Chelmsford is fairer with a Lib Dem Council

November 19, 2019 4:34 PM

homeless heroThe Liberal Democrats campaigned in the local elections to make Chelmsford Safer, Greener, Fairer and Better Connected. Below are some of the policy changes and actions that your Liberal Democrat-led City Council has undertaken in the first six months.

Making Chelmsford Fairer

  • Reducing homelessness and rough sleeping a priority. With 15-25 people sleeping rough and 270 homeless families, there is a huge task ahead. The council convened the first ever round-table meeting of over 30 public sector and voluntary organisations dealing with rough sleeping. Under Lib Dem leadership, the council will pro-actively take responsibility for coordinating the way in which rough sleepers' needs are addressed, and not just comply with basic statutory responsibilities.

  • Address the shortage of more affordable homes and the best way of financing them via the new Affordable Housing Working group, which is driving the development of a housing strategy.

  • Agreed a suitable strategy for increasing investment returns.

  • Reviewed and made changes to the Council's property strategy, ensuring that it meets the needs of citizens.

  • Make it easier to apply for grants for local projects by integrating the grants and Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) processes into a single, coherent process.

More news about a fairer Chelmsford

  • Article: Dec 5, 2015

    Chelmsford Council this week rejected the chance to make a firm commitment to affordable housing and infrastructure, and to go into the property business . At the full Council meeting, the Conservatives voted down a Liberal Democrat proposal to take action, instead voting only for the words that identify that Chelmsford has an affordable housing crisis.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2015

    Tim Farron savages Labour and Tories over Welfare Bill in maiden speech as leader.

    Speaking in the House of Commons the new Liberal Democrat leader called Tory plans to rip £12bn from welfare bill "unfair, unwise and inhuman". Tim Farron said the cut was unnecessary and accused George Osborne of choosing to attack the poorest families under the guise of economic necessity. He accused the Chancellor of "demonising" people with disabilities and mental health conditions. The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP also accused Labour of giving in to the Conservatives' narrative and said their position on the bill was "shameful".

  • Article: Mar 6, 2015

    Liberal Democrat health minister Norman Lamb has launched the "No voice unheard, no right ignored" programme to strengthen the rights of people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions and ensure that they get the best care possible.

    "No voice unheard, no right ignored" will ask for people's views on a rage of proposed measures, such as the right to challenge decisions about their care, the right to be treated close to their home and family and the right to design and control their care and support.

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  • Article: Feb 12, 2015

    Liberal Democrats believe that every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, wherever they live and whatever their background.

    That's why, in government, Liberal Democrats have protected school budgets; introduced a £2.5bn pupil premium to get extra money to the children who need the most help; introduced free school meals for infant children, and massively expanded early years education.

  • Building site
    Article: Jan 31, 2012

    Chelmsford Council was taken to task this evening for failing to give a high enough priority to new community facilities, public open space and new jobs for residents. The Liberal Democrat group told the Council's Development Policy Committee that these issues should have been addressed in the Site Allocations Document, which was under debate.