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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

  • 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: 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."

  • Article: Mar 25, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats on Leicestershire County Council have accused the Tories of dismissing parent concerns over proposed age range changes for the Oadby schools.

    Gartree High School, Manor High School and Beauchamp College are all consulting on changing their age range. The proposed changes have been extremely controversial with local parents. The schools already perform highly with Beauchamp scoring in the top 100 in the country. There are concerns that such a large shake up could only disrupt, rather than enhance, standards.

  • Article: Mar 17, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats are calling on Leicestershire's MPs to back an Early Day Motion in favour of fair funding for local government in order to protect Council services.

    The motion acknowledges the £20bn in cuts that councils across the country have had to make so far and calls for the next government to engage in meaningful devolution of decision-making powers and funding to communities through councils.

  • Article: Mar 5, 2015

    Following the controversy around the age range change proposals for Oadby's schools, I along with two of my Lib Dem colleagues wrote to the regional schools commissioner to see if we could learn more about the decision process and what parents could do to make sure that their voice is heard.

    You can read our letter here and the see full response from the commissioner's office here.

  • Article: Feb 18, 2015
  • Article: Jan 13, 2015
    Gartree and Manor High Schools and Beauchamp College are all consulting on chaning their age ranges to 11-16 and 11-18.
    Gartree and Manor High Schools and Beauchamp College are all consulting on chaning their age ranges to 11-16 and 11-18.

    Like many parents I only became aware recently that Gartree, Manor and Beauchamp are consulting on changing their age range and have concerns over the potential consequences. Having read the information on the school's websites I believe the issues and concerns can be summarised as follows:

  • Article: Dec 11, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats have called for the Tories on Leicestershire County Council to stop washing their hands and to work more constructively with voluntary groups in putting together a viable plan to save Snibston.

    The Tory-run Council currently plans to close Snibston's discovery centre and replace it with a far smaller mining museum. This has sparked uproar with many who feel that the attraction will be diminished. The Council's own projections suggest that the new mining museum will make £600,000 less per year from visitors - a drop of 85%!

  • 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.