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Vince CableBrexit has cost each household £404 PA
Cable responds


A report by the Centre for Economic Performance has finally proved that Brexit is hitting the living standards of UK citizens, calculating the cost to be over £400 a year per household.

Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said: "This comprehensive study finally nails the lie that the Brexit process has not damaged the economy, and with it the living standards of every British citizen.

"The average household simply can't afford to lose £404 a year at a time when many have not recovered from the financial crisis of almost a decade ago.

"But it didn't have to be this way: if the Conservative government had responded by guaranteeing that Britain would remain in the single market and customs union, the pound would not have fallen so sharply and inflation would not have risen. That was not the fault of how people voted but how the government responded to the vote, embarking on the most extreme and damaging version of Brexit."

[20/11/2017]


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Congratulations to Annelise Berendt Furnace, the new Liberal Democrat member of Sawbridge Town Council

Recent updates from the Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Nov 1, 2017

    Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Communities and Local Government Spokesperson, commented:

    "I very much welcome the ban on lettings fees and the cap on deposits, which Liberal Democrats have long been campaigning for.
    "The detail of this legislation must now be looked at closely to ensure that there are no loopholes which unscrupulous letting agents could exploit.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2017

    Comments made today on Twitter by Goldman Sachs boss Lloyd Blankfein highlight very real concerns about the threat of Brexit to our financial sector.

    The UK financial services industry generates over £65 billion in tax revenue each year. That is vital funding for our schools and hospitals that would be lost if companies move jobs and operations abroad.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2017

    The government must take urgent action following a UN report warning that CO2 emissions have reached a record high.

    As Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, I played a key role in international attempts to tackle climate change.

    Ministers should use the Budget to announce the go-ahead of tidal lagoons and reverse their opposition to onshore wind farms.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2017

    The Conservatives have savaged our police force - inflicting deep cuts that have left officers struggling to respond to crime and weakening their ability to protect our communities.

    Reports today show just how deep Conservative cuts have savaged the police - with reports suggesting that the Police need at least £1.3bn a year more to fight terrorism and crime.

  • Paul Tenconi
    Article: Oct 21, 2017
    By Paul Tenconi in Herts and Essex Observer's community pages

    Your local Liberal Democrat team does not believe that 'lifelong residents' lose out to 'commuters'; many types of residents commute daily to other places, so the question creates a false distinction. Residents who have moved from elsewhere and made Bishop's Stortford their home have brought significant investment into the town, including through paying council tax, spending money when using our local businesses and in other ways supporting the local community.

  • Tom Brake (By Chris McAndrew - https://api20170418155059.azure-api.net/photo/bhDYT87s.jpeg?crop=CU_1:1&quality=80&download=trueGallery: https://beta.parliament.uk/media/bhDYT87s, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61321850)
    Article: Oct 20, 2017

    Responding to Theresa May's comments in Brussels, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake MP said:

    "The Prime Minister cannot say one thing in Brussels and another in Britain. She needs to face down the right-wing Brexiteers in her party in order to guarantee the talks actually move forward. Above all she still needs to protect citizens' rights to ensure they are not a casualty of a no-deal Brexit, and the European Union must also do more to make this happen.

  • Wera Hobhouse (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 19, 2017
    • Local authorities in England recorded 1,002,154 cases of fly-tipping in 2016-17, up 7% on the previous year. This is equivalent to 114 every hour.
    • The estimated cost to the taxpayer for clearing up fly-tipping was £58 million, up 16% on the previous year
    • The number of prosecutions for fly-tipping fell by a quarter to 1,602, compared to 2,135 the previous year
  • Layla Moran (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 19, 2017
    • 83 of 150 local authorities in England will see per pupil funding fall in real terms during 2017-18, i.e. once inflation is taken into account.
    • England as a whole will see spending per spending per pupil fall by £29 (0.65%) in real terms.
    • Local authorities with some of the worst school results in England, including Blackpool, the Isle of Wight and Poole, will be hardest hit by the funding cuts.
    • The South East will see the largest real-terms fall, with funding per pupil falling by £131 (3%).
  • Ed Davey (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 19, 2017

    Knife crime was up 26% year-on-year, while overall crimes increased by 13%.

    Commenting on the reported rise in violent crime, Ed Davey, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson, said:

    "People's lives are under threat because Theresa May is failing to back Britain's police.

    "These increases in violent crime are frightening and it ought to be government's first priority to protect the public. Yet with her police cuts, Theresa May has gone soft on crime and is letting the country down.

    "Theresa May was the Home Secretary for six years: she ought to understand the needs of the police. Instead, she has left them out in the cold."

  • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 19, 2017

    Meanwhile, prices in the shops increased by 3.3% compared to last year, the largest annual rise since March 2012.

    Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable commented:

    "This fall in retail sales shows shoppers across Britain are feeling the Brexit squeeze.

    "A toxic combination of rising prices and stagnant wages is severely constraining household spending.

    "Year on year retail growth is also looking weak compared to previous years.

    "Given the UK's unhealthy over-reliance on consumer spending, the government must clarify where future economic growth is going to come from."

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