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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All is fare at 7:30am (and before)

The Liberal Democrat candidate for London Mayor and the London Assembly, Caroline Pidgeon, has set out plans for half price fares for journeys that start by 7:30am.

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Support for local businesses - Small Business Saturday!

We want businesses in our local area to succeed and grow.

The Liberal Democrats believe in individuals reaching their full potential, as active participants within their wider society. We believe in small and new business as a positive agent of change: contributing fresh ideas and social solutions that drive us all forward.

Published on Small Business Saturday 2015, here is some information on support for local businesses.

In addition, you can find details of businesses in the borough on local site here and on the Small Business Saturday Small Business Finder.

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London Lib Dems to oppose curbs on Uber after intervention from Merton Lib Dems

London Lib Dems will now oppose some of the TfL proposals to restrict operators of online private hire vehicles, like Uber, after local Lib Dems intervened.

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Tax credit changes will hammer 8,800 families in Merton

8,800 families in Merton Borough will lose out under Conservative plans to cut tax credits, with the average working family losing £750 a year.

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Extra protection for renters in Merton

“Revenge evictions” by landlords were finally banned on 1 October, after a long campaign by the Liberal Democrats in Parliament.

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Questions about Crossrail 2

Open letter from Giles Bailey.

The Department for Transport and Transport for London are continuing to develop their Crossrail 2 proposal for a new rail service connecting Southwest with Northeast London. The main part of the scheme would run in a tunnel from Wimbledon to Tottenham Hale. This is an enormous project that wouldn’t likely be completed until 2030 and cost many billions of pounds. The scheme was discussed at the recent Raynes Park Community Forum on 1 Oct 2015.

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