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Recent News from Dundee Lib Dems, the Scottish Liberal Democrats and the UK Liberal Democrats

  • Unemployment Reducing
    Article: Oct 15, 2014

    Employment figures released today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show further encouraging signs that our economy is recovering.

    In the quarter to August, unemployment fell by 154,000 to 1.97m. This is largest fall in unemployment since records began.

    And the rate of unemployment fell from 6.2 per cent to 6 per cent - its lowest level since 2008.

  • Pensions Changes
    Article: Oct 14, 2014

    Pensioners will benefit from a 2.5 per cent increase in their state pension thanks to the Liberal Democrat Triple Lock guarantee.

    Figures out today (14 October) show that inflation is below target meaning that the basic state pension will be boosted by 2.5 per cent next year.

    The Triple Lock guarantee means that pensions will increase with inflation, earnings or 2.5 per cent - whichever is highest.

  • Body Confidence
    Article: Oct 13, 2014

    Liberal Democrats Women and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson has today launched of a package of guidance and activities promoting positive body image and challenging negative attitudes and actions that lead to low self-esteem.

    Taking Action on Body Image offers a workshop plan, teachers' notes and advice to help young people tackle low confidence and boost their self-esteem.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2014

    As set out in my Report into 'Processes and Culture' within the Party, I would now like to assess progress made against my recommendations.

    Taken together, the recommendations formed a suggested - but by no means exhaustive - blueprint for change over both the medium and long term.

    Less than 18 months has passed since my initial review, so it was never my expectation that all would be resolved by now, rather that the direction of travel be firmly established.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2014

    Commenting on the announcement by broadcasters about negotiations for TV leader debates in the run up to the 2015 election, a Liberal Democrat spokesman said:

    "The Liberal Democrats have long argued that the debates last time round were of huge benefit to our democratic process and engaged millions of voters.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2014

    Responding to former environment secretary Owen Paterson's calls to suspend and then scrap the Climate Change Act, Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey said:

    "The overwhelming majority of scientists agree that climate change exists while most leading British businesses and City investment funds agree with the Coalition that taking out an 'insurance policy' now will protect the UK against astronomical future costs caused by a changing climate.

    "Indeed, the majority of European countries have now come around to the UK's way of thinking and are ready to implement proposals that would see other European countries adopt targets similar to our Climate Change Act in a deal the Prime Minister should seal later this month.

    "With the USA, China and India also now taking the climate change threat seriously and investing in low carbon energy, the global marketplace for green technology Britain is increasingly strong in, should balloon over the next decade so ripping up the Climate Change Act would be one of the most stupid economic decisions imaginable."

  • Article: Oct 10, 2014

    Today, October 10 marks World Mental Health Day 2014, a global celebration of mental health education and awareness - tackling the stigma surrounding mental health.

    Research shows that one in four people will suffer from mental health problems at some point in their lives.

    Back our campaign to help us stamp out stigma attached to mental health.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has launched a major review aimed at shoring up workers' rights.

    The aim is to make sure people understand their employment rights, as well as ensuring bosses know what their staff are entitled to.

    The review could help strengthen the employment status of up to one million British workers.

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