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  • Article: Feb 11, 2019

    Amid increasing uncertainty surrounding Britain's place in the European Union (EU), Surrey County Council has agreed a request made by Surrey Lib Dems to help its EU staff and children in care apply for 'settled status' post-Brexit.

    Earlier this year, the Government announced that EU nationals would have to apply and pay for settled status post-Brexit, though they have recently waived the application fees. This 'pay to stay' process has been widely criticised as being too complicated and making Europeans feel unwelcome in the UK.

  • Full Council
    Article: Feb 11, 2019

    Speech delivered by the Leader of Surrey County Council's Liberal Democrat Group, Chris Botten, delivered at the Full Council Meeting on 5th February 2019.

    "For the avoidance of doubt, I am setting out this morning the reasons why I and my group will be voting against the budget papers as presented to us; we understand the extreme difficulties the council faces in producing a balanced budget, but we believe some core principles have been elided and some significant failures to address important issues are manifest.

  • County Hall
    Article: Feb 4, 2019

    At Surrey County Council's Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Cabinet members approved plans to shut 31 of Surrey's 58 children centres. Liberal Democrat County Councillors spoke out at the meeting against the closures, believing the proposals were not in the best interests of the residents of Surrey and the current users of the centres.

  • Chris Botten Large
    Article: Jan 28, 2019

    Cabinet papers* released yesterday by Surrey County Council reveal the outcomes of recent consultations carried out in relation to a number of essential services provided by the Council. The public consultations were based on a set of proposals for five service areas:
    • Children's centres
    • Community recycling centres
    • Concessionary bus travel
    • Libraries and culture
    • Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
    The consultation delivered over 28,000 responses from across the county, yet seem to have been somewhat overlooked in the recommendations to the Cabinet.

  • Will Forster Headshot
    Article: Jan 18, 2019

    Lib Dem County Councillor Will Forster has today called on Surrey County Council to support European Union (EU) nationals living locally from the damaging effects of Brexit.

    Before Christmas, the Government announced that EU citizens would have to apply and pay for 'settled status' post-Brexit, causing fears that some European workers will leave the UK post Brexit. Surrey County Council, like other local authorities, relies on EU nationals to fill key jobs especially in the social care sector.

  • Article: Jan 2, 2019
    By Greg Foster

    As we enter 2019, time is ticking down on Brexit, and with it the whole future of the country.

    The history books will look back on these coming three months as critical.
    It is almost unbelievable that Parliament is waiting a further week to return!

    After two long years of negotiation, the Prime Minister has brought back a Brexit deal that satisfies no-one. Her reaction is to try to scare people with the prospect of a 'No Deal' Brexit. In reality, that can't happen unless she decides it should.

    So the only way forward - now - for the country and the Prime Minister is for the public to have the final say, and the option to Remain.

    It's a campaign we Liberal Democrats started more than two years ago. Now millions of people have joined us in demanding a better future than Brexit Britain has to offer.

    And the power of the millions who have signed petitions, lobbied their MP, or marched on Parliament - 700,000 of them just this year - is beginning to bear fruit. A People's Vote has moved from being a possibility to being a probability.

    But only if we keep the pressure up. If we succeed, 2019 will be a year remembered not because we harmed our country with Brexit, but because we - the people - stood up and stopped it.

    And if we do that, our Parliament and Government can once again deal with big issues like climate change, rising crime, the social care crisis, homelessness and housing supply, all of which have been neglected because of Brexit.

    Enjoy your New Year celebrations and then let's get out there in 2019 and win the fight for a People's Vote and a brighter future for Britain.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2018

    Spelthorne Liberal Democrats have published a report on the future of Chidren's Centres in the Borough.

    We do not believe the proposal by Surrey CC meets the special needs of Spelthorne compared to the rest of the county. We believe all the centres should remain open. We support the continuation of Stanwell as a main "family hub". Many of the other proposals do not appear to be supported by the evidence of local need.

  • Article: Dec 3, 2018

    The latest report from Shelter has revealed that 1 in 52 people living in the capital are homeless.

    That's thousands of vulnerable people forced to go without food, warmth and a roof over their head.

    The report also shows that around 320,000 people are now homeless across the country.

    It's an absolute disgrace.

  • Article: Dec 3, 2018

    Climate Change isn't just an environmental problem, it's a human one too.

    Climate Change isn't just an environmental problem, it's a human one too.

    Look at our country - and the impact of weather extremes likely linked to climate change. This summer, Manchester's Moorlands were turned into an inferno. Food prices spiked as farmers struggled in an unseasonal heatwave. Back in March, parts of the country were brought to a standstill with massive snowfalls from the Beast from the East.

  • Article: Dec 3, 2018

    The latest edition of the Staines South Focus is hitting the streets now and includes articles on:

    • Update on future of our park
    • Results of local survey
    • Tories in Central government are taking your local Council tax out of Spelthorne
    • Spelthorne's democratic deficit
    • Action on traffic and roads
    • Attendance of Councillors at meetings

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