Young people aged 17 or 18 are being urged to register to vote in time for the General Election on 8th June

New figures just released by the Electoral Reform Society show that the proportion of school leavers on the electoral roll dropped by over a quarter between 2013 and 2016 – with most of these missing voters now eligible to vote in this election. Shockingly, in one parliamentary constituency, 75% of young people are not on the voting register. This follows the change from registration by household, to each voter having to register individually.

Claire Young, Liberal Democrat candidate for the Thornbury and Yate parliamentary constituency, said:

"This election is about the type of country we want to live in, a chance to change Britain's future. Young people will be living with the results for many years to come. It's vital that they get a say in that future"

"Whatever your age, if you haven't already registered, you need to do so before 11:59 pm on 22 May if you want to be able to vote in the General Election on 8 June. You can do it online at - you may need to have your National Insurance number at hand to prove who you are."


Lib Dems announce £4m of funding for mental health services in South Gloucestershire

The Liberal Democrats have announced that £4m of the party's additional health funding in South Gloucestershire from putting a penny on income tax would be ring-fenced for mental health services.

This would help to deliver on 12 key priorities, including improving waiting time standards for mental health care on the NHS and providing support for pregnant women and young people suffering from mental health problems.

The Liberal Democrats will also set out to end the inappropriate use of force against people with mental ill health, end out of area placements for mental health patients and prioritise national action to reduce the number of suicides.

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Lib Dems will invest £26m to protect school funding in South Gloucestershire

The Liberal Democrats have announced they would invest £26m more in schools and colleges in South Gloucestershire over the next parliament.

The funding for South Gloucestershire would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements.

£1.3m of the funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children.

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Safety fears at new crossing

Councillors are taking action after local people raised fears that a new zebra crossing on Station Road, Yate is unsafe. The crossing is an important link to the Riverside development, but residents say visibility is poor.

Councillor Sue Walker (Liberal Democrat, Yate Central), said, "The main problem is that cyclists, pedestrians and pushchairs coming out of either the Riverside car park or Lyefield are not visible until the last minute. I raised this with South Glos highways officials and the shopping centre manager. He has agreed to put a barrier on their side of the road to stop people rushing straight out before drivers can see them."

"Unfortunately it's not possible to install one on the same side as the houses but we've arranged for the Town Council to cut back the undergrowth to give motorists a clearer view."

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Thornbury and Yate Councillor Claire Young said, "Residents also say that the crossing is poorly lit and difficult to see in mist and rain and at dusk. The trees will obscure the street lights when they come into leaf so need cutting back. This crossing is used by many people to get to the cinema, cafes and shops and it's vital motorists have a clear view."

Disabled access refused

Liberal Democrats in South Glos have pushed to improve disabled access at Hanham library.

The Environment & Community Services committee considered a proposal to spend local “section 106” money on making the fire escape accessible to disabled people. The decision fell after bureaucrats said there might not be enough space.

Lib Dem Cllr John Davis said: “The Labour group originally proposed action, without knowing if it was possible – and the bureaucrats said they couldn’t approve something blind. We then suggested that they spend some of the money on investigating what could be done.”

Lib Dem Lead Member for ECS Claire Young said, “It seems obvious that if we have money that has to be spent in Hanham library, making it possible for disabled library users to escape a fire  should be a priority.”

The proposal failed when all Tories, led by Hanham Counciller Heather Goddard, voted against it.