Armed Forces. These excessive fees have prevented many brave veterans
and their families from living in the UK and forced many to a life of
“These men and women risk their lives in the service of our country, and the
fact they are treated this way by the Conservative party is yet another
horrible example of the hostile environment.
“A Liberal Democrat government will waive the outrageous application fees for
members of the Armed Forces on discharge and their families.”
Data from the Trussell Trust shows April to September 2019 to be the busiest half-year period for food banks in their network since the charity opened.
The crisis in social care has been clear for some time but today’s report shows the extent that it is impacting all other areas of local government.
The Conservatives, incapable of focusing on anything else but Brexit, have ignored the crisis in social care whilst simultaneously cutting local government funding.
Not only are our elderly and most vulnerable people missing out on vital care, with family members having to give up their jobs to fill the gaps in the system, but cuts to local government are having a detrimental impact on our environment, transport, housing and many other local services.
Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future by ending the continual erosion of local government funding and commit to a real increase in local government funding throughout the Parliament.
We will also urgently invest in social care by putting a penny on income tax as well as investing the Remain Bonus from stopping Brexit in public services.
The Liberal Democrats have set out ambitious plans to tackle soaring levels of knife crime, by investing £500 million in youth services and adopting a public health approach to youth violence.
A Liberal Democrat government would create a £500 million ring-fenced fund for Local Authorities in England to spend on youth services.
This would provide young people with positive, safe and healthy opportunities to prevent them being drawn into youth violence and gang-related crime. The party would also make local youth services a statutory service, protecting them from future cuts.
The Liberal Democrats would take a public health approach to tackling youth violence, modelled on the successful approach taken by Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit.
This would involve identifying risk factors and treating them early on, with youth workers, police, teachers, health professionals and social services all working closely together to prevent young people falling into gangs and violence.
Liberal Democrats will today (Sunday 17 November) announce bold proposals
to invest £6 billion per year to strengthen the welfare system over
the next Parliament. This forms part of the party’s ambitious plans to
build a brighter future.
Tory austerity has left a fifth of UK citizens in poverty,
unable to afford even the most basic essentials.
Democrats will tackle this crisis by committing £6 billion per year to
strengthen the welfare system over the next Parliament. Liberal Democrat
proposals will prioritise tackling child poverty by abolishing the cruel
two-child limit for Universal Credit and ending the unfair benefits
Democrat government will make work pay and tackle in-work poverty, by
using part of the Remain bonus – the £50 billion of extra funding
that would be generated by stopping Brexit – to restore Work Allowances
and introduce a second-earner Work Allowance. A Liberal Democrat
government will also invest in boosting the Local Housing Allowance by
linking it to average rents in each area.
Liberal Democrat plans to strengthen the UK’s welfare system will protect the
most vulnerable and help to build a brighter future.
Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions Tim Farron said:
“For too many
people in the UK today, working hard and playing by the rules is no longer
enough to secure a decent life. Millions of people’s lives have worsened under
the Conservatives. Since 2015 they have bungled the roll-out of Universal
Credit, made brutal cuts to benefits and introduced their senseless two-child
limit that is fuelling child poverty.
Democrats will stop Brexit and invest billions of pounds from the Remain bonus
in building a brighter future for those struggling in our society. We will fix
our broken welfare system to ensure that everyone has the same opportunities
regardless of where they come from.”
Since the Parliament Project’s inception, we’ve supported over 3500 women across England and Scotland to explore their political pathways and gain the knowledge, confidence, and enthusiasm to stand for politics at all levels. Coming from diverse backgrounds and parties, we’re proud to have played even some small role in these women’s journeys.
When the 2019 General Election was announced, we thought to ourselves: are any of the fantastic women we’ve had the honour of connecting with taking the plunge this time around? The answer, we soon discovered, is a resounding YES.
From workshops facilitators, speakers, and participants to those who have joined our Peer Support Circles, we’re thrilled to introduce you to ten women from across the UK who we’ve crossed paths with in our work, and who are officially candidates in the 2019 UK General Election. Throughout the campaign, we’ll be sharing more from their journeys and activities, providing a closer look at the campaigning process for aspiring women politicos while cheering them on as members of the Parliament Project family. As always, the Parliament Project remains strictly non-partisan – and we’re thrilled to have alumni running from across the political spectrum! – but we would be remiss to not showcase the incredible progress of some of the women we’ve had the pleasure of engaging with in our work.
Liberal Democrats have slammed reports that Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have
pledged to make all those permanently relocating to the UK to pay an
increased surcharge of £625, further increasing what was dubbed by the Liberal
Democrats the ‘nurse tax’.
‘nurse tax’ was the policy outlined just last week by the Tory
Party that the Immigration health surcharge and immigration visa fee were
being extended to EU health professionals, coming to the UK to work in the
Tory nurse tax is ballooning due to the immigration health surcharge
rise and is an insult to the thousands of people who dedicate their
lives coming to work for our health service from the EU.
NHS relies on 20,000 EU nurses, 10,000 EU doctors, and we’ve already lost
more than 5,000 EU nurses in the last 2 years. Without EU doctors and
nurses our NHS would not be able to function and our loved ones would not
receive the care they need.
the Conservatives to charge people even more money to work in our NHS –
when we are already struggling with severe staff shortages – is irresponsible
Liberal Democrats have the solution to the NHS staff crisis: stop
Brexit so that we can build a brighter future for our NHS.
An emergency ten-year programme of action to reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions by more than half by 2030 – minimising the UK’s impacts on the climate as fast as possible.
A comprehensive plan to decarbonise every sector of the economy and get to net zero by 2045.This covers all sectors: power, heat, transport, aviation, industry, and farming and land use.
A plan not only for what to do but how to do it – including reforming regulation and frameworks for finance and investment, skills, innovation and industrial support, and reshaping the institutions of British government, central and local.
Without these three elements, no plan for net zero is credible. As the IFS said, ‘There is no value in politicians simply competing on targets. They need to spell out the policies that will actually be required to meet the targets and be clear about how the immediate costs will be met.’
Despite the wind and rain, Linda Johnson and her team were out delivering leaflets to launch her campaign today. Linda said: ‘There was no sign of David Davis though I understand there was a small gathering of people who had paid a tiny amount to see the head of the Brexit Company. As the Brexit Company aren’t standing in Haltemprice and Howden, it seemed odd that he was here!
Flooding in the UK as the River Don breaks its banks, flooding in Venice as it experiences its highest ever tides. As sea-levels are expected to rise at least 19inches in the next 50 years, there will be more flooding. The East Riding of Yorkshire Council is building massive lagoons with EU money to hold thousands of gallons of water to help prevent floods and the Liberal Democrats are promising huge investment in more flood defences. It’s too late now to stop massive #climatechange but adopting a green lifestyle to help mitigate it is vital. So far no-one seems to be making a link between climate change and floods. Why not?
Waves in St Mark’s Square as Venice flooded by highest tide in 50 years
High waters peaked at 1.87 metres as the flood alarm sounded across the Italian city of canals