Saturday, 26 July 2014

Britain Is In The Fast Lane Of Recovery

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) published its latest update to the World Economic Outlook report today, showing good news for Britain's economy.

The IMF project that the UK will be the fastest growing major advanced economy in 2014, expecting the UK to grow by 3.2% this year and 2.7% in 2015.

The new figures predicted by IMF for 2014 are double the amount predicted last year, confirming that Britain is powering ahead faster than expected.

Commenting on the review, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander MP said:
"The IMF projection that Britain will be the fastest growing major economy in the world during 2014 confirms that Britain is now in the fast lane of recovery. Our progress continues to confound our critics.  
"There is still a long way to go to fully repair the damage of the Labour years. However, this confirms again that our decision to form the coalition has given Britain the strength and stability to deliver the economic plan - every part of which bears the hallmark of Liberal Democrat values."

Friday, 25 July 2014

Economy Now Bigger Than Pre-Crash Levels

Liberal Democrats have cleared up Labour’s economic mess with GDP now above pre-crash levels, new figures show.

The UK economy is now larger than before the financial crisis in 2008 according to ONS quarterly data released today.

It comes as the IMF predicted Britain will be the fastest-growing advanced economy in 2014.

Lib Dem Treasury Minister Danny Alexander has said it vindicated the party’s decision to form the coalition in 2010.

Commenting, Danny Alexander said:
“Today we are passing a major milestone on the long road back to full recovery. There is still a long way to go but Britain has recovered the economic ground lost under Labour and is forging ahead. 
“The main reason that we stepped forward to form the coalition was to sort out Labour’s economic mess and rebuild a stronger economy and a fairer society for the future. 
“By forming the coalition we gave the country a long term economic recovery plan based on Liberal Democrat values and policies and the stability to see it through. 
“Because we have taken the difficult decisions to stick to that plan we are now seeing strengthening growth and the creation of record numbers of jobs. 
“Growth and job creation, combined with rising business investment is the only way to deliver the higher living standards that the families of Britain deserve.”

Cambridge MP Celebrates British Growth As GDP Figures Surge

In a double-whammy of good news Britain has been hailed by the International Monetary Fund as having the fastest growing advanced economy in the world, and had the latest new GDP figures show substantial economic growth. GDP figures released this morning (Friday, 25 July) by the Treasury show solid quarterly growth of 0.8% putting Britain's economy back to the position it was in before the crisis hit in 2008.

Speaking this morning Julian said, “It is fantastic that the economy is doing well, and that we are outperforming the rest of the major economies in the world. Unemployment in Cambridge is down very substantially - it’s now less than half of what it was when Labour left government. Youth unemployment is even lower - about a third of what it was, and the same is true for long-term unemployment. This is excellent news for many people, who are now finding the jobs they want.

“Cambridge avoided the worst of the economic crisis, but it is good to see the rest of the country coming through so well. It shows that many of the decisions we had to make have paid off. As the economy continues to improve, I hope that more people will find the employment and careers they want.”

Local Councils Could Be Required To Recycle 70% Of Waste By 2030

Local councils could be required to recycle 70% of household waste and 80% of packaging by 2030, under new EU proposals announced yesterday by the European Commission.

The proposal would also see a total ban by 2025 on sending waste to landfill that could have been recycled. According to the Commission the new targets could create over half a million jobs across the EU.

While there has been a significant increase in recycling in the UK in recent years, there would still be a long way to go to meet the new targets. According to government figures, 43.2% of waste in England was recycled in 2012-2013, up from just 12% in 2001.

Liberal Democrat MEP, Catherine Bearder, who sits on the European Parliament Environment Committee that is set to adopt or amend the recycling targets, welcomed the proposals and said she would work to ensure they were both ambitious and workable.

