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  • Councillors Michael Mullaney, David Bill and local residents outside Mount Road Hospital Hinckley
    Article: Apr 5, 2016

    A meeting was recently held by West Leicestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) about the future of Health services in Hinckley.

    Amongst those attending was Hinckley County Councillor Michael Mullaney.

    Following the meeting Michael said "The Hinckley urban area, including Barwell, Earl Shilton and Burbage is the 2nd biggest population concentration in the County outside Leicester. With a rapidly growing population our area needs more, not fewer, NHS services locally. Last year several thousand local people signed a petition I organised calling for improved health services locally.

  • Article: Mar 28, 2016

    Liberal Democrats in Hinckley and Bosworth have condemned plans, announced in the recent Budget by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, to force all schools currently under Local Education Authority (LEA) control to become Academies.

    In his speech in the Commons George Osborne announced that all schools must become academies by 2020.

  • Article: Mar 4, 2016
  • Article: Feb 18, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Councillors voted against the Conservatives proposals for a new tax on brown bins at the Council meeting today (18th February 2016).

    Conservative bosses also agreed a 4.5% Council Tax rise too. Similar further rises are planned for each of the next four years - which will increase Council Tax by nearly 18% over the Conservatives four-year term.

    In his response to the budget Lib Dem Opposition Leader Cllr Stuart Bray (Hinckley Castle Ward) said: "The Conservatives recently undertook a botched consultation exercise where local residents were asked to choose between either a council tax rise or a new brown bin tax and now the Tories have ignored local people and are implementing both.

    "Residents now face a Tory triple-whammy. An inflation-busting Council Tax rise, a new tax to empty their bins and large increases in many fees, including a new charge for rat treatment and a rise in the cost of getting buried in the Borough. It is said that there is nothing certain in life except death and taxes and both of these are set to get a whole lot more expensive under the Tories."

    "Conservative cuts at Westminster and County Hall are having a huge impact on the Borough Council's finances and local people are having to pick up the bill. If you tot-up the increases being imposed by the Count y Council, Police Commissioner and the Borough Council, people are going to be significantly worse off. But one thing is clear, with the Conservatives in charge at every level there is nobody else they can blame."

    Lib Dem Finance Spokesman Keith Lynch (Hinckley Clarendon) added "For the previous eight years through careful planning and sound financial management, which was highly praised by independent auditors, the Lib Dems were able to protect front line services, freeze Council Tax for 5 years and put money away for a rainy day. After just one year the Conservatives are making a mess of it."

    County Councillor Michael Mullaney (Hinckley Division) has today launched the Lib Dem petition. People can sign the Bin Tax petition by visiting www.BosworthLibDems.org.uk.

    Cllr Mullaney added, "The Council estimates that 60% of the public will send their brown bins back and not pay the Tories' new bin tax. We are concerned that this will lead to an inevitable rise in fly-tipping and the cost of cleaning this up with fall back on the taxpayers."

  • Petition: Feb 18, 2016

    I/we the undersigned call on the Conservative Council to scrap plans for a new brown bin tax

  • Article: Jan 28, 2016

    Campaigners who fought to save the 2nd Fire Engine at Hinckley Fire Station are celebrating

    a campaign success.



    Leicestershire Fire Authority had proposed a series of cuts to local Fire Services, this

    included removing the 2nd Fire Engine from Hinckley.



    The Fire Authority has now changed its mind and recommended that the 2nd Fire Engine in Hinckley be saved.



    Reacting to the news that the second Fire Engine at Hinckley will not be axed, Lib Dem representative on the Fire Authority County Councillor Stuart Bray (Lib Dem, Burbage Castle) said: "Back in the Autumn I told Fire bosses that these plans were dangerous and unacceptable and I'm delighted that they have now come round to our way of thinking. I am grateful for the huge public response and to all those people who attended the public meetings. This tremendous strength of feeling has forced Fire Chiefs to perform this welcome u-turn.



    "It's a shame they didn't ditch their plans sooner and we could have saved the public expense of a long consultation period, money which could have been spent on front-line services.



    "I will now be looking carefully at the new proposals and encouraging the Fire Authority to look at ways of saving money from back office functions which can be spent on keeping local residents safe."



