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We are a band of dedicated individuals pledged to keep liberal, democratic values flourishing locally, nationally and internationally; to promote greater equality, environmentalism and to fight for the people of Dudley, Stourbridge and Halesowen. We care about community-based local politics, and we work hard to get individual Liberal Democrats elected to all levels of Government, with a focus on Dudley Council especially. Our aim is to keep in touch with the local communities through residents' surveys and by distributing our local "Focus" leaflets, not just at election time but all year round.

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  • Article: Sep 22, 2020
    By The LGBT+LD Executive

    Grief and despair. That's what a great number of trans, non-binary and intersex individuals in the UK are feeling today. Despite 3 years of promises and consultations by successive Conservative governments, which created a storm of anti-trans hatred and disinformation from the media, the Government has scrapped its plans to reform the Gender Recognition Act. We, along with a majority of respondents to both Govenrment consultations, had welcomed proposals to introduce self-identification, remove the spousal veto and allow non-binary individuals to gain legal recognition. Sadly, these have all now been scrapped.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2020

    As previewed, the September meeting of the party's Steering Group concentrated on how we can maximise our chances of success in the May elections. Our grassroots campaigners are on the frontline for that, but what we do centrally can help (or hinder!) their chances.

    So as well as agreeing on priorities for next year's budget, we're also ensuring that ahead of that, our financial figures are given a really thorough shakedown to identify if any extra funds can be squeezed out for helping the elections in time to make a real difference.

  • Luisa Porritt
    Article: Sep 22, 2020
    By Luisa Porritt

    Building back better must mean transforming London into the greenest capital on earth

    If you are a Londoner, a small guilty part of you probably enjoyed the brief respite from pollution over lockdown. But it should not take a pandemic and large parts of our economy being shut down for us to breathe clean air. We now have an opportunity, while our communities have been strengthened by their response to Covid-19, to design a London that is better equipped to address its challenges.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2020

    Almost unnoticed, a very significant consultation on Transparency & Competition in the UK land market has been launched by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The responses to this - and the reaction from Government - could have a more significant impact on house prices and delivery of new homes than the much more widely publicised and simultaneously launched Planning White Paper "Planning for the Future".

  • Article: Sep 21, 2020

    Lib Dem 'angel investor' and ALTER member Andrew Dixon's campaign for a fairer property tax, launched earlier this summer, has passed the half-way mark towards its target of 100,000 signatures.

    The Fairer Share campaign has a slick marketing appeal to the general public and aims to replace Council Tax, Stamp Duty Land Tax and Bedroom Tax with a "Proportional Property Tax" that is similar to Land-Value Tax.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2020

    Veteran campaigner Lord (Tony) Greaves now represents the Liberal Democrats on the APPG on Land-value Capture committee. After Sir Vince Cable (President of ALTER) stood down from Parliament last year, a new APPG was formed in February - just before Lockdown stopped all Parliamentary business.

    Replacing Sir Vince as its Chair, the APPC is now led by Labour MP Helen Hayes. Alongsdie Lord Greaves as co-chairs are Kevin Hollinrake MP (Con) and Caroline Lucas MP (Green). See http://www.c4ej.com/appg for more on the APPG, which ALTER Chair Joe Bourke supports as its Secretary, assisted by the resources of Taxpayers Against Poverty (TAP) and other members of the Coalition for Economic Justice.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2020
  • Article: Sep 21, 2020
    By Munira Wilson

    On May 20th, Boris Johnson declared that the UK would have a 'world-beating' coronavirus test, track and trace system in place by June 1st. Instead, four months later the UK is facing a testing crisis.

    The British public are confronting the reality that we may be facing a second wave of coronavirus with a test and trace system that is just inadequate. It is unacceptable.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2020
    By Tony Vickers

    Many supporters of Land-value Taxation (LVT) also support Universal Basic Income (UBI) which is the subject of motion F8 on the Party's Federal Conference agenda, to be debated this Friday evening starting 7.50pm. But where the motion calls for "this income to be funded in a socially just and equitable manner", we will be urging the Federal Policy Committee (FPC) to take that to mean our existing party policy of LVT - but as a UK-wide national tax if UBI is paid to "all long-term UK residents" as the motion demands.

  • Covid Scam
    Article: Sep 21, 2020

    Criminals are using the COVID Crisis to trick people out of their money and data, so says Take Five to Stop Fraud. In many cases, these scams are incredibly sophisticated and victims are targeted and researched in advance, maximising the harm caused.

    According to Take Five to Stop Fraud, "In some COVID 19 scams people are urged to "take advantage of the financial downturn", using emails and social media platforms to advertise fake investment opportunities in cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin. Others include criminals offering their assistance with Universal Credit applications while taking some of the payment as a fee for their 'services'

    "It's important to remember that criminals are experts at impersonation, using official branding and language used by trusted organisations and government departments to convince you their emails are genuine. These may include offering you or your business a government grant or a reduction in your council tax with links contained leading to fake websites designed to obtain your personal and financial information."