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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: Dec 6, 2014

    At Wednesday's Full Council meeting, the Liberal Democrats responded to a motion by Labour that attacks the Coalition Government and Tory-run administration for cuts to local services with an amendment calling for cross-party cooperation.

    The amended motion would no longer have seeked to blame political opponents for the problems, but instead set out ways to address problems such as the under-funding of social care and poor working conditions of care workers on a cross party basis.

  • Street Lights
    Article: Nov 20, 2014

    After staunchly opposing Lib Dem proposals to invest reserves in green LED lights rather than switch lights out, the Tories made a surprise u-turn as they gave Council officers the go ahead to start building a business plan to do it. By investing £24m in LED lights and a Central Management System, the Council now hopes to make over £2 million in energy and efficient savings per year.

  • Street Lights
    Article: Nov 13, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats have welcomed a change in direction from the Tories at Leicestershire County Council. The Tory-led Cabinet is set to approve plans to invest in LEDs and other green technology using reserves and capital receipts, despite strongly opposing such plans earlier in the year.

    In February, the Medium Term Financial Strategy included proposals for a £1.245 million cut to the street lighting budget over the next four years. With many areas having already lost street lighting after midnight, there were fears that these further cuts would lead to many street lights being removed altogether, even during evening hours.

  • Article: Oct 10, 2014

    Leicestershire Tories have been accused of failing to listen after rejecting calls to rethink a decision to cut homelessness services. The decision, made in September, was "called in" by Liberal Democrat and Labour councillors who accused the Tories of ignoring evidence submitted by charitable organisations who provide homelessness services and have expressed concerns over the cuts to homelessness services.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2014

    Opposition Councillors on Leicestershire County Council have "called in" a decision by the Conservative run Cabinet to cut funding for prevention services for homeless people. The "call in" procedure can be used to force a re-think on a decision if councillors believe there is a flaw in the process or if evidence has not been listened to. The "call in" has been signed by Liberal Democrat and Labour councillors.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2014

    At last night's Council meeting. a motion passed with cross party support calling for decisions around schools to be made locally. Since a number of Leicestershire Schools became academies, decisions around school place planning, school improvement, oversight of admissions and catchment area policies have been controlled centrally in Whitehall rather than by local Councils. This has often left the Council unable to address local issues around catchment area changes and the impact on school transport as they lack the powers to do so.

  • Snibston
    Article: Sep 18, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats are blasting the Conservatives on Leicestershire County Council for wasting £3,500 on covering up report that may have provided evidence in favour of an alternative approach to Snibston.

    The Council is planning to save money by closing down Snibston Discovery Centre and replacing it with a smaller mining museum. Supporters of Snibston have been trying to find alternative ways to save the money, one of the ways by putting Snibston into an independent trust, allowing it more flexibility in how it procures its goods and support services.

  • School Bus
    Article: Jul 17, 2014

    At July's meeting of the County Council there was unanimous support for a motion calling for the government to provide funding for transport for Post 16 education. Although Council's currently have a statutory duty to provide free school transport up to the age of 16, there is currently no requirement for transport to be provided beyond that.

  • BT Broadband Cabinet
    Article: Jul 15, 2014

    The County Council has agreed a new policy on extending broadband to rural areas, which has now set some money aside with a commitment to explore community-based projects. The previous policy followed a standard contract, BT provided Fibre to the Cabinet connections in a number of villages that allow speeds between 2 - 24Mbps, depending on the distance from the home to the cabinet.

  • Street Lights
    Article: Jul 4, 2014

    The local Liberal Democrats have been raising concerns over cuts to street lighting across the County, especially in urban areas. With over £0.7m cut so far by turning lights off after midnight there are now concerns that a further £1m of planned cuts could leave some places without lighting altogether. Nightfall can come as early as 5pm during winter evenings, so evening street lighting is a particular priority.