The Liberal Democrats in Hull have stepped into action again in a bid to protect Hull's cultural offer, following the news that Hull Box Office has gone into liquidation.
The Lib Dems have launched a campaign to protect the legacy of Hull as the City of Culture after it has been put at risk by the pandemic.
Responding to the news that Hull will be entering Tier 3 after lockdown, the Hull Liberal Democrats have hit out of the Government over the lack of support expected for the city.
The Liberal Democrats want to see more financial support for the city, to make sure the local economy and vital services can survive the latest phase of Covid19 restrictions.
The Opposition council group have also called for a collective effort to bring down the rates the city has seen in recent weeks.
Following the spending review of the Conservative Government, the Lib Dems in Hull have called on the Government not to forget cities in the North like Hull.
The Hull Liberal Democrats led by Councillor Mike Ross, have expressed their disappointment at the spending review calling for more support for the most vulnerable in society.
Hull Lib Dem councillors won the unanimous support of Hull City Council for its call for the Council to pursue a review of how the Council tackles discrimination.
The motion moved by Liberal Democrat Councillor Holly Burton called for a 'new approach' to create an 'effective discrimination policy.' The motion also called for a 'zero tolerance approach to racism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination as well as specific training sessions on equality and diversity.'
The majority opposition group on Hull City Council want to see the council lead on this issue in the city and set an example to other organisations in the area.
The Hull Liberal Democrats have today (18/11/20) called for the Government to extend the Furlough job retention scheme until June.
All Councillors, except two Conservative Councillors, backed the call from Lib Dem Councillor Mark Ieronimo. It was agreed that the Council would write to the Chancellor calling for an extension to the Furlough scheme.
The Liberal Democrats believe businesses need more time to plan and the extension until June would allow for that. This call would be to extend furlough to last until June, in order to protect Hull's economy and lead the way in providing financial support to residents.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.