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  • Elderly lady
    Article: May 22, 2017

    96% of homes in Shepway could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May's so-called 'dementia tax', research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    Lynne Beaumont has urged residents, irrespective of their party affiliation, to join a campaign to stop the Conservative social care plans which would saddle those with long-term illnesses with crippling care costs after their death.

  • School Meals
    Article: May 19, 2017

    39,016 schoolchildren in Kent will lose out on free lunches, under plans announced in the Conservative manifesto.

    Free school lunches for pupils from reception to Year 2 were introduced by the Liberal Democrats in government, but Theresa May now plans to scrap them. The changes would cost families an average extra £480 a year for every child.

  • Concerned lady
    Article: May 18, 2017

    Pensioners face having their savings, their incomes and even their homes plundered under Conservative Social Care and Pension plans says Lib Dem Candidate for Folkestone and Hythe Lynne Beaumont. The plans, which will result in the value of your home being included in means testing for social care support, mean that many more pensioners (including those with low incomes) will be expected to pay for their support. The Conservative plans also mean an end to the triple lock, which guaranteed that the basic state pension would rise in line with inflation, wage growth or 2.5%, whichever is higher.

  • School Meals
    Article: May 18, 2017

    The Children's Food Trust has today slammed the Conservative Party plan to scrap universal infant free school meals. Chief Executive of the Children's Food Trust, Linda Cregan, said:

    "The families that Theresa May describes as 'just about managing' will be hit hardest as their children will now not be guaranteed a nutritious meal every day."

  • Tim Farron
    Article: May 17, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto for a brighter future.

    Change Britain's Future is a plan for a fairer Britain where people are decent to each other, with good schools and hospitals, a clean environment and an innovative economy.

    Nothing is more important to our children's future than Brexit. A bad Brexit deal, with Britain outside the single market, will wreck the future for our children, our economy and our schools and hospitals. That's why at the heart of the manifesto is a commitment to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal in a referendum.

  • Lynne Beaumont at Royal Victoria Hospital
    Article: May 16, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have announced an investment of an extra £6bn a year in our NHS & Social Care system.

    This new funding will be paid for through an immediate 1p rise on all rates of income tax. This funding will be ring-fenced to be spent only on the NHS and social care and will provide vital services with the money they desperately need until a longer-term solution can be found.

  • Stop the Squeeze logo
    Article: May 16, 2017

    Schools across Folkestone and Hythe are facing slashed funding over the next few years.

    The Conservatives' new funding formula for schools will take money from many of our local schools. Over the next few years, that means a loss to our local schools:

    • Folkestone Academy: -£1,435,809
    • Folkestone School for Girls: -£701,328
    • Brockhill Park PA College: -£562,403
    • The Harvey Grammar: -£405,206
    • The Marsh Academy: -£320,948
  • Mothers wait for their children to complete nutrition assessements at UK aided Juba Paediatric Hospital - April 2017 (DFID picture under Creative Commons https://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/34007683831/ Picture: Robert Oxley/DFID)
    Article: May 15, 2017

    As part of the coalition, the Lib Dems managed to secure 0.7% of Britain's gross national income for international development. It was one of our final acts in government, and it's one we're most proud of.

    Since then, 0.7% has been a legal requirement, which has prevented the Conservatives and UKIP from stopping these vital funds getting to the world's most vulnerable people.

The Liberal Democrats are the only party fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united.

Open means open-hearted, open-minded, forward-looking, modern, green, internationalist and pro-European. We believe Britain is at its best when it is creative, innovative and outward-looking, comfortable in the fast-changing modern world and open to the opportunities and challenges of globalisation and the digital revolution.

Tolerant means diverse, compassionate and generous. We will always fight injustice and stand up for the underdog, the outsider, the individual, the minority and the vulnerable against the powerful.

United means we will always put the interests of the whole United Kingdom first. We reject the divisions in society, whether between young and old, urban and rural, leave and remain, or between regions and nations. We believe we are stronger - as communities, as a country and as a world - when we work together in our common interest.

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