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Coronavirus update - Lockdown 3

The Coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives in many ways and has been extremely difficult for us all. Once again we are in lockdown and should adhere to the Government advice and guidlines. There are many local organisations gathering to offer help; if you are self-isolating, in need of help, or simply need to speak to a friendly voice you can always get in touch.

East Devon District Council offers lots of advice and is a good place to start.

For more details, including Schools and Families, head to Devon County Council.

The latest Government advice and guidance can be found here.

The latest NHS medical advice is here.


Lib Dems Support Universal Basic Income

What is UBI?

"a modest amount of money paid unconditionally to individuals on a regular basis; intended to be paid to all, regardless of age, gender, marital status, work status and work history"

Guy Standing, author of Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen

The Liberal case for UBI by proposer Adam Barnard published by Social Liberal Forum

And one of our local LibDem members spoke in support of the motion. Listen to Misha's speech

From Ed Davey, Party Leader:

"We never know what's around the corner. Coronavirus has shown us just how fragile our system is, and how easily it can fail people. From shielding people from another global crisis to rewarding informal caring, we need a system which prioritises social and economic resilience for individuals and for our country.

UBI is a huge step towards the fairer society we, as liberals, should champion. I couldn't be prouder that so many Liberal Democrats today voted to fix our broken system."

Want to know more about the LibDems?

Take a look at these groups as examples of what's going on:

LibDem Voice

Green Liberal Democrats

Social Liberal Forum

LibDems for Electoral Reform


News

  • Article: Jan 19, 2021

    The Government are refusing to accept cross-party amendments to the Trade Bill that would put human rights at the heart of our trade policy.

    The UK and the world can't just stand by and do nothing.

    This is particularly important because of what is happening to the Uyghur people in Xinjiang and across China. The Foreign Secretary last week described the mounting evidence to the Commons:

  • Article: Jan 19, 2021

    Farmers across the country are worried about their future - they're worried that the UK will be flooded with poor quality food that undercuts the goods they produce to high environmental and animal welfare standards.

    Liberal Democrats back British farmers.

    The Conservatives have continually failed to protect our farmers from these risks.

  • Den Brook Windfarm, Devon
    Article: Jan 19, 2021

    Lib Dems who lead Teignbridge District Council have today slammed the Government for a huge 'missed opportunity' to ask key questions in the 2021 census to help the nation combat global warming and invest in new energy saving projects.

    The national census will take place on 21st March 2021 - just nine weeks away and includes just one question related to climate change - which asks what type of central heating respondents use. The comment from Lib Dem led Teignbridge District Council comes after councillors heard about the Census arrangements at their meeting on Thursday (14th January 2021).

  • Article: Jan 18, 2021

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 11th January

    Monday 11th January

    Monday started off with a statement from the Chancellor who has been notably quiet as of late. He came to the House to update MPs on the most recent packages of support for individuals and businesses during the pandemic.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2021

    For years, this Government have promised our fishing industry a sea of opportunity, but, today, our boats are tied up in harbour, their propellers fouled with red tape manufactured in Whitehall.

    Our boats are tied up in harbour, their propellers fouled with red tape manufactured in Whitehall.

    Boats that are able to go to sea are landing their catches in Denmark-an expensive round trip of at least 72 hours, which takes work away from processors and other shoreside businesses in this country.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2021

    I tabled the Immigration (Health and Social Care Staff) Bill 2019-21, which was due for its second reading on Friday.

    Lib Dems will continue to fight for healthcare workers' rights

    But the Government have decided to axe all sitting Fridays until the end of March, meaning dozens of Private Members Bills will effectively be shut down.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2021
    By Edward Davey

    It's been a huge privilege to come to know many Tamil people in my constituency and across the UK since being elected to Parliament back in 1997, and I can therefore say with total certainty, that the contribution of British Tamils to our country and society has been exemplary, with the hard work, intelligence and dedication of so many amazing British Tamils.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2021

    It is completely unacceptable that parents have received woefully inadequate food parcels in place of free school meals.

    The Secretary of State must urgently investigate this situation.

    The amount of food parents have received to feed their children is not anything like enough to provide an adequate, nutritious lunch every day.

  • Article: Jan 12, 2021

    Over the past year, Liberal Democrat MPs have tabled a number of Private Members' Bills that would make important changes to help build a fairer country, tackle deep-rooted inequalities and ensure a more effective response to the Covid pandemic.

    Eleven key Liberal Democrat Bills were due to have "Second Reading" - the next stage of their progress through Parliament - over the next three months.

  • Article: Jan 11, 2021
    By Lisa Smart

    Last month's Federal Communications and Elections Committee (FCEC) kicked off with a productive Q&A with deputy Leader Daisy Cooper. Daisy's approach to collaborative working across parts of the party was warmly welcomed and FCEC expressed its support, and desire to assist, Daisy's ongoing work to support a diverse range of candidates to stand.

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