Liberal Democrats Demand Better for Dorset
Dorset Liberal Democrats are offering a new Vision for a new Dorset Council.
We will create a Council that Listens. A new Council that devolves power, decision-making and finance to our towns and parishes, that puts fairness for all of Dorset’s residents at the heart of what it does and that recognises we must do far more to protect and enhance our environment.
The Conservatives have spent recent years cutting valuable services that our residents need, slashing the bus network and increasing rural isolation, undermining our libraries and youth services and attacking budgets that support special needs children and families. They have allowed our public toilets to get into a disgraceful condition. Austerity has gone too far and must be brought to an end.
The Liberal Democrats are determined to give the NHS the funding it needs to secure its future.
New Lib Dem policy has been written by ten health and social care specialists, including former chief executives of NHS England, the Royal College of Nursing and the Patients Association. The timing could not be more significant given the Conservatives postponed more than 50,000 operations just last month.
For months Lib Dem Councillors, including Andy Canning and Ros Kayes, have been campaigning against local NHS plans for cuts and closures. Now, this week, Dorset's Health Scrutiny Committee has unanimously agreed to refer the proposed reorganisation of Dorset's health service in Dorset CCG's Clinical Services Review to the Secretary of State for Health for independent review. The referral is being made on the basis of the proposal not being in the interests of the health service under section 11 of the 2000 Health Act.
West Dorset District Council’s latest ideas for Dorchester’s Town Centre include a new food store on part of Charles Street car park and shops on Lower Fairfield - the site of the Wednesday Market and the car boot sale on Sundays.
The County Council elections on Thursday confirmed that the General Election will be between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.
Dorset County Council has announced that it is cutting the number of bus services that it supports from 35 down to just 7!
“This will have a devastating effect on everyone who doesn’t have access to a car,” says Cllr Andy Canning, Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesman and County Councillor. “It will increase isolation as those on low incomes, poor mobility and the elderly, who live anywhere that isn’t close to a town centre, will become stranded in their homes. How are people to get food, to do their shopping or get to the doctors or the hospital? Some may be able to rely on family or friends some of the time, but many others will not.”