Your Choice Today

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Today voters will have the chance to make their voices heard about how our local area is run.

Labour has run our council for many years and has failed to deliver. With a super-majority on the council and no real opposition to hold them to account, they just don’t want to listen to residents’ views.

The only choice who will stand up for local residents is your hard-working Liberal Democrat team. You local Liberal Democrat team has been working hard, talking to residents, reporting fly tipping and broken street lights, and trying to clean up our area.

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Waltham DeForest Council

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Labour-run Waltham Forest Council has felled an astonishing 2,000 local trees in the last four years, at a rate of more than one per day.

Data obtained by the Liberal Democrats shows that, since September 2017, the council has removed 58 trees just from Grove Green ward. Many have not been replaced.

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Council’s shameful record on our local environment

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Labour councillors often boast the environmental record of Waltham Forest Council but it’s important to look at what has really happened during Labour’s time in office.

Despite the Council passing a motion to declare a Climate Emergency in April 2019, Waltham Forest recently received a “Zero” score from Climate Emergency UK for Labour’s failure to publish a climate action plan during the intervening years.

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Spring Statement: Families in Waltham Forest to pay the price for Chancellor's failure

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The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Spring Statement as a "massive missed opportunity" to help families in Waltham Forest.

The party has called for the standard rate of VAT to be reduced from 20% to 17.5% for one year. It comes after the Chancellor's lacklustre Spring Statement failed to adequately protect local families from soaring bills and the Conservatives' worsening cost of living crisis.

The Lib Dem plans would support the economy by boosting spending on local high streets. The proposals would also be expected to keep inflation down by making the prices of everyday items lower than they would have been.

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Chingford's Tory MP votes against plans to “name and shame” water companies killing animals with sewage

On Monday 14 March, the local Conservative MP for Chingford & Woodford Green voted against a new law that would have forced water companies to report on the number of animals killed by sewage dumps.

283 Conservative MPs voted against the plans including Iain Duncan Smith, versus 179 opposition MPs including Liberal Democrats who voted for.

The vote follows toxic substances known as “forever chemicals”, being detected in otters across England and Wales.

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Cut VAT to save families in Waltham Forest £55,740,000

Waltham Forest Liberal Democrats have demanded an emergency cut to VAT to protect local families from soaring bills and the Conservatives' worsening cost of living crisis.

The Liberal Democrats are calling for the standard rate of VAT to be reduced from 20% to 17.5% for one year, a move that would save households in Waltham Forest an average of around £600 each. This would mean putting around £55,740,000 back in the pockets of 92,900 families in Waltham Forest.

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Ukraine invasion means council pension fund must sell any investment in Russian companies say Lib Dems

Following the horrific news of Russia invading Ukraine, the chair of Waltham Forest Liberal Democrats, Josh Hadley, has written to Councillor Johar Khan in his capacity as chair of the pension committee to ask that its pension fund divest any shareholding it may have in companies that have invested in Russia.

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10,170 “squeezed middle” families in Waltham Forest to receive no help with soaring energy costs

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Over 10,000 “squeezed middle” families in Waltham Forest won’t receive any help with soaring energy bills, analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

The Government is only offering a Council Tax rebate on households in council bands A-D. This means households in bands E-F across the country will not receive this support to help cope with soaring energy bills.

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100,942 patients waiting to start NHS treatment

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The latest stats from NHS England, published in January, reveal that 100,942 patients are waiting to start treatment with Barts Health NHS Trust.

The statistics show that some 41,559 patients have been left waiting over 18 weeks after their referral to treatment, while 8,393 have been waiting over a whole year.

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Energy price hike: Lib Dems set out cost of living rescue package, to save struggling families in Waltham Forest almost £1,000

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The Liberal Democrats have set out a “cost of living rescue plan” that would save thousands of struggling families in Waltham Forest nearly £1,000 this year.

It comes after Ofgem announced a crippling rise to people’s heating bills, with the energy price cap set to soar by 54% to £1,971 in April.

Energy bills for homeowners in Waltham Forest are forecast to soar by an estimated £568 per household in April, according to analysis by the Liberal Democrats. Meanwhile, broadband bills are set to rise by 9.3% with inflation at its highest rate in almost thirty years.

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