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Earley Lib Dems Celebrating Victory in May's elections

The Lib Dems gained all THREE seats in Earley and a further FIVE seats in the rest of Wokingham.

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Plan for the Future: Skills Wallet

Working hard should mean secure work and a decent income, but for too many people that’s not the case. In an ever changing workplace, people often need to develop new skills, but the cost of courses and qualifications shuts too many people out.

Neither the Conservatives or Labour have the answers to these challenges. They are stuck pursuing 20th-century policies that simply won’t work in our 21st-century economy. They would take our country backwards.The Skills Wallet will empower people to develop new skills so that they can thrive in the technologies and industries that are key to the UK's economic future and prosperity.That's why, as part of our Plan for the Future, the Liberal Democrats have set out our vision for a “new era of learning throughout life” with the creation of an ambitious Skills Wallet. This will give every adult £10,000 to spend on education and training throughout their lives.

A Liberal Democrat government will put £4,000 into people’s ‘Skills Wallet’ at 25…
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Monday, 11 November 2019

But What Is A Skills Wallet? 🤨🤨🤨

A lot of people have noticed something in our online ads… something about “skills wallets”.So what is a “Skills Wallet”?It’s a major, new, innovative policy and a key part of our Plan for the Future.A Liberal Democrat government will provide every adult with £10,000 to spend on education and training throughout your lives. This “Skills Wallet” is meant to give every person the opportunity to retrain and upskill for jobs that we can’t even imagine yet.It can be prohibitively expensive to develop new skills at various stages of your career. The cost of courses and qualifications shuts too many people out.Not everyone has skills like Liam NeesonNeither the Conservatives nor Labour have the answers to these challenges. They are stuck pursuing 20th or even 19th century policies that won’t work in our 21st century economy.So as part of our fight to build a fairer economy and a brighter future, we will create Skills Wallets!How will it work? As we said, every adult will be entitled to £10,00…
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But What Is A Skills Wallet? 🤨🤨🤨

A lot of people have noticed something in our online ads… something about “skills wallets”.So what is a “Skills Wallet”?It’s a major, new, innovative policy and a key part of our Plan for the Future.A Liberal Democrat government will provide every adult with £10,000 to spend on education and training throughout your lives. This “Skills Wallet” is meant to give every person the opportunity to retrain and upskill for jobs that we can’t even imagine yet.It can be prohibitively expensive to develop new skills at various stages of your career. The cost of courses and qualifications shuts too many people out.Not everyone has skills like Liam NeesonNeither the Conservatives nor Labour have the answers to these challenges. They are stuck pursuing 20th or even 19th century policies that won’t work in our 21st century economy.So as part of our fight to build a fairer economy and a brighter future, we will create Skills Wallets!How will it work? As we said, every adult will be entitled to £10,00…
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Sunday, 10 November 2019

The Tories’ plan for a shameful Nurse Tax

Hard-working doctors and nurses from the EU are fundamental to the NHS. We all have loved ones whose lives have been saved through their skill and dedication.But today, the full extent of the Tories’ contempt for our dedicated doctors and nurses was revealed. Even though the NHS is critically understaffed, the Tories have revealed that part of their nightmarish Brexit plan is to charge EU nurses and doctors £464 to come to the UK to save lives.If this isn’t bad enough, the Tories also want EU workers to pay what they euphemistically call a ‘health immigration surcharge’. What does this actually mean?It’s a £400-a-year tax they will charge all EU workers - including NHS nurses and doctors - to access basic health services.And if hard-working, low-paid NHS staff can’t afford the Nurse Tax, the Tories will take it out of their wages.To recap:The NHS is critically under-funded and under-staffed due to chronic under-investment by the Tories.In response, the Tories want to charge the EU nur…
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Free childcare and a fairer economy

For too many people, things are not working as they should.Families are working harder than ever, but far too many are struggling to get by.The Conservatives and Labour are taking our country backwards. Their plans don’t meet the demands of modern life. But the Liberal Democrats have a bold plan to build a brighter future. We want to create a fairer economy where it’s easier to be a parent, have a career, and provide for your family.That’s why a Liberal Democrat government will provide free childcare for all children of working parents from 9 months old.
Follow this link for more info: http://www.libdems.org.uk/free-childcare-announcement
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Part Four of our Plan for the Future

Today’s high cost of childcare means that too many parents are unable to return to work without risking real financial hardship. With the average cost of 25 hours nursery care for a child under two running to more than £6500 per year, many parents are effectively excluded from work due to the burden of childcare costs.A Liberal Democrat government will build a fairer economy by providing free, high-quality childcare for every child aged two to four, for 35 hours a week, 48 weeks a year. The offer is extended to children aged between 9 and 24 months where their parents are in work."The choice for parents now is simply not good enough. That is why Liberal Democrats are proposing a transformational change to our economy, by providing working parents with free childcare from when their child is 9 months old."The Liberal Democrats will make sure that childcare providers are adequately funded, increasing the rates paid by government to match the actual cost of nursery provision. T…
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