This article was first published in The Guardian.
In the past three months, for the first time in our history, Britain produced more electricity from renewable sources than it did from coal. Between 2010 and 2015, Britain’s renewable power capacity trebled, with over £40bn invested into onshore and offshore wind farms, solar PV and biomass.
But that massive progress in clean energy is about to slow dramatically, thanks to policy changes brought in since May’s general election. Without Liberal Democrats in coalition, the new Conservative government is slashing the low-carbon energy investment Britain needs if we are to tackle climate change and reduce our reliance on imported fossil fuels.
Unprecedented attention has been given over the last few weeks to Chancellor George Osborne’s announced cuts to welfare benefits, in particular cuts to Tax Credits. The Prime Minister David Cameron promised not to cut Tax Credits before the General Election and the Government has now been dealt a major blow after the House of Lords voted to delay Tax Credit cuts and to have a three-year transition for low paid workers.
Kingston Council Lib Dem Leader of the Opposition, Cllr Liz Green said,
“There’s an important Liberal Democrat principle about helping the most vulnerable in society. The financial burden should be fair to families on low incomes and these changes could have seen three million families losing ten per cent of their income with average cuts of just over £1,300 a year.”
Lib Dems say “Forcing the right-to-buy on housing associations was a stupid policy before the election and remains a stupid policy after the election.”
Extending the right-to-buy to housing association tenants was a central commitment of the Conservative manifesto in May’s General Election. Now the Government have put forward their plans to compensate housing associations for every home sold using funds raised through forcing councils to sell off their highest value housing stock.
Kingstons House in Norbiton is the site identified by the Conservative Government for a new two form entry primary school which could see the well known 1960s office building demolished to enable development of a part 3, 4 and 7 storey school building and 25 residential dwellings for September 2017.
A planning application has been submitted on behalf of the Education Funding Agency to Kingston Council for determination. Chapel Street Community Trust has already opened Kingston Community School on a temporary site in Acre Road, Kingston.
Dear Kevin Davis
Your recent paper to Kingston Council was entitled "Renewing Kingston's Democracy - putting the resident into power" and was aimed at improving resident participation in council decision making. However, the recent decision by Councillor Richard Hudson, Chair of Development Control Committee (DCC), is doing the opposite!
Opposition Liberal Democrats are left fuming as the Conservative Administration put a stop to both controversial planning applications for the Tesco site by the old Toby Jug site on the A3 and Tolworth Tower being discussed by local residents at Surbiton and South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committees.
Figures released by the Department for Health shows the Conservative Government is planning a £646,000 in year cut to the public health budget in Kingston. The budget pays to help improve people's health so there is less pressure on the NHS.
Work undertaken by public health budgets include encouraging people to exercise more, give up smoking, drink less, come off drugs and drink and avoid sexually transmitted diseases.
Lib Dem Leader Councillor Liz Green with newly elected Councillor Jon Tolley taking a moment to remember Chrissie
A small plaque installed on the wall outside Guildhall is a lasting reminder to all of former Lib Dem Chrissie Hitchcock who served 25 years on the Council as a Councillor for Grove Ward. Chrissie sadly passed away after a short illness on May 25.
Last night’s stunning by election results saw Lib Dem Jon Tolley elected. With 1577 votes Jon Tolley has a massive majority of 889 votes over the Conservative candidate who had run a very negative campaign receiving only 688 votes.
Jon Tolley, the Lib Dem candidate in the Grove ward by-election on 16th July, held on to the seat with a greatly increased majority. The by-election was caused by the sad death of Cllr Chrissie Hitchcock.
The result was:
Jon Tolley (Lib Dem) - 1577
CON - 688
LAB - 223
GRN - 88
UKIP – 58
Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative MP for Richmond Park, has announced that he will put his name forward to succeed Boris Johnson as London Mayor.
Robin Meltzer, Liberal Democrat parliamentary campaigner for Richmond Park, commented: