The Liberal Democrats have 8 councillors across the city.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Steve Willoughby is delighted that the motion he proposed at the Full council meeting of Derby City Council on 25th November to recognise the hidden disability sunflower scheme was passed unanimously by all of his fellow councillors, with full cross party support. The scheme will now be discussed with council's disability forum.
Cllr Danielle Lind and Derby Liberal Democrats were delighted that their motion passed today, calling to make Free School Meals provision available to all families in need year-round, rather than just during school terms.
Responding to this, Cllr Lind said: "The coronavirus lockdowns this year have highlighted the real inequality in our country. It should be a given that no child goes hungry. I'm shocked that it's taken a pandemic and national lockdown to force action on this vital issue, and shocked that the Conservatives still aren't prepared to take this issue seriously. Why can the Conservatives not understand that all children need food?
Derby Liberal Democrat councillors are behind a motion to be debated at the next meeting of Derby's Full Council on 25th November, that calls on the Council to formally recognising the Disability Sunflower Scheme, and for their disability forum to discuss the issue and consider if there are other actions that should also be take to widen understanding of this nationally accepted symbol.
Derby Liberal Democrats have today proposed a motion to Derby City Council to extend Free School Meals speaking about the motion Lib Dem Council Group Leader Ruth Skelton said "The situation regarding Free School Meals in England is unacceptable. Today my colleagues Cllr Danielle Lind & Cllr Ajit Atwal have submitted a motion to be debated at the next Full Council meeting on 25th November.
Derby Liberal Democrats are calling to extend free school meals so that no child living in poverty misses out - even during holidays and periods of lockdown.
After a high-profile campaign led by footballer Marcus Rashford, the Government provided food vouchers for the poorest families through the summer holidays.
Derby Liberal Democrats are joining with their national colleagues to express outrage at the fact that the Internal Markets Bill passed through the House of Commons - and will soon return there after the House of Lords recently amended it, indicating it would undermine the rule of law. This Bill overturns some provisions of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and, on the Tory Government's own admission, breaks international law as it reverses a commitment they signed up to in an international treaty.
In responses to concerns raised by local residents Maggie Hird is leading a campaign to have the speed limit on the Mickleover section Uttoxeter Road (from the end of Western Road to Tesco roundabout) reduced to 30 miles per hour.
Maggie Hird and the Mickleover Focus Team are calling on Derby City council to reduce the speed from 40 mph to 30 mph on Uttoxeter Road from the end of Western Road to Tesco roundabout please support our campaign by signing our petition.
Responding to reports that BTec results have been pulled on the eve of results, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson said:
"This is yet another shambles from the Government.
"It seems the Conservatives, bumbling from one crisis to the next, simply forgot about a half a million students awaiting their BTEec grades, and had to pull the results at the last minute.
"Meanwhile, the Education Secretary is still in his job and the Prime Minister is still on holiday. This summer has been a disaster for the Government, it has left students panicking about their future and colleges in turmoil. Williamson must resign and Boris Johnson must return to deal with this crisis."
Following the national uproar about the Government's exam grading algorithm, Gavin Williamson and Boris Johnson had to do a U-turn over the weekend. A levels and GCSEs will now be based on teachers' assessments.
Derby Lib Dem Council Group Spokesperson for Children and Young People Councillor Danielle Lind said " Obviously I welcome this U-turn, but this could, and should have been sorted weeksago. Instead, hundreds of thousands of young people have been forced to deal with uncertainty over their grades and worry about their future.
Lib Dems in Derby are campaigning to keep free TV licences for many over 75s.
The Conservative Government has scrapped free TV licences from 1st August, which will impact on over 16,000 older residents in Derby.
During the pandemic, the TV has been a lifeline for many elderly residents who've taken the government's advice and stayed at home.