New franchise awarded for South West Trains

The government have recently announced the award of a new franchise for South West Trains, to commence on 20th August 2017 and run for the next 7 years.

As part of this contract, the franchisee will have set targets for improving passenger satisfaction with stations.  Raynes Park and Motspur Park stations are, unfortunately, not specifically mentioned for improved access.  However, an annual £2.6 million fund will be available for improvements to facilities and services from 2020, and local campaigners will continue to push for improving accessibility to our stations as soon as possible.


Damian Green: Don't scrap young people's housing benefit

The Conservatives have quietly published legislation that will scrap housing benefit for 18-21 year olds.

This income is a critical lifeline for thousands of young people and protects them from homelessness or situations of physical and emotional abuse. Without it, many will be put at risk.  That's why the Liberal Democrats are calling on Damian Green to scrap these disgraceful plans.

Add your name to our petition today:

http://www.libdems.org.uk/housing-benefit-cuts


Let's build a local housing company - open letter

Housing, to buy or rent by those on modest incomes, is becoming increasingly scarce across London.

But without a safe, secure and affordable home, how can anyone build a life?

A 2015 council report on the availability of housing in the borough noted that there were over 8000 people on Merton’s housing register, and that housing prices had risen by 42% and that private rents risen by 22% in the three years to 2015.  That report recommended Merton set up a “housing development company” - to build more affordable homes and create extra income for the Council, to fund local services.

I realise it takes time to set up a housing company, but if Labour Party bosses are really serious about tackling the housing crisis why is there still no money allocated to get this project up and running 2 years after it was first proposed? That is why Merton Lib Dems' Cllr Jeanes proposed an amendment to Merton Council’s budget on 1 March to use a small amount of the Council’s reserves to do just that and get the ball rolling.

However, because no other councillors – Conservative, Labour or Residents Association – formally seconded this, it couldn’t even be debated.  We know from speaking to local residents that they want action now and I urge local Labour party bosses to follow the recommendations of their own councillors, and give this project the support it needs as soon as possible. People in Merton can't live in an idea, they need affordable homes now.

Carl Quilliam, Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson, Wimbledon


Let's Talk Merton: Housing crisis

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

In February, the theme was the housing crisis - you can read a summary of the discussion here.


Housing crisis (Feb 2017)

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

In February, the theme was the housing crisis. See below for the full review of the meeting.

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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 Mitcham and Morden

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

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Approved planning applications in Mitcham and Morden

Find out more about approved 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


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