Work on Short Heath Park is progressing well in spite of the weather. The land at the Cranmer Avenue end of the park is being re-graded. Excess soil is being shifted to some low lying land next to the play area in order to stop it getting water logged. New footpaths are being constructed prior […]

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According to a survey from think-tank Localis, more English devolution could add £144bn to the UK economy by 2020 by handing greater spending control to the regions. Localis said its forecast depended on the government freeing up Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). In return the LEPs must become more democratic and accountable. The think-tank added that […]

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Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has announced details of a plan to raise an extra £1bn from a supplementary corporation tax charge applied to banks to help finish the job of eliminating the deficit. The supplementary charge will be in addition to the existing Bank Levy. Liberal Democrats will push for […]

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Plaques featuring the union flag and the line “funded by the UK government” are to be displayed on publicly-funded projects in Britain. Liberal Democrat Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander said the plaques would “proudly adorn infrastructure investments from roads in Cornwall to broadband in Caithness”. The aim was to recognise UK taxpayers’ contributions, he stated.

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A strange night last night. First UKIP produced an alternative budget proposing bigger cuts to regeneration, social care and children’s services that was roundly defeated. This did not stop their leader attacking Labour cuts not long later. Then ‘love’ broke out between Labour and the Tories and they disappeared into the bowels of the Town […]

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This morning I announced the results of the first auction for green energy generation. The results are impressive – more clean energy at lower costs. Thanks to this first renewable electricity competition of its kind, I have offered contracts to 27 renewable energy projects across the UK. Enough to power 1.4 million homes and save […]

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UK growth now highest in the G7

by danielbarker on February 26, 2015

Growth in the UK has shown the strongest performance among G7 countries from 2013 to 2014, according to the latest report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has welcomed the fact that today’s OECD report sets out that the best way to secure […]

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Cable backs 3% rise in minimum wage

by danielbarker on February 24, 2015

The Low Pay Commission has recommended a 3% increase in the minimum wage. Business Secretary Vince Cable said the above-inflation rise in the adult rate from £6.50 to £6.70 an hour would be the biggest since 2008, worth £416 a year to a full-time worker. A 3.3% increase – from £5.13 to £5.30 – is […]

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By The Voice | Thu 19th February 2015 – 4:15 pm Nick Clegg has made a major speech on early years education and child care to the Pre-School Learning Alliance. He pointed out that as a result of Liberal Democrat input, an extra £1 billion has been put into child-care in this Parliament and that […]

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New research from the DfE suggests children who miss seven days’ schooling each year see their chances of gaining five good GCSEs reduced markedly. Only 31% of children who missed more than 14 days of lessons over two years got the “gold standard” of good grades in English, Maths, Science, a humanity and a language […]

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