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Clive Jones Clive says

"At a time when the Tories were planning to give tax breaks to their rich friends, it was the Liberal Democrats in coalition who delivered tax cuts to millions of people.

"The Liberal Democrats raised the tax threshold from £6,500 to £10,000 (£10,500 next May!), so 25 million people pay about £800 LESS tax a year. Thousands of the lowest paid now pay no tax at all.

"The Liberal Democrats want a fairer society by taking even more people out of the tax system altogether."

Clive Jones, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman for Wokingham

  • Page: Dec 21, 2014
  • Article: Dec 18, 2014

    1.3m schoolchildren across England are now enjoying a free school lunch thanks to Liberal Democrats in government.

    Figures out today (December 18) show that the policy has had a very high uptake in its first three months, with a total of more than 1.6m children enjoying a school meal every lunchtime.

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    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

  • Article: Dec 17, 2014

    Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that unemployment has fallen again.

    In the three months to October, unemployment fell by 63,000.

    The rate of unemployment stands at 6 per cent, its lowest level in 6 years.

    There are 30.8m people in work and 1.7m new jobs have been created since Liberal Democrats entered government.

  • Article: Dec 16, 2014
    By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

    LIB DEMS CALL FOR FULL CONSULTATION OVER HURST GOLF CLUB REPLACEMENT

    Lib Dems have written to Cllr Angus Ross, who oversaw the Conservatives' abrupt decision to close Hurst Golf Club, about the importance of proper consultation with local residents when deciding on replacement facilities.

    Cllr Tom McCann (Loddon ward) said "The Conservatives closed the golf club with no consultation or apology to users. How can they then be trusted to consult properly on alternatives uses?

  • Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Nick Clegg has said that all 16-21 year olds in England will get a 66% discount on bus travel.

    Appearing on Bite the Ballot's Leaders Live, which can be viewed on Youtube, Nick Clegg set out the proposal which would see all 16-21 year olds would be given a Young Person's Bus Pass. It would help young people with the cost of travel by offering a minimum two thirds discount on bus travel in England. Bus companies would then be able to add their own discounts on top of that.

  • Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg chaired his first Mental Health Taskforce meeting this afternoon with Ministers from across the coalition.

    The Mental Health Taskforce was set up by Nick Clegg in order to combine Government's efforts and pool its resources to help the millions of people whose mental health condition is preventing them from getting on in life.

  • With Mel Pierson, Plant Manager at Swindon's Dorcan Sorting Office
    Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Recently, Plant Manager at Royal Mail's Swindon sorting office, invited Judith Bunting to visit and see how their operation is gearing up for Christmas. As parliamentary candidate for the Newbury and West Berkshire Lib Dems, Judith was keen to see where the constituency's cards and parcels are being handled.

  • Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has written to the Conservative and Labour LGA heads - Cllr Gary Porter and Cllr Jim McMahon on the issue of council tax.

    Dear Gary/Jim,

    As you may be aware, there have been some discussions in the past few weeks regarding the level at which the Council Tax referendum threshold should be set.

    While some Conservative colleagues in the Coalition Government favour leaving the cap at the level that it is, other Conservative colleagues have argued in favour of lowering the threshold to 1%. In practice, this would mean that even the smallest rise in Council Tax would result in Local Authorities having to hold a referendum.

    As I am sure you know, only one Liberal Democrat authority raised Council Tax at all last year and this level of discipline and protection for Council Tax payers has been a consistent trait of Liberal Democrat councils throughout this Parliament. Many more Labour and Conservative controlled councils chose to increase Council Tax last year.

    The Liberal Democrats have long believed in devolving power to the most local level, on the principle that the best decisions tend to be made by those closest to the people those decisions effect. It is for this reason, that the Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government will not support proposals to lower the referendum threshold.

    Because of the state of the public finances, we are having to ask a lot of Local Authorities, who, by and large, are rising to the challenge of cutting expenditure while protecting important public services. Lowering the threshold will put unnecessary further pressure on local authorities and the much needed services they provide.

    Lowering the threshold is a change of policy that puts an unnecessary further constraint on local authorities. While I would strongly argue for local authorities to protect taxpayers from rises in Council Tax, nevertheless this is a choice that should rightly be made by Local Authorities and not be imposed centrally.

    While Conservative and Labour Councils have been quick to increase Council Tax, Lib Dems have not. In the end, these councils should be accountable to their electorates. It is not for central government to impose such constraints.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Danny Alexander MP

    Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Wokingham 2014