Liberal Democrats call more litter collection rather than press releases
At a heated full council meeting at the Tandridge Council offices last night, the Liberal Democrat group abstained on the vote for the 2018 proposed budget where it was agreed to increase the Council Tax by 2.99%. The Liberal Democrats agreed with the level of spending and council tax increase given the extremely difficult financial circumstances confronting the Council but disagreed with some of the ways in which the Tories propose to spend the money available.
MP fails to stand up for Surrey in crucial funding vote
Liberal Democrat county councillors have criticised Surrey's 11 Conservative MPs including East Surrey;s MP, Sam Gyimah, after they all voted in favour of the Local Government Finance Settlement in the House of Commons on Wednesday 7th February. The Settlement sets out the level of funding from central government to local authorities for the next financial year and has been heavily criticised for not providing adequate funding to councils to provide essential services. All 9 Liberal Democrat county councillors in Surrey had written to the 11 MPs asking them to vote against the Settlement but no Conservative MP in Surrey spoke in the debate and all voted in favour.
Over 1000 people sign Lib Dem petition to axe DIY waste charges in Surrey
A petition set up by Liberal Democrat county councillors calling on Surrey County Council to axe its charges on residents disposing of DIY waste has attracted over 1000 signatures in just over 2 weeks. The petition was set up after the Government, as part of a wider consultation on fly-tipping, stated that "The Government's view is that residents should be able to dispose of household DIY waste free of charge" and "The Government will consider clarifying the law if councils continue to charge for disposal of reasonable amounts of DIY waste". The County Council introduced the unpopular charges, dubbed the "Tory Tip Tax", in September 2016 and earlier in January this year ended the daily allowance for local residents to dispose of waste for free.
A link to the petition can be found HERE
Financial crisis worsens at County Hall as Tories ask Surrey residents to pay more for less
Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have criticised the Conservative-administration for budget proposals containing £54m of further cuts to services and a 6% council tax rise. The budget recommendations will be approved by the Council's Conservative Cabinet on Tuesday 30th January, and then by the County Council on Tuesday 6th February.
Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council, said today:
Cable: Marr interview shows Labour leadership's "betrayal" in backing the Conservatives' damaging hard Brexit
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ruled out membership of the Customs Union and the Single Market in an interview with Andrew Marr this morning. This is despite overwhelming support for both among his party's membership and conflicting messages from the Labour frontbench.