£4.3m secured to protect local health and care services

Merton Liberal Democrats have welcomed the announcement that £4.3 million has been protected for local health and care services.

Labour-run Merton Council has announced that it will use the ‘adult social care precept’ - a slight increase in Council Tax - to provide an additional £2.3 million in funding for local care services. The new money will help the NHS and Council attract an extra £2 million funding from the Government's Better Care Fund to help prevent further damaging cuts to services.

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January Tube Strikes

As at the time of writing, we are expecting a strike by Tube station workers - starting Sunday evening at 6pm and continuing through the whole of Monday.

Transport for London (TfL) advise that many stations will be entirely closed. Buses, DLR and Overground will run as normal, but are likely to be even more crowded than usual.

See below for some useful info/resources -

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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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