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Post Covid19 Survey Results

July 24, 2020 4:45 PM
By Mark Wooding
Originally published by Central Devon Liberal Democrats

Time for Change. Time for a Green 'New Deal'.

The responses to our survey into a #postcovid19 United Kingdom make it clear that you want to #BuildBackBetter and that now is the time to embrace change and not, as the Conservatives appear to be doing, re-embracing the 'old normal'.

A whopping 83.7% of you said that now was the 'time to try and change things for the better' in comparison to a mere 7% who felt we should 'get back to normal'.

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Topping our survey as to your priorities for change was addressing the very real environmental challenges posed by climate change. Nearly 40% of respondents saw this as their top priority.

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Liberal Democrat Acting Leader, Ed Davey, has been calling on the Government to ensure that the £ billions they intend to pour into the economy will be used to back a 'green industrial revolution' with his Green New Deal. As a priority he's proposing investing in insulating UK homes, boosting employment and reducing energy demands, as well as saving 100s £s on each person's energy bills.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/18/lib-dems-unveil-150bn-green-coronavirus-recovery-plan

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Not only did tackling climate change top your list of priorities but a huge 72% of respondents saw it as a 'very important'.

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But what we get from the Conservative Government is a lack of ambition. Despite grandiose claims from Boris Johnson of a 'New Deal' there is insufficient investment and a return to the old ways of thinking - coupled with what looks suspiciously like tearing up planning regulations. The Prime Minister should realise that building more homes (whilst welcome) and roads will not address the challenges of climate change, but investment in new 'clean' forms of transport (such as bikes and electric busses and trams) and carbon neutral energy production would.

Your second highest priority is to reach a deal with the European Union. It clearly makes no sense at a time when the United Kingdom economy is on its knees to take it off a cliff with a no-deal exit from the European Union; even if that would satisfy the misplaced nationalism of a few anti-Europe fanatics. Most people who voted 'Leave' did so with the clear understanding that the United Kingdom would strike a good economic deal with the EU.

Surprisingly, given the devastating impact of COVID-19 on care homes, the introduction of a Universal Social Care System (similar to the NHS) was only a 4th= priority (with opening up businesses). That said whilst perhaps not a top priority nearly 84% of respondents saw it as 'quite-' or 'very-important' to do this.

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In terms of respondents other views, it's clear that 'strengthening the NHS' and making the 'voting system fairer' are very important, whilst more devolution for the regions perhaps doesn't stir the passions quite so strongly.

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