On the 3rd of May Birmingham will elect a whole new council. It will run the city for 4 years. The Lib Dems have a plan to fix the councils failings. Failure to empty the bins, failure to clean the streets, failure to spend our money effectively. Download our manifesto here for more details.
Summary - 14 to Fix
1/ Clean up our city – we will reverse cuts to street cleaning, ensuring that crews work with local communities to build pride in neighbourhoods.
2/ Clean up our city - We will set targets for prosecuting flytippers, providing the necessary resources, until the problem is dealt with, and incentivising householders to use legal means to dispose of bulky waste
3/ Green up our city – we will set and meet demanding recycling targets, bringing levels past the 2012 achievement of 30% and significantly beyond the present 23%
4/ Make our city safer – we will work with the police authorities to enhance the role of PCSOs and restore neighbourhood policing teams based in communities We will fight for sufficient funding for police services.
5/ Provide basic services – we will reform the waste collection services bringing In external partners and increasing community influence on how the service is delivered,
6/ Build our communities – we will put serious financial power and power to make change in the hands of local communities.
7/ Build our communities - We will ensure that land that is available for housing gets housing, meeting demanding targets for new homes.
8/ Make our city happier – we will reverse cuts to parks budgets, placing them at the heart of our communities
9/ Make our city happier – we will ensure that nobody needs to sleep rough on the streets of our city
10/ Strengthen support for families – we will provide the support needed to keep families together when they are let down by the housing sector, getting tough on poor private landlords and ending the need to use bed and breakfast for those who lose their homes. We will fight for sufficient funding for schools and social services.
11/ Strengthen support for families – We will fight for sufficient funding for schools and social services.
12/ Build our communities – we will take the necessary steps to ensure that bereaved families in Birmingham have ready access to non-invasive CT scanning.
13/ A city that works – we will keep the city moving, improving the quality of road maintenance and pressing for the introduction of a Brummie bus ticket.
14/ A city that works – we will support high quality apprenticeships and training.
Tanveer Choudhry, who lives on Baldwins Lane, Hall Green, has been selected to be the Lib Dem candidate in the by-election in Hall Green. Tanveer is backed by popular former councillor Paula Smith.
"As a former councillor in neighbouring Springfield Ward, Tanveer has the experience necessary to tackle our problems." said Paula. Paula was well known as a hard working local councillor, and many residents have commented that things have gone downhill since she lost her seat to Labour. Tanveer said "It would be an honour to be trusted to take up where Paula left off in 2014."
Paula added “I’ve worked with Tanveer for many years and there is no one I trust more to represent Hall Green”.
The South West Birmingham Liberal Democrats have been busily working since the summer to spread our pro-Remain message to the Edgbaston constituency, beginning with the residents of Harborne. By the end of October, we had knocked on over 1000 doors in Harborne and delivered 2 leaflets so far, with a 3rd delivered since and even more doors knocked!
Local Lib Dem activists have been helping the fightback on a national level, travelling down south to canvass, deliver leaflets, stuff envelopes and many other things, to help increase the number of members of parliament who stand up for liberal values. On December 1st, our efforts paid off, as Sarah Olney was elected in Richmond Park, with a 21.73% swing!
At our AGM last week, we elected our new committee and council candidates, ready to continue our local campaign work and begin preparing for the 2018 council elections. We also welcomed Beverley Nielsen to talk to us about her campaign to be the West Midlands region's first ever Metro Mayor.
The Lib Dem fight back is well underway, with 90 local people joining the party since polling day.
Colin Green said, "We're fighting back and recruiting people who have never joined a political party before, but want to stand together against the things the Tory government is already planning to do - like introducing a 'snoopers charter' and scrapping the Human Rights Act".
The Lib Dems have launched their General Election manifesto. It puts opportunity at its heart and sets out a plan to ensure every child has a world-class education. The party has announced a major new commitment to protect education funding for every child. This means protecting education spending per pupil in real terms over the next parliament, increasing the education budget as a whole. This commitment provides an extra £2.5bn of funding for 2-19yr olds by 2020.
Disadvantaged primary school pupils in Birmingham are set to receive almost £92 million to boost attainment, the Liberal Democrats have announced.
The pupil premium funding for 2015/16 will help teachers support those children at most risk of falling behind their colleagues. It means primary schools will receive £1,320 for every pupil who has registered for free school meals at any time in the last six years. Evidence shows raising the attainment of pupils by the end of primary schools has a direct impact on future exam results.
Cutting taxes by raising the personal allowance to £10,000 was on the front page of our 2010 General Election manifesto.
Liberal Democrats in government have fought to deliver this tax cut, something the Conservatives said was unaffordable.
More than 10,400 people were on an apprenticeship last year in Birmingham thanks to the Liberal Democrats, final figures reveal. That is a huge increase of 95% compared to the last year of Labour's government.
These figures are a big boost for apprenticeships and young people in Birmingham which comes as National Apprenticeship Week is underway, which aims to raise awareness and celebrate the successes of the apprenticeship scheme.