Article: May 22, 2017
85% of homes in Chesterfield could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May's so-called 'dementia tax', research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.
Tom Snowdon has urged residents, irrespective of their party affiliation, to join a campaign to stop the Conservative social care plans which would saddle those with long-term illnesses with crippling care costs after their death.
Article: May 20, 2017
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Article: May 13, 2017
Tom Snowdon has said that 20,310 pensioners living in Chesterfield will receive at least an extra £772 per year under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans to protect the 'triple lock' for state pensions.
Thanks to the triple lock guarantee, secured by the Liberal Democrats when they were in government, the basic state pension has risen in each year by whichever is the higher of earnings, prices or a rate of 2.5%. However, the Conservatives have refused to guarantee whether the triple lock will continue, raising fears it could be scrapped.
The Liberal Democrats have committed this week to keeping the triple lock, meaning the state pension would be worth at least £137.15 a week by 2021, up from £122.30 in 2017, or an extra £772 a year.
This would be paid for in part by restricting perks such as the winter fuel allowance so they are no longer paid to the wealthiest pensioners.
Liberal Democrat spokesperson Tom Snowdon said:
"Protecting the triple lock will mean an extra £772 a year by 2021 for over 20,000 people receiving the state pension in this constituency.
"The Liberal Democrats are making a clear commitment to older people in Chesterfield, unlike the Conservatives who have repeatedly refused to give this guarantee.
"The triple lock has succeeded in lifting thousands of pensioners out of poverty, but many are still struggling to get by.
"An important test of a civilised society is the way in which it cares for the elderly. This commitment will ensure older people are able to meet their basic needs and that their living standards will be protected, especially with prices set to rise in the coming years."
Article: May 10, 2017
Tom Snowdon announced that the Liberal Democrats 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 £105.2 million for Derbyshire, with £76 million for the NHS and £29.2 million for social care each year.
Article: Dec 18, 2016
Cllr Alexis Diouf, Chesterfield Libdem council group leader, has condemned Labour's financial failure in Chesterfield saying:
"The costs of making proposed changes to Chesterfield Town Hall have already soared by over 300% even though no work at all has yet been done.
The original estimate of costs was £850,000 but that has now skyrocketed to a massive £2.74m before any work has even started.
Article: Oct 25, 2015
5,000 families in Chesterfield will lose out under Conservative plans to cut tax credits.
Figures produced by the House of Commons Library show over three million low-income working families currently in receipt of tax credits will see their entitlement reduced, as part of the Government's proposals.
The change will mean a total loss of £5.4m to families in Chesterfield , with the average family losing £750 a year.
Despite claims from the Conservatives that those affected will benefit from plans to increase the minimum wage, the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies has said Tory figures don't stack up.
IFS analysis shows a £750 average loss will only be offset by £200 as a result of the new minimum wage.
Liberal Democrats have opposed the move and said it undermines the work of the Coalition Government, to make sure work will always pay more than remaining on benefits.
Council Group Leader Cllr Alexis Diouf said: "The changes to tax credits will hammer families in Chesterfield. The move completely undermines any claim the Tories have of being on the side of working families.
"What makes this even worse is that 7,400 children in our area will now be forced to live in poorer households, reducing their life chances and making it harder for their parents to make ends meet.
"Study after study have shown that the Conservative's claim to be supporting low income families through a minimum wage increase nowhere near make up for these cuts. It's time for them to come clean and be honest with those doing the right thing and going out to work.
"I am pleased that Lib Dems are opposing this measure. We worked hard in Coalition to ensure that work would always pay more than choosing to remain on benefits. It is a disgrace the Conservatives are now undermining this good work."
Article: Jun 2, 2015By Julia Cambridge, Parliamentary Spokesperson for Chesterfield
Julia Cambridge writes, Today's news is absolutely heartbreaking. The Liberal Democrats are a family and it feels like we have lost our favourite brother.
Charles Kennedy was one of the greatest politicians of his generation, devoting his life to public service, having been elected as a Highlands MP at the age of 23. He went on to serve his beloved constituency for over 30 years.
Article: Jun 2, 2015By UK Liberal Democrats
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy.
Charles was one of the greatest politicians of his generation, devoting his life to public service, having been elected as a Highlands MP at the age of 23. He was well known for his wit and charm when speaking, which touched many people beyond the world of politics.
Article: May 25, 2015By Liberal Democrats
The two candidates for the Liberal Democrat leadership today launch a campaign to save the Human Rights Act from the Conservative axe.
Norman Lamb and Tim Farron will also warn of the dangers of Tory plans to pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights.
David Cameron is expected to include plans to scrap the HRA - an Act that incorporates the ECHR into British law - in Wednesday's Queen's Speech.
Article: May 24, 2015By Liberal Democrats
Since polls closed on 7th May, more than 10,000 members have joined the Liberal Democrats.
The surge continues as Liberal Democrats across the country have been fighting back and making the case for liberal values of freedom, liberty and change.