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  • Article: May 28, 2017

    Under Theresa May's proposals, many would end up paying far more for their care. Families deserve to know now what the Dementia Tax will mean for their homes, finances and relatives. The Liberal Democrats will keep campaigning to scrap the Dementia Tax and ensure no-one has to worry about catastrophic costs to pay for their care.

  • Article: May 26, 2017

    Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has launched a national movement calling on people, irrespective of their party affiliation, to stop the Conservatives' planned Dementia Tax.

    It comes alongside Liberal Democrat research that reveals that across England, 9 out 10 homes could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May's Dementia Tax.

  • Article: May 26, 2017

    An announcement by the Labour Party that it would invest £45bn in the NHS and social care over five years as well as protect pensions could be rendered meaningless by Brexit, Liberal Democrats have said.

    Treasury analysis from 2016 estimated that the form of Brexit supported by the Labour and Conservative parties - a negotiated bilateral agreement as opposed to membership of the single market - would rob public services of £36bn EACH YEAR. A botched Brexit could cost the Exchequer up to £45 billion a year. The government has neither formally rejected this analysis nor commissioned new figures since the referendum.

  • Article: May 26, 2017

    A new survey for The Independent has found the majority of the public is now in favour of banning the most-polluting vehicles from city centres.

    Some 51 per cent of respondents agreed with this suggestion, with only 15 per cent against and the remainder not expressing a view, pollsters ORB said.

    Commenting on the reports which shows the public back the Liberal Democrat policy of banning the most-polluting cars from city centres, Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary Jenny Randerson said: "The air we allow our children to breathe is toxic and is leading to a national health crisis.

  • Article: May 26, 2017

    As election campaigning resumes after the Manchester atrocity, the Scottish Liberal Democrats are highlighting the contribution of NHS workers.

    On a visit to a pharmacist in Glasgow, party leader Willie Rennie has recognised the important and dedicated role of health and care staff in Scotland.

    The Scottish Liberal Democrats are calling for NHS workers who are EU nationals to be given the immediate right to continue working in Scotland, regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

  • Article: May 25, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have withdrawn their Party Election Broadcast that was due to air on BBC One in England this evening. The party is replacing it with a heartfelt, personal and non-political message from leader Tim Farron following the heinous attack in Manchester on Monday.

    In the emotive and deeply personal message, recorded yesterday, he reflects on his experience of visiting Manchester for the vigil in Albert Square on Tuesday night.

  • Article: May 23, 2017

    Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has announced that the party has suspended all national campaigning until further notice. Tim was due to fly to Gibraltar today as part of the general election campaign but has cancelled the trip.

    Tim Farron said: "The country is united in grief after this devastating terror attack. Just as the country is focusing all its thoughts on the victims and their families, so politicians should come together in solidarity and respect for the innocent people caught up in this vile attack.

  • Article: May 22, 2017

    Liberal Democrats in the North East are warning concessionary travellers to 'use it or lose it'.

    Concessionary travel is under treat from a Scottish Government consultation that could see the age threshold raised for thousands of bus users.

    In a meeting with Stagecoach in Aberdeen today, Mike Rumbles MSP and Liberal Democrat candidate for Gordon David Evans heard that the company depend on the scheme to subsidise bus routes across the North East.

  • Article: May 22, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today a revealed a Scottish Government backlog of over 3500 air weapons awaiting licenses, describing it as "unacceptable".

    The requirement to licence air weapons came into force at the start of the year. People waiting for their application to be processed have reported frustration at the length of time being taken to certify licenses. When the legislation was passed, ministers claimed the licensing system could be introduced "smoothly" and claimed there are "no overall delays" in dealing with firearms certificates.

  • Article: May 22, 2017

    Responding to the launch of the Scottish Labour manifesto, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "We need to get the SNP to cancel their divisive independence referendum. The SNP risk leaving Scotland outside the UK as well as outside the EU. That is bad for business, security and the NHS.