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  • Alan Connett
    Article: Oct 4, 2018

    It's good news today for councils with the Prime Minister's announcement that the borrowing cap which has prevented them investing in much needed social and affordable housing is to be lifted.

    In the hey day, councils were building 4 in every 10 of the nation's homes, added Cllr Connett, leader of the Liberal Democrats on Devon County Council and previous Leader of Teignbridge District Council.

  • Alan Connett
    Article: Jul 20, 2018

    Nearly £1 million in uncollected council tax, business rates and debts has been written off by Teignbridge Council in the past two years.

    In the last financial year, until April 2018, the council says it now has no hope of ever getting back £547,000.

    It's a massive jump of £132,000 compared to the previous year when the Conservative run council wrote off a further £415,000.

  • Alan Connett
    Article: Apr 4, 2018

    Children across Devon may lose the right to free school dinners when the new term starts after the Easter holiday as Government imposed changes start to bite.

    Children whose parents earn more than £7,400 a year (£142 a week) will begin to lose the benefit as changes voted through by Conservative MPs across Devon came into force on 1st April.

  • Alistair Dewhirst
    Article: Feb 22, 2018

    Hard-up Teignbridge Council has spent over £3.4 million hiring agency staff, figures revealed today by the Liberal Democrats confirm.

    The authority, which plans to increase Council Tax this April by the maximum £5 allowed and brought in the controversial 'garden tax' three years ago under which residents pay £35 a year to have their green bin emptied, is paying out an average £492,000 a year hiring agency staff.

  • Team for Dawlish
    Article: Feb 16, 2018

    Lib Dem candidates have won both seats contested in the Dawlish Central and North East by-elections on February 15th 2018.

    Newly elected District Councillor Martin Wrigley said "I'm delighted to be able to help the people of Dawlish get a better deal from Teignbridge".

    Newly elected Dawlish Town Councillor Lin Goodman-Bradbury said "I'd like to thank the people of Dawlish central for trusting me to represent them on the Town Council".

  • Alan Connett
    Article: Feb 9, 2018

    News today of an extra £6.5million to repair Devon's potholed roads is welcomed by the County's Liberal Democrats.

    "We have been calling for more to be invested in our roads for several years, and our campaign is finally paying dividends for Devon residents and road users, said Cllr Alan Connett, Liberal Democrat opposition leader at County Hall.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2018

    Responding to the final Local Government Finance Settlement published today, Lord Porter, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said:

    "The LGA has been working hard to try and secure new funding for all councils over the next few years. The new £150 million announced today is recognition of the LGA's warning about the urgent need for the Government to further try and help councils tackle some of the immediate social care pressures they face. It is good that the Government has confirmed it will avoid further New Homes Bonus changes and has committed to find a way to help those councils who will no longer receive any core central government grant in 2019/20.

  • Alan Connett
    Article: Jan 29, 2018

    The boss of Teignbridge car parks is being challenged over a broken promise that parking charges at Dawlish Warren will not go up this year.

    The promise was made at a council meeting by Cllr Phil Bullivant, the Conservative in charge of the council owned car parks, earlier this month.

    But research by the Liberal Democrats has confirmed the council does indeed plan to put up parking charges at Dawlish Warren from April.

  • Alan Connett
    Article: Nov 8, 2017

    A 'gagging clause' in the small print of an agreement by all the councils in Devon and Somerset to set up a special new 'Joint Committee' will stop the media and residents from asking questions about how public money is being spent.

    The Joint Committee is being set up by local authorities across the two counties as a stepping stone to a more powerful Combined Authority, with £89,000 earmarked to run the new committee in the first year.

  • Alan Connett
    Article: Nov 7, 2017

    'Cost before care' is a chilling policy shift for looking after elderly and vulnerable adults in a new Devon County Council report the authority is being asked to approve, say the county's Liberal Democrats.

    The council's ruling Cabinet will tomorrow (8 November) be asked to back a new policy to support and promote independence in Devon...but tucked away in the report is confirmation that when it comes to care, price will the key deciding factor says Lib Dem opposition leader Cllr Alan Connett.