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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday’s Full Council meeting took place in both the Guildhall and virtually to adhere to social distancing, as not all councillors can be present in person at one time to maintain Government guidance on social distancing.
During the meeting a Labour Councillor could not be seen or heard virtually when it came to one of them having to caste their vote.
Local Lib Dems have hit out after Labour's Guildhall bosses rejected proposals for a Citizens Assembly to help the city rebuild following the Covid19 pandemic. The Citizens Assembly would have sought to bring in residents voices, in order to share ideas about how the city should recover from the effects of Covid19.
The Labour Councillors, however, chose not to listen to this call and decided it knew best for the recovery of the city and not local residents.
The Lib Dems have spoken out after the ruling Labour group on Hull City Council blocked efforts to listen to local residents over changes to the city's road network.
At Thursday's full council meeting, Lib Dem Councillors united in demanding better of the Labour Council, calling for them to take into account the views of local residents.
The Lib Dem group on Hull city council will be calling for Labour’s guildhall bosses to listen to the public on changes to the road network at a meeting of the council next week. The Lib Dems will raise concerns about how the public were ignored and call for the council to engage with residents before making more changes.
This comes following warnings from the Government’s Transport Secretary that councils would be challenged if they have misspent the government funding. According to the Government’s Transport Secretary Councils would need to fix any dangerous changes they had made with the money, but also needed to listen to residents in their area, before the Government would release any further road infrastructure funding.
Liberal Democrat MP, Ed Davey, has been elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats today!
Commenting on the election of the new leader Cllr Mike Ross, Leader of Hull City Council Lib Dems said:
“We’re delighted to welcome Ed Davey as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.