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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: 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.

  • 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.