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.
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.
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.
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.
An open letter from Wimbledon's Parliamentary campaigner, Shas Sheehan.
In February, local Lib Dems sought to protect funding for the care packages of those with the highest support needs in the borough.
Merton Liberal Democrats are disappointed at councillors' refusal to reinstate Freedom Passes for those with mental health conditions.