Social mobility (Dec 2016)

Let's Talk Merton is our monthly informal political discussion, which takes place on the 2nd Monday of the month.

In December, the theme was social mobility. See below for the full review of the meeting.

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Let's Talk Merton: health and social care

Let's Talk Merton is our monthly informal political discussion, which takes place on the 2nd Monday of the month.

In November, the theme was the health and social care - you can read a summary of the discussion here.


Health & social care (Nov 2016)

Let's Talk Merton is our monthly informal political discussion, which takes place on the 2nd Monday of the month.

In November, the theme was the challenges of health and social care. See below for the full review of the meeting.

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Crossrail 2 - new options, and a delay

Crossrail 2 is a plan for a new railway connecting Southwest and Northeast London, via Wimbledon. It will involve years of building work through large parts of the borough.  

Following residents’ opposition, Transport for London has said it’s considering three other options to reduce disruption in the area (see below). Their revised plans were originally going to be published later this year, but it's been announced today, 1 November, that this will be put back until mid-2017, to allow TfL to provide an updated business case.

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Wheelie bins & fortnightly collections - latest

We had a massive response to our survey about the Council's plans for multiple wheelie bins and fortnightly rubbish collections.

Over summer, Lib Dem councillor Mary-Jane Jeanes and the team worked to take up residents' concerns with the councillor in charge of the plans.  

We want a waste collection scheme that works for people, is good value for money and that increases recycling.

You can see our questions and the answers we were given here: http://bit.ly/wheeliebinQus

  • Looks like they plan on giving you two wheelie bins, a recycling box and a food waste caddy, whether you have room to store them or not. They said: “standardisation will be required to a large extent”.
  • They don’t really know why this new scheme would increase recycling. They said: “we expect to see” an increase of 4% (but they don’t say why or how).
  • They plan on only collecting nappies and other sanitary waste fortnightly. They said: “there should be no health risk from a fortnightly service”.

Open letter: council tax 'consultation' & adult social care

In March, Merton Council passed on the couple of pounds a month pre-election Council Tax cut from Boris.

It could have used the money to help protect ‘adult social care’ - but instead, services like Meals on Wheels were cut.

We were shocked that a Labour-run Council would do this.

After an outcry, a consultation on Council Tax was promised. The ‘consultation’ is now available here.

Merton's Lib Dem councillor, cllr Mary-Jane Jeanes has just sent the following open letter to the Labour leader of Merton Council. We will publish his reply.

Dear Stephen,

May I take this opportunity to write to you regarding the consultation on Council Tax. Over the last few weeks, residents have contacted me asking for clarification about about the current Council tax consultation. After discussion, many cannot understand why the equivalent of the 2% precept, ring-fenced for Adult Social Care (ASC), was not taken up.

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Hammond questioned on EU citizens and attacks on foreign workers

Lib Dems question Hammond on EU citizens and attacks on foreign workers

The Lib Dems have this week written to Wimbledon's MP, Stephen Hammond, to clarify his position on a range of policy statements made by his colleagues at the recent Conservative Party conference.

Mr Hammond has so far remained largely silent while other senior MPs have criticised the likes of Trade Secretary Liam Fox for his crass comments about EU citizens being the ‘main card’ in Brexit negotiations.

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Grammar schools (Oct 2016)

Let's Talk Merton is our monthly informal political discussion, which takes place on the 2nd Monday of the month.

In October, the theme was grammar schools. See below for the full review of the meeting.

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Ready for snap General Election

Claire_Mathys___Carl_Quilliam.jpgIN THE week that leading Leave campaigners, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, confirmed they were dropping their pledge for £350 million a week for the NHS following the vote to leave the EU, local Lib Dems have selected their parliamentary candidates in case of a snap election.

Merton Lib Dems have confirmed Carl Quilliam as their prospective parliamentary candidate for Wimbledon and Claire Mathys as their candidate for Mitcham and Morden.

On being selected Carl Quilliam said:

 “This week we have seen one of the key planks of the Leave campaign - £350 million for the NHS – simply fall apart. It’s becoming clearer by the day that we voted to leave the EU but we didn’t vote for a destination. Yet the Conservative government refuses to give MPs a say on what Brexit means and despite 72% of Wimbledon residents voting to Remain in the EU our local MP is leaving us voiceless.Carl-Wimbledon2016.jpg

“Whether or not there is an election in the next 12 months, I will stand up for the voters of Wimbledon and campaign to retain the closest possible relationship with the EU and protect the rights of EU citizens. Above all the government must prioritise access to the EU single market that is vital for jobs and prosperity here in Wimbledon and across the UK.”

On being selected Claire Mathys said:

“I’m delighted to be selected to fight for the Lib Dems in the case of a snap election. It’s increasingly clear that both the government and the Labour party remain bitterly divided over Europe following the referendum.

“Almost 3 months after the vote to leave the EU we are still no clearer when we will leave or what the government think that will look like. Mitcham and Morden voted decisively to stay in the EU and as the candidate for the only united and unashamedly pro-european party I will do everything I can to hold our MP and the Government to account.

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Calling on Merton's MPs to reassure EU nationals

Carl_at_rally_on_3_Sep.jpgLocal Liberal Democrats are calling on Merton's elected representatives to reassure EU nationals living in Britain.

A 660-strong petition will be presented to both local MPs and Merton Council on 14 September, calling on them to fight to ensure the Government protects the existing rights of EU nationals who have made their homes in Britain in Brexit negotiations.

This is part of a larger petition being carried out nationwide by the Liberal Democrats.

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