Lib Dem proposals win cross-party support at budget meeting

Key Liberal Democrat policies won cross-party support at Calderdale’s budget meeting last night.  Both Conservative and Labour groups accepted a range of our proposals  which were driven by our determination to build both a stronger economy, but also a fairer society in which everyone can get on in life.

Our proposals to build a stronger economy included:

  • Increasing the Council’s Business & Economy Service to provide expert help and advice that will enable local business to increase their exports.
  • Providing each Ward Forum with a sum of £5,000 so that issues of local importance can be addressed.

Our proposals to build a fairer society included:

  • Increasing the size of the Safer, Cleaner, Greener teams, enabling them to place more emphasis on tackling dog fouling.
  • Establishing a fund that local schools can access to tackle issues with their buildings that are too big for their own budgets, but which never make it to the top of the Council’s priority list.

In addition we supported a range of measures to help with the cost of living include a reversal of recent changes in parking charges that have seen residents charged up to 8pm to park in Halifax Town Centre.

Over the past couple of days it became clear there were concerns over proposals to both reduce sick pay, and give staff who take no sick pay and extra day’s holiday. We listened to staff concerns about the proposed reduction in sick pay, and did not support proposals to make this reduction in this years budget. We will be keen now for the Labour administration to demonstrated they can reduce high levels of sick pay on Calderdale Council without having to make these cuts in sick pay.

Further savings were found in a reduction in the Council’s transport budget, reducing the taxpayer subsidy to trade unions and increasing the charges of wheelie bins to reflect their actual cost to replace. We also managed to reverse Labour’s planned half million cut in the communities budget that would have seen a review of community libraries and 15 fte redundancies within the directorate.

Commenting on the proposals Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Janet Battye said ““Our overarching aims have been to make better use of the Council’s resources to support a fairer society and build a stronger economy.”



Halifax Liberal Democrats select parliamentary candidate.

Halifax Liberal Democrats have selected Mohammed Ilyas as their parliamentary candidate for the 2015 general election.

Mr Ilays has been a resident of Halifax since 1973.He represented the Liberal Democrats as a Calderdale council as a councillor from 2008 to 2012. He works self employed as a driving instructor.

Commenting Mr Ilays said “ The Liberal Democrats stand for an open and a fairer society in which everyone can play a role without any prejudice of colour religion race or backgrounds. We want to enable everyone to get on in life and achieve things based on their ability not privilege. “

“We will let people know that Labour can’t be trusted with the economy, and the Conservatives can’t be trusted to build a fairer society. It is only the Liberal Democrats who can both build a stronger economy and a fairer society.”

“In 2010 we took the bold decision to join the coalition to bring back Country on its feet. The economy is growing again, and more people are in work now in Calderdale than in 2010 when Labour left office.  We have held back the worse excess of the Conservatives, and tried to make things fairer by giving ordinary people a tax cut of £700.”

“In Halifax we will do more to do to involve young people into training sessions,apprenticeships and creating more job opportunities for everyone.”