The Liberal Democrats unveiled their plan for a “better Norwich” on Saturday, promising to give communities more say, protect frontline services and freeze council tax by cutting waste at City Hall.

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Signed by Norwich South MP Simon Wright and leader of the Lib Dems at City Hall, James Wright, the plan would see post offices take over services being cut by the council.

Councillor James Wright said: “I have long been a champion of our post offices.

“They provide a vital service to our community.

“By letting post offices provide extra services they will help the community and provide extra income for sub-postmasters whilst still helping the council become more efficient.”

Mr Wright said: “In government, Liberal Democrats are cutting income tax for people on low and middle incomes, and locally we’re committed to freezing council tax.

“During difficult economic times we need to help support those who are struggling to meet their everyday bills and living costs.

“Putting pounds back into peoples’ pockets will help households in the city and the local economy.

“We also need to make sure that employers in Norwich are getting the support they need to grow with confidence and to take on more staff. Locally and nationally, these are our priorities.”

North Norfolk MP, Norman Lamb, described the plan as a “huge boost” for communities and small businesses.

17 comments

  • Harry the Lib Dems are blue thinkers now. You are mistaking them for the Lib Dems before the last election. The ones who thought cuts would destroy growth, thought VAT was regressive, and thought a cut to the 50p tax rate was the wrong priority at this time.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Until politicians grasp the nettle of necessary property reevaluation,incorporating the need for those in the more expensive properties to contribute more,I fear the ability of local councils to meet local need will continue to be constrained.A local land tax should also be considered so that there can also be a much greater proportion of available revenue can come from those landowners such as pension funds who currently reap the profits without any social contribution.

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    Peter Watson

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • so why are the coalition sxing the jobs at remploy in norwich and across the country. These jobs give disabled people a chance in life and to axe their jobs is disgraceful. The coalition are making an awful mess of trying to clear up thirteen years off labour goverment. To go out and canvas support for local elections when you have just axed these jobs is going to be very difficult if not impossible

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    milecross

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Doesn't matter what the Libdems say before an election. In the unlikely event that anyone still trusts them they would do the opposite once elected. Surely they can't believe that voters have such short memories?

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    Homes4locals

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • I no longer trust the LibDems on anything. They've broken just about every promise they ever made and are totally unfit to exist, let alone have any power.

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    DrJB

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Unfortunately however good individual Councillors are in dealing with their ward constituents problems with City Hall, unless they have outright control a lot of their aims are unachievable. Local democracy is long overdue an overhaul, but that is down to Westminster, unless local people demand change. Viva the Revolution!

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    bedoomed

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • blah blah comments. Labour messed up big time in Government period full stop.The Conservatives are I repeat are trying to pay back the credit card bill we got posted with.Give the people of Norwich a bit more grace.on this economic mess we do not want more borrowing pushing up interest rates or we will end up like the Greeks. Do you get it now .Thank you

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    PaulH

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • As a Norwich Citizen,I just hope for a City free of Fly Posters and Graffittii,noise pollution cut down to a minimum,street lights.bins emptied,with complete recycling,the streets kept clean litter louts taken to task,and the Police Laison Sopport Officers doing their job,and not strolling around for the most part not noticing blatant disregard for many low level offences taking place...this all before the grandiose agenda and promises made by politicians,never to keep

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    Albert Cooper

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • So the government (!) is making its pitch for council seats - oh please someone, give us a creditable alternative to the 3 main (?) boring parties! Watch council tax go up again!! Put it up for the wealthy, and it will automatically go up for the rest of us. Voted tory last time and got libdems - some deal. I hope our mp's are taking note.

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    biglingers

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • My faith in any of these politicians has long gone, I would rather vote for my pet rat, at least you know he isn't going to lie to you.

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    John L Norton

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • paul h borrow is up, unemployment is up , our credit rating is down and growth is down . stop deluding yourself into believing the country is back on track . the tory party and their lib dem allies are rapidly losing credibility

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    Double Bill

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • For goodness sake, wake up and do some serious thinking. If all of us voted Lib Dem we would see a total difference to our lifestyles and income. Blue and Red have not worked since 1945. Now it's time to think before you put your cross where it will count and make a change to your life and income. Be brave and stop being selfish, 'cus neither Red or Blue has given you what you really wanted, - fairness, justice and a decent way to enjoy your life.

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    Harry Brown

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • uh oh, norman lamb making another lib dem promise !

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    Double Bill

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • The Liberal Democrats unveiled their plan for a “better Norwich” yesterday, promising to give communities more say, protect frontline services and freeze council tax by cutting waste at city hall. Wow the Lib Dems certainly like a challenge

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    chebram71

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Why do people go into politics? could it be a genuine belief that they can change things for the better or is it the lure of the generous pension,salary,and an opportunity to get their hands on the levers of power? the public's belief in politicians these days is rock bottom because none of them actually deliver what most people want,and promise the earth to achieve their own ends. Voting papers should have a box where you tick "none of the above"! democracy has become an illusion and the whole sorry mess is no longer fit for purpose.

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Dollar Bill Who do you think the public gets to trust our ghastly debt with Mr& Mrs Balls.Glen Millaband or Red Ken discuss then give us a answer!

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    PaulH

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • The Lib Dems su[pported the budget and the cuts agenda. Lib Dems have also never been asked whether they wanted to join the Conservatives in Government, least to say that their new found pallyness was not reflected at local or at regional level decision making, now they have a chance to do so.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

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