North Somerset Lib Dems welcome the decision by Portishead Town Council to become a Real Living Wage Employer, made in their Full Council Meeting on January 20th 2021. The decision, which was seconded by Cllr Sue Mason and supported by Lib Dem Cllr Steve Temple, proposed the town council becomes a Living Wage employer from 1 April 2021 and from that date will pay the higher rate for the relevant staff grade, the Real Living Wage.
The Living Wage Foundation has set a voluntary higher “Real Living Wage” at £9.50 outside of London. You can become a “Living Wage Employer” by adopting this. This proposal follows the decision of Weston-super-Mare to become a Real Living Wage employer in August 2020.
Sign our petition calling on North Somerset Council (NSC) to dredge the lake at the Lake Grounds to make it safer and cleaner for us all.
Many of us are alarmed to see the amount of mud in the lake during Portishead’s hot summers, shown in the picture below. The ducks and swans in the lake seemed even more concerned at their disappearing habitat.
Despite ongoing requests from Lib Dem Cllr Sue Mason that the lake be cleaned, NSC do not want to spend the money and so are saying that all we can do is wait for enough rain to fill the lake.
We see it as unacceptable that there is often more mud than water in the lake and demand that it is dredged, for the benefit of the people and the wildlife of Portishead. If you agree then make sure to sign our petition.
The previous Conservative Administration wouldn't do it while they were in charge, hopefully, this new administration will.
The Government has decided that schools will not be required to provide free school meals during February half term. The North Somerset Lib Dems agree with the NEU that "these are battles which should not have to be repeatedly fought" and that the government's plans represent a logistical nightmare. It should not be this difficult to do the right thing.
Families across North Somerset are being encouraged to continue accessing free school meals during the latest lockdown restrictions following reports from other parts of the country that inadequate meals have been provided.