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  • Pensions Changes
    Article: Oct 14, 2014

    Pensioners will benefit from a 2.5 per cent increase in their state pension thanks to the Liberal Democrat Triple Lock guarantee.

    Figures out today (14 October) show that inflation is below target meaning that the basic state pension will be boosted by 2.5 per cent next year.

    The Triple Lock guarantee means that pensions will increase with inflation, earnings or 2.5 per cent - whichever is highest.

  • Bobbies NOT Bureaucrats
    Article: Oct 10, 2014

    Julia Goldsworthy the prospective Lib Dem MP for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle has launched a campaign to scrap the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner.

    The move comes as the current Commissioner, Conservative Tony Hogg has confirmed the closure of police front desks across Cornwall.

    Currently the annual budget for the Commissioner's office stands at £1.8m, money Ms Goldsworthy says could be better spent on recruiting and paying for front line policing.

  • Article: Oct 10, 2014

    Lib Dems in the House of Lords have moved one step closer to criminalising the sharing of revenge porn following the tabling of a new amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill.

    The revision, which makes it an offense to publish a private sexual image of another identifiable person without their consent, focuses specifically on the distress caused to the victims.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has launched a major review aimed at shoring up workers' rights.

    The aim is to make sure people understand their employment rights, as well as ensuring bosses know what their staff are entitled to.

    The review could help strengthen the employment status of up to one million British workers.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2014

    Plans to boost pay for thousands of apprentices have been unveiled by Liberal Democrat business secretary Vince Cable.

    A proposal to create a single national minimum wage for 16 to 17-year-olds in work and first year of apprentices will be presented to the Low Pay Commission (LPC).

    It would mean around 31,000 apprentices in the first year of their programme will benefit from a pay rise of more than £1 an hour.

  • Article: Oct 5, 2014

    Liberal Democrat members today overwhelmingly backed plans to commit a £1 billion real term investment in NHS.

    The manifesto commitment will see the health service receive the extra £1 billion of real term funding in 2016/17 and 2017/18.

    It will be funded by scrapping the Tory "shares for rights" scheme, increasing the dividend tax on additional rate taxpayers and tightening the cap on pension tax relief.

  • Julia Goldsworthy addresses Lib Dem activists gathered to discuss plans for a Cornish Assembly
    Article: Sep 29, 2014

    Julia Goldsworthy Lib Dem prospective MP for Camborne Redruth and Hayle has described the prospect of a Cornish Assembly as a "once in a generation opportunity to give the people of Cornwall the stronger voice that they need and deserve."

    At a meeting of Lib Dem activists in Bodmin, former North Cornwall MP and Lib Dem Political Reform spokesman Lord (Paul) Tyler described how Liberal Democrats locally and nationally could bring law-making powers to Cornwall.

  • Julia Goldsworthy
    Article: Sep 19, 2014

    Following the outcome of the independence referendum in Scotland, Lib Dems will gather in Bodmin next week to plan their campaign for new powers for Cornwall.

    Liberal Democrats have already voted for Cornwall to benefit from a devolved Assembly, with powers similar to those enjoyed in Wales, at their most recent national conference in York. They have agreed to seek a 'Devolution Enabling Act', giving Cornwall the chance to take law-making powers from Westminster. The commitment features in the party's recent 'pre-manifesto' for the 2015 election.