Sad death of Sutton Council’s Deputy Leader

It is with great sadness that Sutton Liberal Democrats announce the death of the Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, Cllr Colin Hall, after a short illness.  He was just 54.  

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Belmont site purchased for new Sutton secondary school

Liberal Democrat-run Sutton Council has bought a former hospital site in Belmont for a new secondary school to meet the borough's expanding rolls.  

The council had been looking for a site for a new school to open by 2017 and has been negotiating with the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Trust.

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Lib Dems Celebrate Friendship With Tamil Community

Senior Liberal Democrats, Tom Brake, Paul Burstow and Simon Hughes, took time off the campaign trail on Saturday evening to celebrate the launch of the Tamil Friends of the Liberal Democrats at the recently opened Grand Hall in Sutton.

The friendship initiative, which was launched in Sutton with over a hundred members of the Tamil community, will help to strengthen the relationship between the Liberal Democrats and the Tamil community in the UK, as well as helping to promote liberal values in the Tamil community and raising the profile of the Tamil community’s interests and concerns among Liberal Democrats.

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Paul Burstow MP’s Bill to penalise tobacco companies

Paul Burstow, Liberal Democrat MP for Sutton and Cheam, has introduced a Bill in Parliament to make tobacco companies contribute more to putting right the damage caused by smoking. 

Last year, over 100,000 people in the U.K. died from diseases caused by their smoking addiction. At the same time the two largest tobacco firms in the UK jointly made a staggering one billion pounds profit. 

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Unemployment figures continue to fall in Carshalton and Wallington

Tom Brake MP has welcomed this week’s news that Jobseeker’s Allowance figures for Carshalton and Wallington have fallen to just 1.9%.

This represents a rate of 1.9% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64 in Carshalton and Wallington, the 431st highest of the 650 UK constituencies. With 1st equalling the highest rate of unemployment and 650th representing the lowest rate of unemployment, this week’s figures show Carshalton and Wallington close to the bottom third in unemployment in the UK.

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Good news tinged with sadness

Residents living at Crownbourne Court in central Sutton are celebrating the news that the Sutton Housing Partnership (SHP) has agreed to install new windows before next winter.  However, the celebrations were tinged with sadness after the recent death of resident Grace Henderson, who had contacted local MP, Paul Burstow, about the state of the windows.

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Workers in Sutton set to benefit from record minimum wage increase

Two-thousand eight-hundred people in Sutton will see a boost to their pay packet from October this year, thanks to Liberal Democrats in government.

The National Minimum Wage is set to rise by 3 per cent, which means workers will get a new rate of £6.70 an hour.  It is the largest real-terms increase in the National Minimum Wage since 2008, and over 1.4 million UK workers are set to benefit.

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Tom takes time for questions from sixth form students

With the General Election less than two months away, Tom Brake MP attended a Question Time-style debate held by St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls for the prospective parliamentary candidates for Carshalton and Wallington.

The event handed students the opportunity to hear their Lib Dem MP and other candidates discuss the most important issues facing both the constituency and the wider UK.

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Cygnet launch leads the way for new social enterprises in Sutton

Sutton’s successful local business community has been joined by the very first social enterprise company to be created by former borough council staff.

Cygnet IT Services is Sutton’s first Community Interest Company (CIC) and has been started by the borough’s former education IT team.

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Official praise for Sutton's children’s services for work with vulnerable children

Sutton's Liberal Democrat Council has been singled out for praise in a new government report for its work to protect vulnerable children.

A national Ofsted report reviewing leadership in England’s children’s services, highlighted the efforts of the council’s senior children’s social work team and the way they work with children in care.

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