• UC Increase Mar-Jul 2020
    Article: Aug 11, 2020
    By Zoe Franklin

    Last Friday the BBC broke the news that since March there has been an 81% increase in people claiming benefits. Sad, but unsurprising given that March marked the start of the coronavirus lockdown. However, a few paragraphs in, the stats from the BBC were even more devastating - in Guildford the increase has been a jaw-dropping 148%.

  • Article: Aug 8, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have condemned the Conservative Government's plans to reform the planning system, arguing that proposed changes will do nothing to alleviate the housing crisis in Guildford and Cranleigh.

    The Liberal Democrats believe the Conservatives' proposals will not help those who are stuck on waiting lists and express concern that zoning plans risk "leaving whole areas behind".

  • Zöe Franklin (captioned)
    Article: Aug 3, 2020

    Zöe Franklin, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Guildford, Cranleigh & our Villages, has called on local Conservative MP Angela Richardson to "pledge to defend the rule of law against any attempts by Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings to undermine it."

    It follows the Conservative Government's announcement on Friday last week of an Independent Review of Administrative Law, with the aim of restricting the ability of individuals to seek judicial review of government actions.

  • Surrey's 11 Districts/Boroughs
    Article: Jul 29, 2020

    At the meeting of Guildford Borough Council this evening Cllr Caroline Reeves, Lib Dem Leader of Guildford Borough Council outlined the council's firm response to recent concerning news that Conservative-run Surrey County Council has asked the Government to form a new county-wide unitary council in place of all the current district, borough and county councils saying:

  • Zöe visits local aesthetician Sophia Wyatt to discuss post-lockdown reopening
    Article: Jul 27, 2020
    By Zoe Franklin

    A few weeks ago a local business owner, Sophia Wyatt of Sophia Wyatt Aesthetics, reached out to me by email to highlight the issues being faced by the beauty industry, which at the time was being prevented from reopening whilst hairdressers and barbers had already been given the green light to open their doors.

  • Cllr James Steel at Guildford Museum
    Article: Jul 20, 2020
    By Cllr James Steel

    The murder of George Floyd last month at the hands of the US justice system sent visible shockwaves around the world. The act itself was not the only act of its kind, but it highlighted the many deaths and mass injuries suffered by black people in America. It has also acted as a call to action for the injustice suffered by black people in the UK as well. The resulting protests have shone a light not only on the murder of George Floyd but also the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on the BAME community and the deep-rooted inequality and injustice towards the BAME community that is consciously and unconsciously built into our society.

  • Cllr Angela Goodwin out litter picking
    Article: Jul 17, 2020

    Covid-19 and the Council

    Our councillors have been working harder than ever to assist Guildford's shops, museums and institutions facing financial strain during this Covid-crisis. Both Guildford and Surrey County councils have been meeting costs far bigger than the Conservative Government grants received so far, leading to shortfalls of £9.6 million in Guildford Borough and £20.6 million for Surrey County.

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