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  • Article: May 13, 2020

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 11th April

    Monday 11th May

    The Commons started the day with the Department for Work and Pensions questions. Munira Wilson asked what recent assessment has been made of the potential merits of increasing the Carer's Allowance.

  • Article: May 13, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Reports suggest that the NHS tracing app is set to be rolled out nationwide by end of next week, despite concerns about privacy and misuse of personal data.

    That's why we're calling on the government to bring forward a new "Safe Trace App Law", to ensure the Government's coronavirus tracing app is safe and effective.

  • Article: May 12, 2020

    The Furlough scheme has helped protect jobs and it is something the Liberal Democrats have campaigned to protect.

    So we are delighted the Government has done just that and adopted many of our ideas.

    However there are still millions of people that need significant help through this challenging period.

  • European Movement UK
    Article: May 12, 2020

    Dear Rutland and Melton Lib Dems

    The European Movement International (EMI) is a cross-party pan-Europe organisation. The UK member (EMUK) was set up in 1949 by Sir Winston Churchill. The Leicestershire and Rutland branch was founded a few years ago. EMUK has mainly worked with People's Vote for the last few years but now we are back to simply being the European Movement.

  • Article: May 12, 2020
    By Helen Burton

    I can't believe it was a year ago I was elected as an Eastbourne Borough Councillor, the time has absolutely flown by. What a year it's been, and who could have imagined a year ago that I would be writing this during lockdown in the middle of a pandemic, a crisis affecting local councils across the country?

  • Article: May 11, 2020

    Govt must act to stop mass redundancies in critical moment for our economy

    The furlough scheme is protecting 1 in 5 workers from redundancy.

    But this protection is under threat. The Chancellor said last week he wants to "wind down the scheme" while another senior Conservative has insultingly suggested that people are "too willing to stay at home".

    This is wrong. Ending the scheme too early would be a disaster for millions of families and our economy.

  • Article: May 11, 2020

    We have managed to undertake a draw for the last three months with witnesses at a suitable distance!

    Here are the results

    February 1st 57, 2nd 63
    March 1st 10, 2nd 87
    April 1st 26, 2nd 43

    Congratulations to the winners! Stay Safe everyone

  • Article: May 9, 2020

    Europe Day is a reminder of the value of international cooperation.

    Only by working internationally can we effectively combat international challenges.

    It is also an opportunity to recognise the contributions EU citizens living in the UK make to our society. These friends, colleagues, neighbours, and family members enrich our lives every day.

  • Article: May 8, 2020

    On this 75th anniversary of VE Day we remember all those who put their lives at risk to defend our freedoms and defeat fascism.

    Paying tribute to the sacrifices made during the Second World War, Liberal Democrat Acting Leader Ed Davey said:

    "Today we honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as all today's armed forces who continue to sacrifice so much to keep us all safe. We cannot thank them enough for what they are doing at home and around the world today, defending freedom.

    "We must never grow complacent or be fooled into thinking that war is impossible.

  • Community phoning
    Article: May 7, 2020

    1. Make some calls

    Join our Covid-19 Community Phoning effort to help vulnerable people in your area during this crisis.

    We've already spoken to more than 28,000 people since the beginning of lockdown, providing vital contact and support to people across the country.

    Sign up here to find out more: digitallibdems.typeform.com/to/IW3l6r

  • Article: May 6, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    The Coronavirus crisis has left millions of families facing financial hardship, with unemployment rocketing up.Without the Jobs Retention Scheme, it would have been worse.

    That has enabled around 6 million employees to be "furloughed", staying at home, safely, with most of their wages paid by the Government.

    But the Government is now talking about ending the scheme. With the scheme due to end on 30th June, many businesses are set to start consulting on mass redundancies next week.

    And the Chancellor has yet to say what will happen next.

    If this support is stripped away overnight, millions more could become unemployed.

    That is why - working with businesses - Liberal Democrats have created a new plan to protect employees, their families and the businesses they work for.

    Our plan includes keeping some furlough payments as lockdown is eased so businesses can recover. The shadow of the lockdown will be long, and the 'new normal' will be challenging for businesses.

    The Liberal Democrat Job Protection Scheme will help businesses to rebuild, stop job losses and stop unnecessary damage to our communities.

    The plan includes:

    1. A "Safe to Return to Work Scheme" providing new wage subsidy for all employees coming off furlough, with:

    50% of salary paid during the first month in work, after furlough.

    40% of salary paid during the second month in work, after furlough.

    30% of salary paid during the third month in work, after furlough.

    The current £2,500 cap under the Job Retention Scheme would be reduced in line with these percentages.

    The scheme would begin from 1st July, or if lockdown ends later, as soon as it has been eased.

    If a company commits to employing the staff member for at least 6 months, this new 3 month wage subsidy could be paid upfront, to ease cashflow further.

  • Article: May 4, 2020

    Frontline workers still lack the testing they need, report shows

    A new report from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) found more than 76% of Health and Social Care workers have not been offered a test for Covid-19.

    In response to these findings, our Health spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

    "It is good news the Government has managed to significantly expand testing, but these reports are deeply concerning.

    "Health and Social Care workers on the frontline of the fight against the Coronavirus have put their lives on the line to protect their communities. It is outrageous they have not received the PPE and testing they need.

  • Article: Apr 30, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Revised death toll shows case for public inquiry could not be stronger

    Responding to the new figures including deaths in all settings being released, Acting Leader Ed Davey said:

    "As we finally see the Government's revised figures of how many people have tragically lost their lives to coronavirus, the sheer scale of this human disaster is becoming clearer.

  • Article: Apr 29, 2020

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 27th April

    The Hybrid Parliament proceedings are (almost) in full swing. If this is your first time to the weekly whip, firstly, welcome, and secondly it would be a good idea to take a look at last week's Weekly Whip for background on how the hybrid parliament works.

  • Article: Apr 28, 2020

    Responding to the announcement from the Secretary of State for Health that bereaved families of NHS staff will receive compensation, Layla Moran MP, who first called for the measure last month, said:

    "This is a win for my cross-party campaign to introduce a Coronavirus Compensation Scheme, backed by The Express and The Times newspapers.