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Blog Profile / Les Bonner

Filed Under:Local Interest / England
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Archived Since:August 30, 2008

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Guaranteeing sex education in state schools

Children in state-funded schools, including academies and free schools, will be guaranteed age appropriate sex and relationship education under manifesto plans announced by the Liberal Democrats. The plans will also include a curriculum guarantee of teaching pupils financial literacy and citizenship lessons. Show More Summary

Parents in N E Lincs set to save up to £1.7million through free school meals

It has been estimated that parents in North East Lincolnshire could save up to £1.7 million on school lunches during the next academic year as part of a new government initiative.. With 4,491 children aged between four and seven living in the borough becoming eligible for free school lunches, many of whose parents currently spend around £400 […]

Closing loopholes in zero hours exclusivity ban

Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable is calling on business, unions and individuals to help identify and close potential loopholes in plans to ban the use of exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts. Exclusivity clauses prevent workers on zero hours contracts from taking work elsewhere even when their employer provides no work. The government is launching […]

Lib Dems: Tripling the early years pupil premium

Liberal Democrats will more than triple the early years pupil premium to £1000 per child under manifesto plans announced today by Schools Minister David Laws. The early years pupil premium was introduced in March 2014 and is currently worth £300 for every disadvantaged child. Liberal Democrats want to extend this to £1000, helping to ensure […]

Vince Cable: Large companies will have to publish top earner’s salary

Companies will be forced to publish their highest earners pay under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans. In a bid to encourage fairer wages, businesses with more than 250 employees will be required to release pay details of their top earner. Under manifesto proposals companies will also publish their median pay and consult employees on future executive salaries. […]

Protecting the NHS budget

Liberal Democrats will protect the National Health Service budget in the next Parliament. Under plans announced in the party’s manifesto, NHS spending will rise by at least the rate of inflation over the next Parliament. As well as protecting the NHS budget, Liberal Democrats will also pool health and social care budgets. This would help […]

Toxic fake cigarettes filled with asbestos and excrement seized by councils

Millions of illegal cigarettes filled with dead flies, human excrement and abnormally-high levels of cancer causing chemicals are being taken off the streets by councils cracking down on the black market trade. The Local Government Association said efforts to reduce smoking and improve health are being hampered by the illicit trade, which also costs the […]

Crucial opportunity missed to lift refugee children out of poverty

The government has refused to increase financial support for families fleeing war, violence and persecution. This is despite a high court ruling that found the government calculated rates of support unlawfully. The calculation failed to ensure that a family is able to pay for essential things like washing powder, medication and nappies. But the government […]

City of London Police and Kaspersky Lab lead the way in combating fraud

  Kaspersky Lab are joining forces with City of London Police to educate police services and businesses across Britain on ways to tackle cyber crime. Cyber crime plays a huge part in fraud offence numbers today, with seven out of ten scams now internet-related, according to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. To help tackle the […]

Have your say in N E Lincs polling district review

North East Lincolnshire Council is carrying out a review of its polling districts and polling places and is asking people to come forward and give their views. The main purpose of the review is to make sure that all voters in the borough have reasonable facilities for voting and polling places are accessible to all. […]

Why not bring your community together and plant some trees

Why not bring your community together and plant some trees? The Woodland Trust have over 4,000 free tree packs to give away to schools, community and youth groups in autumn. The tree packs have been generously funded by lead partners IKEA FAMILY, Biffa Award and Sainsbury’s, also funded by WHSmith, Wilko and players of People’s Postcode […]

World’s biggest tidal array to bring energy and jobs boost to North Scotland

The world’s biggest tidal array is to be built in North Scotland bringing jobs and energy security to the Pentland Firth region, it’s been announced yesterday. The UK Government has provided £10 million worth of grant funding to the Meygen project, which will provide enough electricity to power 175,000 homes and provide up to 100 […]

Lib Dems: Safe standing for football fans

A Liberal Democrat government would allow football clubs in the top divisions to introduce safe standing areas into their grounds. Under manifesto plans announced today, football clubs would be allowed to work with their supporters to...Show More Summary

Are you young and disabled: Why not join the Disability Rights UK forum?

Are you 18 to 25, with the thwarted ambition of knowing what would help you and others to create or obtain work but no one is listening? Disability Rights UK is establishing a forum to test our campaign work and we invite you to get in touch with us if you would wish to be […]

Poor doors? If you’re disabled, you’ll know society’s segregation doesn’t end there

The following article originally appeared on the “As I stared at the steps leading to the restaurant, I ran through a mental list of the summer. The lift that was too small for a wheelchair, the “accessible” spa hotel that had a spa that was not accessible, the terrace ramp that led nowhere. The polite […]

Mental health research should be the next big breakthrough

A Liberal Democrat government would establish a mental health research fund to support the development of new cutting-edge mental health treatments, Nick Clegg has announced. In the plans outlined by Nick, Liberal Democrats would increase funding spent on mental health research by £50m, by 2020. The Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy and a […]

‘Free’ trials that cost: slimming pills

Today (21 August 2014) Citizens Advice reported on the findings of research they carried out into internet offers, in particular for slimming pills, which unknowingly tie people into costly subscriptions. We raised awareness of this type of ‘scam’ back in May as part of Scam Awareness Month, an initiative run by Citizens Advice and Trading […]

Industry puts safety first with sky lantern code of practice

The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has today published a new code of practice for sky lanterns – aimed at and developed by industry. The code was the outcome of discussions between Government and industry hosted by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Concerns have been raised surrounding the safety of sky lanterns, as they have […]

Stephen Williams: What have the Lib Dems in Coalition done for the cost of living?

The following article by Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West, Stephen Williams, originally appeared on his blog.: The recession of 2008 and the years that followed had a devastating effect on people’s finances.  Unemployment soared and many factories reduced hours, preserving jobs but depressing pay. Show More Summary

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