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Two motions put forward for national conference

June 27, 2018 4:23 PM
Two groups of Lib Dems from Canterbury & Coastal have submitted motions to the national party and are waiting to hear if they will be accepted for debate at the conference in Brighton.
A motion, "Every Child Counts", proposes the "restoration of Child Benefit to the centre of our child support system" through a weekly £5 increase and a "pause in the nation-wide roll out of Universal Credit". Monica Eden-Green and Maggs Mackechnie proposed and seconded this motion.
The other proposal, "Help for non-speaking children", focuses on the "unprecedented incidence of serious communication issues among children" and particularly the growing numbers of children who are "unable to speak at age five". Proposed by Neasa MacErlean and seconded by Richard Benzie, it puts forward a range of measures to recognise speech delay early on, provide help and set in place a framework of prevention.
Conference runs from 15 to 18 September. Closing date for submissions is 27 June. The agenda is expected to be published in early August. Last year there were 21 policy motions debated during the conference.
Other groups of local Lib Dems are working on policy issues. The aim is to propose them for debate at the regional conference (to be held in Canterbury on 17 November) or at the national conference.