Putting local children first

Putting local children first

Borough news, CSE, fairer council
Oldham & Saddleworth’s Liberal Democrat councillors have said that the report into historic safeguarding and CSE in the borough is a challenge to put children at the heart of everything the Council does and so have submitted a motion for the next Council Meeting on 13th July. Mark Kenyon, Liberal Democrat councillor for Grotton, Springhead & Lees, said: “The implications of Newsam & Ridgway’s report will take a long while to unpick – we have 50 outstanding questions alone – but there’s two things we can do straight away to make a change. Our motion for the next Council meeting asks that all future Council decisions made either by officers or councillors be explicitly weighed against the potential risk to children and on the level of Council spending locally.” Mark…
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Courts rule Home Office charges unlawful: Lib Dem response

Courts rule Home Office charges unlawful: Lib Dem response

Parliamentary news
Today the Court of Appeal has ruled that the £1,012 fee charged by the Home Office for registering a child as a British citizen is unlawful. Alistair Carmichael MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Home Affairs, urged the fees to be reduced immediately: “It’s shameful that children are being denied their rights by these outrageous, extortionate Home Office fees. The Government should immediately reduce these fees to no more than the cost of administration. “I’ve almost lost count of the number of times this Conservative Government’s policies have been found to be unlawful. These cases highlight why it’s so important that individuals can hold governments to account through the courts using judicial review. “Instead of wasting taxpayers’ money defending her bad decisions in the courts, Priti Patel should get on with…
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Urgent help needed for children facing mental health ‘crisis’

Urgent help needed for children facing mental health ‘crisis’

Parliamentary news
Only 1 in 4 children who needed mental health support accessed services last year, shocking figures from the Children’s Commissioners report have revealed. MP for Twickenham Munira Wilson, the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Health and Social Care, said: “The report's findings confirm the sad reality we have known all along: the mental health of children and young people has for too long been overlooked by this Conservative Government. Week after week, I am contacted by parents whose children are struggling with their mental health and unable to access services. "With 1 in 6 children now suffering from a mental health condition, it is clear that this pandemic is not only a physical one but also a mental health crisis too. “Without urgent Government action to put young people at the…
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Lib Dems call on PM “not to turn your back” on child refugees

Parliamentary news
The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to commit to resettling 10,000 unaccompanied refugee children from elsewhere in Europe over the next ten years, following the closure of the Dubs scheme last month. Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine warned child refugees who have been “forced to flee their homes and separated from their families” and is urging the Government to “do all we can to protect them.” In a letter to the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary, over 40 Liberal Democrat parliamentarians call on the Government to reverse its position in the Brexit negotiations not to seek to maintain the current arrangements to reunite unaccompanied asylum-seeking children with their family members. The Dubs scheme, closed by the Government last month, resettled 480 unaccompanied refugee children despite…
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Government must convene Emergency Vulnerable Children Taskforce

Parliamentary news
Responding to reports that the lockdown is putting vulnerable children at risk, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Layla Moran said: “It’s deeply worrying that vulnerable children may not have the support they need whilst they are unable to attend school due to the lockdown. “Liberal Democrats have already successfully campaigned for school meals to continue over Easter, but this is just one of the many problems vulnerable children face. The Government must ensure the well-being of these children and their families during the lockdown. “Gavin Williamson must convene an Emergency Vulnerable Children Taskforce, including headteachers, police, NHS and social services to ensure best practice is being spread, we have absolute assurance that in these trying circumstances safeguarding our most vulnerable children is a top priority.”
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Spike in Childline demand requires Govt intervention

Parliamentary news
Responding to the news that the NSPCC’s Childline has experienced “unprecedented demand” for mental and emotional health support services, Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Layla Moran MP said: “The decision to close schools and cancel exams was the right one, but it has left thousands of children feeling worried or stressed about their future.  “Whilst the Government’s focus should be above all on saving lives, the Prime Minister must understand the impact of this crisis on the mental health and wellbeing of our country. He must come forward with clear measures to provide the support people need. “Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to pay whatever it costs to get all pupils and staff the resources they need to continue learning at home. For the sake of their wellbeing, and…
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