Fears over library closures as Conservatives plan £1.76m in funding cuts

paula_alresford_library.JPGSwingeing cuts to local library budgets will lead to reduced opening hours and/or library closures, plus staff cuts, if plans by Hampshire County Council move forward. According to HCC’s Library Strategy to 2025, Hampshire Library Service needs to make a target saving £1.76m per year - 16% of its annual budget.

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Tories bleed £1.2m from Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

The Liberal Democrats have described the Tories as “heartless” for starving the NHS of vital cash after revealing Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust paid £1,204,587 in interest on outstanding debt over the last five years. Over five years, the sum - paid by the Trust to the Department for Health and Social Care - could have paid for eight nurses’ salaries, five clinical psychologists or two consultants.

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Conservative “stealth austerity” cuts endangering care for elderly

Paula Ferguson, speaking with two paramedics in front of an ambulance.

 

Winchester’s elderly population is being put at risk, warns Liberal Democrat candidate Paula Ferguson as Conservatives propose 43.1m cuts in adult social care and public health, including a 13% reduction in falls prevention.
 
The proposals have been made by the Conservative County Councillors as part of their detailed Transformation to 2021 plans to slash the cost of Adult Social Care and Public Health provision in Hampshire. 

 

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Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate, Paula Ferguson says we must Demand Better.

A hall in Chandler's Ford, with people sitting in rows.

 

Political newcomer Paula Ferguson made a big impact in Chandler’s Ford this week

At a busy public meeting at The Hilt Community Centre in Chandler’s Ford, People came from across the community to hear Paula Ferguson’s views on local issues and taking on today’s turbulent politics.

“I’m not a career politician,” explained Paula. “However, I simply couldn’t stand idly by when I see the mess that the country is in. I’ve always believed that if you’re not happy with the way things are, then you have to step up and do something about it."

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Rail Passengers Deserve Better than this!: Winchester Lib Dem prospective MP calls on the Government to fund the railways properly, to improve services and freeze fares.

Paula Ferguson, talking to a commuter outside Winchester Rail Station

 

Responding to the reports that rail fares are set to rise by 2.8% in January, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Winchester & Chandler’s Ford, Paula Ferguson is calling on the Government to fund the railways properly, improve the level of service and freeze fares.

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More funding needed for Social Prescribing

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Winchester & Chandler’s Ford, Paula Ferguson, calls upon the Government to provide additional funding for Social Prescribing that’s designed to enhance both health and wellbeing.

Paula believes that while social prescribing is to be welcomed because it allows GPs to prescribe other services outside the NHS that can provide practical and emotional support, the scheme will only work if the Government funds it properly.

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'More work needed!': Lib Dem prospective MP calls on Highways England to do more work on environmental impact of proposed M3 Junction 9 improvements

Paula Ferguson and Jackie Porter standing on an M3 motorway bridge

Ahead of the next consultation event on August 3rd, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Winchester & Chandler’s Ford, Paula Ferguson, has called on Highways England to properly assess the long-term environmental and air quality impact of the proposed M3 Junction 9 improvements.  The proposal to rebuild Junction 9 on the M3 is primarily designed to remove congestion at the junction and while the current MP has welcomed the plans, environmental groups are calling for the project to be scrapped.
Paula believes that the short-term reduction in traffic congestion and improvements for cyclists, must be balanced against the short and long-term environmental impact. 

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Paula Ferguson chosen as Winchester & Chandler's Ford's prospective Liberal Democrat MP

The Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that local resident Paula Ferguson has been selected as the prospective Liberal Democrat MP for the Winchester & Chandler’s Ford Constituency.

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Winchester District Lib Dems win highest EU vote share in South East - as Lib Dems win 3 South East MEPs

Thanks to your amazing support, the Liberal Democrats topped the poll in the Winchester District on May 23 achieving the highest Lib Dem vote share in the South East with 40.4% of votes cast.

Winchester Liberal Democrats launching campaign to Stop Brexit

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Huge Win at Local Elections

Yesterday was the culmination of a hugely busy campaign for this year's local elections. Throughout the year we’ve been out talking to local residents on the doorsteps, through our surgeries and area surveys on particular issues. We’ve listened to your concerns and taken action wherever we can. While we can point to many successes we could do so much more if we had a Liberal Democrat controlled City Council, which is why we were delighted to win 11 out of the 16 seats up for election.  This puts us firmly in control, with 27 seats!

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