Kevin Walsh
A word from the chair of the Bolton Liberal Democrats
The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity. We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity. We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.

This translates directly into the work we are doing within Bolton, campaigning for a more open, honest and accountable local council. Most recently we have been the only political party with councillors in the Town Hall campaigning against proposed fracking in Horwich, Westhoughton and surrounding areas. We are the only party pushing proposals to cut the number of councillors from three per ward to two per ward - saving more than £300,000 a year and making the council more accountable than ever. We are fighting for more public consultation on controversial plans - such as the recent decision to pour £3million into the short-sighted Newport Street revamp - and are pushing to allow more public scrutiny within all meetings.

If, like Bolton Liberal Democrats, you believe that you need to have a council that LISTENS to what you have to say; UNDERSTANDS the need for long-term investment to solve the problems within the town rather than short-term 'people pleasing'; and CHAMPIONS ALL communities within the town, bringing us closer together rather then encouraging divisions; then join us.

It's time we all worked together to #TakeBackOurTown
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LIB DEMS SLAM COUNCIL FLYTIPPING FIGURES AS "MISLEADING" The Bolton Liberal Democrats have slammed Council figures on fly-tipping as "misleading" and called for the most up to date figures to be made public in a bid for clarity. The Chair of the party, Kevin Walsh, said: "Since the figures stated in the recent press release from the Labour led Council were released, a whole twelve months have passed. That's twelve months of further fly-tipping and littering; twelve months of residents complaining about their streets and parks being used as dumping grounds; and twelve months of struggling with slim-bins. "The Council have pointed at data over 12months old to suggest fly-tipping has decreased, whilst sitting on the most recent data which will have already been passed on to DEFRA for the period 2016/17. The Lib Dems are calling for the council to be more open and transparent with their reporting and reveal the up to date figures to substantiate their claims that fly-tipping is decreasing" Mr Walsh also points out that the council has already released figures showing tipping is on the increase, pointing to a press release printed by the Bolton News on February 18th. The report highlighted that between March-December 2016 the Council had seen an increase in reported incidents compared to the same 9 month period in 2015. "People want to be able to trust the Council but feel it is being politicised by the ruling Labour group, and when they release statements suggesting fly-tipping is decreasing using outdated statistics you can understand why there is so much concern regarding transparency. "All residents are looking for is an open, honest and transparent council, and the Liberal Democrats will continue to fight for making it a reality." ---end----

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BREAKING: The company at the centre of a council controversy following receipt of a £300,000 grant has failed to disclose its accounts on time. Asons, located at Newspaper House in Churchgate, were meant to provide accounts for the previous 12 months no later than the 28th February but HMRC has revealed these are still yet to be filed A spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats said "obviously this is a concern for many of us looking for clarity following the grant provided by emergency powers. The Liberal Democrats will be raising residents concerns regarding the matter over the coming weeks."

Over two thirds of Bolton Labour Councillors share £169,000 on top of their standard allowance. The Bolton Liberal Democrats have called to cut these across all parties. Share if you agree

The number of elected members in the town could soon be slashed by 20 - and there is growing pressure for the same to happen elsewhere across the region

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In this exclusive opinion piece for The Guardian, Tim Farron sets out the Liberal Democrats' key demand ahead of the Budget speech. #Budget2017

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Old enough to fight for their country, but not to get housing help

During coalition the Tories tried to push through thia policy numerous times and we continuously kicked it into the long grass. Now with free reign and Labour failing as an opposition the Tories are getting their own way. Within weeks 18-21 year olds who fall on hard times will no longer be able to receive housing benefit and will be forced to rely on family and friends for housing needs.