Osborne’s Spending Review means the books will not balance

Yesterday’s Autumn Statement was full of bold headline figures, but already we can see that all is not as good as it may initially seem, according to local Liberal Democrats.

Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst (Central Watford and Oxhey), Leader of the Opposition on Hertfordshire County Council said, “This is a politically clever statement that may at first look appeal to the person on the street, but we can already see several significant problems in it. 

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Hertfordshire Tories downplay school’s funding crisis

At yesterday’s meeting of the County Council, the Conservative administration massively downplayed the urgency of the funding crisis facing the County’s schools. The crisis, which has already seen teachers losing their jobs, class sizes increased and subjects cut, is set to get very much worse in coming years.

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Lib Dems condemn Anne Main's 'weasel words' over tampon tax

Local Liberal Democrats have condemned Anne Main's explanation of why she voted with the Government against an opposition motion to seek to scrap VAT on women's sanitary products.

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“Heartless” Conservatives Ignore Herts School Funding Crisis

Conservative Councillors on the County’s education committee (Education, Enterprise and Skills Cabinet Panel) have refused to support the action of the Chairman of the County’s headteachers’ committee (Schools Forum).

The Schools Forum Chair has written to the Education Minister at the Department for Education expressing deep concern about the funding crisis facing Hertfordshire Secondary Schools.

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County Council pays out over a million pounds in two and half year on claims to due highways defects

Liberal Democrats at County Hall have unearthed information that shows that Herts County Council has had to pay out over a million pounds in injury and compensation claims in just two and half years due to highways defects.

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Shock County Council admission of failure of its household waste policies

After all the self-promoting press releases from Herts County Council over many years, finally an admission of failure, over the queues and early closing of Household Waste sites (‘the tips’).

A report to yesterday’s Resources and Performance Cabinet panel states: ‘High levels of demand resulting in queuing at certain times and centres, with sites having to shut early or operate a reduced service. It appears that the reduction in opening days and hours may have exacerbated these issues at some of the busier centres, with a resulting increase in numbers of complaints’.

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Government cuts highways funding for Herts County Council dramatically

Over £7m could be cut from the county council's highways budget in the next five years according to a shock announcement from the Government, reported to the county council's Highways Panel this week.

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'Have a heart' call from Liberal Democrats over refugees

Liberal Democrats on Herts County Council have called upon the County Council to do more to help refugees from Syria.

Lib Dem health spokesperson Chris White said: 'We must be in no doubt what we are dealing with here. The BBC's insistence, along with other media outlets, of continuing to use the term "migrant" has greatly muddied the debate. Many of those desperately seeking a new home in Europe are fleeing civil war and in particular ISIS, the new barbarians. There is a real parallel with those who fled the Nazis before the Second World War and those who fled the Russians at the end of it.

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West Herts Hospital Trust - Public need reassurance that services will improve

Chris White, Liberal Democrat county group spokesperson on Health, said in reaction to today's Care Quality Commission inspection report into the West Herts Hospitals Trust (dealing with the Watford, St Albans and Hemel hospitals): 'We had suspected for a while that the report would be bad but this is even worse than was feared - one of the worst ever issued.

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Conservatives admit that Home-Start cuts were made without any consultation with professional groups

Service users, Staff, Volunteers and Councillors alike were stunned to learn on Monday that a Conservative Councillor made the decision to cancel the £395,000 annual grant to HomeStart without any consultation with either HomeStart, the Health Visitor Service or the Children’s Services.

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