Poole residents burdened with extra £93-£186 on Council Tax bills

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Following a stormy council meeting the Tory administration voted for a 5.99% increase in council tax which, for Band D properties, is an additional £79.11.

Adding the police and fire precepts means gives an overall increase of £93.22 and a total bill of £1,678.96.

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UNDER THREAT: Conservative funding cuts put vital services at risk

Dorset’s residents face cuts to vital public services as the Conservative Government cut off funding to local authorities.

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Dorset County Council agreed to implement a council tax rise of the maximum allowed of 5.99% (which includes 3% specifically for Adult Social Care).

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Night time parking charges thrown out

Lib Dems fight for fairer treatment of residents in Wimborne

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Plans to charge for night time parking in Wimborne have been thrown out following opposition from Liberal Democrat Councillors and residents.

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Vikki Slade selected for Mid Dorset & North Poole constituency

Local campaigner Vikki Slade selected to as Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate.

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A packed meeting on Saturday afternoon saw Cllr Vikki Slade selected, from a strong field of candidates, to represent the Mid Dorset and North Poole Liberal Democrats at the next General Election. Vikki is fully committed to serving all residents within the Mid Dorset and North Poole constituency.

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"This tweet appals me": Dorset County Council tweet to warn youngsters post-16 education travel costs

Local campaigner, Vikki Slade has hit back at Dorset County Council after it used social media to remind young people that transport is not free beyond the age of 16.

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Its tweet said: "Planning what to do after GCSEs? Check out your travel options before you decide. Travel for 16+ isn't free & there may not be seats on school buses."

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A week in the life of a local Lib Dem Councillor

Find out what Councillor Susan Jefferies, Dorset County Councillor for Corfe Mullen, was up to last week.

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Last week included a few phone calls and emails to the Council and some reading, but no long meetings, my time was spent entirely in Corfe Mullen dealing with issues for the residents.

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339 ambulance delays in Poole so far this winter

339 patients in Poole have faced waits of half-an-hour of more in ambulances outside A&E so far this winter, Liberal Democrat analysis has revealed. Of these, 82 faced waits of over an hour.

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In the week to 31st December, 43 patients faced waits of over half an hour and spent at least an hour waiting in ambulances outside A&E.

This comes after the Bournemouth Echo reported an elderly local woman spent 4 hours lying on the pavement, waiting for an ambulance. You can read the article here.

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Poole Lib Dems submit petition opposing merger

Plans for a new council merging Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch are being opposed by Poole's Liberal Democrat Councillors. 

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They, along with other opposition councillors, have signed a letter to cabinet minister Sajid Javid opposing the Future Dorset plans because the public consultation over the scheme was “seriously flawed, with leading questions and with opposition members excluded from seeing or contributing to the wording of the paper”.

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School bus route in Poole faces the axe as council tries to save £70,000

Poole Council will be deciding on cuts to bus services in Poole at a meeting this week.

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It follows a consultation carried out in Autumn last year. Five services – the 7, 11, 32, 445, and H1 – were earmarked for a reduction in or removal of the bus subsidy from the borough.

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442 homes across Poole left empty for years

Over 400 homes in Poole have been sitting empty for ten years or more, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

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The figures, uncovered through Freedom of Information requests, show that there are over 214,000 homes across the country that have been empty for six months or more.

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