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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: Feb 17, 2016

    PRESS RELEASE

    For Immediate Release

    17th February 2016

    Lib Dems raise serious concerns about
    Conservative cuts to Council budgets

    The reduction in funding from the Government combined with the ever increasing cost of providing social care is forcing the Council to make severe cuts to the services it provides.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2016

    PRESS RELEASE

    16th February 2016

    Conservatives Favouring Wealthy Councils

    The Government recently announced "transition funds" for Councils that are struggling with cuts to their budget, but it appears that these funds favour wealthy Councils over cash-strapped ones that desperately need the funding.

    For example, if Leicestershire County Council had a core spending power per dwelling similar to Surrey County Council, they'd have an extra hundred million per year. Yet Surrey has received a £12 million transition fund - nearly four times as much as Leicestershire has received.

  • Article: Feb 8, 2016

    PRESS RELEASE

    For Immediate Release

    8th February 2016

    Tories Confirm Severe Cuts for Leicestershire

    The Government has published its final funding settlement that will be voted on in the House of Commons tomorrow. Broadly similar to the provisional settlement announced in September, there will be severe cuts to Council funding, with Leicestershire County Council expected to lose all Revenue Support Grant by 2020.

  • Article: Jan 20, 2016

    The Tory-run Leicestershire County Council has released a draft budget that will cut funding to prevention and early intervention services by £4 million. The budget will fall from £6.5m to £2.5m. This is on top of a cut of £3m that was made a few years back.

    Early Intervention Services are geared towards addressing problems at an early stage in order to prevent them deteriorating into more serious problems that are more difficult to address. This can range from assisting elderly people or people with disabilities living independently, to helping victims of homelessness, domestic abuse or people with addictions, before their situation spirals out of control and they find themselves needing more expensive help.

  • Article: Jan 11, 2016

    The draft budget for Leicestershire County Council was released today. There will be a Council Tax increase of 4%, the highest Council Tax rise in 8 years. There will also be severe cuts to Council services.

    Over the next three years, the Government Grant is expected to reduce down to zero and the Council will need to rely entirely on Council Tax and Business rates to fund local services.

  • Councillor Simon Galton, Leader of the Leicestershire Liberal Democrats
    Article: Dec 18, 2015

    Today, Tory Leader Nick Rushton sent out a Christmas message, wishing readers a Merry Christmas. Much of the focus was on some of the more positive things to happen in Leicestershire this year, such as the reinternment of Richard III, but the bit that most caught my eye were the warnings of what the year ahead would bring.

  • Article: Nov 23, 2015

    PRESS RELEASE

    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!