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Local Issues PUB APPLICATIONS SHOW LOGJAM AHEAD
Figures from Bath & North East Somerset Council reveal the full extent of the chaos caused by the Government’s Licencing Act, with only 2 premises having so far applied for new licences.
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Don fights for Alzheimer’s Sufferers
Don is campaigning to stop the National Institute Clinical Excellence (NICE) proposals to deny effective Alzheimer’s medication to new NHS patients


IFS CONFIRMED : STUDENTS WILL HAVE LOWEST DEBTS UNDER LIB DEM PLANS
Don has warmly welcomed the Institute of Fiscal Studies’ (IFS) analysis of the three parties’ policies for higher education. It confirms that graduates will face the least debt under Liberal Democrat proposals, compared to the policies of the other main parties.


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BUDGET LITTLE MORE THAN A STICKING PLASTER FOR ELECTION
Responding to the budget, Don said:

“The Chancellor has delivered a budget which is little more than a sticking plaster for the General Election. He is offering small bribes to people that Labour has let down, but no long-term solutions.

“How can it be right in Britain today that the poorest 20% pay more in tax, as a proportion of their income, than the richest 20%?


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Lib Dems Challenge Phone Masts on Health Grounds
Next week, the Liberal Democrats will present a bill to Parliament that aims to bring mobile phone masts under strict planning control and bring in the ‘precautionary principle’, giving extra safeguards for schools, homes, and medical facilities from the risk of excessive radiation.

The positioning of mobile phone masts has caused controversy across the country as masts have been put up close to schools, hospitals and residential areas. Local planning authorities do not currently have any powers to block mast applications for masts below 15m and only have limited powers for those above.


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LIBERAL DEMOCRATS OFFER MOST TO OLDER PEOPLE
Don has today joined his Liberal Democrat colleagues in launching the most comprehensive package of policies for older people of any major political party.

It is aimed at lifting the most vulnerable pensioners out of poverty and ending the inherent unfairness of the system by bridging the historic gap between men and women. Analysis of the 3 main parties' policies directed at older people reveals that they would benefit far more from the Lib Dem package, than from Conservative and Labour policies. Taking the status quo under Labour as a baseline, the Conservatives are offering older people an extra £2.3billion, while the Lib Dems are offering a package worth an extra £6.7billion.



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