Back our call for promised Covid funds

Covid-related costs and loss of income have meant huge financial pressures for EVERY council in the country.

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Oadby and Wigston Borough Council have faced lost income and extra costs from closed leisure centres and pools, lost long stay parking revenue and extra staff time to help coordinate support for local businesses and vulnerable residents.

The strain of the pandemic on council finances has been made worse by a fall of nearly a fifth in the money available for councils over the last ten years.

Money from central government has all but disappeared – we’ve all seen the affect on services provided by both our local councils: more pot-holes, self-service libraries, fewer staff in key areas like planning and highways and councils forced to charge to make ends meet.

Despite government promises a year ago to help councils through this difficult time, the extra money required has not appeared.

Most councils simply can’t fill this funding gap from reserves. The last year has been a once-in-a-lifetime event and only the government has the financial resources to help councils keep local services up to scratch.

Please sign our petition, calling on the Conservative MP here and his Government to keep their pledge to do whatever is necessary to support councils in their response to coronavirus and to fairly and properly fund local services hit by budget cuts in recent years.

Nurses Deserve Real-Terms Pay Rise

The Conservative Government’s proposed 1% pay “rise” for nurses is in fact a real-terms pay cut, quickly swallowed up by rising bills and food prices.

This shows just how out of touch the Conservative Government and their MP are with our NHS workers, who have gone above and beyond during this time of national crisis. Many have experienced trauma and stress after over a year caring for hundreds of thousands of severely ill Covid patients.

On top of this, they have worked tirelessly to get millions of people vaccinated as efficiently and as safely as possible.

The Conservatives can waste billions of pounds on dodgy PPE contracts and a ridiculously inflated £37bn bill for the Test and Trace system, yet the Government believes that it is fair to cut NHS workers’ salaries.

Local Liberal Democrats have launched a petition for a proper and substantial real-terms pay rise now for nurses and all NHS and social care workers to recognise the hard work and sacrifices of so many during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Please sign the petition here.

Lib Dem Council Wins Prestigious Award

Lib Dem-run Oadby and Wigston Borough Council has been awarded the prestigious Customer Service Excellence (CSE) standard.

This is an amazing achievement by council staff in a year when face to face customer service has been suspended by the pandemic.

The CSE Assessor’s report said, “There is clear commitment to putting the customers first and improving our customer’s experience.”

We would like to commend the hard work of council staff during this challenging time.