The Liberal Democrats are working to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life. That's why in Government we have created 1 million jobs, helped 1.8 million apprentices, and given 24 million people a £700 tax cut, which is increasing to £825 in 2015.
National Minimum Wage Increase Welcomed by Cahal Burke (Parliamentary Candidate for Colne Valley).
The Coalition Government has agreed to increases in the National Minimum Wage which are substantially above inflation and are the biggest rises since 2008.
- The adult rate has risen 20p to £6.70 an hour.
- The young persons rate has risen 17p to £5.30 an hour.
- The apprentice rate has risen 57p to £3.30 an hour.
The rises have been welcomed by Cahal Burke, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Colne Valley who said, "The National Minimum Wage is on course to go over £8 during the next Parliament. The latest rise show that more people are enjoying the benefits of the economic recovery.
"I am especially pleased that the amount apprentices receive is to rise by 57p to £3.30. In Government, Liberal Democrats have doubled to 2 million the number of young people who have taken on an apprenticeship. By raising the pay they get, we are making apprenticeships even more attractive.
"As the economy recovers from the chaos and mess left by Labour, we will need more trained people in the economy.
Increasing the number of apprenticeships will help us address skill shortages.
"If we are in Government in the next Parliament, Liberal Democrats will double yet again the number of apprenticeships to 4 million."
Organisers of Lindley 10k 2015 have announced that Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group (HDSSG) will be the charity running event's principle beneficiary in its third year.
Whilst runners are completely free to select their own charity, the event organisers will be encouraging people to raise money for the Huddersfield based support group both at the 10K and at Lindley Carnival which takes place the day before.
HDSSG was founded over 20 years ago and arranges social, sporting and educational events and activities for children with Down Syndrome and their families. It is run on a voluntary basis by parents of children with Down syndrome. The Group currently has over 50 members and is continually trying to expand the range of activities, experiences and support it can provide.
Previous beneficiaries of Lindley 10K include the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice and Whizz-kidz.
Leanne Davies from said:
"We are delighted that Lindley Community Group has selected HDSSG to be the beneficiary of the upcoming events. We are currently fundraising to continue our programme of activities which include monthly speech therapy and hydrotherapy sessions. We are also hoping to launch a new publication to help siblings of children with Down Syndrome which will be included in our 'new family' packs in 2015. We are very grateful for the opportunity to raise the profile of our group and to hopefully break some common misconceptions surrounding people with Down Syndrome. With the right support, our children are achieving more than ever before and coupled with the continuing commitment of HDSSG members and families we are ensuring our children are fully included in our wonderfully diverse society!"
Lindley 10K was founded by Lindley Community Group in 2013 and continues to be organised by the Community Group Volunteers working in partnership with local schools, other community groups, local running clubs and Kirklees Integrated Youth Support.
This year the event will take place on June 28th, the day after Lindley's annual summer Carnival. On the day there will be two runs. At 9am there will be a fun run for children between 4 and 15 years of age. Then at 9.30am the 10k will begin.
Full details of the running route and how people can get involved as a runner or helper will be made available on the 10K website http://www.lindley10k.org.uk/ People can also contact Cllr Cahal Burke, Chair of Lindley Community Group.
Cllr Cahal Burke - one of the founding members of Lindley Community Group - said:
"We are delighted to announce Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group as the main beneficiary of Lindley 10K in 2015. It's a fantastic group run entirely by parent volunteers and they are hugely deserving of our support. Hopefully we raise a lot of money for them on the day.
Despite entering our third year, Lindley 10K still relies on the hard work and commitment of many volunteers and the backing of local businesses. Without them it simply would not happen and I ask that anyone interested in getting involved has a look at the website or gets in touch with me to find out more.
It really is a wonderful event that engages the whole community in something positive whilst promoting sports and healthy living and I encourage as many people, groups and businesses to get involved and help us to make this year's 10K an even bigger success."
Liberal Democrat Councillors are questioning the £8m sum Kirklees Cabinet says it would need to spend to bring Tolson Museum back up to a standard befitting its listed status.
Through discussions with Council Officers, Cllr Phil Scott has learnt that the £8m figure he was first told about in October 2013 is now out-of-date due to pieces of work on the building having been completed since the last survey was conducted in 2007.
Lib Dem Councillor Cahal Burke is taking his fundraising for Yorkshire Cancer Research transatlantic this year when he runs the New York City Marathon.
The 26.2 mile course which winds its way block-by-block through one of the world's most diverse cities will take place on Sunday 2 November 2014.
Cllr Burke has only been running for the last few years having taken up the activity after becoming injured playing football. He has since run several half and full marathons to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Cllr Burke is also one of the founding members of Lindley 10K, a Lindley based annual charity fundraising event which ran for the second time in July this year.
Cllr Burke said:
"I'm very excited about running in one the world's biggest charity running events. It's certainly going to be an incredible experience and I'm going to pick up some ideas we might be able to adapt for the 10K next year. I've funded for the whole trip and race fee myself. Any money I raise will be going to help Yorkshire Cancer Research in the very valuable work it does. Like many people, I have family members and friends who have suffered with this terrible illness and it's very important to me to continue to support the search for a cure. People can sponsor me online atwww.justgiving.com/Burke1 "
Yorkshire Cancer Research is a charitable body that helps people living Yorkshire beat Cancer by supporting world-class research, diagnosis and treatment in our region. Find out more here: http://yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk/
I was delighted and privileged to be asked to officially open the 2014 Reinwood Summer Fair.
The Summer Fair in Oakes is another example of a fantastic community event in our area and shows a commitment by local schools to be at the heart of the community and build on the excellent community spirit that exists.
Well done to the schools, staff, parents and local residents who made it possible on such a wonderful day.