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Reports on some of the contributions of Liberal Democrat councillors to meetings of Newcastle City Council.

You can find agendas and papers HERE

and videos of the whole proceedings of Full Council HERE (about 2 weeks after the event)

  • Article: Apr 7, 2018
    Newcastle Liberal Democrats have formally announced the successful nomination of their citywide candidates for the May 3rd Newcastle City Council elections.
    The party aims to reduce Labour's majority on the council and increase the 20-strong Liberal Democrats Opposition group in the council chamber. The party is fielding 35 candidates who are serving councillors or have previous council experience. One third of the party's candidates are women, and 6 are from BME backgrounds.
  • Article: Mar 24, 2018
  • Article: Mar 8, 2018

    For the second year in a row, council tax payers in Newcastle face an inflation-busting 5% hike in charges as tax demands come through the doors. Liberal Democrats hold both the Labour Council and the Conservative Government responsible for this, and spoke strongly at Newcastle City Council in the face of attacks from the ruling Labour Party.

  • Buses
    Article: Mar 1, 2018
    Liberal Democrats councillors in Newcastle have expressed concern at suggestions that hybrid electric buses operated by Arriva on Coast Road services between Newcastle and North Tyneside look set to be switched to Leeds in order to comply with the West Yorkshire city's imminent introduction of clean air charges. Leeds is currently consulting on plans which could see a daily charge of £100 for high emission buses, coaches and HGVs that fail to meet Euro 6 clean air standards, together with a £12.50 charge for taxis.
  • snow plough
    Article: Mar 1, 2018

    Here's what the Council gritting teams are trying to do in Newcastle....https://www.facebook.com/NewcastleCityCouncil/videos/10155491051973790/

  • Fawdon litter pick
    Article: Feb 17, 2018

    Earlier this week Newcastle City Council announced a major clean-up of the city "a spring clean" as they're describing it.

    £1m has been found from reserves to sweep the streets, pick up litter, remove dog mess, erase graffiti and cutback overgrown shrubbery. New posters will appear on litter bins and livery on council vehicles.

  • City logo
    Article: Feb 13, 2018

    Newcastle City Council dropped Environment and Sustainability as a priority at the change of administration in 2011, replacing 7 years of rapid progress with 7 years of drift.

    In particular, there is a crisis in the waste recycling system leading to potential contractual penalties of almost £750,000 per annum according to the Leader of Council.

  • Buses
    Article: Feb 8, 2018

    A £3.3m project to improve air quality by cutting harmful emissions from buses has been given a cautious welcome by Newcastle's Liberal Democrats.

    The scheme will see 191 buses operating on 20 routes in Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside fitted with new engine technology which significantly reduces levels of pollutants.

  • Care home
    Article: Jan 13, 2018

    For over 20 years successive Governments have failed to to introduce a sustainable system of funding for social care, Cllr Dr Wendy Taylor, LIberal Democrats spokesman, has told a meeting of Newcastle City Council.

    The issue of paying for social care has been considered in depth - by the Royal Commission in 1999, the independent King's Fund in 2005 (which the Government subsequently acknowledged), and the "Dilnot Commission" in 2011 - and some important changes have been made, but the key features of the means-test remain broadly unchanged since 1997, while the issue of very high lifetime social care bills remains unresolved.

  • Dr Wendy Taylor NHS
    Article: Jan 12, 2018

    Our health spokesman Cllr Dr Wendy Taylor (in the red jumper) has received this email:

    "We thought you'd like to know that following the Cabinet re-shuffle , Jeremy Hunt remains as Health Secretary and will also have explicit responsibility for social care. So, with a stark winter facing us all, I think we can safely say no immediate change.