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Lib Dems Commit to End Rough Sleeping

by Steve Middleton on 3 May, 2017

The Liberal Democrats have become the first major party to commit to ending the “national scandal” of rough sleeping across Britain, including across Greater Manchester. The latest figures show there were 189 people sleeping rough in Greater Manchester in 2016, many are young people and many believe these figures to be only the tip of […]

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“It’s time to scrap GMSF” says Mayoral Candidate

by Steve Middleton on 11 March, 2017

JANE BROPHY, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester, is calling for the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework (GMSF) to be scrapped. The GMSF process will only go ahead if all ten councils in Greater Manchester and the newly elected mayor vote in favour of it. If any one of the eleven deciding vote […]

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Council Starts process for Bury Development Plan

by Steve Middleton on 11 March, 2017

Bury Council has issued a Notice of Intention to begin the development (for the third time) of a development plan for Bury – this would replace the existing saved policies of the Bury Unitary Development Plan. A Local Plan is a plan that is drawn up to guide and manage future growth and development (such […]

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Increase in long term Empty Properties

by Steve Middleton on 15 December, 2016

Questions by Bury’s team of Liberal Democrat councillors have revealed an increase the number of long term empty properties across the Bury area. Although the total number of empty properties in the borough has been decreasing slightly over the last four years and stands at around 2500, the number of long term empty properties ( […]

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A new planning application has been submitted for consultation by Rochdale Council, as it directly affects Unsworth residents and businesses. Details below: Application Number: 16/01399/HYBR Registration Date: 22/11/2016 Location: Land bounded by Manchester Road, Hareshill Road and Pilsworth Road; West of Junction 19 of the M62, Rochdale Proposal:  Article 18 consultation from Rochdale Council (ref.16/01399/HYBR) […]

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Greater Manchester Councils ‘Call for Sites’ – update

by Steve Middleton on 30 August, 2016

In March of this year, I blogged here about the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework strategy, in particular, that the combined authorities of Greater Manchester had put out a ‘Call for Sites’. The spatial strategy will be a joint plan that identifies land to provide the new houses, jobs, infrastructure for the future – an estimated […]

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Lib Dems secure Victory for Vulnerable Tenants

by Steve Middleton on 28 April, 2016

The Government has agreed a Liberal Democrat amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill, which protects vulnerable tenants from being wrongly evicted.Under the Housing & Planning Bill, landlords get faster access to a property if they believe the tenant has abandoned it. The successful amendment requires a landlord to get in touch with a third […]

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Tories end housing benefit for under-21s

by Steve Middleton on 11 July, 2015

The new ‘Right to Buy’ is already asset-stripping housing association houses without properly providing replacements, entrenching inequality in the housing market even further. The new policy of preventing under-21s from claiming housing benefit is now going to put a home out of reach of thousands of young men and women at a critical time in […]

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You’re on your own

by Steve Middleton on 11 July, 2015

Anyone interested in the details of the summer budget can find some useful briefings and information here: BBC Local Government Association Liberal Democrats As a Liberal Democrat, this is obviously a difficult day. Our party spent five years preventing the Conservatives from implementing policies that we felt were unfair, as well as introducing distinctive Lib […]

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Five months to get a deposit back

by Steve Middleton on 6 April, 2015

In December I posted here about a battle to get my deposit returned for the house I rented in Whitefield. Blogging has been light, so I thought I should post an update. I eventually received my deposit back in February 2015 (I moved out in October 2014) a full 5 months after my tenancy ended. […]

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