Let there be light – if you are lucky

Residents have contacted the Liberal Democrats for helping to get a street light in Abbotts Park Road working. The light was replaced a year ago, worked for a few days, then went out. It has been reported many times but it is still not working.

Liberal Democrat campaigner Bob Sullivan said, "To take over a year for a street light repair is a joke. We are chasing the Council for some action on this."


Windsor Road one-way call!

Residents of Windsor Road are fed up with the noise and disturbance of vehicles unable to pass each other because of parked cars on both sides of the road. They are asking for Windsor Road to be made one-way.The Focus Team, with local residents, will be surveying residents on their views for a one-way road. Results will be reported back in the next Focus.

Your local Liberal Democrat team, with local residents, will be surveying residents on their views for a one-way road. Results will be reported back in our next local Focus.


Sidmouth Park

People have complained that Sidmouth Park has not been locked regularly at night. This has led to drinking and drug taking there late in the evening and overnight.

Your local Liberal Democrat team has contacted the Council to make sure the park is locked regularly and have contacted the local police to check the park also. The police were surprised as they thought that the drug problem had been dealt with some time ago.

Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Arran Angus said, "Locking the park at night is very important and should not be overlooked."


Save our Pharmacies Petition

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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


Council asked to review tower block safety

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.


Will the school budget cuts now go ahead?

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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


Protect your Right to Vote

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!


Conservative plans will take lunches away from 8,315 children in Waltham Forest

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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.

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The Conservative manifesto could lump residents of Waltham Forest with £332,759 social care bill

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.

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Lib Dems launch manifesto plan to fund more nurses, teachers and police in Waltham Forest

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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.

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