Government borrowing shows scale of pandemic challenge

Government borrowing shows scale of pandemic challenge

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Responding to this morning's economic stats, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Treasury Christine Jardine MP said: “The scale of the Government borrowing illustrates clearly just how huge an economic challenge people and businesses have faced in this pandemic. "Ministers must remember that behind these figures are millions of families, individuals and businesses who need support to get by in this and by refusing to extend furlough and the business rates holiday the Government putting all of them, our recovery and public finances at risk. "This Government has serious questions to answer about its economic strategy - if indeed it has a long term plan - and should immediately publish its analysis of what the impact of a wave of insolvencies and job losses would be on our debt and deficit."
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Global health cuts sowing seeds of next pandemic

Global health cuts sowing seeds of next pandemic

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Responding to the closure of FCDO funded UK Partnerships for Health Systems programme, due to aid cuts, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson Layla Moran MP said: “I’m appalled that the Government has cancelled the UK Partnerships for Health Systems programme. I cannot believe that during a global pandemic the Conservatives are taking money away from the very programmes that are designed to build resilient health systems in developing countries. “This is both unforgivable and incredibly short-sighted. The Government are sowing the seeds of the next pandemic with these cuts. Nobody is safe until everyone is safe. Britain is seemingly not only abandoning the world’s poorest but also any hope of ending this pandemic worldwide. “The Liberal Democrats will stand up against these cuts and for the 0.7%…
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Give carers a break

Give carers a break

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Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey will today launch the party’s campaign to “give carers a break”, calling on the Government to give councils immediate emergency funding so they can provide the support services unpaid carers need to take a weekly break. In a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, Ed Davey highlights research from Carers UK showing that: 64% of carers have not been able to take any breaks from their caring role during the pandemic,74% feel exhausted and worn out as a result of caring during Covid, and44% say they are reaching breaking point. The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Chancellor to provide local authorities with emergency funding in his Budget on 3rd March at the latest. Ahead of the campaign launch, Leader of the…
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UK must not abandon world stage during a global pandemic

UK must not abandon world stage during a global pandemic

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Responding to reports that the Government has drawn up plans to cut the foreign aid budget from 0.7% to 0.5% of national income, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Layla Moran said: “UK foreign aid has made the difference between life and death for countless vulnerable people in need around the world. “Despite promises to the contrary, the Tories are showing their true colours by planning to break the UK's commitment to international development and slashing the budget by £4billion. "The UK must not walk away from the world stage during a global pandemic. None of us are free from this virus until we all are. This is the time for global leadership. “Now more than ever we need oversight and scrutiny by retaining the Independent Commission for Aid Impact, establishing…
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Lack of economic planning for a pandemic highlights govt failures

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Responding to a Public Accounts Committee report published today that finds an “astonishing” failure on the part of the Government to prepare for the economic impact of a pandemic, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said: “Everyone agrees that COVID-19 is an unprecedented challenge, but the Government’s failure to ensure there was a contingency plan at the ready has left thousands of families with no help whatsoever, and thousands of businesses making redundancies or closing down. “Considering that pandemics are one of the key risks any Government plans for, if there had have been a proper plan in place implemented quickly, we could have saved thousands more livelihoods. “This makes an independent inquiry into this Government’s handling of the pandemic more urgent than ever. The Liberal Democrats were…
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