Boris Johnson's promise to provide 85% of homes and businesses in Hinckley and Bosworth with high-speed broadband by 2025 is set to be broken, local Liberal Democrats can reveal.
Analysis of House of Commons Library data by the party has found that jus 9.7% of premises in Bosworth constituency had gigabit broadband availability in 2021.
At the current rate of progress, only 10% of homes and businesses in areas will have gigabit access by 2025. This is well short of the Government's promise of providing 85% of premises with high-speed broadband by that date.
It comes as households and business owners in Hinckley and Bosworth brace themselves for the cost of broadband to skyrocket in April. Several broadband providers have announced their prices will go up by 9.3%, in line with CPI inflation of 5.4% in December - the biggest rise in almost thirty years.
With this hike on the way, Hinckley and Bosworth Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to legally require all broadband providers to automatically offer cheaper deals through 'social tariffs' for struggling families. This move could save as many as 9,096 people in Hinckley and Bosworth around £270 a year on their broadband bill.
Michael Mullaney Liberal Democrat Councillor for Hinckley De Montfort,said:
"These damning figures show the Conservatives are once again breaking their promises and failing to meet their targets to boost broadband speeds in Hinckley and Bosworth.
"This pandemic has shown how vital access to broadband is for learning, for work and for staying connected. But local families and businesses are being left in the digital slow lane and face crippling hikes to their broadband bills, on top of tax raids and soaring energy prices.
"The Liberal Democrats are demanding cheaper broadband deals for struggling families in our community, saving them hundreds of pounds a year. The Government cannot stand idly by while the cost of living crisis hits residents in Hinckley and Bosworth in the pocket."
Danny Findlay Borough Lib Dem Councillor for Burbage Sketchley and Stretton who has campaigned for better broadband coverage locally said "I have championed for better broadband and householder connectivity since being elected in 2019. It is shameful that key promises and target are being missed, time and time again.
"High speed broadband is no longer a 'nice to have' it is an essential service of everyday life. Whether that be connecting distant families and friends, education, work or leisure I would urge the Government to get real on the issue.
"Now is the time to stop under delivering and over promising, using an area in my constituency as an example, seven years to wait for this infrastructure is wholly unacceptable. Action, not words, is needed to drive down the installation lead times but more importantly bring the cost of the service down so that it is accessible to all."
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council has passed a motion tonight calling for the Prime Minister to resign.
Proposing the motion Hinckley Liberal Democrat Councillor Michael Mullaney said "People from all political parties and none have called for the Prime Minister to resign. This includes the Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire Andrew Bridgen and former Conservative Cabinet Minister David Davis. The numerous parties that took place in Downing Street when the rest of Britain was following rules show that Mr Johnson has lost the moral authority to rule.
Liberal Democrats in Hinckley and Bosworth are celebrating a win in yesterday's Burbage Lash Hill by-election
The winning Liberal Democrat Candidate Russell Turner secured 57% of the vote to take the Lash Hill ward of Burbage Parish Council. The seat had previously been held by an Independent who stood down for personal reasons.
The Conservative Government's stealth tax raid will cost the average family £420 in the East Midlands a year by 2026, research commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.
The tax hit will mean a total hit of £800million to taxpayers across the East Midlands.
The new tax hike on households follows the Government's refusal to increase income tax thresholds in line with inflation, which usually takes place each year. This means even more people will earn above the lowest income tax threshold, as well as be forced to pay higher bands of tax.
Residents in Hinckley and Bosworth are set to be hit hard by the expected devastating rise in energy bills in April, new figures have revealed.
Analysis by the Liberal Democrats shows that the average yearly bill for homeowners in Hinckley and Bosworth is set to skyrocket by £629 - the equivalent of over £52 month - once the new energy price cap comes into effect.
Liberal Democrat campaigners in Hinckley and Bosworth have signed an open letter to the Education Secretary, calling on him urgently to ramp up measures to help prevent the spread of the Omicron viariant in schools and colleges.
Hinckley County and Borough Councillor Michael Mullaney and Barwell Parish Councillor Mathew Hulbert have added their names to the letter, orgnised by the National Education Union (NEU) and signed by many Councillors and School Governors up and down the country, strongly urging Tory Minister Nadhim Zahawi to act.
Hinckley and Bosworth Liberal Democrats have today written to the Secretary of State for Energy Kwasi Kwarteng demanding that he backs the party's call for a "Robin Hood" tax on the super-profits of oil and gas firms, to raise money to support local families facing soaring energy costs.
The proposed one-off levy could raise over £5 billion to help support families in Hinckley and Bosworth as their energy bills sky-rocket.
Local Lib Dems are delighted that long-standing Burbage resident Russell Turner has decided to stand in the Parish Council by-election on 20th January caused by the resignation of an independent Parish Councillor.
Russell Turner has lived in Burbage for 51 years. He attended Grove Road, Sketchley Hill and Hastings schools. Russell works for a global engineering company where he supports the UK armed forces and renewable energy sectors. He was a carer to his elderly parents for many years.
Liberal Democrats celebrating extraordinary by-election victory overnight in North Shropshire
The Liberal Democrats are on track to win seats across the country at the next General Election, including Hinckley and Bosworth following their historic by-election victory overnight.
The Liberal Democrats won the once safe Conservative seat of North Shropshire, overturning the Conservatives majority of almost 23,000 votes. It is the second parliamentary by-election the Liberal Democrats have won against the Conservatives this year, following their victory in Chesham and Amersham over the summer.
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