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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Bolton Liberal Democrats are passionate about getting the best for the people of Bolton. Fighting for what is right for the people of Bolton. And getting answers for the people of Bolton. Cross-party cooperation is essential to achieving this, and whilst there will always be fundamental differences between us all - sometimes we need to sit down and work together to get things done. We must thank councillors in both the Conservative and UKIP group for their support of our motion to withdraw from the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework. It is disappointing that those councillors within the Labour group who have been ccampaigning to protect the greenbelt could not find the courage to oppose the party whip on an issue they claim to feel so passionately about. The Bolton Liberal Democrats will continue to fight for the best for Bolton. Be it fighting against greenbelt building or pushing to ensure looked after children continue to get the care and support they so desperately need. We will do so alongside residents, party members, council officers and, on matters on which we agree, councillors of other parties. And will continue to do so openly, honestly and with accountability. Anyone with questions, comments or concerns can contact us directly by clicking the send message button or via our website http://www.bolton-libdems.org.uk



Tonight, Bolton Labour refused to support the Lib Dem motion for withdrawal from the GMSF: They voted in favour of continuing the process of pushing more and more greenbelt into developers hands and rejected calls to protect the greenbelt. Shame on them!



How are you going to recover the £300000 from asons when your chairman Mr Kev Walsh has publicly admitted that the money has gone and can't be recovered ?

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Full Council Meeting - Wed, 22nd Feb 2017 - 7:00 pm - Bolton Council Webcasting

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Bolton Budget 2017: protest



The Bolton Lib Dems will be fighting for a fairer budget for Bolton this evening. Let us know your thoughts



With so many empty homes in need of bringing back on the market, we're pushing to increase funding to make it happen!

Tim Farron live: Powering a new economy: How a clean energy revolution means Britain can lead the world.



By recovering the £300,000 grant given to Asons we could prevent cuts to children's play and youth services for a further year - protecting up to 52 posts in the process!



Bolton Labour want to cut services for Looked after Children. We say fund the services and cut councillor cash instead. Like and share if you agree



The Bolton Liberal Democrats will aim to reverse cuts to services for looked after children, increase funding for road maintenance and provide more money for helping the homeless with their amendment to the council budget on Wednesday. Councillor Roger Hayes, who will be moving the amendment, said: "Whilst we understand draconian cuts by the current Tory government are making it increasingly difficult for councils to deliver much needed services, we are confident our amendment can successfully reverse some of the cuts by this Labour Council that would affect some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the borough "We live in a Town with a large number of looked after children and we firmly believe that services for these vulnerable young people need to be protected. By reducing Special Responsibility Allowances for councillors, and scrapping the Bolton Scene magazine we can save enough money to reverse the cuts affecting those children and families that need support the most." The amendment also includes the regular Lib Dem policy of cutting councillors by a third. A policy the party have been fighting to implement since 2013. As Cllr Hayes continues: "As and more residents turn to digital channels to get in touch with their local representatives it is becoming increasingly difficult to justify the cost of having three elected members in each ward. By reducing the number of councillors from three per ward to two we can save over £300,000 a year in allowances and election expenses." The Liberal Democrat amendment includes fully costed proposals to: Provide an extra £4 million for residential road repairs. Reduce Councillor SRAs by £62,000 and scrap the Bolton Scene to save £53,000. Use the savings to reverse cuts to corporate parenting/virtual school and children leaving care. Reverse cuts to the school meals subsidy. £83,000 to fund dog fouling enforcement and education. Scrap the £1 million capital investment in Bolton One sauna facilities and use the money to provide a £500,000 investment to tackle homelessness and £450,000 investment in a competition to encourage high-value, high-tech industry in the town. Invest £2 million in the successful empty homes scheme, bringing more of the nearly 5,000 empty homes across the town back into use. Approach the electoral commission with a view to cutting the number of councillors from three per ward to two in order to achieve savings of over £300,000. Recover the £300,000 grant paid out to Asons solicitors and use the money, to delay for one year any cuts to Positive Activities free play service and youth service provision - protecting between 30-52 council positions.

The Bolton Liberal Democrats will aim to reverse cuts to services for looked after children, increase funding for road maintenance and provide more money for helping the homeless with their amendment to the council budget on Wednesday.

The Bolton Liberal Democrats will aim to reverse cuts to services for looked after children, increase funding for road maintenance and provide more money for helping the homeless with their amendment to the council budget on Wednesday. Councillor Roger Hayes, who will be moving the amendment, said: "Whilst we understand draconian cuts by the current Tory government are making it increasingly difficult for councils to deliver much needed services, we are confident our amendment can successfully reverse some of the cuts by this Labour Council that would affect some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the borough "We live in a Town with a large number of looked after children and we firmly believe that services for these vulnerable young people need to be protected. By reducing Special Responsibility Allowances for councillors, and scrapping the Bolton Scene magazine we can save enough money to reverse the cuts affecting those children and families that need support the most." The amendment also includes the regular Lib Dem policy of cutting councillors by a third. A policy the party have been fighting to implement since 2013. As Cllr Hayes continues: "As and more residents turn to digital channels to get in touch with their local representatives it is becoming increasingly difficult to justify the cost of having three elected members in each ward. By reducing the number of councillors from three per ward to two we can save over £300,000 a year in allowances and election expenses."

Bolton Budget 2017


The Bolton Liberal Democrats will aim to reverse cuts to services for looked after children, increase funding for road maintenance and provide more money for helping the homeless with their amendment to the council budget on Wednesday.

The Liberal Democrats are likely to adopt as official policy a move to quash all historical sex-work convictions – including brothel-keeping, soliciting business and kerb-crawling. The move to wipe convictions from people’s records will be included in a key motion at Lib Dem spring conference as par...

Really interesting and progressive policy idea that could be adopted by the party next month. Love to hear your thoughts.