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  • Article: Oct 24, 2014

    EU leaders have made a historic decision to tackle climate change by agreeing on a new climate and energy deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.

    The deal includes also includes plans to boost the use of renewable energy to 27% in the total energy mix and increase energy efficiency to at least 27%.

  • Article: Oct 24, 2014

    GDP figures released today by the Office for National Statistics provide further evidence that our economic plan is working.

    The latest statistics show that in the three months to September the UK economy grew by 0.7%.

    Commenting, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said:

    "Our recovery is now well established and creating jobs in record numbers.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Today Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England, published his 5-year Forward Look setting out the challenges facing our health and care system in the coming years.

    It makes sobering reading. Simon Stevens sets out the huge scale of the financial challenge facing us in the years ahead as we continue to adapt to an ageing population, and increasing numbers of people living longer with multiple chronic conditions. We also need more investment to ensure that people with mental health problems can get the same standard of care and support as with physical health.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone has called for the international community to do more to stop people with disabilities being left behind.

    Speaking at the Disability Date Conference in London, Lynne said better global disability data is needed in order to improve support for those affected in developing countries.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers across the country are set for a £50m cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.

    Children from low income families have often fallen behind more well off classmates before they even start school.

    But from April 2015, the Early Years Pupil Premium - which has been backed by groups like Barnados, 4Children and the Child Poverty Action Group - will mean extra money to make sure every child gets a fair start.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Following the publication of a report by NHS England which outlines CEO Simon Steven's five-year forward view on the health service, Liberal Democrat Care Minister Norman Lamb said:

    "Liberal Democrats want to create opportunity for everyone by building a stronger economy and a fairer society. That means properly funding our NHS for the future, and providing better care, both for physical and mental health.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is launching a TechNorth, a new scheme to co-ordinate the existing digital technology expertise of Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle.

    The government will be investing in an organisation that will promote TechNorth internationally to encourage global businesses to invest in the North.