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Liberal Democrat News 6th April 2012

April 6, 2012 8:00 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Working to protect services

On a visit to Stockport on Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrat campaign for local elections in England. There are 2,451 seats up for election on 3rd May - 814 Mets, 408 Unitary and 1,229 District.

"Liberal Democrat councillors across the country are working to protect the services that people value most, while Liberal Democrats in the Coalition clear up the economic mess Labour left behind," said the Party Leader. "Our priority is clear, in difficult times we must make sure we do all we can to help ordinary working people.
"That is why, unlike Labour or the Conservatives, every Liberal Democrat council in England has frozen Council Tax. That is why Liberal Democrat councils are more likely to earmark funds for the lowest paid than any other. And that is why this month Liberal Democrats in government are delivering tax cuts for 25m working people.
"Liberal Democrats have a strong record in local government and are committed to fighting for communities across the UK."

This month Lib Dem policies coming to fruition include:

  • A tax cut for 25m working people - £130 in 2012
  • The number of workers lifted out of income tax reaches 1m
  • The largest ever increase in the state pension - £5.30 a week
  • £1.25bn invested in schools through the pupil premium - increasing to £2.5bn by 2014
  • A £1bn investment to get every young person earning or learning

Local Government Association research has revealed it is Liberal Democrat-run councils that are the most likely to earmark funds for the lowest paid, and give low-paid workers a pay rise.

Regional manifestos for all regions can be seen on the Liberal Democrat website - except London's manifesto, where the Liberal Democrats for London campaign will be publishing its manifesto soon.