Lib Dems repeat call for Local Living Rent

Cambridge Lib Dems have repeated their call for Cambridge to have a Local Living Rent, based on one third of household disposable income.  The call is in response to the BBC research released today on cost of renting for young people between 22-29 across the country.  The Labour City Council has so far refused to consider such an option.

The BBC research highlights that rent for a 1 bedroom flat costs over 60% of an individual’s income in parts of Cambridge.

Councillor Rod Cantrill, Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate for Cambridge said, “I have been calling for some time for Labour to look at a Local Living Rent for Cambridge.  Our amendment to the Council Budget in February included proposals for a Local Living Rent that were rejected by the Labour ruling group.

As the BBC research highlights, many young people such as teachers and nurses, who are the glue that makes Cambridge work cannot afford to live in the city or the surrounding area.  We need to do something to help these people – and a local Living Rent does this.” 


Social care profiling

I've submitted the following written question to the next meeting of the County Council:

In September, it was reported that some Councils have been developing profiling for at risk residents and/or families:
Has the County Council any plan now or in the future to do this?

County Council newsletter September

The County Council publishes a newsletter once a month, the latest can be found at:

Remember this is produced by the County itself, it is not a Liberal Democrat view on issues.

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The response rate was low & the majority in favour very small but the Council decided to press on and advertised a Traffic Regulation Order.
All representations received in response to the publication of the Traffic Order, will be reported to the Cambridge Joint Area Committee and published on the County Council website as part of the agenda for their meeting (CJAC - 24/07/18).

This committee has both City and County Council members and they will decide whether to go ahead or not at their meeting at Shire Hall, Cambridge at 4.30pm on Tuesday 24th July 2018. 



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