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Conservative Cuts Will Make Life Difficult For Many, say Lib Dems

August 24, 2015 9:31 AM

"Food banks can expect to be busy this winter, as Tory cuts on welfare start to bite," Central Devon Lib Dem Chairman Councillor John Nutley told a meeting of Lib Dems in Bovey Tracey on Wednesday night. Councillor Nutley, who helps in a Food Bank in Ashburton, warned that as the Chancellor's policies take effect, more and more people will be visiting the Food Banks.

"Many more people are not going to like the next 18 months," predicted former councillor Nolan Clark. "Lib Dems in government provided support for young families and tried to support fairness. But fear of Labour and the SNP forced people to vote for the Conservatives, and many of them are now regretting it."

Members also discussed the Police Commissioner elections due to take place in 2016. Police Commissioners were a Conservative idea that has achieved very little, have done very little apart from creating an extra layer of bureaucracy and unnecessary expense. Home Office interference has also made the job difficult, which is probably one of the main reasons the present incumbent, Tony Hogg, has decided not to stand for re-election in 2016.

In a huge blow to Britain's Green industry, the Conservatives have announced they will end all Government funding to the Green Deal - a programme set up by the Liberal Democrats in Coalition that helps people make their homes more energy efficient. In Christow, plans to create a solar power energy scheme are under threat due to the cuts in green energy subsidies. "Cameron and the Tories are not even pale green - in fact the only green thing about them is the green light they have given to fracking," said local campaigner Phil Page.