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  • Article: Apr 20, 2016

    A Liberal Democrat candidate who has been resident in Croydon for over 40 years has said he wants to protect the most vulnerable people in the area, with housing a key focus.

    Geoff Morley, of Grange Hill in South Norwood, was announced as the Lib Dem candidate for the West Thornton by-election last month, after Labour Councillor Emily Benn resigned.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2016

    Local Liberal Democrats, led by GLA candidate Amna Ahmad, have called for stronger action to protect NHS staff after figures were released that show a shocking amount of violence against staff.

    The figures released after a parliamentary question show that Croydon Health Services NHS Trust has seen almost 100 cases of violence in the last year alone.

  • Article: Apr 15, 2016

    Amna Ahmad, Croydon's General London Assembly candidate had an interview with The Croydon Citizen this week, making a robust case for community politics, local decision making and housing.

    She said:

    "London needs about 50,000 new homes per year to meet growing demand. Last year only 28,325 homes were built, and over 500,000 people are currently on council waiting lists. We can tackle London's housing crisis by investing the billions realised by continuing the Olympic games precept to build 50,000 council homes to rent and 150,000 for sale or for private rent, including rent-to-buy for first time buyers starting out."

  • Article: Mar 17, 2016

    In 2013 just 63.3% of mothers in London were in employment, compared with 72.9% nationally, the lowest level of employment for any UK region

    Since 2012 the cost of a part time nursery place for an under 2 year old has risen by 10.5%, in contrast to an increase of 7.7% nationally

    The number of registered childminders in London has recently fallen by 13%, from 9900 in 2010 to 8585 in 2013

  • Article: Mar 16, 2016

    At Boris Johnson's last Mayor's Question Time Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group examined the Mayor's real record in tackling knife crime over his two terms of office.

    The Mayor made tackling knife crime one of his key pledges back in 2008, claiming he would lead the "fightback" against violent crime.

  • Article: Feb 12, 2016

    A motion that looked to give every family the stability and dignity of a decent home was rejected by two of Croydon's Conservative MP's.

    The Liberal Democrat motion called for a series of solutions to the housing crisis to increase the availability of quality housing.

    New research by the Liberal Democrats shows that house prices in London will rise by 255% by 2026.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2016

    The Mayor's decision to extend funding for the work of the charities RedThread and Oasis Youth, which support young victims of knife crime, has been warmly welcomed by Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, who personally urged the Mayor to support these organisations last December. The need to support such organisations was a key recommendation in Caroline's report on tackling knife crime in London, which was published last November.

    In a letter sent to Caroline this week the Mayor has stated that MOPAC (Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime) has now secured funding to maintain the vital services provided by RedThread and their youth workers in London's four Major Trauma Centres for the next three years. Another positive development is that MOPAC will also be funding Oasis Youth enabling them to extend their services and place youth workers in Middlesex Hospital until the end of 2016/17.

    These youth workers provide vital support for young victims of knife crime and other violent offences and help to end the tragic cycle of violence we see too often on our streets.

    The Mayor also accepted another long standing recommendation by Caroline Pidgeon to ensure that MOPAC adopt the 'Cardiff Model' across all A&E's in London. The 'Cardiff Model' is an approach to sharing and using anonymised data on violent offences obtained through A&E admissions to inform and develop crime reduction policies by the police and local authorities. In areas where the Cardiff Model has been implemented there has been a 42% reduction in A&E admissions due to violent crime.

    Welcoming the Mayor's announcement Caroline Pidgeon said:

    "This announcement is incredibly welcome.

    "Sensible and much needed policies to help young victims of knife crime are now being given the support they so desperately needed.

    "Finally every A&E department across London will share anonymised data to help reduce violent crime across the capital."

  • Article: Jan 27, 2016

    Building more affordable homes must be the top priority of the Mayor's budget is the central message of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group amendment to the Mayor's draft budget for the next year.

    Their amendment to the Mayor's budget, which will be considered later today (Wednesday 27th January) , sets out ambitious plans to dramatically increase housing investment in London by converting the current Olympic precept, which is typically £20 a year for most householders, into a new 'housing precept'.

  • Article: Jan 19, 2016
    By Arfan Bhatti

    Threats to cut bus routes will devastate communities and isolate people who depend on public transport on a daily basis, Croydon's Lib Dem GLA candidate

    Amna Ahmad has said.

    Liberal Democrats in Croydon are asking the council to protect their buses from deepening local authority budgets cuts.

    The calls come as the report for Better Transport shows 63 per cent of local authorities cut bus services in 2015.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2016

    Tougher penalties would be introduced as part of a clampdown on reckless drivers under plans revealed by the Liberal Democrats today.

    Amna Ahmad, the party's GLA candidate for Croydon & Sutton has lent her support to a bill to strengthen penalties for drivers who injure, or kill, people introduced by long term safer roads campaigner Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West.

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