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It's time to demand better - elect Lib Dem councillors on May 2nd to fight for your community.

April 30, 2019 8:56 AM
By Liberal Democrats

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Liberal Democrats believe in community politics - in the power of local people to come together to solve their own problems and make a better life for their neighbourhoods. This means rejuvenating democratic local government in England, and also supporting other forms of community organisation and empowerment. We will:

  • Drastically reduce the powers of central government ministers to interfere in democratically elected local government.
  • Remove the requirement to hold local referenda for Council Tax changes, ensuring that councillors are properly accountable for their decisions by introducing fair votes.
  • Aim to increase the number of Neighbourhood, Community and Parish Councils and promote tenant management in social housing.
  • Establish a government process to deliver greater devolution of financial responsibility to English local authorities, and any new devolved bodies in England, building on the work of the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance. Any changes must balance the objectives of more local autonomy and fair equalisation between communities.
  • Support social investment, ensuring charities and social enterprises can access the support and finance they need to strengthen their governance and deliver innovative, sustainable solutions to challenges in their communities.
  • Enable central and local government to prioritise employee-owned and community benefit companies in awarding procurement contracts by strengthening the Social Value Act.
  • Grant new powers to local authorities to protect high streets and consumers by reducing the proliferation of betting shops and capping the maximum amount able to be bet on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) at one time to £2.

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