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Dene and South Gosforth Ward

DSG Focus TeamUnder boundary changes implemented in May 2018, parts of both Dene Ward and East Gosforth Ward were amalgamated into Dene and South Gosforth Ward.

At the elections in May 2021, the people of Dene and South Gosforth re-elected Karen Robinson with 1777 votes, a majority of 600 over Labour in a 4-way contest

Councilor Wendy Taylor (centre) was re-elected on Thursday 5th May 2022

Councillor Karen Robinson is expected to become Lord Mayor at the Council AGM.

To receive Dene & South Gosforth eFocus from us regularly (more news, more quickly) in addition to the regular paper Focus through your door, which is produced and delivered without cost to taxpayers, email "subscribe" and your post code to dsg@newcastle-libdems.org.uk

Our promise is "service and action all year round" so please do contact us with any queries, concerns or suggestions.

You can contact us directly:

Councillor Wendy Taylor via wendy.taylor@newcastle-libdems.org.uk

Councillor Karen Robinson via karen.robinson@newcastle-libdems.org.uk

Councillor Henry Gallagher via henry.gallagher@newcastle-libdems.org.uk

You can also meet us at our councillors surgeries:

St George's Church, Boundary Gardens on the first Thursday of each month (except Christmas and New Year), from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Gosforth High Street outside the shopping centre on the first Saturday of each month 10am-noon

  • Robin Ashby
    Article: Apr 6, 2022

    * The typical family in Newcastle is set to pay an extra £121 in national insurance contributions (NICs) this year as cost of living crunch hits.

    * Local businesses are also set to feel the squeeze with £23 million tax hit.

    * Newcastle Liberal Democrats are demanding emergency VAT tax cut to put money back in the pockets of struggling families.

  • Cllr Robin Ashby
    Article: Mar 29, 2022

    Thousands of families in Newcastle may miss out on the Government's £150 council tax rebate to help with soaring energy bills, new figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.

    115,277 properties across the area are in council tax bands A-D and so are eligible for the £150 rebate. But the government's financial watchdog estimates that around a third of these will not be paying their council tax bill by Direct Debit and therefore won't automatically benefit from the help.

  • Cllr Wendy Taylor Budget 22
    Article: Mar 4, 2022

    The last 12 months have not been any easier than the previous 12, and as opposition spokesperson on health and social care, I'd again like to put on record our thanks to all the public health and social care staff who have continued to do an amazing job to try and keep the citizens of Newcastle safe, said Cllr Wendy Taylor during Newcastle City Council's Budget debate.
    We recognise the financial difficulties facing the Council, however we remain highly critical of Labour Councillors for failing to push forward with measures we have suggested in the past for making savings. In particular the move towards shared services has been painfully slow and needs to gain some real momentum, yet it has the potential to save a huge amount of money. Perhaps the improved relationships with our neighbours that Cllr Forbes mentioned at the last Council meeting may help to push forward the move to some shared services, which is long overdue. Looking back I've found that it was in 2013 when I first raised the idea of pulling together the work of the Council, the CCG & Newcastle hospitals to provide an integrated approach to commissioning & provision of services. It's a shame that it took a pandemic to start to realise this aim via Collaborative Newcastle. We agree with the aims of enhancing the model to be more community-based and to increase personalisation. We also support ongoing work with health partners to better pool resources. However there's still a lot more to be done to fully integrate health and social care.
    As regards the specific proposals on health and social care in this budget, we recognise the increasing demand for some of our services and the support people need because of COVID-19, for example, in areas including mental health and family support. We also understand the changing needs of our ageing population and an increasing number of people with complex or high needs and the uncertainty caused by the lack of detail about the recently announced health and social care levy.
    We are pleased that new ways of working over the last few years have continued to lead to savings without serious damage to services. In particular the moves towards intermediate care and more extra care housing are welcome, as is the innovative Shared Lives scheme and the use of technology to help protect people in their own homes. The fact that better services are now being delivered as well as reduced costs just shows what can be achieved and I applaud the work done by Adult Social Care staff to achieve this. The consultation process demonstrated the concerns of unpaid carers, who play such a vital role in ensuring the well-being of so many of our residents. They expressed concern that unpaid carers may be left to make up for any ensuing shortfalls in care and support, leading to a negative impact both on their wellbeing and those they care for. We sincerely hope that the Council will agree with the request from Newcastle Carers for a duty to consult carers about any proposed change in a care package being built into care providers' service contracts. We are pleased their request for specific consideration of potential impacts of proposals upon carers to be included in the impact assessment was agreed.

