Federal Policy Committee seeks members for working groups

Over the summer the party’s Federal Policy Committee has been thinking hard about our programme of future policy development, with a firm eye on attracting voters to support us, and the FPC has now approved the creation of three policy working groups. One will look at affordable housing, sustainable communities and development. A second will focus on social care and disability and the third on early years education and childcare in England.

The FPC is seeking applications from members to join the groups. You should apply by 5 October.

The prime role of all three groups will be to develop policies which communicate our core values such as liberty, equality and community in a way which helps to get as many Liberal Democrats elected, locally and nationally, to help remove from power this failing Conservative government.

Our first group will develop proposals for homes and planning in England. Building on the motion agreed at Conference this last weekend, it will look at how we can deliver affordable and sustainable homes, promote sustainable communities and economic development and empower local people to have control over development. You can apply at https://digitallibdems.typeform.com/to/J4AiMwhI

A second group will look at how to fund and deliver social care in England, responding to the government’s recent proposals and the Health and Care Levy. It will also think about policies to help people with disabilities live the lives they want to lead. Since a large part of this question is about how to fund provision, it will be important to have people who have experience and skills to bring to the major financial questions here as well as of those with experience of social care. You can apply for this group at https://digitallibdems.typeform.com/to/j2PZjoaE

A third group will look at early years education and childcare in England, up to age 7. It will specifically look at how we can deliver on our childcare pledges from the 2019 Manifesto. It will also consider wider issues related to the early years of a child’s life from ages 0-7, including nursery and primary education, mental health, SEND children and parental leave. Applications for this group can be made at https://digitallibdems.typeform.com/to/DDl9puaz

As with all our groups our aim is for the major Liberal Democrat points of view to be represented to enable full discussion leading to proposals to FPC, which will review and consider them before submitting proposals to Conference.

If you think you have useful contributions to make to these discussions, please do apply to be part of these groups.

This is the first tranche of our next programme of work and a small number of other groups are likely to follow, especially a planned group to develop proposals for “A Fairer Society”.

* Jeremy Hargreaves is a vice chair of Federal Policy Committee and the Federal Board.

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  • Helen Dudden 25th Sep '21 - 8:10am

    I would like to join the social housing group. I have a meeting on zoom on the way forward with the Minister and others soon. The ITV programme highlighted the failures with Social Housing.

  • Can you give an indication of how much of a commitment joining a working group is?
    Presumably all running via online meetings (Zoom etc)?

  • Lorenzo Cherin 25th Sep '21 - 1:38pm

    Helen would be marvellous on the housing one. Anybody reading ought to consider her properly.

  • Helen Dudden 26th Sep '21 - 11:38am

    Lorenzo, I would also be very happy to just input, with some of the information gathered on the very complex situation a lot of tenants are facing.
    I found it a very sad situation, that no one listened who should have been listening.
    If you are interested in my ideas for the future, I’m more than willing to contribute.

  • Lorenzo Cherin 27th Sep '21 - 1:31am

    Thanks Helen, though I have no involvement in these groups, think you could add to them and would be keen to hear from you and your views. I am on facebook if you want to message me.

  • Jeremy Hargreaves 27th Sep '21 - 2:13pm

    Thanks for the comments and interest above. Helen I certainly hope you will apply. And others! Links in the original piece, as I’m sure you saw.

    @Tad Jones – good question. It will depend on a lot of things, but something like an average of 2 hours per week over the 9-10 months of the group’s life, might be a useful guide. But probably a bit lumpy – I’m sure there won’t be meetings every week but other things to do, and when there are, probably more time. Hope this helps. How groups hold their meetings will be really up to them. For what it’s worth my own guess would be probably meetings mainly online (possibly with some people in the same room) and perhaps 2 or 3 meetings in person. But this is only a guess and will depend a lot on what groups want to do (rather than me telling them what suits them best!).

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