Lib Dem Deputy Leader and Culture spokesperson Daisy Cooper has warned the Government must never again be allowed to "force the BBC into a corner where it has to choose between cuts to programming or raising these fees on the most vulnerable.
The Party, which led a cross party group of 106 parliamentarians calling for a review of the decision to cut hundreds of BBC staff working across regional programmes, will put forward plans to protect the long–term future of the BBC.
They will call on the Government to uphold its promise to retain the licence fee model until the end of the current Charter period in December 2027, and for a transparent and independent body to review the cost of the licence next year.
Daisy Cooper said:
'Families around the UK have flocked to the BBC during the coronavirus pandemic as a source of trusted news, entertainment and education, demonstrating the true value of public service broadcasting at a time of national crisis.
Ending free TV licences for the over 75s, which could push some of the poorest pensioners into poverty, jars with common decency.
The responsibility falls squarely at the feet of Conservative Ministers.
We must never again allow Ministers to force the BBC into a corner where it has to choose between cuts to programming or raising these fees on the most vulnerable. That means ensuring the licence fee is set independently.'
Your Liberal Democrats fighting, locally and across the country, for the interests of those most in need.
Lib Dem led Colchester Council have been praised for their local leadership through the pandemic.
Infection rates are low compared to many. We want to keep it that way!
We ask all of our communities to work together to encourage safe behaviours and use of the coronavirus contact tracing app.
As the software is voluntary, its success will depend heavily on how many people choose to download and use it. The app has Bluetooth enabled to keep an anonymous log of people a user has been close to.
If someone falls ill, they can tell the app, which will begin a process of locating those they may have been in contact with.
Lib Dem leader Mark Corey urges us all download the app today and do our bit to fight against this virus. 'Together, with just our phones, we can have an impact and protect ourselves, our loved ones, our neighbours and the town in which we live.'
A QR code scanning feature is also available, allows people to check-in to venues they visit and easily share their contact details for tracing efforts.
To keep us and our families and friends safe. Lib Dem led, your Council will do all it can for us all. Let's help.
We really are in this together.
Lib Dem led Colchester have been awarded £1 million to transform two of the gateways to the town centre.
The cash, won by the We Are Colchester Board enabled by the Council team and Lib Dem leaders will be spent on improvements to St Nicholas Square and the Balkerne Gate area around the Mercury Theatre.
At Balkerne Gate, near the town’s iconic Roman Wall, a new space will be created for theatrical and creative activity to complement the Mercury Theatre’s £10 million revamp.
At St Nicholas Square a new space will be designed to complement Colchester Castle and other nearby attractions.
Council plans will be worked up swiftly and work will start by early next year.
We have the vision for renewal, for a greener and better Colchester. With significant investment in recent years to the St Nicholas Hotel, the conversion of the old Jack’s building and the refurbishment of the old Co-op building Colchester can look forward to renewal of public realm, buildings, places to eat, meet and return.
In difficult economic times this latest Lib Dem led Council designed regeneration is great news for businesses. residents and visitors.
More to come!
Award Winning Colchester
Lib Dem led Colchester Borough Council keeps winning national awards. CBC is not the biggest. But it is one of the best run. Reviewers note high performance, standards others would struggle to match, praise and awards.
The Clear Winner!
Lib Dem's New Leader Sir Ed Davy
WE WILL BALANCE THE BOOKS - LOOKING AFTER THOSE IN NEED
Always Here to Help
Small and Micro Businesses are vital to our local economy. They employ thousands. They in turn shop, spend and support others.
So it is fantastic news that the Lib Dem led Council has been able to release over £1M of discretionary business grants to another 130 businesses.
This is critically important help. To get them through this financial and health crisis. For many this is make or break. We are pleased to help them all, and thousands of others. and the many jobs they provide.
We ARE here to help those in need. To help business and the many they employ and their employees to open their doors. Safely. With less traffic congestion and air pollution in the High Street. Pedestrian friendly. Covid secure.
And to continue to help the vulnerable, supporting the thousands still being shielded, or seeking benefits advice and help to see them, their families and our many communities through to better times.
Your Lib Dem led Council, one of the most effective in the country. We will weather the storm. Together. Alongside those we serve. Always here to help, encourage, enable and make it happen. #Welcome back Colchester
Ready for Retail Therapy!?
Retail opens up Monday after an impressive effort by the local Councils with the support of local businesses.
Lots to see. Time for us to stretch our legs. Take a bus. Cycle. Take a car to the car parks. Huge efforts have been made to keep us safe and visiting enjoyable.
Your Lib Dem led Council. Working with partners. And business. To bring life back to our town, to keep jobs. To help us all to venture out, to enjoy the shops and parks and history of our great town. Welcome back!
Proud of Our People!
Great work from the Lib Dem led Council.
Working with partners. Helping those in most need. Helping the vulnerable through the crisis.
Some of the many examples of work with and through partners:
Support to the Shielding - 76,416 phone calls, texts, visits
- 20,000 leaflets printed and dropped advising residents of services available to support them
- Making sure that some 2,400 households have enough food and medicines
Coordinating over 300 volunteers through Community 360 with hundreds more active in communities
Helping meet Food Bank demand
Collecting and delivering over 60 prescriptions a week
Making over 300 weekly befriending calls through One Partners
And much more, from access to translated materials to helping get residents on line, from access to poems and art packs to 'signposting' residents to other sources of help and support.
Thank you to our teams, staffs, leadership and partners.
Looking Forward to Coming Back!
Lock Down is easing. This is important. For jobs and things to do. For mental and physical health - and the health of our local economy!
Your Lib Dem led Council is deeply involved in those 'Covid Secure' discussions.
To make sure returning to shop, explore and eventually to eat and drink and meet up, is safe and enjoyable.
Great progress has been made, with partners to help those in need, the 'shielded' and the vulnerable and to help businesses and jobs return after the crisis!
Over £30M in business grants has been provided, helping thousands of employees and customers. Now we have secured a further £1.7M for Council discretionary grants of up to £10,000 to help those businesses who 'fell between the cracks' and those they employ. This is great news for a great and vibrant town - that will return to a new normal slowly - starting 15 June.
It will take time for every store to open but be confident that our Lib Dem led Council partnerships will help them revive and open safely, keeping the best of recent times, to make it easier to walk and cycle, and keep that cleaner air!
Play your part. Help us help others. Take care. Enjoy every step towards more usual times.