Monthly Archives: April 2013

Dr Vince Cable Visits Shrewsbury 2013

Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable visited Shrewsbury this week, taking time out of his schedule to meet local Lib Dem Councillors.

During his visit Dr Cable met with Shrewsbury trader John Hall, a member of retail group Shop in the Loop.They discussed the plans to transform Shrewsbury into a Business Improvement District and the lack of footfall in the town centre.

Dr Cable said, “The one area local business are generally very concerned about is business rates and I am painfully aware of that. There is an escalator which is built which has been rising less rapidly than inflation overall, but I accept it is a burden.What the Government has done is to provide rate relief for small traders, but I think in the long term we need overhaul the whole system of business rates.”

Dr Cable said he would continue to help small businesses get access to cash from the banks.He said: “The major thing we are doing is trying to make sure traders can get access to credit from the banking system.”

He also visited the Wakeman School where he met campaigners who fought to keep the school open.

Lib Dem councillor for Shrewsbury town centre, Andrew Bannerman said: “It is really good of him to take time from his busy schedule to support us here.”

Pictured below: Cllr Andrew Bannerman, Peter Phillips, Dr Vince Cable, Cllr Heather Kidd, Cllr Hannah Fraser, Cllr Christine Tinker 

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Dr Cable told local Liberal Democrats that the Lib Dem policy of lifting tax thresholds to £10,000 was being achieved-and more quickly than forecast.

‘ In the West Midlands, two million people will pay £600 less tax this year. In Shropshire, some 15,000 residents, the lowest paid, will be taken out of tax altogether. This Liberal Democrat policy is the fastest and most efficient way of helping our lowest  paid citizens.It is just one of the progressive, Lib Dem actions we have put through the Coalition Government.’

‘Shropshire is a low wage area,’said Cllr Hannah Fraser.’Our income tax policy will be especially helpful to many thousands of Shrewsbury residents in these difficult times, and it would not have happened if the Lib Dems weren’t in Government.’

Pictured Below: Colin Case, Cllr Hannah Fraser, Vanessa Voysey, Cllr Heather Kidd, Cllr Charlotte Barnes, Cllr Andrew Bannerman, Cllr Beverley Baker, Christine Tinker, Dr Vince Cable

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Lib Dem Pensions Minister Visits Shropshire

 Pensions minister STEVE WEBB  visited Shropshire to ‘Rally the troops’ for the Local Elections campaign.

 At a buffet lunch in Aston on Clun Village Hall, he stressed that Council elections are even more important since the Government is devolving more and more powers to them.

 ‘Liberal Democrats in Shropshire built an enviable reputation when they ran local councils,’ said Peter Phillips.’ They led the way in re-cycling, in affordable housing, leisure services, social care…despite all the Tory attacks around council tax, The firm basis laid by the Lib Dems stood up until the last couple of years when the Tories are slashing away services while stacking £35million away in reserves.’

 The Spare Room Subsidy was a strong concern Mr Webb pointed out that a number of exemptions had already been made.

‘Steve was very much in listening mode,’ said Lib Dem leader, Cllr Nigel Hartin.’ He said that more changes could be made as the changes were rolled out. But the difficulties of places like Shropshire have been recognised already. The government has given them cash-‘Discretionary housing grant’.to deal with local difficulties. Other councils have matched this, SHROPSHIRE Council has the money to sort this out but they refuse.’

 What brought the Minister to S Shropshire?

‘It is the fantastic record of success—and the Promise of More To Come,’ he smiled.’ The Lib Dems have a great record of by-elections here: And in Bishops Castle area they have topped the country for recruiting new subscribers. I came to applaud that and to lend impetus to their further success on May 2nd! Shropshire needs to get rid of these callous Tory councillors!).

 In addition to Aston on Clun, Mr Webb also met supporters and residents at Ludlow, Much Wenlock and Church Stretton.

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From left: Cllr Charlotte Barnes, Cllr Heather Kidd, Steve Webb MP, Cllr Nigel Hartin

 

Minister’s visit to Shropshire

Pensions Minister Steve Webb to Boost Council Elections campaign for Lib DemsImage

above: Steve Webb with Cllrs Charlotte Barnes (Bishops’ Castle) and Heather Kidd  (Chirbury & Worthen)

South Shropshire Liberal Democrats have announced that Steve Webb, Minister for Pensions, is to visit next week. His visit is timed to boost the start of the Shropshire Council election campaign—because he thinks the Shropshire Lib Dems are winners!

“I am hugely impressed by their record of by-election wins and their recruitment. I want to find out the secret of their success!”

The Minister was also alert to ‘pioneering achievements’ of the Lib Dems when they were in charge: their affordable housing programme, spearheaded by Heather Kidd,was a national trail-blazer;  they had the best recycling rate in the whole County, in South Shropshire; they took the great step of CONSULTING their Public on Council Tax! Quite a novelty!’ (Being asked,the Public voted for the cash to keep decent Public Toilets.)

When in Coalition in the Shirehall they were equally progressive: free-to-use Broadband was provided in libraries, schools and broadplaces (another innovation for rural areas); the Youth Service was painstakingly rebuilt; Social Care was properly funded; our schools were top class.

Now this is being savagely dismantled by the Tory Council, starting with their assault on our small schools-despite giving an election pledge to keep them open! Now is the time for the voters to give their verdict on this slash and burn council.

“Steve will expect to deal with controversial topics of the moment,” said Bishops Castle Councillor Charlotte Barnes, “I met him last year and his grasp of subject is impressive. But I also know that he will LISTEN, as he always has.”

Lib Dem Leader Cllr Nigel Hartin added, “A ministerial visit is a compliment to the Lib Dem work on the ground and to the loyalty of our residents in supporting us.”

Mr Webb is scheduled to visit Ludlow, Clun Valley, Much Wenlock and Church Stretton. He will be meeting local activists and their interested guests and taking questions on any topic.