Lib Dems to give £770 boost to 19,210 pensioners in Broxbourne

19,210 pensioners living in Broxbourne will receive at least an extra £772 per year under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans to protect the ‘triple lock’ for state pensions.

Thanks to the triple lock guarantee, secured by the Liberal Democrats when they were in government, the basic state pension has risen in each year by whichever is the higher of earnings, prices or a rate of 2.5%. However, the Conservatives have refused to guarantee whether the triple lock will continue, raising fears it could be scrapped.

The Liberal Democrats have committed today to keeping the triple lock, meaning the state pension would be worth at least £137.15 a week by 2021, up from £122.30 in 2017, or an extra £772 a year.

This would be paid for in part by restricting perks such as the winter fuel allowance so they are no longer paid to the wealthiest pensioners.

Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Welwyn Hatfield Nigel Quinton said:

“Protecting the triple lock will mean an extra £772 a year by 2021 for the 17,170 people receiving the state pension in this constituency.

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“The Liberal Democrats are making a clear commitment to older people in Welwyn Hatfield, unlike the Conservatives who have repeatedly refused to give this guarantee.

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“The triple lock has succeeded in lifting thousands of pensioners out of poverty, but many are still struggling to get by.

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“An important test of a civilised society is the way in which it cares for the elderly. This commitment will ensure older people are able to meet their basic needs and that their living standards will be protected, especially with prices set to rise in the coming years.”

 

Notes to Editors


Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that in August 2016, there were 19,210 people living in Broxbourne in receipt of the state pension (link)

The Liberal Democrat manifesto will include a commitment to keep the ‘triple lock’ protection for state pensions. All of those receiving the full state pension would enjoy a rise from £122.30 to at least £137.15 a week by 2021, the equivalent of an extra £772 a year.

The Liberal Democrats would also limit some non-pension benefits for the wealthiest pensioners. The Winter Fuel Payment would be withdrawn from those pensioners who pay tax at the higher rate (40%). The Liberal Democrats would retain the free bus pass for all pensioners.

The Conservatives have hinted strongly that they will drop the Triple Lock. Theresa May has refused top guarantee the triple lock when asked, and Conservative senior figures have spoken out against it (link)

Labour increased the State Pension by just 75p in 2000. Help the Aged described the 75p increase as “just unacceptable”.

Labour had 13 years to restore the earnings link to pensions which Margaret Thatcher severed in 1980. The Liberal Democrats restored the link to earnings within six weeks of getting into government.

Lib Dems penny for NHS would raise £126.6million extra for Hertfordshire

The Liberal Democrats have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in their first major manifesto commitment of the election campaign.
 The tax would raise an additional £126.6million for Hertfordshire, with £82million for the NHS and £44.6million for social care each year.

This is the party’s flagship spending commitment and its first major policy announcement for the election. The Liberal Democrats manifesto will also set out a ‘five-point recovery plan’ for NHS and social care services in their manifesto.

At least 70% of Brits would happily pay an extra 1p in every pound if that money was guaranteed to go to the NHS, an ITV poll found last October (link).

Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Welwyn Hatfield Nigel Quinton said:



“Having attended today my first briefing as a new County Councillor it is clear just how much the additional funding for social care especially is needed. Right now in Hertfordshire we are seeing urgent operations being cancelled and the elderly being denied the care they need, and beds being blocked due to the lack of community and social care available.

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The Liberal Demo crats are prepared to be honest with people and say that to secure the future of the NHS we will all, especially those who can afford it most, need to chip in a little more.

“A penny in the pound would allow us to invest in improving local NHS services and ensuring the elderly receive the care they deserve.

“This Conservative government has left our health and care services chronically underfunded – and while the crisis gets worse they just don’t seem to care.

“We cannot continue asking the system to deliver more and more, without giving it the resources to do so.”

Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson and former health minister Norman Lamb said:



“The NHS was once the envy of the world and this pledge is the first step in restoring it to where it should be.

“A penny in the pound to save the NHS is money well spent in our view.

“But simply providing more money on its own is not enough and that’s why this is just the first step in our plan to protect health and care services in the long-term.”

Introducing Andy Graham, Broxbourne’s Lib Dem candidate for the General Election 2017

Andy Graham started his career as a teacher of French and Drama and then went on to run his own business, the internationally acclaimed Snap Theatre Company based in Hertfordshire which he ran for over 25 years pioneering theatre in education and winning the Prince Michael Award for Read Safety.. He has reached over 3.5 million children and young people with over 220 plays and educational projects touring the UK in theatres and schools.

He is also a writer of children-s books and has published plays including Sense and Sensibility (which also toured the USA,) The Borrowers and Maurice.

He set up a charity in 2005 to develop teacher training support in schools all over the world including Rwanda, Romania, Bangladesh, The Gambia and the UK.

Andy was chair of the Local Government Arts Forum between 1998 and 2003 and was a member of the Arts Council of GB during the same period

Andy has been elected a district councillor for 16 continuous years on East Herts District Council and 9 years as a town council becoming its Mayor in 1998/1999.

He has stood for parliament twice in the Clacton By Election 2014 and stood against David Cameron in 2015.

Andy is a strong advocate of ensuring in whatever walk of life but particularly in education, that has everyone has equal opportunity to reach their maximum potential.

Incinerator in Hoddesdon: An open letter to the Media

The Broxbourne Liberal Democrats would like to invite all to read our letter to the media regarding the proposed incinerator in Ratty’s Lane Hoddesdon. The Liberal Democrats are fighting for the rights of the community and trying to stop this proposal going ahead, the Conservative run county council meanwhile, has been trying to site the incinerator in Broxbourne for some time. To read the letter please click here

County Council Election Focus – Introducing Sara Mihajlovic For Hoddesdon South

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Sara Mihajlovic lives locally and has been an active member of the Liberal Democrats since the last general election when she felt stirred into action by the re-election of the Conservatives to government.  A parent and part-time languages teacher Sara is very worried that Brexit is not a good idea and she agrees with Tim Farron and Nick Clegg that we must hold the Leavers in government to account for every decision they make.

Sara Mihajlovic says

'As a parent I am extremely concerned about opportunities in the future for our children.  School budgets are having to be cut because of the Conservative government's continuation of austerity and our County Council has not prioritised what any parent would consider to be essential – that is education.  Instead the county council wastes money on press releases and marketing; road surfaces have to be repaired too often because corners are cut and our bus services have been severely reduced making it harder for our older children to travel to college.'