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)

  • Dr Wendy Taylor
    Article: Jun 27, 2018

    I have worked in the NHS for almost all my working life and I'm hugely proud of what the NHS achieves, Cllr Wendy Taylor who speaks on health and social care issues for the Liberal Democrats, told Newcastle City Council tonight.

    As a doctor, I can't overstate how important it is to me to be able to offer my patients the best treatments available, without having to ask how much they can afford to pay. Yet as the motion says, the NHS is facing many difficulties including lack of funding, loss of staff and increasing debt. The impact of Jeremy Hunt's attack on junior doctors has been devastating, with over 50% of doctors not taking up a training post when they complete their basic training. Many are going to New Zealand or Australia, others are giving up medicine altogether. Of course many will come back to train as a GP or Consultant at a later time, but when I think of the enthusiasm and excitement of medical students when they apply to study medicine, it is so sad that much of this is lost once they qualify. And the loss of the bursaries for student nurses has been just as damaging.

  • Article: May 26, 2018

    The Newcastle Liberal Democrats Councillors Group consists of 19 people, representing new wards in our City.

    New councillors are :

    Tom Gordon - Manor Park Ward

    Aidan King - Castle Ward

    Colin Ferguson - Gosforth Ward

    Phil Hall - Gosforth Ward

    Peter Lovatt - Fawdon and West Gosforth Ward

    Returning councillors

  • 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....

  • 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.

  • 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.