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Working for you on Leicestershire County Council!

The Liberal Democrats are the lead opposition on Leicestershire County Council. Our job is to scrutinise the Conservative administration to ensure that the right decisions are being made for the people of Leicestershire.

Our councillors work hard all year round, keeping in contact with residents and being ready to help with any issues or concerns they might have.

The Leicestershire Liberal Democrat Group

Working for you at County Hall

Recent updates

  • Article: Nov 23, 2015


    For Immediate Release

    Tories Accused of "Selling Out" County on Fire Service Cuts

    The Tories on Leicestershire County Council have been accused of "Selling Out" the County after they passed a motion calling for special treatment for the City.

    There has been huge controversy over cuts proposed to the Fire Service across the County that would remove 11 of the 30 Fire Engines and close two Fire Stations, including the busy Central station. These cuts have progressed through the Fire Authority due to the votes of both Conservative and Labour councillors on the Combined Fire Authority.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2015

    Thanks the work of the Leicestershire Lib Dems in calling an Extraordinary Meeting of the County Council to Scrutinise the proposed cuts to the Fire Service, the Tories responded with a promise that the Scrutiny Commission would be permitted to invite witnesses in to discuss the evidence and then draw conclusions.

  • Affordable Housing
    Article: Nov 3, 2015

    Hundreds of properties in Leicestershire could be sold off under government plans to reduce the number of council homes.

    Liberal Democrats have criticised the move as "irresponsible" and said it would ramp up demand for housing and increase rents.

    It comes despite figures from homeless charity Shelter which show there are 5,735 families on the housing waiting list in Leicestershire.

  • The proposed cuts will axe 11 out of Leicestershire's 30 Fire Engines.
    Petition: Oct 12, 2015

    The Fire and Rescue Service for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is under threat!

    The Combined Fire Authority are currently consulting on severe cuts, including:

    • 11 out of 30 of Leicestershire's fire engines will be scrapped!
    • Severe cuts to staffing levels - over 160 brave firefighers will lose their jobs!
    • 2 fire stations will close - Kibworth and the iconic Leicester Central Station!
  • Article: Oct 6, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats have welcomed a u-turn by the Tories on Leicestershire County Council on grass cutting. Following widespread complaints in spring over the standard of grass cutting, the Lib Dems called for a review of the service to determine whether reducing the number of grass cuts is really cost effective.

  • Article: Sep 23, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats have accused the Tories of having "wrong priorities" after they failed to support calls for the Government to save the cap in social care costs by scrapping the inheritance tax cut.

    The previous coalition Government had pass legislation to implement a cap in care costs by 2016 that would ensure that no one paid more than £72,000 for their care, protecting sufferers of long term illnesses, such as dementia, that in many cases have led to spiralling care costs of over £100,000.

  • Article: Sep 23, 2015

    Jeremy Corbyn was elected as Labour leader with a clear promise to oppose cuts to public services. However, the Leicester City Labour Party doesn't appear to take the same position, especially when it comes to our Fire and Rescue Service.

    The Combined Fire Authority Committee has seven Conservatives, seven Labour and three Liberal Democrats, so by working together, Labour and the Liberal Democrats would have a majority. But Labour Mayor Peter Souslby appears to have made a secret deal with Tory leader Nick Rushton, and they have voted on cuts to frontline Fire and Rescue Services that are so severe, frontline firefighters now have serious concerns whether they will be able to keep Leicestershire citizens safe.

  • The proposed cuts will axe 11 out of Leicestershire's 30 Fire Engines.
    Article: Sep 17, 2015

    Papers released for next week's meeting of the Leicester and Leicestershire Combined Fire Authority includes a number of significant budget saving proposals, including removal of a number of wholetime crewed fire engines and the closures of Central and Kibworth fire station.

    The Liberal Democrats are concerned that these decisions are being made without proper scrutiny, as the FA's scrutiny committee was abolished when standing orders were suspended at the May meeting.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for the Government to prioritise capping care costs before raising the threshold for inheritance tax.

    In 2011, the Dilnot Commission published a report which recommended that care costs be capped, so that no one would pay more than £70k for their care, and that the government would pick up the bill for any costs exceeding this.

  • Article: Sep 3, 2015

    Following publication of Beauchamp's plans to open a 6th Form Free School, County Councillors Simon Galton, Jeff Kaufman and Dean Gamble requested a meeting with the chair of governors and head teacher at Beauchamp College to learn more of what is planned.

    Simon Galton said: "The meeting was very helpful in gaining a better understanding of the proposal and how it could fit in proposals to change the age ranges of Oadby's schools but could also work alongside existing arrangements."