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The Lib Dem manifesto for Birmingham - Introduction

May 1, 2014 3:53 PM

Birmingham Liberal Democrats

City Manifesto 2014

Introduction

Birmingham is taking a beating and it is at the hands of the Labour group that controls the council.

Streets are dirtier, residents cannot get their rubbish collected and indeed have been told to pay for the privilege.

Although times are hard, these policies are the direct result of policy choices by Labour.

In opposition the Liberal Democrats have taken the view that we speak best for the people of Birmingham if we are constructive as well as critical.

Therefore we have in the Council Chamber proposed and championed a number of initiatives that have been welcomed by all parties.

These include:

• The introduction of 20mph limits on residential roads. The city is now pressing ahead with implementing this policy which will save lives and injuries to residents of our city. 20 MPH are particularly important in protecting children on road approaching schools.

• Council passed a Lib Dem a motion welcoming the Government commitment to introduce free schools meals for pupils in reception years 1 & 2

• Council also supported a Lib Dem motion called for stricter controls on legal loan sharks, leading to some pay day companies being blocked from computer systems in council libraries and other facilities.

• A library card will be issued to all children under sixteen thanks to another successful motion from the Lib Dems. This universal library card will assist the 45% of children who currently do not have a library card enabling them to develop their reading & literacy skills and allow them to take advantage of the services offered by libraries within the city.

Given an opportunity to run the city, we have a number of low-cost, zero-cost and money-saving initiatives that would help enhance the city and enhance services

. Some of our ideas have been implemented successfully elsewhere but will need further investigation by scrutiny committees or other councillor-led taskforces to find the best way of putting them in place.