Hull Lib Dem calls for local Test & Trace now has the backing of Hull City Council

Following calls from the Hull Lib Dems, Hull City Council today backed the establishment of a local Test & Trace system for the city. 

Local Test & Trace systems have been rolled out in other local authority areas.  It would see the council take on the task of tracking down those residents of the city who the national system were unable to contact within 24 hours.

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Hull COVID hotspot

Responding to the news that as of today (11/11/20) Hull has the highest Coronavirus infection rate in the country, Leader of Hull City Council's Lib Dem Group Cllr Mike Ross said:

"This is the news we have all feared recently. This virus moves and spreads like no other and has left all of us in the city with a big battle ahead."

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Hull Lib Dem Statement: National Lockdown

The government has dithered and delayed, but from today England begins a second Coronavirus lockdown. It’s clear the government could not control the virus with their failed test and trace system - it is left to the people of Hull and the country to display incredible fortitude once again, so the government in London can have a second chance at getting it right.

 

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Lib Dem leaders in the North slam the PM over Coronavirus

Liberal Democrats from across the North of England, including Lib Dem Leader in Hull Cllr Mike Ross, four council leaders, Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron, and Liberal Democrat Leader in the Lords Dick Newby, have written to the Prime Minister stating that the North has been "overlooked by a London-centric government". 

The letter calls for a raft measures to be implemented urgently to help stop the spread of the virus across vast swathes of the country.

Some of the measures include:

  • Rapidly funding local authorities to enable a local scale-up of the failing test, trace and isolate system
  • Increasing support for those who need to self-isolate and cannot work from home
  • Expanding furlough support until June 2021

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1,000 residents sign petition to call on P&O to keep Zeebrugge route open sparks call on Government to act

The Lib Dems in Hull have been leading calls for P&O and the Government to work together to keep the passenger route open between Hull and Zeebrugge to protect jobs and safeguard the regions tourist sector.

Earlier this week, they put in writing their opposition to proposals to close the route to the Chief Executive of P&O boss, also setting out their support for government intervention if needed.

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Lib Dems blame £225 tests in Hull on Government: "profit ahead of public health”

Hull Lib Dem Councillor, and spokesperson for Public Health, Linda Chambers has slammed the Government’s testing failures that have led to some residents paying £225 for a Coronavirus test.   

The private testing boom in the city has come as a result of the Government’s failure to roll out an effective test and trace system, not just in the city but across the country. 

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Hull Lib Dems renew call for local Test and Trace system

Hull's Lib Dem group has called again for a local test and trace system to be established for the area. Lib Dem Leaders in both East Riding and Hull City Council first made the call during the summer for a local set up to be established.

The Leader of Hull City Council Lib Dems has formally asked the council what progress has been made. This follows other Councils that have setup similar systems, such as York.


 

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Stroud Crescent comes together to solve ASB

Lib Dem Councillors have worked with their community in Stroud Crescent to tackle and solve a recent bout of ASB.

The ASB started on Stroud Crescent when contractors came in to carry out cladding works to increase the energy efficiency of the housing blocks there.

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Liberal Democrats in Hull vow to challenge Government’s “power grab” on planning

Hull's Liberal Democrats have warned that the Government’s planning proposals will “disempower” local authorities like Hull City Council and allow developers to “run roughshod” over local communities’ wishes.
 
A motion agreed at the Party’s Autumn Conference, making it official party policy, lays bare the risks of the Government’s proposals, which the Party argue amount to a Government “power grab” that will reduce investment in affordable housing in Hull and elsewhere.

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Hull Lib Dem Councillors at the root of new national policy to adopt a Universal Basic Income

Lib Dem Councillors Jack Haines and Paul Drake-Davis, co-founding members of the UBI Lab in Hull and tabled a Council motion back in January to pilot a Universal Basic Income, have shared their delight as UBI becomes part of the Liberal Democrats national party policy.

The Hull Lib Dems, who were the first council group in the party to call for a pilot of the Basic Income scheme in the city, has played a key role in the parties internal campaign to make the progressive policy a national flagship.

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