  • Cllr Robin Ashby Budget 22
    Article: Mar 3, 2022

    Before starting to write this, (Cllr Robin Ashby said to Newcastle City Council last night) I thought about Mia and all the other children born in bunkers and who the Russian leadership is trying to kill. I wish them all long life in freedom and democracy.

    I deliberately say the Russian leadership because it is very clear that many Russian soldiers don't know what they are doing, or why. Most Russian speaking Ukranians had nothing to do with this war of aggression, which smashes not just buildings and people but Russia's word as a guarantor of Ukraine's security. Even a member of the Duma was on Radio 4 today criticising his country's policies.

  • Cllr Greg Stone 2022
    Article: Jan 30, 2022

    You may not be familiar with the North East Joint Transport Committee (JTC). It oversees public transport and infrastructure from Berwick to Barnard Castle, and administers capital and revenue budgets including that of Nexus, which funds Metro, many bus services, and the Shields Ferry, alongside arrangements for public transport in Northumberland and Durham. Its membership is limited to council leaders and deputy leaders (mainly Labour), without any opposition to challenge or ask questions.

  • Cllr Wendy Taylor NCC
    Article: Jan 13, 2022

    In a recent report to Council, Labour's Cabinet Minister acknowledged that the highways network is the most valuable asset of the City Council, that Newcastle currently has a maintenance backlog of £184 million (roads £75 million and footpaths £109 million) and that over 200 streets in Newcastle have more than 80% of the length needing treatment. That is simply unacceptable, Cllr Wendy Taylor from Newcastle Liberal Democrats told a Council meeting on 12th January. (She's pictured just before it started)

  • Robin Ashby, Council May 21
    Article: Jan 6, 2022

    Newcastle's Liberal Democrats are backing their party's proposals for a "Robin Hood" tax on energy giants to support families with heating bills - which could bring £20 million to well over 60,000 people in the city

    The Liberal Democrats are pressing the Secretary of State for Energy Kwasi Kwarteng to backs the party's call for a "Robin Hood" tax on the super-profits being made by oil and gas firms, to help local families who are facing soaring energy costs.

  • Covid jabs - Newcastle cllrs
    Article: Dec 15, 2021

    The North East is one of the leading regions for booster jabs. Two Liberal Democrats Councillors who had theirs recently have urged others to follow suit to protect us all as Christmas approaches.

    Councillor Ali Avaei, who is a community pharmacist who runs a Covid vaccination clinic on Sundays at Adelaide Terrace in Benwell, administered one to his colleague Cllr Helen Laverick (Both pictured here). He said " We have enough supplies for appointments and walk-ins to take us through the New Year. So I urge all adults to get their jabs - including those who haven't yet had first or second ones. Our main line of defence against Covid and variants is a fully vaccinated and boosted population. The data shows that the vaccines are helpful against all variants - even if you catch covid, it's likely to be a lot less severe and less of a burden on the NHS if you've had all 3 shots."

  • Small Business Saturday 2021
    Article: Dec 4, 2021

    To mark Small Business Saturday, Liberal Democrats have been out on Gosforth High Street - and have been highlighting some of the many great local businesses in the City (seen here are councillors representing 3 of the 4 wards covering Gosforth.)

    Robin Ashby, who speaks for Newcastle LIberal Democrats on business matters, said "If we don't cherish our local businesses - be they in the centre of town, or in the district centres like Chillingham Road, Wansbeck Road or Brunton Park - they are at risk after the gruelling trading conditions of the pandemic, and the switch to online retailing. And once they've gone, they've gone.

  • Newcastle Civic Centre
    Article: Nov 13, 2021

    As more cuts and council tax hikes are set to whittle away residents' services for another year, the release of the Council's budget proposals have branded as "Groundhog Day" and "Labour's cuts, Labour's choices" by Opposition councillors in Newcastle ,

    Under more than a decade of Labour rule, the residents of Newcastle have watched their City struggle to deliver the services and support they expect. Opposition councillors remain concerned that the Labour administration remain focused on the impact of the Government's funding cuts, and neglect to look at how their efforts compare to neighbouring authorities.