Asif Ashraf for St Helier

Local Liberal Democrats are supporting Morden man Asif Ashraf for the St Helier by-election on 19 May.Asif Ashraf, St Helier by-election candidate

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Merton throws away £200K planning compensation

A freedom of information request by local Liberal Democrats has revealed that Merton Council has thrown away £200,000 in developer compensation for the impact of construction and development.

There's also nearly £6m in unspent funds sitting on Merton Council's books that should be spent on improvement projects.
As part of the planning permission process, developers agree with Councils an amount of money to mitigate the impact of new development on an area.

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Merton failing to stand up to rogue landlords

Merton is massively letting down private renters by failing to help them deal with their landlords, according to figures revealed in a report by London Assembly Liberal Democrats.

There are around 25,000 households in private rented accommodation in the borough, yet shockingly Merton Council did not prosecute a single landlord for providing unsafe accommodation in 2014/15, and barely took any other form of enforcement action against rogue landlords.

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Council by-election in Mitcham: Lib Dems back Rachel Waitt

Local Liberal Democrats are backing former teacher Rachel Waitt to be the new Mitcham councillor in Figge’s Marsh Ward at the by-election on 5 May.

One of the sitting Labour councillors dramatically resigned in March, after Labour bosses went ahead with cuts to services like Meals on Wheels and support to carers. This was despite the possibility of protecting £1.3m of the vital funding at no extra cost to residents, with a small levy on Merton’s taxpayers being balanced out by a small Council Tax cut from the London Mayor.

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Labour's decision on social care cuts

In late 2015, Labour-run Merton Council proposed to scrap a number of local Adult Social Care services - including Meals on Wheels and support for carers.

Merton Council's cabinet met on Monday 15th February to consider whether to include these proposals in the Council budget for 2016-17. Following opposition from councillors, a number of concessions have been made, but the vast majority of the cuts are still planned.

Continuing her campaign to stop further social care cuts, Liberal Democrat councillor for West Barnes, Mary-Jane Jeanes spoke at the cabinet meeting, calling on the Labour Council cabinet to use the power it has to increase Council Tax by 2% (roughly £2.30 per household, per month) to help protect these services further.

The full text of her speech is below.

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Crossrail 2: review of impact on Merton needed - Caroline Pidgeon

CP_small.jpgAFTER visiting Wimbledon and Raynes Park stations on Friday 19th February, Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon has called for a review of the impact Crossrail 2 will have on Wimbledon, Raynes Park and Motspur Park, including looking at other build options and using international expertise.

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Save our social care service

Merton Council has proposed to scrap a number of local Adult Social Care services - including Meals on Wheels and support for carers.

As Liberal Democrats, we want people to live their lives to their full potential – and believe that the role of Adult Social Care is to provide the support needed to help those who need it live as independently as possible.

We want to stop further social care cuts.

In an open letter, Cllr Mary-Jane Jeanes has called on the Labour-run Merton Council to use the power it has to increase Council Tax by 2% (roughly £2.30 per household, per month) to help save these services.


Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett to stand for Merton and Wandsworth

The Liberal Democrats selected equality campaigner Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett as the London Assembly candidate for Merton & Wandsworth on 12 January.

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Don't leave Wimbledon without Waterstones & WHSmith!

In January Wimbledon’s large WHSmith and Waterstones will be closing, as their lease in Wimbledon Bridge House is up, and instead Metrobank will move in.

An application was made in February 2014 to allow the shops to be converted into a bank, with the landords supporting the change.

In December, when we asked if they would open other branches in the town - Waterstones said "there isn't a plan at this point" and WHSmith didn't respond to us. So in January, we launched our petition:

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Response to latest Crossrail 2 consultation

Crossrail 2 is a proposed major rail scheme connecting Southwest and Northeast London via Wimbledon, Clapham Junction, Tottenham Court Road and Euston.

This article contains the link to the full consultation response from Merton Lib Dems, as well as a summary.

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