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  • Article: Jul 18, 2018

    Universal Credit

    At the July Full Council meeting Labour tried to 'transfer funds' to help smooth the introduction of Universal Credit to Derby. They claimed this could be done from budget under-spends. However, with the widely reported 'black holes' uncovered in the budget since Labour left office, there weren't any real budget under-spends to allocate. Lib Dem councillors proposed amendments to the motion to make sure that the Conservatives "carefully monitor the effects of the implementation of Universal Credit in Derby" and give their "best endeavours to ensure sufficient funding is available to support Derby residents in the transition period".

    Cllr Ruth Skelton said, "We don't want anyone to face difficulties as their benefits change, but Labour couldn't commit the Council to spending non-existent money. Thanks to the Lib Dem amendment to Labour's rather woolly motion, action will have to be taken if things don't go smoothly."

    Action on Air Quality

    Derby is one of several cities that has to tackle its poor air quality after the campaigning charity, Client Earth, took the Government to court to force improvements. This was announced in 2016 and the Council must submit its plans by September. The previous Labour administration failed to submit any plans that would satisfy the court judgement. Yet Labour tried to push through a motion saying time was running out, and demanding that the new Cabinet - in place just a few months - publish their plans.

    People tell us they don't like 'yah-boo' politics, and that's exactly what Labour were doing - criticising the new leaders for not doing in two months what Labour hadn't done in two years. But action on air quality is important for everyone in Derby.

    Thanks to a Lib Dem amendment, both Conservatives and Labour are now committed to publishing their plans to improve Derby's air quality, and the Council is committed to carrying out public consultation to get the best plans. The amendment also commits the Council to meet or exceed the clean air targets set out in the Government and court requirements.

    Delays on A52 Works

    Since Labour lost control of the Council it has emerged that the A52 project, started by Labour, is now likely to double in cost. An audit investigation was ordered as soon as Labour lost control of the Council in May this year. This is being done by Central Midlands Audit Partnership, who do internal audit for the City Council and others in the region.

    At the July Council meeting Labour put forward a motion to have a second review of the project carried out. This would have cost the Council about £1 million and been slower.

    Lib Dem councillors amended this motion to make sure that the report from Central Midlands Audit Partnership will be published in full and debated by Council. It also called upon Labour Cllr Asif Afzal, the previous Cabinet member with responsibility for the works, to fully co-operate with the investigation, and to say when he first knew of the overspend and what actions he took to mitigate the impact prior to him leaving his Cabinet position in May 2018.

    Cllr Eric Ashburner said "We all want to know what went wrong to make the cost of the A52 works rocket. But Labour's stunt of trying to push for a slower, more expensive investigation into mistakes that happened on their own watch is just a silly game. I am confident the Audit Partnership will get to the bottom of how Labour let the costs rise so massively."

  • Derby North Campaigner Barry Holliday
    Article: Jun 3, 2018

    President Trump has imposed a whopping 25% tariff on all UK imported steel and 10% on aluminium. Over 32,000 people in the UK are employed in the steel industry, nearly 5% of those jobs are here in the East Midlands.

    Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner for Derby North, Barry Holliday commented:

    "President Trump has launched a petty and self-defeating trade war with his tariff on British and European steel. He's acting like a spoilt 2 year old not a world leader.

  • Liberal Democrat campaigner Barry Holliday
    Article: May 31, 2018

    It has come to light that the A52 widening project started by the previous Labour City Council administration is rocketing in cost. From a previous budget of £15 million, the works are now forecast to be an eye-watering possible £30 million. The new Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Campaigner for Derby North, Barry Holliday, has called on Derby Labour members to come clean about what they know.

    At a meeting with Council Group Leader Cllr Ruth Skelton, Barry Holliday said:

  • Joe and Ruth at the pool
    Article: May 29, 2018

    Former cabinet member for Sport and Leisure Joe Naitta has today called out the Tories on their "backwards" plans to change Moorways swimming pool to 25m, rather than the 50m length currently planned.

    In their sports strategy plan, written when the Liberal Democrats ran Derby City Council, they left plans for a new 50m pool at Moorways - which Labour failed to act on, losing Derby's top swimming facility.

  • Article: May 22, 2018

    Following a packed selection meeting, the Liberal Democrats in Derby North
    have selected Barry Holliday as their new prospective parliamentary candidate.


    Barry has already been working with Group Leader Councillor Ruth Skelton and
    the local elections campaign team to achieve our recent superb local election
    results, securing the re-election of every sitting Liberal Democrat councillor and
    only missing winning the Abbey Ward by a single vote.

  • Article: May 16, 2018

    The results of the recent election gave no single party an overall majority on the Council. All parties have been talking to each other to try to find the best way forward.

    Our priority as Liberal Democrats is to get Liberal Democrat policies enacted for the benefit of the whole of Derby. Detailed and serious discussions took place with both Labour and the Conservatives. We discussed our respective manifestos to identify areas in which we could agree, and problems where we could not. Of particular importance was restoring accountability to the Council after some years of decisions being made behind closed doors, and fixing the increasing problems that are plaguing special educational needs provision in Derby, both of these were key Liberal Democrat manifesto commitments.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2018

    Four years after the fire closed the Assembly Rooms, the Labour Council STILL aren't any closer to a solution.

    Late last year Labour revealed a plan drawn up - at great expense - by consultants. But it quickly became clear local people didn't back Labour's plans. And worse, Labour's 'consultation' wasn't listening to people but trying to persuade them why Labour was right all along.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2018

    Roads make up a lot of our public space so how well they are kept makes a bit difference to the whole area. Thank you to everyone who has been reporting potholes and other problems, either directly to the Council, or using the 'fix my street' app. It means the highways team are rushed off their feet - but hopefully our roads stay safer and smarter.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2018

    Flooding - again

    There have been a couple of days of heavy rain recently, leading to the footpath past Littleover Community School to Mickleover being washed away again, as it was a couple of years ago. This time Cllr Lucy Care was around to see what was happening - water flooding off the A38. Lucy has written to Highways England asking them to stop this happening again. She hopes they'll also pay for the path repair.

  • Cllrs Joe Naitta and Ruth Skelton with Danielle Lind discuss rat running through the car park in front of the shops at the Lane End
    Article: Apr 16, 2018

    The new traffic lights at Blagreaves Lane End have recently been the scene of a two-car crash. This closed the road for some time.

    This is in addition to the increase in rat running that's been seen in front of the shops on the corner. With vehicles coming past the shops in both directions and often narrowly missing people, a crash there too could be only a matter of time. Cllr Ruth Skelton and Cllr Joe Naitta are working with local shops and the Council to make this area safer for pedestrians.