Cardiff's Homelessness Crisis

We brought proposals to last week's budget meeting that would provide an extra £500,000 to support rough sleepers. Labour rejected them.

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Lib Dems propose half-million pound fund to help people sleeping rough

Cardiff Liberal Democrats have tabled a budget amendment that would put an additional £500,000 into helping rough sleepers off the streets.

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Richard Jerrett chosen as Lib Dem candidate for Ely by-election

Local man Richard Jerrett has been chosen as your Liberal Democrat candidate for the Ely by-election on February 21st, following the sad death of Councillor Jim Murphy.

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Cash Boost for New Teachers and Classrooms in Cardiff Schools

Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister, has announced that an extra 54 classrooms will be built in Wales as part of a drive to reduce infant class sizes.

Cardiff is set to receive more than £5million from the scheme, funding 10 new teaching posts and 8 new classrooms.

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Shock at £300,000 plus cost of Cardiff Council's dispute with HMRC

Cardiff’s Liberal Democrat councillors have expressed shock that Cardiff Council has so far spent over £300,000 for external professional advice regarding a dispute with HMRC over a purportedly under-declared landfill tax assessment.

 

As revealed in the council’s Statement of Accounts for 2017/18, which were presented to a meeting of the full council in September 2018, the council is in dispute with HMRC regarding a potential under-payment of landfill tax dating back to 1 April 2015 in relation to waste tipped at the Lamby Way landfill site. HMRC believes that some materials disposed of should have had the standard rate of tax applied rather than a lower rate which was in fact paid, with the difference in the tax rate being £80 a tonne. The council has previously refused to disclose how many tonnes of waste HMRC believes this applies to.

 

Now, in a reply to a written question tabled by the council’s Liberal Democrat spokesperson for finance, Councillor Rodney Berman, the council has revealed that as of 27 January 2019, it has paid out £323,533 so far for external professional advice.

 

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Cardiff's Labour Council is failing LGBT staff

Cardiff's Labour administration is is letting down the Council's gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans staff after it failed to make the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index Top 100 Employers.

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Cardiff's most vulnerable children at risk of being left behind

Figures from Cardiff’s Annual School Performance report show that pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds, children in care, and children on Free School Meals in our schools are performing worse than their counterparts.

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Labour should reconsider sports pitch dog ban

The Labour administration should reconsider its proposals to exclude dogs from all of the city's marked sports pitches.

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Cardiff Council refuses again to debate a People's Vote

Cardiff Liberal Democrats have withdrawn the motion they submitted for debate at Thursday's council meeting in protest at Cardiff Council's refusal to allow a debate on the People's Vote.

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Cardiff Council blocks Lib Dem debate on People's Vote

The Lib Dems submitted a motion for Thursday’s full Council meeting that, if successful, would have authorised the leader of the Council to write to the UK Government, supporting the case for a final, meaningful and free vote (a “People’s Vote”) on any terms of departure struck with the EU. This would include an option to stay in the EU.

However, the wording the Council's Lord Mayor has allowed removes all mention of a People’s Vote.

The changes to our original motion are unacceptable.

The no-deal Brexit towards which an incompetent Tory government is leading us, will harm Cardiff’s economy, devastate research and innovation and lead to deeper pressures on staffing levels within the health and social care sector.

Debate on the People’s Vote has been rejected on the grounds that Brexit is not the responsibility of the Council.

This is nonsense.

Brexit will have devastating effects on Cardiff’s residents, the very people we were elected to represent, a majority of whom want a second vote. To pretend it is not our responsibility is perverse.

Other councils in the UK have debated the People's Vote. To deny us the right to debate this live issue is undemocratic.

The Tories are making a complete hash of our exit, as this week’s humiliating summit in Salzburg has shown.

The Labour party, lead by arch-Brexiteer Jeremy Corbyn, is ignoring the clear majority of his party. The fudged position agreed by their conference this weekend reveals his true colours.

No wonder they don’t want to debate this matter.

We urge like-minded members of the other political groups on the council to support us in our call for this debate to be allowed. It’s not enough to say you want a People’s Vote. You have to act to make it happen.

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