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Wokingham Liberal Democrats - fighting for Wokingham residents

  • Clive Jones
    Article: Feb 25, 2015
    By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

    Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat Business Secretary says, "Zero hours contracts are valued by many employers and individuals who want flexibility in the hours they work, such as students, people with caring responsibilities, and those who want to partially retire.

    "However, historically, there has also been some abuse in these types of contracts. That is why I am taking legislation through parliament at the moment to ban exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts which prevent people looking for additional work to boost their income.

    "Today's figures show that there has been an increase in the number of people who say they are on a zero hours contract.

    "One of the reasons for this rise is that people are becoming more aware of their contractual status with their employer.

    "We want to make sure that people who are on zero hours contracts get a fair deal.

    "This is something I welcome, and would urge people to clarify their position with their employer so that they are fully aware of their rights."

    Clive Jones, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Wokingham says, "I don't like zero hours contracts. I think there are too many employers that abuse them so they don't have to pay holiday pay etc. The changes proposed by Vince Cable are a good start to reforming zero hours contracts something the previous Labour Government didn't do."

  • Article: Feb 25, 2015
    By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

    Clive jones, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Wokingham supports changes in law regarding nuisance calls.

    "We are all plagued by nuisance calls and texts its time something was done. I know some people who get 3 or 4 of these calls a day"

    Consumers will now benefit from changes to the law, which will make it easier for those responsible to be hit with fines of up to £500,000.
    The law currently requires the Information Commissioner's Office to prove a company caused 'substantial damage or substantial distress' by their conduct before action can be taken.
    Following a six-week public consultation, the Government is now removing this legal threshold, giving the ICO the power to intervene in more cases. This change will come into effect from April 2015.

    This is a great victory for Liberal Democrat MP Mike Crockart, who has campaigned on this for years.

    He is the founder and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nuisance Calls and launched the 'No 2 Nuisance Calls' campaign, which presented a petition of 20,000 signatures to Downing Street.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2015
    By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

    At the budget council meeting, last Thursday night, Woodley Lib Dem councillors attacked the Conservatives on Wokingham Borough council for failing to fairly represent Woodley's residents.

    Councillor Tom McCann (Loddon ward) launched a blistering attack on the Conservatives insisting that Woodley residents should get their fair share of the borough council's budget. Tom said "In outline terms this council has been underspending in Woodley for years. It's time for Woodley residents to get their fair share of funding. Under this Tory administration all the spending goes on Wokingham town, what about the rest of us? This has to be addressed. "

  • Cllr Prue Bray
    Article: Feb 21, 2015
    By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

    At last Thursday's budget council meeting the Lib Dems expressed their horror at spiralling costs being agreed by the Conservatives for their controversial town centre regeneration project. The Lib Dems are appalled that plans to spend keep going up and up yet the rest of the borough will have to foot the bill.

  • Wokingham Borough Council
    Article: Feb 21, 2015
    By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

    At last Thursday night's Wokingham Borough Council meeting the Lib Dems attacked the Conservative's capital plans which contains a whopping £63 million black hole.

    Lindsay Ferris (Twyford ward) said "The Lib Dem Group says No, No, No to this Capital Programme and asks for Years 2 & 3 of the Capital Programme to be referred to Scrutiny with the aim of presenting a more viable scheme at the July Full Council Meeting. This capital programme needs a serious rethink.

Wokingham 2014