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  • Florence MacDonald campaigning for a safety crossing in Four Lanes
    Article: Jul 1, 2018
    By Jeff Muir

    Florence MacDonald, local parish councillor is campaigning for a safe crossing on the main road through Four Lanes to help children get safely to school.


    There have been several accidents on the main road through Four Lanes in the last year alone. Despite this and the Highways officer visiting Four Lanes, no action has been taken. Apparently, speeding is not considered a problem!

  • Adam Paynter
    Article: Mar 14, 2018

    As you will probably be aware, the Government in recent years has steadily been cutting the amount of grant that it gives local authorities to provide services. Since 2010 Cornwall Council has had to deliver over £300m in savings and we are having to make more in the years to come. However the way the money from government has been shared out between councils is not fair. Cornwall receives on average £264 per head (25%) less than those in inner London.

  • Carer with old person
    Article: Mar 14, 2018

    Cornwall Liberal Democrats deliver better care for the vulnerable and a fair deal for care workers.

    Cornwall Council has agreed a plan for increasing the pay of care workers, and improving the way care is delivered to Cornwall's elderly and most vulnerable adults.

    In a package of proposals on how care will be purchased in the future, Cornwall Council has committed to: implementing the National Living Wage Foundation rate of pay, typically at least one pound higher than the National Living Wage; paying care workers for travel time and mileage; ensuring care workers have at least five days training a year in working time; and not using 15 minute visits to clients.

    Rob Rotchell Liberal Democrat Cabinet member for Adults said:

    "The plan that we have adopted today will bring better care for the vulnerable and deliver a fair deal for care workers. One of the biggest problems we have faced in Cornwall is a shortage of appropriate care workers. By making a significant improvement in their terms and conditions of employment, we hope that we will both increase recruitment and retention, leading to longer term stability in the care system. If we can reduce staff turnover and the use of agency staff, we will reduce costs overall."

    "We are also adopting the Unison Ethical Care Charter. This means that the starting point for commissioning of care visits will be client need and not minutes or tasks. Care workers will have the time and freedom to provide appropriate care to clients, and 15 minute visits will not be used, as they undermine the dignity of clients."

    The plans also include a new more cost efficient process for commissioning care.

    Adam Paynter the Liberal Democrat Leader of Cornwall Council said:

    "We committed in the election to defend Social Care provision in Cornwall in spite of the cuts in funding from the Government. This plan delivers on that promise by ensuring that our front line care workers get a fair deal and our service users are treated with the care and dignity they deserve.

  • Cornish Pasty
    Article: Mar 5, 2018
    US food producers may be able to make and sell 'Cornish Pasties' made in America following Brexit, according to media reports. The US has long been opposed to the rules that mean that a Cornish Pasty can only be described as 'Cornish" if it is made in Cornwall, and have been lobbying for these rules to be dropped after Brexit.
  • Sngle use plastics
    Article: Feb 20, 2018

    Lib Dem Councillors have got Cornwall Council to agree to phase out the use of all single use cups, lids, plastic bottles, plastiv lined cardboard and any other single use plastics from the entire Cornwall Council Estate by 2020.

    The motion proposed to Cornwall Council today by Liberal Democrat Councillors Jesse Foot and Dominic Fairman also calls on all businesses with which the Council works to also promote the banning of simialr products in their own business environments.

  • Tim Farron in Illogan
    Article: Jan 26, 2017

    Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats was on the doorsteps in Illogan recently talking to local residents alongside Lib Dem Cornwall Councillor, David Ekinsmyth.

    The visit to Illogan was part of an extended tour of Cornwall with Tim knocking on doors in Falmouth, Perranporth, Kelly Bray and Launceston on this occasion.

  • Tim Farron - Leader of the Liberal Democrats
    Article: Sep 21, 2016

    In a major speech to Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron has called upon Prime Minister Theresa May to stop dithering over Brexit and spell out exactly what here plans are for the country.

    Tim said, "Theresa May says Brexit means Brexit. Well thanks for clearing that up.

  • Cllr David Ekinsmyth
    Article: Sep 22, 2015

    David Ekinsmyth, Lib Dem Cornwall Councillor for the Illogan Division has appealed for interested individuals to join a group working on the Neighbourhood Plan.

    David believes the plan, which would cover the Illogan, Park Bottom and West Tolgus areas, should directly reflect the needs and wishes of the wider local community rather than just those of elected officials.