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  • Flooding in Bewdley
    Article: Feb 25, 2020
    By Oliver Walker
    • Planting trees on the Welsh mountains and around streams and rivers that feed into the Severn will slow the flow of water running into the river. This works because where the tree roots have broken up the ground, the rainwater can penetrate deep into the soil, 60 times faster, than where there are none.
    • By re-instating forest meadows we can have greater control over water management. A working water-meadow has no standing water (puddles), but by keeping the ground damp it allows the grass can grow several weeks earlier, than normal, and in times of long dry spells the water damp ground allows the grass to keep growing throughout the summer. It also absorbs the runoff fertilisers from farming. The grass can be used both for making hay and for grazing by livestock (usually cattle or sheep).
    • By not building more houses on flood plains we can avoid more people getting flooded while also giving the rivers room to rise in the event of heavy rainfall.
  • Article: Nov 26, 2019

    Together, we can build a brighter future, based on hope, not fear.

    We can work with our closest neighbours in Europe to save our planet for future generations.

    Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit and build a brighter future.

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  • Ambulance wider
    Petition: Nov 9, 2019

    We demand that West Midland Ambulance Service Stations stages at least ONE Emergency Ambulance at The Blue Light Hub when the Kidderminster Ambulance Station closes.

  • Article: Nov 8, 2019

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Christine Jardine has slammed the Tories for creating a "Nurse Tax" on EU citizens who come to the UK to work for the NHS.

    The new Tory policy extends the Immigration health surcharge of £400 to EU health professionals, coming to the UK to work in our NHS.

    The fee, which is £400 per person per year, under Conservative plans could be payable directly out of doctor and nurse salaries.

    This would mean an NHS worker from the EU with a family of four, would be expected to pay £8000 over five years. This is on top of the upfront visa application cost of £464 per person or £1856 for a family of four.

    Commenting Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Christine Jardine said:

    "The Conservatives have effectively created a new Nurse Tax. It is an insult to the thousands of people who dedicate their lives coming to work for our health service from the EU.

    "The NHS currently relies on 10,000 doctors and 20,000 nurses from elsewhere in the EU, and we've already lost more than 5,000 EU nurses in the last 2 years.

    "Brexit is making the nursing crisis worse, and the only cure the Tories can offer is a new Nurse Tax.

    "The Liberal Democrats have the solution to the nursing crisis, Stop Brexit so that we can build a brighter future for our precious NHS."

  • Climate Emergency
    Article: Nov 8, 2019
    By Ellen Nicholson

    by generating 80% of electricity from renewables by 2030 and insulating all low-income homes by 2025.

    As one of the party's key priorities in their 'Plan for a Brighter Future', the Liberal Democrats have committed to raising the energy efficiency standards for new homes alongside investing £15 billion over the next Parliament to retrofit 26 million homes. This would save the average household £550 a year on energy bills.