An extra £14m for Merton's NHS

Claire & Carl want more investment in local NHS servicesThe Liberal Democrats have slammed the Government’s failure to provide enough extra cash for the NHS in Wednesday’s budget, warning that local services will struggle to cope with growing demand.

Ahead of the budget the Liberal Democrats called for a £4 billion funding boost for NHS and care services this year. That would amount to a cash injection of £7m for local NHS services in Merton and another £7m for social care across the borough. The Budget announced by the Government will instead see the share of national income spent on the NHS fall in the coming years.

NHS services in south west London currently face a funding gap of £828m by 2020-21, analysis of local NHS plans has found. The NHS funding crisis also risks being made even worse by the Government’s hard Brexit plans, which are set to increase borrowing by £100bn in the coming years.

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Consultation on changes to Merton's NHS

The organisation that runs Merton's NHS (the Clinical Commissioning Group, or CCG) is expected to need to find additional savings of at least £13 million in the 2017/18 financial year.

As such are consulting on proposed changes to services in Merton. Areas they are looking for residents' views on include:

  • Prescriptions for gluten free foods
  • Prescriptions for self-care medications
  • IVF and specialised fertility services
  • Supporting patients to be surgery ready

The consultation is available online here with a closing date of Monday 20th March 2017

New planning applications in Wimbledon

Find out how to respond to consultations and influence planning applications in your area.

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Approved planning applications in Wimbledon

Find out more about approved planning applications in your area.

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Approved planning applications in Mitcham and Morden

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New planning applications in Mitcham and Morden

Find out how you can respond to consultations and influence planning applications in your area.

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Have your say on planning

This part of the site provides information on significant planning applications, and gives details on how you can have your say.

Merton Council has set itself a target that all new housing developments should include a minimum of 40% affordable housing. We hope that you will help us hold the Council to account by responding to planning consultations, ensuring the Council meets this target and that all future developments are in the interests of Merton residents.

Information on planning applications is split into the two constituencies in Merton: Wimbledon and Mitcham and Morden. Please click on the links to access information on planning applications in your area

Stop closure of NHS Walk-in centre

Claire, Carl & the Lib Dem team at the Wilson walk-in centreMerton Council's role in the decision to close the Wilson Health Centre has been questioned, after a top councillor admitted the Council "shares the concerns of residents" about the decision.

The Wilson GP surgery and walk-in centre in Mitcham is set to close at the end of March when the contract ends with the current NHS provider.

NHS bosses initially refused to confirm that a replacement walk-in service would be provided, but have since backtracked.

In an open letter to local NHS boss Dr Andrew Murray, Lib Dem health campaigners Claire Mathys and Carl Quilliam have today joined calls for the closure to be halted, whilst significant issues remain outstanding.

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Constitutional renewal (Jan 2017)

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

In January, the theme was constitutional renewal. See below for the full review of the meeting.

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Parking charge hike for diesel vehicles - our view

Merton Liberal Democrats want fair parking chargesLabour-run Merton Council is proposing to increase parking charges in controlled parking zones for diesel vehicles. This will be £150 "surcharge" phased over 3 years. Instead of the normal £65 cost for a parking permit, the owner of a diesel vehicle will have to pay an additional £90 in 2017/18, £115 in 2018/19 and £150 in 2019/20.

Below is our response to the recent consultation.

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