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And here’s the good news…

Nick Clegg at the Resolution Foundation

Nick Clegg at the Resolution Foundation (Photo by the Cabinet Office)

The Liberal Democrats believe you should keep more money that you earn. That is why we believe the tax-free threshold should raise to £10,000, saving working people £700 a year and making sure millions of the lowest paid workers don’t have to pay any income tax at all.

Between now and the Budget, Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats in Government . . . → Read More: And here’s the good news…

“A Sensible Drugs Policy”–Chris Davies (7:30pm 3rd Feb, Bishop Lloyd’s Palace)

CD2hires (2)If you’re anything like me, there are two reasons to be looking forward to Friday 3rd February:

1) the visit of a senior party figure;

2) a good old debate on a controversial topic everyone has an opinion on.

Chester Liberal Democrats invite you to join us as Lib Dem Member of the European Parliament for the North West – Chris Davies MEP – pays us a visit.

Chris . . . → Read More: “A Sensible Drugs Policy”–Chris Davies (7:30pm 3rd Feb, Bishop Lloyd’s Palace)

Chester’s Planning Disgraces

clip_image002Chester Liberal Democrats are dismayed at some of the recent decision making by the Planning Committee that local councillors sit on, vote and make decisions on your behalf.

Further to the recent reports that the proposed new ‘Super Surgery’ NHS centre on Delamere Street has now received planning permission, has anyone else considered what appears to be yet another poor quality design of building to blight our fair ‘heritage’ city?

. . . → Read More: Chester’s Planning Disgraces

House deposit plan will help young families

A plan recently announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to help first time buyers get on to the housing ladder has been welcomed by Liberal Democrats in Chester.

The plans involve the taxpayer guaranteeing part of the mortgage of first time buyers on newly built houses. Currently, people buying a house for the first time have to put down a deposit which can be as high as 25%. The high deposit levels have been an impossibly high hurdle for many people wanting to buy their first home. With fewer people therefore able to buy, fewer homes have been . . . → Read More: House deposit plan will help young families

In Government–investing for the future

imageLiberal Democrats in Government have successfully argued for measures in the Autumn Treasury Statement to help the economy and stimulate business so that investment is encouraged, jobs retained and new jobs created. These include:

£40bn “credit easing” scheme to underwrite bank loans to small firms. Working age benefits will be uprated by 5.2% in line with September’s inflation rate. Basic state pension will rise in line with inflation by £5.30. £5bn . . . → Read More: In Government–investing for the future