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Reporting Back: Council Finances

by timpickstone on 21 November, 2018

Last week was the meeting of Bury Council’s Cabinet, and earlier this week the meeting of the Council’s Audit Committee. Both meetings considered the mid-year financial report for the Council which raise some very concerning issues. Councillor Tim Pickstone was at the Cabinet, Councillor Steve Wright was at the Audit Committee: Both meetings heard that […]

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Early Bird reduced Metrolink Tickets

by timpickstone on 14 November, 2018

A pilot Metrolink offer launched on Monday. These ‘Early Bird’ products are aiming to reduce congestion by encouraging travel at times where there is less overcrowding. The reduced prices are available every weekday until Christmas Eve but only on the ‘Get Me There’ smartphone app and must be purchased before 7am. There are two options: […]

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Reporting Back: Greater Manchester Scrutiny Committee

by timpickstone on 7 November, 2018

Last week was the regular meeting of the Greater Manchester Corporate Issues and Reform Scrutiny Committee. Prestwich Councillor Tim Pickstone represents Bury on the Committee: This months meeting focussed on three issues: Kerslake Report Implementation Following the Manchester Arena attack, an Independent Review of the events and aftermath of the attack was conducted by five […]

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Remembrance Sunday 11 November 2018

by timpickstone on 6 November, 2018

This Sunday, 11 November 2018,  the parade for remembrance will  leave from the back of the Longfield Suite at 10.40 to arrive approximately at 10.50 at the Cenotaph (junction of Rectory Lane and St Mary’s Road). After the ceremony there will be a further brief ceremony where an oak tree will be planted in St […]

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Reporting Back: Answers to Questions

by timpickstone on 24 October, 2018

Just to report back on some of the questions that the Liberal Democrat team of Councillors on Bury Council asked at the last Full meeting. Please let us know if you have any comments or ideas for questions in the future. Greater Manchester Spatial Framework There had been significant concern in local councils across Greater […]

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Commenting on the Government announcement that it will consult on greater transparency on parental pay, Jo Swinson, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “I am delighted that the Government will be consulting on putting my parental pay transparency bill into law. “This is a simple regulatory change with great benefits for employers, employees and […]

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Decision made to reduce IVF provision for Bury patients

by timpickstone on 3 October, 2018

From October 2018, any new applications to seek funding for IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) services will be capped to one funded cycle for Bury patients. The decision to reduce provision in this area from the current offer of up to three funded cycles, to one, was made at the most recent meeting of the NHS […]

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Calls for International Treaty on Plastics

by timpickstone on 19 September, 2018

A legally binding international treaty on plastics is the call from the Liberal Democrats following a major debate at their Party Conference. The treaty would encompass phased reductions in the production, consumption and trade of virgin feedstock.

It would also include a financial mechanism providing aid and capacity-building assistance to developing countries. Liberal Democrat Group Leader in Bury, […]

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Beelines Cycle Network Prestwich Consultation

by timpickstone on 19 September, 2018

An informal consultation event is being held in Prestwich on the proposed ‘Beelines’ cycle network for Greater Manchester. This is on Thursday 27 September 2018, 7.00pm, at the Church Inn, Church Lane, Prestwich. All welcome! Beelines is a major plan to make Greater Manchester better for cycling with a network of routes across the area. […]

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Inheritance tax overhaul part of radical Lib Dem plans to tackle wealth inequality Liberal Democrats have today set out bold reforms designed to spread opportunity, power and wealth more fairly throughout society and to give everyone a stake in the UK’s economic success. The party expects these reforms to raise an additional £15 billion per […]

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