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Council backs Motor Neurone Disease Charter

Cambridgeshire County Council has unanimously backed a motion to back the Motor Neurone Disease Charter.

At its 17 July meeting, Cllr Amanda Taylor (Lib Dem, Queen Ediths) proposed the motion that was seconded by Conservative Cllr Anna Bailey.

Cllr Taylor said, “It was a privilege to be asked by the MNDA to propose the adoption of the Charter. I’d like to thank all the other county councillors for their support — it is great that people from different political parties can come together over a quality of life issue like this.”

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Our bus service needs proper support

Our bus service needs proper support, say Cambridgeshire Lib Dems

With thousands of people in Cambridgeshire depending on their local bus service, the Liberal Democrats continue their support for public subsidy for buses as its future becomes more uncertain.

Bus subsidies have become the responsibility of Mayor Palmer, having previously been the job of the County Council.

“The Mayor seems to be prejudiced against buses,” said Cllr John Williams. “The Conservative-run County Council has been bad enough but some important services have survived. We mustn’t lose the services we have.”

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Road safety should be given higher priority

With the number of people killed and seriously injured on Cambridgeshire roads rising significantly, Conservative transport bosses are neglecting road safety, according to the Lib Dems.

“Unfortunately, serious accidents on Cambridgeshire’s roads are getting more common,” said Lib Dem leader on the County Council Lucy Nethsingha. “But instead of investing in road safety measures to cut accident levels, the Mayor and Conservative County Council are pouring money into more and more consultants reports for roads we don’t yet know we need or can afford.”

£13 million has been poured into a fen east of Ely to salvage the mismanaged Ely bypass while a few miles away, the same road is an accident blackspot with an ever-increasing number of serious accidents.

“We know the Conservatives aren’t putting enough money into road repairs. Now it’s clear they are ignoring their responsibility to make roads safe,” added Lucy.

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Councillors Call In Mayoral Interim Transport Statement over Concerns for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Local Plans

Labour, Liberal Democrat and Independent councillors on the Combined Authority’s Scrutiny Committee have called in the Mayoral Interim Transport Strategy Statement which was agreed at the Board Meeting on 30 May.   The six councillors on the Scrutiny Committee who called it in have argued that it was incorrrectly listed as a non-key decision at the Board meeting as it would have a significant strategic impact on the area, and also raised a series of questions in regard to its standing and potential consequences for Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils in their  Local Plan inspection process, managing current development plans and tacking congestion in their areas.

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NHS staff shortages and delayed transfer of care

While official figures on Delayed Transfers of Care, or DTOC, are said to be nearing national target levels, the situation in Cambridgeshire has been bad enough to warrant an inspection by the Care Quality Commission – expected in the autumn.

"Beneath immediate fire-fighting and the critical need to streamline health and social care services lies a deep-rooted gap in our workforce,” says Cllr Susan van de Ven.

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Concern about children's services

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee has today responded to an OFSTED report flagging up serious concerns about some areas of children’s services in Cambridgeshire.

The OFSTED report expresses particular concerns about high staff turnover, and very high case-loads, leading to delays in assessing children who may be at risk of harm.

"Children’s services in Cambridgeshire seem to have been in a constant state of re-organisation" says Liberal Democrat leader Lucy Nethsingha.

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Incoherent plan for cutting down on plastics

Moves to cut down on single use plastics need to be improved say Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats.

At the recent County Council meeting (15 May), councillors backed limited plans to tackle plastics use but Lib Dem calls for a more comprehensive approach were rejected by the Conservatives.

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The wrong plan at the wrong time

Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats oppose the Conservative’s plans for a multi-million pound County Council HQ at Alconbury.

With the longer-term future of the County Council in doubt due to the review of local government proposed by Mayor Palmer, the Conservatives have nonetheless proposed an expensive new office building to be built at Alconbury.

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Call for Cambridge Court to stay open

Lib Dems across Cambridgeshire want to stop the closure of Cambridge's Magistrates Court.

Closure would affect people in Cambridge, South Cambs and East Cambs who currently use the Cambridge Court.

Cllr Lorna Dupre is calling on the County Council to respond to the Government to say that that court should stay open.

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Council mustn't shirk responsibly over school meals

The Lib Dems are trying to ensure that good quality school meals are provided at Cambridgeshire schools once the council's own school meals service closes later this year.

Cllr Lucy Nethsingha will be proposing a motion stressing the importance of quality school meals to children's education.

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