Tackling child poverty
Our child poverty targets were blocked by the Conservatives: reducing relative poverty, reducing gaps in life chances, and reducing entrenched poverty.
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Our £700 Tax Cut
We put a £700 tax cut for ordinary workers on the front page of our manifesto at the last election. And we have now delivered this in Government.
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Closing the gender pay gap
We want to make it a requirement for companies employing over 250 people to publish the average pay of male & female workers, creating pressure to close the gender pay gap.
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Mental health research: the next big breakthrough?
A Lib Dem government would establish a mental health research fund to support the development of new cutting-edge mental health treatments
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1 Million Trees
The first government tree planting campaign since the 1970s, the Big Tree Plant aims to plant 1 million new trees by 2015.
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You can volunteer to help the Lib Dem campaign in the North West here.

Stockport’s New Peer

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Dave GoddardDavid Goddard, former Stockport council leader, is one of six new Liberal Democrat members of the House of Lords announced today.

The new peers are:

  • Chris Fox – Director of Group Communications for GKN; and former Chief Executive of the Liberal Democrats.
  • Cllr David Goddard – elected Member of Stockport Metropolitan Council (Liberal Democrat);  former Leader of Stockport Council; former Member of the Greater Manchester Police Authority; and former Non-Executive Director of Manchester International Airport.
  • Cllr Barbara Janke – elected Member (Liberal Democrat) and former Leader of Bristol City Council; and former teacher.
  • Cllr Kath Pinnock – elected Member (Liberal Democrat) and former Leader of Kirklees Council.
  • Paul Scriven – managing partner for Scriven Consulting; former elected Member (Liberal Democrat) and Leader of Sheffield City Council; and former senior NHS manager.
  • Cllr Dr Julie Smith – elected Member of Cambridge City Council; Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at Cambridge University; and Fellow of Robinson College.

Announcing the peers, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

“Our new peers highlight the campaigning heartbeat of our party, standing up for their local areas and championing the Liberal Democrat cause to deliver a stronger economy and a fairer society.

“I am delighted to welcome them all to our Parliamentary team.

“I know that every new peer on this list will make a valuable contribution to British politics, the House of Lords and the Liberal Democrat team in Westminster. Along with their Liberal Democrat colleagues, I am sure they will take up the mantle of being committed reformers and continue to make the case for a smaller and more democratic upper chamber.”

Closing the gender pay gap

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Equal Jobs, Equal Pay

Liberal Democrats want to make it a legal requirement for companies employing more than 250 people to publish the average pay of their male and female workers, creating pressure to close the gender pay gap.

Women should have the same opportunities as their male colleagues in the workplace and should be rewarded accordingly.

Liberal Democrats are leading the campaign to close the gender pay gap.

Join our campaign today.

Nick Clegg launches Lib Dems’ local election campaign

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Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrats’ 2014 local election campaign today, highlighting how Liberal Democrat majority councils have frozen council tax and protected vital services.


You can volunteer to help the Lib Dem campaign in the North West here.

Pupil Premium Awards for schools that do the most to help disadvantaged pupils

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Schools that go above and beyond to help disadvantaged pupils improve their results could win a share of £4m, as part of the Pupil Premium Awards announced by Nick Clegg and Schools Minister David Laws.

The awards encourage schools up and down the country to find innovative and effective ways of using Pupil Premium funding to boost the achievements of disadvantaged students.

Thousands of pupils in up to 500 schools across England could benefit from the awards.

Prizes for schools who enter the Deputy Prime Minister’s Pupil Premium Awards include: Continue reading »

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