    Hinckley Lib Dem County Councillor Michael Mullaney said "People power has worked. The leaders of the Fire Authority who wanted to remove our areas 2nd Fire Engine have had to change their mind. Thanks to everyone who signed the petitions to save the Fire Engine, and to all the people who came to speak at the public meetings and took part in the consultations.



    "The Hinckley area has a large population and it needs the 2nd Fire Engine to cover it. Thankfully instead of just accepting this huge cut to our local Fire Services people campaigned to save them and here in Hinckley the campaign has

    been a success. It's great news for the Hinckley area that our 2nd Engine has been kept."

  • County Councillors Stuart Bray, Michael Mullaney and Keith Lynch with some of the petitions
    Article: Jan 26, 2016

    Hinckley and Bosworth Liberal Democrat County Councillors have thanked residents who signed a petition to save local Fire Services.



    Well over a thousand people signed a petition run by local Lib Dem County Councillors David Bill, Stuart Bray, Keith Lynch and Michael Mullaney calling on Leicestershire Fire Authority to drop plans to massively cut back local Fire services.



    Leicestershire Fire Authority proposals included closing two local Fire Stations and removing eleven Fire engines, including one of the two Fire Engines that are based in Hinckley.



    Stuart Bray Lib Dem member of the Fire Authority said. "Lib Dem County Councillors have consistently opposed these plans to cut local Fire Services. Among the many local residents who opposed these plans have been current frontline firefighters who have warned that they'll no longer be able to properly protect Leicestershire residents. While money needs to be saved, it mustn't be at the expense of our safety."



    Hinckley Lib Dem County Councillor Michael Mullaney said "A huge thank you to all the local residents who signed the petition. There has been huge opposition in the Hinckley area to the proposal take away one of our two remaining fire engines. In an area with as big a population as Hinckley, Burbage, Barwell, Earl Shilton, it's clear we need more than one Fire Engine.



    "I hope the Fire Authority will take notice of the huge opposition from local residents to their plans, change them and keep the 2nd Fire Engine at Hinckley."

  • Article: Jan 25, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Councillors have called on Hinckley & Bosworth's

    Conservative administration to go back to the drawing board on their

    financial plans for the next three years.



    The Council's Scrutiny Commission considered the Council's Medium Term

    Financial Strategy at its meeting last Thursday.



    Lib Dem Opposition Leader Cllr Stuart Bray (Lib Dem, Hinckley Castle)

    proposed that the report be sent back to the Council's Executive as none

    of the options proposed were acceptable.

  • Cllr Michael Mullaney and Mathew Hulbert outside the Barwell Post Office
    Article: Jan 25, 2016

    Liberal Democrats in Barwell are calling on residents to have their say in a consultation on the future of the village's High Street Post Office.

    It is currently threatened with closure, with some (but not all) of its services set to move into a newsagents.

    There's concerns about what'll happen to the services which are lost and whether they'll be enough privacy for those wanting to conduct transactions if the change does happen.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2016
    Reacting to the news that Hinckley and Bosworth's Conservative
    administration intends to increase the Council Tax by 4.5%, Lib Dem

    Opposition Leader Cllr Stuart Bray (Lib Dem, Hinckley Castle) said:



    "We will be opposing this inflation-busting rise. During the last Lib

    Dem administration we froze Council Tax for 5 consecutive years,

    protected front-line services and put money away for a rainy day. After

    less than a year the Tories have already made a mess of it.



    "The last Conservative administration hiked up Council Tax and other

    charges and it's happening all over again. The last Lib Dem Council set

    in place new ways for the Council to make money on land it proposed to

    sell off, if the Conservatives had continued that at the pace we had

    intended then it was very likely that no increase would have been

    necessary again this year."



    This is on top of the new that Tory-controlled Leicestershire County

    Council is also increasing their share of the Council Tax by 4% too.



    Lib Dem Finance Spokesman Cllr Keith Lynch (Lib Dem, Hinckley

    Clarendon) added: "George Osborne promised no tax rises but when he

    takes such vast amounts of money away from councils, its local residents

    that end up covering the gap with their Council Tax.



    "With the Conservatives in charge at Westminster and both local

    councils there is nobody else for them to blame."