David's Blog

Campaign to Protect Rural England

Posted by David Crowther

I completely agree that Britain’s natural environment is precious. The countryside, wildlife and urban green spaces are critical to health, wellbeing and a sense of community. The quality of the environment also underpins key industries such as agriculture and tourism.

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Catholic Agency for Overseas Development

Posted by David Crowther

Like you I am incredibly grateful for the incredibly important work CAFOD do to help the most vulnerable abroad. When the Liberal Democrats were in Coalition Government, we worked closely with CAFOD to deliver some of the UK’s aid programmes abroad.

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Taking Action Against Rough Sleeping in the UK

Posted by David Crowther

The Liberal Democrats are committed to doing more to prevent and tackle homelessness and rough sleeping in the UK. We can and must do more to get homeless people off our streets and into permanent accommodation.

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Prescription Charges Exemptions

Posted by David Crowther

I have been asked if I will commit to supporting a review of the medical exemptions for prescription charges in England. I am aware that, apart from the usual exemptions relating to age, pregnancy, income and other factors, there are exemptions for people who hold a valid medical exemption certificate This list of exemptions has ...

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Motor Neurone Disease and the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Posted by David Crowther

I am pleased that the Government no longer requires people claiming ESA within the ‘support group’ with “severe lifelong conditions” to face regular re-testing to check that they remain eligible. It was a waste of time for the assessors and caused people with disabilities unnecessary worry. I think that motor neurone disease meets the description of being severe and lifelong because it progresses

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Lib Dems Announce £13m of Funding for Mental Health in Cheshire CCG Area

Posted by David Crowther

The Liberal Democrats have today announced that they will add another £1 billion for mental ill health care through putting a penny on income tax. This could equate to approximately £13m of the party's additional health funding would be spent in Cheshire tackling the "historic injustice" faced by people with mental ill health.

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Lib Dems Announce Plans to Address Housing Shortage in Crewe and Nantwich

Posted by David Crowther

The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to address the housing shortage in Crewe and Nantwich and build more affordable homes. There are currently 6844 families in Cheshire East on a waiting list for council homes (official 2016 figures)  In addition, the same official figures show 1451 homes have been empty for over six months. The ...

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Conservative Plans Will Take Lunches Away from over 10,000 Children in Cheshire East

Posted by David Crowther

10,107 schoolchildren in Cheshire East will lose out on free lunches, under plans announced in the Conservative manifesto. Free school lunches for pupils, from reception to Year 2, were introduced by the Liberal Democrats in government, but Theresa May now plans to scrap them. The changes would cost families an average extra £480 a year ...

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