We now have over 1,500 signatures for our petition against the cuts to our local pharmacies.
We are finalising the latest returns before we send in our petition. A big ‘Thank You’ to those of you who have signed.
There is still time to speak up against cuts to our local health services. You can sign our petition online at: www.walthamforestlibdems.org/save_our_pharmacies
Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, your local Liberal Democrat team has contacted the Council for confirmation that they are preparing to look at high rise blocks in Waltham Forest and review the planning permissions already given to developers.
This review should include the checking of cladding, fascias and building materials in use and planned to be used. It would seem from discussions in the media that many tower blocks may have cladding and building materials that are not completely fire proof. Your local Liberal Democrat team will keep you informed of developments.
Your local Liberal Democrat Team has been campaigning hard against the proposed cuts of millions from our local schools’ budgets. The failure of the Tories to get a majority in Parliament may mean that their policies on school budget cuts may not get the support of the majority of MPs.
Grove Green ward Liberal Democrat Campaigner, Arran Angus, said, "With the Liberal Democrats, Labour and the SNP voting against this policy the Tories will find it hard to get overall support for these cuts to be agreed."
Leyton ward Liberal Democrat campaigner, Bob Sullivan, said, "Out of the shambles of the election the one good thing is that the vicious cuts to our local schools’ budgets may be stopped."
If you have not signed up to our petition then you can do so online at: www.walthamforestlibdems.org/save_our_schools
During August every household will receive an electoral registration form.
This must be completed, including all members in the house over the age of 16-17, depending on date of birth, and returned to the Town Hall in Walthamstow. These forms will be the basis of the new electoral register that comes out in December 2017.
If you’re not on the register you won’t be able to vote!
8,315 schoolchildren in Waltham Forest will lose out on free lunches, under plans announced in the Conservative manifesto.
Free school lunches for pupils from reception to Year 2 were introduced by the Liberal Democrats in government, but Theresa May now plans to scrap them. The changes would cost families an average extra £480 a year for every child.
The Conservatives are also proposing to make older people pay for social care costs from the value of their own homes when they die. This means on average, families in Waltham Forest would expect to see 76.9% of the value of their home spent on care costs.
Conservative manifesto plans will mean the average household in Waltham Forest could be forced to pay 76.9% of the value of their homes for social care after they die, it has been revealed.
The manifesto plans, which would mean that people would be forced to hand over assets worth over £100,000 to pay for social care at home, would have a particularly damaging impact on sufferers of dementia, who have complicated long-term health needs.
The Liberal Democrats have hit out at the plans and are calling for a cap of £72,000 to protect people from crippling care costs.
The Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto plans today for a brighter future, with pledges to reverse Conservative cuts and increase funding for the NHS, schools and police.
The Party’s landmark policy would give the people the final say on the Brexit deal which would include the option to remain in the EU.
The Liberal Democrats would put a penny on income tax for health and care would raise £20m for the NHS in Waltham Forest, enough to fund 119 more nurses.
An additional £49,389,491 of funding for schools in Waltham Forest, paid for in part by reversing Conservative cuts to corporation tax, would be enough to pay for 271 more teachers.
Meanwhile, an additional £62,390,000 funding for the Greater London Authority would pay for 1,274 more officers, helping to cut crime and ensure a stronger police presence in the area.
Other key policies in the Liberal Democrat manifesto include plans for a £100bn infrastructure fund to build more homes, improve road and rail links and install fibre-optic broadband across the country.
The Liberal Democrats will also give the people a chance to change Britain's future by holding a referendum on the final Brexit deal, with the option to remain.
Over the first few weeks of the campaign, I've spoken to hundreds of people across Leyton & Wanstead. One thing I hear again and again is that they feel taken for granted.
I will be a better MP, an MP that listens to people. Here are three of the ways how:
The Liberal Democrats have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in their first major manifesto commitment of the election campaign.
The tax would raise an additional £28.8 million for Waltham Forest, with £20 million for the NHS and £8.8 million for social care each year.
This is the party’s flagship spending commitment and its first major policy announcement of the election. The Liberal Democrats manifesto will also set out a ‘five-point recovery plan’ for NHS and social care services in their manifesto.
At least 70% of Brits would happily pay an extra 1p in every pound if that money was guaranteed to go to the NHS, an ITV poll found last October.
The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to address the housing shortage in Waltham Forest and build more affordable homes.
There are currently 8,306 families in Waltham Forest on a waiting list for council homes.
In addition, official figures show 477 homes in Waltham Forest have been empty for over six months.
The Liberal Democrats would introduce a legal requirement for smaller housing developments to include affordable homes, make it easier for local authorities and housing associations to borrow money and set up a new government-backed Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank.
The party would allow local authorities to hike up council tax on empty homes by up to 200%, including second homes. Local authorities could also choose to impose penalties on developers who leave plots of land empty for over 3 years, to tackle so-called land-banking.