Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Lib Dems in parliament force government retreat on sewage

 This message came through tonight from Richard Foord, our MP for Tiverton:

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Lost £4.3 bn, recovered only a fraction


By the end of last year, the authorities had recovered only £18m of the money lost over fraudulent PPE contracts.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Ambulance targets in Wales are not being met


Sign here to back our five-point plan to solve ambulance waiting times in Wales:

Monday, January 16, 2023

UK by-election review of 2022

 Thanks to ALDC for these infographics

(NB: the net figures conceal a few Conservative gains from Labour.)

Friday, January 13, 2023

Westminster and Cardiff Bay laissez-faire attitude to sewage on beaches


Wales' beaches are being spoiled by water companies that show little regard for where they dump sewage.

Meanwhile, both the Labour Government in Cardiff Bay and the Conservative Government in Westminster are failing to tackle the problem.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Building Safety Crisis: Labour must act


Welsh Labour has let victims of the Building Safety Crisis down for almost 6 years. Enough is enough, Labour must act and put an end to victims suffering.
There are easy steps they can take to fix this crisis.

Friday, January 06, 2023

Back Our Campaign to Rejoin the Single Market

Our departure from the EU has fundamentally changed how Wales interacts with the rest of the world. It is now abundantly clear that Brexit is seriously damaging the Welsh economy, from our ability to trade with the world to the damage to our ports, to adding to the cost-of-living crisis.
This damage is not down to “teething problems”; it is inherent in the model of the Conservatives' Brexit Deal - including the departure from the Single Market and the Customs Union - that the Conservative Party chose to pursue.
Sign our petition below and help us work towards re-joining the Single Market and Customs Union.

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Ed Davey's Christmas Message

Merry Christmas!

I love this time of year. The cards, the carols, the chocolate. And spending precious time with our family. To celebrate together, to have fun together, and to give each other presents and thanks.

And to give thanks to God. For me, the message of Christmas is for us to treat others - as we would wish to be treated. And the symbol of Christmas is light, even in the darkest week of the year, the light of hope. Hope we so desperately need in these most challenging of times.

So from my family to yours: We wish you a Christmas full of peace, joy and love. And hope. Hope for a better future.

And as we hold in our hearts those less fortunate than ourselves. Who won't share Christmas with the comfort of family. Whether because loved ones have died. Or because they've been separated by war and destruction. Let’s give them the gift of hope this Christmas too.

Happy Christmas.


Friday, December 16, 2022

Aberavon and Neath Lib Dems: Ban home repossessions and evictions over the Christmas period

Aberavon and Neath Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to bring in an emergency ban on banks repossessing people’s homes over the Christmas period.

It comes as analysis by the party revealed a “nightmare before Christmas,” with roughly 62,500 homeowners nationwide due to see their mortgage rate hiked between now and 31 December.

Locally in Neath Port Talbot there were 21 possession warrants and 6 mortgage repossessions in the last 12 months. 

The Liberal Democrats are also calling on the Government to immediately bring in its long-promised ban on no-fault evictions to protect renters, along with an increase in housing benefits and a moratorium on evictions based on rent arrears to protect those facing soaring rental prices. In Neath Port Talbot, official stats show 21 tenant evictions in the past year. 

Liberal Democrats warn that the government must act now. No-one should face losing their home over Christmas because the Conservatives crashed the economy.

The Liberal Democrat proposals would include a temporary ban on banks repossessing people’s homes over the Christmas period. The party is also calling for a Mortgage Protection Fund to support homeowners hardest hit by soaring mortgage prices. 

The latest figures nationally show a significant increase in people at risk of seeing their home repossessed, with 3,680 mortgage possessions claims in the courts between July and September, up 30% on the same period last year.

Families in Wales are facing a nightmare before Christmas, with monthly mortgage and rent payments going through the roof. The anxiety of eviction hangs over far too many people's heads. 

UK Finance data show that 600,000 fixed-term mortgage deals will expire in the second half of 2022, with those mortgage holders usually moved to much higher Standard Variable Rate mortgages. This suggests that roughly 62,466 will see their fixed-rate deals end in the 19 days between today (Wednesday December 14th) and December 31st.

In November, the Bank of England said that a typical mortgage holder in this group would face an increase in mortgage payments of around £3,000 a year (Monetary Policy Report, p. 53).

A temporary ban on home repossessions was brought in during the Covid pandemic, but was lifted in May 2021. Banks also collectively agreed last year not to carry out any repossessions over the Christmas period.

The Liberal Democrats are proposing a new Mortgage Protection Fundwhich would provide temporary grants to those most at risk of repossession – homeowners on the lowest incomes and those seeing the sharpest rises in mortgage rates. Anyone who sees their mortgage payments rise by more than 10% of their household income would get a grant to cover the cost of that rise for the next year, up to a maximum of £300 a month. 

The Liberal Democrats are also calling on the government to urgently bring back pandemic-era protections for renters, including:

  • An immediate ban on no-fault evictions
  • A moratorium on evictions on grounds of rent arrears, unless arrears exceed 6 months. This measure was in place for 6 months in 2020-21.
  • Extend the mandatory notice period given by landlords from the current 2 months to 6 months. This was in place for 18 months in 2020 and 2021.

Monday, October 10, 2022

O, what a falling-off was there

Friday, September 09, 2022

Her late majesty: Welsh Liberal Democrat leader pays tribute


My thoughts, as I'm sure are yours, are with His Majesty the King, Her Majesty’s other children, her grandchildren and all those close to her at this difficult time. 

Her Majesty’s passing, without a doubt, does mark the end of a very long, and indeed a seminal chapter in the history of our nations and for most people her presence has been one of the few constants throughout their lives. 

Throughout her life, Her Majesty served the country with the absolute greatest dedication, honour and dignity. From serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War Two, to taking the time to speak to local schoolchildren at last year’s opening of the Senedd, she never once shied away from public duty. 

Her life will forever be interlinked with that of a period of great change within the UK and although many today would struggle to recognise the world she had been born into, she always seemed to belong very much here today in the present. 

Her Majesty was always a great friend to Wales and she will be deeply missed within the UK, the Commonwealth and further afield. I pray that her journey into the next stage has been peaceful and that she is at rest.

As the country enters a period of mourning, we will be suspending all campaigning activity immediately. 

Jane Dodds MS

Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats