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  • Article: Aug 20, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has today launched a new campaign to encourage more young people to take up apprenticeships.

    The "Get In, Go Far" campaign is being supported by a number of employers across the country and coincides with the introduction of 40 new employer-designed apprenticeships in sectors including engineering, hospitality and the legal profession.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2014

    Responding to the conclusion of the disciplinary process against Lord Rennard, the Liberal Democrats have released the following statements:

    A Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:

    "The Regional Parties Committee met this week to consider whether the party had been brought into disrepute by statements made by Lord Rennard, or on his behalf, following the publication of Alistair Webster's conclusions.

  • Dave Hodgson
    Article: Aug 20, 2014

    There is an opportunity to meet dozens of potential employers when The Jobs Market returns to Bedford in September.

    A similar event in 2013 saw more than 1,200 members of the public attend over the course of the five hours, displaying a wide range of experience, skills and qualifications. There were 34 employers represented, plus a number of training providers and information support services, with more than 1,000 job opportunities available on the day, resulting in more than 300 claimants signing-off after the event.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2014

    Following the conclusion of the disciplinary process against Lord Rennard, Liberal Democrat Party President Tim Farron has written the article below.

    Since the allegations against Lord Rennard were first aired on Channel Four News, I've worked hard with members, activists, HQ staff and our parliamentary parties to fundamentally change the way our party treats these matters.

  • LD BIRD
    Article: Aug 20, 2014

    The Liberal Democrat manifesto will include a commitment to introduce new child poverty measures it has been announced.

    The manifesto will feature the three child poverty targets which were blocked by the Conservatives:

    > reducing relative poverty;

    > reducing gaps in life chances;

    > and reducing entrenched poverty.

  • STEVE WEBB
    Article: Aug 19, 2014

    Four million people have now automatically enrolled in workplace pensions - an increase of over one million this year.

    Liberal Democrats in government introduced automatic enrolment, which their boss and the government pay in to, in order to give people the confidence to save for retirement.

    Automatic enrolment started in October 2012, requiring all businesses to enrol staff into a workplace pension and start paying contributions, beginning with the largest employers first.

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    Article: Aug 19, 2014

    Figures released today by the Office of National Statistics show that inflation fell from 1.9% to 1.6% in July. The rate fell more than was forecast, with economists expecting it to fall to 1.8%.

    Commenting on the latest inflation figures, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:

  • Berkhamsted Tip Opening Hours Cuts
    Article: Aug 19, 2014

    Secret plans to save over £1m have finally been exposed by the Liberal Democrats on Hertfordshire County Council.

    Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Stephen Giles-Medhurst has found out, and now forced the County to make public, that their plan to close two household waste sites and cut opening hours at others, will save not the £750,000 reported to councillors back in early July, but over £1m. After discovering the true figures, Cllr Giles-Medhurst threatened to go public with it unless the council did.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Minister Stephen Williams has called for homophobia on the football terraces to be met with the same zero tolerance as racism.

    The Bristol West MP called for football clubs, the FA and the police to tackle anti-gay abuse with the same vigour as racial discrimination.

    Gay rights charity Stonewall said seven out of ten fans have reported hearing homophobic slurs at matches.

  • uni blog
    Article: Aug 18, 2014

    A record number of students have been accepted into university this year, with over half a million expected to take up places despite results being slightly lower.

    There has been more flexibility introduced, so universities can recruit more students, making it possible for more young people to access the institution of their choice.

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