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Update from your Liberal Democrat Councillors

March 16, 2017 2:35 PM
By Rod Jones

Pedestrian Crossing at Boundary Road

An update from Rod Jones and Karrar Khan, Liberal Democrat Councillors for Musters Ward in Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Car Park Charges, Local Impact of Brexit, Business Rates and More Conservative Cuts

We are often ask what we say in Council Meetings. Here is a Summary of your Liberal Democrat Councillors what we said at the recent Rushcliffe Council Meeting

West Bridgford Car Park Charges

Liberal Democrat Cllrs Khan and Jones called for simplification of the new machines to stop delays. They called for a nil charge for stays under 30 minutes. This would support local traders. The Conservatives said NO and brought in the sliding charges as they are.

Brexit Risks to the Council's Budget, Public Services, Businesses and the Public. Memories of the Past and Former Colonies won't rescue the UK.

At Thursday's Rushcliffe Council Meeting, Liberal Democrat Cllr Jones stated Liberal Democrats opposition to a hard Brexit because of the risks and negative consequences for residents and public services locally and nationally.
The social impact is immediate with EU residents in the UK and UK residents abroad; all dropped into uncertainty. The Conservative Government's hard Brexit approach will worsen the economic impact over the next 2 years and beyond. It has already led to higher import costs, rising cost of living and will lead to major investments going to the bigger market. Less business means less tax revenue which means more risks to this Council and to all our valued public services.

Stop undermining Local Small Trader Shops

The Government has considerably increased the rateable value of local businesses and then appears generous in increasing the level at which business rates start. It still means any remaining West Bridgford small traders and some in the shopping parades are likely to be walloped.

Cuts out of the headlines
Benefit payments to widows and widowers.
The amount was based on the National Insurance payments of the deceased and was paid until a child was aged 16. From April it will be paid only for the first 18 months after death.

The Benefit Cap is hitting over 30 families and with them children in Rushcliffe. If your benefit income is over a certain level then housing benefit ceases. The level is the same whether the family has no children or a few children. So the cap impacts heaviest on those out of work with children. The more children there are in the family the more total basic benefits they receive, but the Cap means that the available money has to be spread more thinly per person Try paying over £500 per month rent out of basic benefits!

Rod Jones & Karrar Khan
Liberal Democrat Councillors for Musters Ward in Rushcliffe Borough Council.