Hinckley Liberal Democrat councillors have joined over 120,000 people in signing a petition calling for the saving of Bank branches. They are urging residents who live in the area who support the campaign to add their names to the petition.
The petition to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak calls on the government to take action to stop more bank branch closures and cash point removals.
Parents of 15,281 children in Hinckley and Bosworth would receive vouchers worth £200 a year to spend on catch-up classes and educational activities, under plans announced by the Liberal Democrats.
The policy would empower parents to help their children catch up after months of school closures and disruption during the pandemic. The vouchers could be spent on a range of activities including tutoring in reading, writing and maths, music lessons, swimming classes or other physical education.
Nearly 7,000 families here in Hinckley and Bosworth will be hit by the government's removal of the Universal Credit uplift on October the 6th.
This will see thousands of local families have their income cut by £20 a week. In response to this Hinckley and Bosworth Liberal Democrat Councillors have tabled a motion calling on the government to think again about their plans.
The Liberal Democrats have published figures showing that 22,270 State Pensioners here in Hinckley and Bosworth are set to be impacted by the government breaking its manifesto promise and suspending the triple lock on pensions.
The state pension triple lock is a rule that means the state pension must rise each year in line with the highest of three possible figures, inflation, average earnings or 2.5%.
A Councillor in Hinckley and Bosworth raised the issue of thousands of local families being about to be hit by a big cut in their income at a national party conference this weekend.
Hinckley Councillor Michael Mullaney spoke at the national Lib Dem Conference and raised the plight of thousands of local families who will be hit by a £20 a week cut in Universal Credit at the beginning of October.
Speaking at the conference Michael Mullaney said "According to the Joseph Rowntree Trust nearly 7,000 families in Hinckley and Bosworth will be hit by a £20 a week cut in Universal Credit. When you add to that the fact that many of the same struggling families will be hit by National Insurance rises, and the furlough scheme ending it's a time of real hardship for many families both here in Hinckley and Bosworth and nationally.
"I hope the government will reconsider and make the £20 a week Universal Credit uplift permanent. This change would be the single biggest cut in social security benefits since World War 2. If they don't drop these plans it will have a devastating impact on many struggling families here in Hinckley and Bosworth."
Bosworth Liberal Democrats have slammed Bosworth's Conservative MP's choice to break their promise to the electorate and vote for a 1.25% rise in National Insurance.
The changes, which go against the Conservatives' manifesto promise not to raise taxes, will mean hard-pressed local families and small businesses will be left paying hundreds of pounds more in tax each year.
Liberal Democrats in Leicestershire will be among thousands of party members from across the country attending their party's annual conference this weekend.
The conference will be held online rather than at the traditional seaside venues though due to continuing covid-19 concerns.
Amongst those attending the conference are Councillor Michael Mullaney, Leader of the opposition on Leicestershire County Council. Michael said "The Liberal Democrats are in a very positive mood following the gain of the parliamentary seat of Chesham and Amersham from the Conservatives on a huge swing and a series of council by-election gains, including a recent gain from the Conservatives in Rutland. As the Conservative government becomes increasingly unpopular Liberal Democrats are position to increase our support at their expense.
As many as 1 in 6 hard-pressed families across Bosworth Constituency face being left worse off when thegovernment end theuplift to Universal Credit next month.
New data from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation exposes the true nature of how badly some areas will be hit by the £20 Universal Credit cut, a cut which is opposed by Leicestershire Lib Dem County Councillor Michael Mullaney.
In the report, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimate that the Universal Credit cut alone could force 500,000 people, almost half of them children, into poverty. Their breakdown shows that some 6,790 families in Bosworth will be harmed by the governments uplift cut, with 16%, 1 in 6, families with children in Bosworth being affected adversely.
The main opposition party on Leicestershire County Council, the Liberal Democrats have elected a new leader and team to oppose the Conservative administration ay County Hall.
Michael Mullaney Lib Dem County Councillor for Hinckley De Montfort was elected to the post by the Leicestershire Liberal Democrat group. This follows the decision of the long standing leader of the Leicestershire Lib Dems Simon Galton to stand down as leader.
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