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Highlights from Ed Davey's speech to the LibDem September 2021 Conference can be seen here

Get inspired by Daisy Coopers video presentation to the Conference here

Watch the LibDem video on how to help our children here

A round-up of the whole conference is available here

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  • People standing at cafe counter
    Article: Oct 26, 2021

    Small and medium-sized businesses, from tech start-ups to hairdressers and cafes, in Surrey will pay an extra £47 million a year due to the rise in national insurance, research commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has found.

    Boris Johnson broke his 2019 manifesto promise by raising employer National Insurance Contributions by 1.25%, impacting small businesses in Surrey and across the country. House of Commons Library research has detailed the impact of the tax rises, and it is estimated that the average micro-business employing up to nine people will pay more than £1,000 extra a year as a result of the tax hike.

  • Heat infrared view of a house (George Miles (dicegeorge))
    Article: Oct 19, 2021
    By Jed Marson
    In Green Liberal Democrats we are adamant. Making energy saving the nation's first priority is the best way forward.
    Compare the limited £3.9 billion announced over 3 years, to provide only 90,000 homes with a new type of hearing, with the £150 billion programme LibDem Leader, Ed Davey, proposes.
    That will insulate the social housing stock and help homeowners. How? Industry will develop new materials and switch to new products with technology we know about and some new that we don't know about now, to all but completely free us from the need for heating new domestic and commercial buildings. Changing regulations is key. If everyone has to meet the new regulations the scale of the market for sustainable tech will bring down prices in a competitive market.

    How will we pay for insulating homes?

    Vulnerability to escalating gas cost now shows that it won't take many years to recoup the cost to retrofit an existing property. The right government programme LibDems propose will result in the same quality of replacement technologies that will be m used by a newly sustainable industry supplying to new homes.
    The insulation of older homes will be much more complicated than for a new home and costly.
    Simple starts include thermal blinds until the windows need replacing. Then make it triple glazing and keep the blinds! The walls are complicated. It's the challenge every householder must tackle over time.
    Here in politics, government allows some big picture oddities. Consider this. At least two oil companies announced plans to buy back shares with spare profits. Their industry is subsidised. How's that wise? Sorry, that's a silly question with a government that talks about a new language in politics but spends more of its time covering up bad judgment and preference of donors. That could be explained by the £18 million in donations to the Conservative Party from developers.
    That means archaic building regulations will persist, with 20% plus profit margins in a cartel that sees too few homes built to bring supply up to demand, rabbit hutches and a generation that can't really afford a home.
    Then things get technical. Homes that don't include what's permitted in solar, haven't a hope of going above that level to tiles and 3 phase, to enable the whole roof of all new buildings to be covered in solar. The regulations stifle the ability for those buildings to be carbon neutral on day one. 3 phase is needed beyond the currently permitted solar panel limit.
    A government that swaps Ministers and doesn't get to the bottom of the numbers is all unfortunate for future generations and that's who we must ask to vote for us to change all this.
    Are you asking how it can it change, when lobby groups with money from the fossil fuel industry are heard and listened to, above the voice of the people, the science and reason? If we can get people to see that, their votes can help us to make the changes needed. Right now you can join the LibDems, help start and become active in a Green LibDem group in your region.

  • City of London
    Article: Oct 19, 2021
    By Lib Dems
    Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey has warned that the Government's new Net Zero Strategy is ignoring the "elephant in the room" by failing to include measures to stop investment in fossil fuel industries through the City of London.
    The former Energy and Climate Change Secretary is calling for new oil, gas and coal companies to be banned from the London Stock Exchange and for urgent action to stop the UK hosting the world's fossil fuel investments.
  • Article: Oct 19, 2021

    Years of Conservative failure have left residents across the country facing a devastating cost of living crisis.

    Families already struggling to recover from the pandemic face a triple whammy of tax rises, benefit reductions and record price increases.

    The UK's energy crisis leaves many residents with a choice between eating and heating this winter - with even bigger price rises expected in the new year.

  • Document: Oct 18, 2021
  • Electrical car plugged in (Michael Fousert @ unsplash.com)
    Article: Oct 14, 2021

    Surrey Lib Dems have responded to the county council's local transport plan. "It says all the right things about where Surrey needs to get to in terms of transforming travel and transport for residents and businesses but falls short in setting out the steps for getting there." See full response.



    There is still time for members of the public to submit their views on the proposals before the deadline of 24 October.

  • Road ahead closed sign (Call Me Fred on unsplash.com)
    Article: Sep 29, 2021

    The Lib Dems have questioned Surrey County Council's process of selecting a new highways maintenance contractor which has resulted in the three final bids coming from companies all with a history of failing Surrey residents.

    The Council's Cabinet met yesterday and agreed to award the contract to either Amey, Kier or Ringway. Initially the contract will be for 10 years, but a possible extension could take it to 21 years with a total value of about £2.5bn.

  • Article: Sep 28, 2021

    Dear friends, welcome back to our Updates.

    We started writing these to keep people updated on COVID matters, in particular local implications, and it has been a while since our last edition back in May. After a summer recharging our batteries, we will now send these Updates monthly and will be concentrating on Borough and County matters. Although COVID is still a huge concern, we don't think we can add much through these letters.

  • Will Forster with LD rosette outside
    Article: Sep 27, 2021

    The Lib Dems have called Surrey County Council's draft County Deal for Surrey bid a 'power gr ab'.

    The County Council is currently putting together a bid for more powers from central government as part of a County Deal for Surrey. However, there is growing concern that the County Deal bid is a simple power grab to enable the Council to become a unitary authority by the back door.

  • Survey: Sep 23, 2021
    18 questions

    We want to ensure we understand your key concerns, both locally and nationally. We are also always in need for more help to promote our liberal values, and would welcome new support.

    Please complete the survey which is split between:

    • Borough issues: With just two Borough councillors out of 36, we have to focus our efforts on areas where we can try and persuade the RA to do things better. Could you please rank the various topics which are under the Borough's control from 1 (most important) to 6 (least important):
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