Liberal Democrat campaign success for local democracy

Following a national campaign by Liberal Democrat Councils, the Coalition Government has agreed to deal with community proposals for changes to law “expeditiously”.

In 2009 the cross-party Sustainable Community Act empowered local authorities to consult with their residents on the national laws which affect their local environment and pass these community ideas to central Government. It is a genuinely bottom-up process of legislating, with potentially revolutionary implications for local democracy.

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Outer London Fare Hike campaign

Travellers who live in Zones 5 and 6 face up to a massive

67%

increase in their fares.

For full details see the letter below to Mayor Boris Johnson from Cllr Simon James.

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Clobbered! 67% increase in Zone 6 Travel Card “Buried by Boris”

simon_james.jpgKingston’s Executive Member for Transport Cllr Simon James has condemned the London Mayor’s latest public transport fare hike, considerably increasing the cost of travelling for local residents.

He is particularly angry at Boris Johnson for making the fare announcement on the day of the Chancellor’s Comprehensive Spending Review -- effectively ‘burying’ the bad news for Kingston commuters. 

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Kingston Lib Dems endorse Local Carbon Budgets

Kingston Liberal Democrats are supporting a Friends of the Earth led-campaign calling for the Coalition Government to enact Local Carbon Budgets. We believe that devolving responsibility for slashing the nation’s carbon emissions to the local level would be “the best way to get us to a zero carbon future”.

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Funding “back to the Boroughs” would mean investment in Kingston’s Big Society

Stephen Brister Kingston Liberal Democrats localism fundingWhilst the ‘repatriation’ of the London Borough Grants Scheme could provide an excellent opportunity for growth in the local voluntary and charity sector, the the current review of the Scheme has been criticised amid demands that any prospective changes must be made with the “utmost seriousness and sensitivity.”

At present, councils across the capital pool some of their funding to buy services from charitable and voluntary organisations on a pan-London or sub-regional basis. A review is currently being undertaken into whether this mechanism is indeed the best way of using local authority money – or if Boroughs could achieve a greater impact by spending funds on locally identified proprieties

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Council governance to undergo “democratic transformation”

At this week’s meeting of the Council, approval was voiced for a Motion calling for a radical transformation of the way its local government is organised.

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Kingston delighted at bonfire of “The Tenant Tax”

Liberal Democrat Kingston has warmly welcomed the Coalition Government’s announcement that they plan to scrap the Housing Revenue Account subsidy system -- otherwise known as the deadly “tenant tax”.

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‘Vision’ for localised, better services approved by Council

At this month’s Executive meeting of Kingston Council, members approved an important report outlining a vision of greater localism for the Royal Borough and its residents -- with decision making, budgets and services freed from the stranglehold of top-down micro-management and centralising government bureaucracy.

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Kingston Lib Dems welcome news that Garden Grabbing is to be curbed

Kingston’s Liberal Democrat Administration welcomes the news from the coalition government announcing that gardens will no longer be classified as ‘previously residential land’.

Welcoming the reclassification, Executive Member for Planning and Regeneration, Cllr Simon James said,

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Keep Kingston's Magistrates' Court

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Local justice cuts crime

Kingston Liberal Democrats are supporting the Surrey Comet's Campaign to save Kingston's Magistrates' Courts.

 

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Deputy Leader and Executive member for Education for All responds to BSF announcement

Following Monday 5th July announcement that the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove has taken the decision to bring to an end the Building Schools for the Future programme (BSF), Deputy Leader of the Council Liz Green is confident that funding will be found to build the North Kingston School and expand our existing secondary schools.

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Kingston Lib Dems support Kingston Rowing Club

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Kingston’s Liberal Democrat Administration has pledged to take a report in July to the Meeting of the Council’s Executive that will ensure that Kingston Rowing Club is safe for future generations.

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Embarrassing Tory blunder

Recent press coverage relating to the issue of a ticket approximately 10 years ago, which was reported in the Sun newspaper. 10 years ago the Council was under a Conservative administration.

Kingston Conservatives withdrew a question to be asked of the Liberal Democrat administration on Tuesday evening just one hour before the Council meeting started, to avoid embarrassment about their own party’s blunder.

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Motion dismissed!

At last night’s meeting of Full Council, elected members voted down a misleading and inaccurate Conservative motion attacking Kingston Council’s value for money.

The motion, moved by Conservative front bencher Paul Johnson said:

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Goldsmith police comments slammed at Council meeting

At last night’s meeting of Full Council, Kingston’s Executive Member for Community Safety was asked to comment on the press comments of Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith, when he said that local “police [are] stretched and not always able to respond to [incidents of recorded crime] immediately”.

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