Mrs Bearder commented:
"Every year thousands of tons of perfectly recyclable waste end up being thrown away and buried in landfill sites or burnt. 
"This makes no sense for the environment or the local economy. 
"These ambitious recycling targets will help us make the most out of our dwindling natural resources and create new jobs in the area. 
"I'll now be working closely with local councils to see how these targets can best be met while maximising benefits for the local economy."
Mrs Bearder is a longstanding environmental campaigner and has worked with councils in the past to promote and improve recycling in the region.

As part of her "Don't Rubbish Our Recycling" campaign, she asked local authorities to disclose how they deal with recycled waste to ensure it does not end up in landfills or being dumped in the developing world.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

eCops: House Burglary - Lolworth 24/07/2014

There has been a burglary between 11:45 - 18:00 hrs 23/07/2014 at Robins Lane, Lolworth.

Entry via rear patio door, which may have been insecure as no sign of forced entry.  Items stolen include jewellery, and cash.

There have been witness reports of two young males in the area at the time of the offence, age 20-30yrs one described as 5ft 10", blond hair, wearing light coloured top and jeans. Second male described as wearing light clothing.

Did you see anything suspicious? Call as below, crime ref: CF0277840714

Police 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Kind regards

Rachel Carr

Warmer Homes, Lower Bills And A Greener Britain

Liberal Democrats have announced that future Governments will be required by law to help fight fuel poverty by making the coldest, leakiest homes more energy efficient.

Households on low incomes and high energy costs, often caused by poorly insulated homes, will face lower bills as they are raised to a B and C energy efficiency rating by 2030.

Alongside this, the consultation Cutting the Cost of Keeping Warm puts a particular emphasis on helping low-income households who are not connected to the gas grid and those whose health can suffer from living in the cold.

Proposed changes to the private rented sector will also mean that people living in rented accommodation will enjoy warmer homes with lower bills. From 2016, tenants will have the right to request energy efficiency improvements from their landlords.

Unveiling the new proposals, Ed Davey said:
“These proposals mark a radical shift away from old policies of tinkering at the edges without tackling the root causes of fuel poverty – homes that need too much energy and leak too much heat to be able to keep warm. 
“We’ll target the worst properties first, where people in the most extreme cases face paying over £1,500 more than they need to. We’ll work with partners – including GPs and others working in in healthcare – to make sure the right help gets to those who need it the most. 
“And today I’m reaffirming our commitment to the most vulnerable households by confirming that the current levels of help they are getting through the Energy Company Obligation will be maintained, and will continue for an extra two years – helping over half a million more low income households.”
Since 2010, the number of households in fuel poverty has fallen every year through actions made by Liberal Democrats in Government. Nearly 400,000 vulnerable homes have already been helped through ECO and the Green Deal, while last winter the Warm Home Discount reduced the bills of more than 2 million low income households, including 1 million pensioners.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

NW Cambridge: Sainsbury's Supermarket Deal

The University of Cambridge has selected Sainsbury’s as the operator for the supermarket on the North West Cambridge Development.

The supermarket is an essential element of the development’s local centre and will serve both the existing local community and the new residents of the North West Cambridge Development. The store will front onto the market square and be in close proximity to other shops and community facilities, including the primary school, nursery and community centre. It will include 2,000 sqm of net retail space and will have sheltered bicycle parking and underground car parking to serve the local centre.

Roger Taylor, Project Director of the North West Cambridge Development, said "The University is committed to providing these important facilities from the outset so that the new local community can thrive. By reaching this agreement with Sainsbury’s we are delivering on that commitment - the store is due to open alongside the arrival of the new residents and will benefit those in the surrounding neighbourhoods.”

Ian Whittaker, Development Executive for Sainsbury’s commented: “The significant investment in housing within this urban extension is an exciting venture and we look forward to serving future customers, providing local jobs and working with the University to deliver a sustainable supermarket.”

Outline planning consent for the supermarket was secured in February 2013 as part of the masterplan for the development. A reserved matters application for the detail of the design by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, and its adjacent buildings was approved in February 2014. Works on infrastructure on the development will begin in 2014 with phased completions from 2016.