Responding to a report by Generation Rent, which has found that 'homelessness is set to treble this year ... as a result of the economic shock of coronavirus', Hull Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Councillor Mike Ross stated:
"The fact that homelessness is set to treble this year is yet more proof that the consequences of the pandemic are set to be devastating for those already struggling to get by and can afford the least to be hit. The Government must take action now to stop these statistics becoming a reality here in Hull.
The Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to commit to a Summer Learning Fund that would support 11,197 disadvantaged children across Hull to get ready for returning to school. Back the campaign here.
The Liberal Democrats have set out a package of measures that we feel would support children and help open schools safely. We're urging the Government to create a Summer Learning Fund, which would give every child on free school meals free places at summer learning camps in their community.
Research from the local Hull Liberal Democrat Group has found that 7670 EU nationals in Hull have not been granted permanent Settled Status to remain in the UK.
Local Councillor for Pickering Mark Ieronimo has said that residents in Hull and across the country should be given the automatic right to stay in the city.
Following the news that Hull's Veterans Village has been given conditional approval, a local ward Councillor has taken her concerns to the heart of Government by writing to the Secretary of State for Housing Robert Jenrick MP.
In the letter, the Derringham Councillor states that the project is "great" and "sustainable at heart" but also raises concerns with the lack of a "genuine consultation" that led to the conditional approval of the location.
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The Liberal Democrats are urging the Government to extend furlough support until it is safe for workers to return to work. They are also calling for the government to bring forward bespoke packages of support for specific sectors, such as hospitality, or face a significant increase in unemployment.
According to government statistics published this week, 31,900 people in Hull have benefited from the job retention scheme.
Following the news that the government has pushed back the date when they expect more children to return to school, a survey by Hull's Liberal Democrats shows support for a later start date.
The survey, that had over 425 respondents, was carried out by Hull's Liberal Democrats and found that the overwhelming majority do not think schools should fully return until September. Cllr Mike Ross, Lib Dem Group leader, has said that the Government must follow the science and listen to people before making their decisions adding that the approach so far has seemed rushed.
The Survey also showed that 70% of respondents were against the original schools return date of June 1st, with many commenting that the Covid-19 death and infection rates needed to fall more significantly first.
Hull City Council’s Lib Dems call on the Government to make the temporary funding to stop rough sleeping during the Coronavirus lock down a permanent commitment.
Hull City Council Liberal Democrats have always supported the 'Black Lives Matter' movement and the city has a great heritage of supporting equality and diversity with figures that have led against racism such as the likes of William Wilberforce.
The Liberal Democrats exist to fight for justice, liberty and equality. It is unacceptable what has happened to George Floyd in the USA - check out the full story here.
Today Labour Children’s Services boss Peter Clark has narrowly survived a no confidence vote after pressure from the opposition Liberal Democrats. The Lib Dems tabled the motion of no-confidence after the damning Ofsted report slammed a failure of political leadership.
While leader Cllr Mike Ross and shadow portfolio holder Cllr Linda Tock met with council bosses, they stood by their decision to move the no confidence call in Cllr Peter Clark, arguing “we’re doing our job as an opposition to hold an absent portfolio holder to account.”
The Lib Dem Group argued that the buck stopped with the Labour administration that is in its 9th year of power, and called for a new way forward with new political leadership.
Hull’s Lib Dems have put forward a £2million budget vision that would dramatically improve the condition and traffic flow of the roads, foot & cycle paths in Hull and put a stop to the pothole problems. The alternative budget plan comes with a promise to build a brighter future for residents across the city.
It includes additional funding put back into key local issues such as establishing a local Crime Prevention Fund for communities across Hull to feel safer. The alternate budget sees investment into the key issues residents in Hull face including, money to keep communities cleaner, safer, and greener.