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The Wiltshire Liberal Democrats are a political organisation based in Chippenham. We work across and represent the five constituencies in Wiltshire, which include - North Wiltshire, Chippenham, South West Wiltshire, Salisbury and Devizes. For details on our local party in Swindon please click the Swindon map below.

To find more details of our work locally in each constituency please click on the maps below. Or to find out more about the work of our Liberal Democrat group at Wiltshire Council scroll to the newsfeed beneath.

Chippenham constituency Devizes constituency North Wiltshire constituency Salisbury constituency South West Wiltshire constituency Swindon Constituency

  • Food Waste Action Week Graphic
    Event: Mar 4, 2021 2:00 PM
    A zoom link will be emailed out!

    We are welcoming campaigners and researchers to talk about food waste, its impact on the environment and to suggest ways we can all waste less.

    So far the confirmed speakers:

    Adam Smith - CEO of the Real Junk Food Project

    Matt Homewood - International Food Waste Campaigner

    Duncan Milwain - Approved Food Brand Representative

  • Article: Feb 22, 2021
    In Gazette and Herald

    Liberal Democrats have proposed an amendment to the Wiltshire Council budget which could save residents across the county £2.8 million.

    The Tory-controlled cabinet has proposed plans to hike council tax by 4.99 per cent, including a social care levy, despite achieving a budget surplus last year.

    The move has been criticised by the LibDems who say it will hit residents and businesses hard in what has been a tough year for all.

    They say that in Wiltshire alone, over 15,000 children are living in poverty and many businesses are on the brink of failure because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    They claim that each household is set to miss out on a potential saving of £15 if their budget amendment is not accepted.

    Cllr Ian Thorn, leader of the Wiltshire LibDem Group, said: "Wiltshire residents and businesses have worked hard this year to battle the impact of Covid.

    "It's the duty of Wiltshire Council to do as much as it can to help its residents. Raising council tax by nearly five per cent will only make life harder.

    "We are proposing an increase of 3.99 per cent which will hand back £2.8 million to residents without affecting any council services. A welcome step towards recovery in Wiltshire."

    "Our view is that Wiltshire Council should not only consider its own financial wellbeing in the budget but the wellbeing of Wiltshire residents and businesses.

    "This year, Wiltshire residents have been badly hit by Covid. We have another 1,000 children in Wiltshire entitled to free school meals and we have a public sector pay freeze.

    "The LibDems and a future LibDem council will shift the balance from the needs of the council to the needs of our residents."

    Under the LibDem budget proposals, the Adult Social Care Levy would be cut from three per cent in 2021/22 to two per cent in 2021/22 with a further one per cent levy in 2022/23.

    The loss of funding is around £2.841m in 2021/22. The £2.841m shortfall could be met by withdrawing funds from the Latent Demand Reserve.

    The LibDems say they would increase the Hardship Fund from £300,000 to £1m in 2021/22.

    Pressure could come from a £700,000 shortfall, which would be made up by an additional withdrawal of cash from the Collection Fund Volatility Reserve.

    In addition, the LibDems would ringfence £1m of the funding that comes back from the Government to support businesses which are struggling to pay their business rates.

    The money arises against the £1m reduction of Section 31 grants attributed to business rate reliefs in the budget report.

    The funding would be transferred to an earmarked reserve specifically to support businesses that are in financial distress by giving them discretionary reliefs or discretionary grants.

    Last month, the Conservatives announced that Wiltshire families could pay an extra 4.99 per cent on their council tax if their draft budget for 2021/22 is approved by full council on Tuesday.

    Of that, 1.99 per cent is an increase in council tax for the council's general spending, plus a three per cent social care levy.

    This means that average Band D taxpayers will shell out £1,590.60 a year to cover the council's costs including highways, refuse, schools and social care. The 4.99 per cent is the maximum increase the council can charge before a local referendum is required.

  • Happy Family
    Article: Feb 22, 2021

    Liberal Democrats think local people should be involved in local decisions. It ought to be common- sense.

    But right now, too many decisions made at County Hall in Trowbridge are remote from most people across our large, rural county.

    So we want to change how Wiltshire Council operates to bring decision-making closer to the communities who are affected.

  • Solar Panels
    Article: Feb 16, 2021
    By Ed Sawyer

    The climate emergency. This phrase is met with a mixture of emotions: frustration, anger, helplessness, and anxiety.

    Some may deny that this emergency exists but the effects are being felt across the globe. The potential effects outweigh the past year of the coronavirus.

    Worryingly, the planet's global temperature has increased by 1°C since the mid-1800s.

  • Bus
    Article: Feb 15, 2021
    By Ed Sawyer

    Disconnectivity in Wiltshire is one of the key issues raised to us over the years. This pushes residents into cars.

    Road transport is one of the biggest sources of pollution in the UK, contributing to poor air quality noise disturbance, congestion and climate change.

    Some areas in Wiltshire, such as Bradford on Avon, Salisbury, Marlborough, Devizes and Calne have dangerous levels of air pollution.

  • Article: Feb 10, 2021

    Two Horse RaceThe Liberal Democrats are the opposition to the Conservatives in Wiltshire. Lib Dems in Wiltshire have contested all six by-elections(the election held when a councillor resigns or dies) since 2017, winning three. It really is a two-horse race here between the LibDems and the Conservatives. We are building our campaigning strength across the county so that we can win many more seats this year.

  • Survey: Feb 8, 2021
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  • Young people heads
    Article: Feb 6, 2021

    The pandemic is having untold strain on children's mental health. We must act to protect future generations from the incoming mental health epidemic.

    Last week the children's commissioner, Anne Longfield, warned that young people's mental health services were unable to meet demand in a pandemic. Quoted in the Guardian, Anne Longfield stressed that the supply of treatment for child mental health problems was already falling well short of demand.

  • Katherine S Mental Health Seminar
    Article: Feb 5, 2021
    By Ed Sawyer

    Thank you to those who came to the mental health seminar in recognition of Time to Talk Day and Children's Mental Health Awareness Week.

    Researchers from the University of Bath joined us to present their research and outline ways their research can help us all live healthier lives. Speakers included Dr Maria Loades, research assistant Katherine Sawyer and PHD student Katherine Petrilli.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2021
    In Gazette and Herald

    A public seminar to spread awareness of mental health issues has been organised by Wiltshire's Liberal Democrats.

    The event takes place on Time to Talk day, Thursday, February 4 at 1.45pm, and aims to spark up conversation around mental health.

    Researchers from the University of Bath will present their research on topics including loneliness in young people during the pandemic, quitting smoking and the impact of cannabis on mental health.

    The Wiltshire Liberal Democrats' health and wellbeing spokesman, Cllr Gordon King said: "We know that the more conversations we have about mental health, the more myths we can correct which will help to end the isolation and shame associated by mental health.

    "It is integral that mental health is treated in the same conversation as physical health.

    "Together can end the stigma surrounding mental health and this event aims to do that."

    The speakers will include Dr Maria Loades, research assistant Katherine Sawyer, and PHD student Katherine Petrelli.

    Dr Loades said: "Let's take time to talk about mental health in this pandemic context where physical health has become such a dominant focus.

    "Local government has a pivotal role to play in ensuring that mental health and wellbeing gets comparable attention to physical health, which has naturally been a key focus of efforts in the effort to contain the spread of the virus."

    This also coincides with Place2Be's Children's Mental Health week which begins next week and is supported by Wiltshire Council.

    For more information and to sign up for the free event, click here