The South Cambs Lib Dem team would like to wish you a very enjoyable Christmas and a happy New Year.
Thank you for following our efforts to make South Cambs a better place to live.
If you have any issues that you would like us to work on in 2018, please do get in touch.
Christmas Bin Collections
As usual over Christmas, the South Cambs bin collections get out of sync.
For the next two weeks, from 25 December to 5 January, bin collections will be 2 days late (apart from the 29 December collection which will be three days late). Then, in the week of Monday 8 January, collections will be one day late. And from 15 January, everything will be back to normal.
You can find the exact details for your area by typing in your postcode here:
This is a very busy time for the refuse collection crews, and a time when we particularly appreciate their efforts.
Homelessness on the rise again
It may not be very visible in a rural area like South Cambridgeshire but homelessness is rising sharply once again. The number of people living on the streets in Cambridge, London and other cities has more than doubled over the past few years.
One of the things making the situation worse this year is way Universal Credit is being introduced: people with virtually no money are being forced to wait 5 or 6 weeks for their first payment to arrive, resulting in a huge rise in the number of people falling behind with their rent.
Here in South Cambridgeshire, we will continue to push for more housing that is affordable to buy and rent, without which we cannot hope to deal with the problem.
More elderly people kept in hospital over Christmas
New figures from Age UK show that the number of vulnerable people kept in hospital over Christmas has doubled over recent years. The problem has got worse as the social care system has struggled and there have been more delays in patients being moved out of hospital.
Lib Dem councillors are pushing for more resources to be put into the adult care system here in Cambridgeshire which has faced several years of very sharp cutbacks.
Government announces cut of £13 million for Cambridgeshire
The County Council is to receive £13 million less in government grant in 2018/19 than it has this year. This will inevitably result in significant cuts to public services including transport and care for children and young people. Conservative ministers announced the cuts a few days ago.
More details will emerge next month of how these cuts will be implemented in Cambridgeshire. The Lib Dems on Cambridgeshire County Council will continue to defend important local services.
Local Plan update due on 5 January
The ongoing saga of the country's slowest ever Local Plan looks to be taking a step forward early in the New Year when a consultation is launched on amendments to the plan proposed by the government inspector.
The length of time the plan has taken to get approved has enabled speculative developers to build thousands of houses in places not really suitable for development, so the sooner the plan can be finalised the better.
We will update you on the proposed changes in our next newsletter.
How to improve your village
Next May will see elections to South Cambs District Council in every ward. And there'll be parish council elections in many villages. If you want to do things to improve your village then standing for the district or parish councils is a great way to achieve that. If you're interested, get in touch and we'll tell you more.