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."
Local author Stewart Bint has thrown his support behind a campaign to save a threatened local Library.
Barwell Library, situated in the George Ward Centre in Barwell is threatened with closure by Leicestershire County Council. The County Council are currently consulting on a proposal to close the Library and replace it with a mobile Library services.
Residents in Hinckley and Bosworth are being urged to add their names to a petition being run opposing plans to cut local Fire Services.
Controversial plans from Conservative led Leicestershire Fire Authority include proposals to close fire stations, the sacking of over 100 firefighters and scrapping of eleven out of thirty Fire engines.
The plans include the removal of one of the two Fire Engines that serve the Hinckley area. Consultation on the plans ends on December 4th and residents are being urged to write in to object to the proposals and to sign a petition that will be submitted by local Lib Dem Councillors opposing the cuts to local fire services.
Hinckley and Burbage County Councillor and member of the Fire Authority Stuart Bray said, "I'm totally opposed to these plans to cut local fire services. Firefighters on the ground, Fire Unions have warned that this level of cutbacks pose a risk to public safety. We're told that fire engines from Warwickshire could cover the Hinckley area but Warwickshire Fire Authority are reviewing their own services next year which may well see big cutbacks there."
Hinckley County Councillor Michael Mullaney added "Thanks to everyone who has signed the petition so far. The more signatures we get the more pressure we can put on the heads of the Fire Authority to drop these plans. I've spoken to hundreds of local residents who are extremely worried about the plans to remove one of Hinckley's two remaining Fire Engines."
People can sign the petition opposing the plans to cut local fire services at www.bosworthlibdems.org.uk or can call 01455 632445 for a paper copy.
Hinckley Councillor Michael Mullaney abseiled off the side of St Mary's Church Tower in Hinckley recently in order to raise money for a local Homeless Group.
Hinckley Homeless Group needs to raise £15,000 to keep Lawrence House a shelter for homeless young people between 16 and 25 open. This follows Leicestershire County Council cutting back on the funding to the group.
LIBERAL DEMOCRATS in Barwell are calling on Leicestershire County Council to reverse plans which could see the village's library forced to close.
LCC is currently consulting with residents on plans to close the library and, instead, replace it with occasional mobile provision.
Local councillors and campaigners say this isn't good enough and are hoping the Tory administration at County Hall will withdraw the threat and, instead, will continue to fund it and staff it with professional librarians.
Bosworth Lib Dem parliamentary spokesman Cllr Michael Mullaney is backing a campaign to improve mental healthcare services.
It is part of an initiative led by Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson, Norman Lamb MP, working together with Alastair Campbell and Andrew Mitchell, which calls for the Government to improve mental healthcare.