Reform of Planning
A policy motion confirmed the Lib Dems support for the measures outlined in the policy paper from 2012, Decent Homes For All. In particular, the motion focused on the goal of delivering 300,000 new homes per year to meet projected needs, and resolved to further reform the planning system to make this sustainable.
Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat DCLG Parliamentary Policy Committee Annette Brooke MP said:
"I am delighted that the Liberal Democrat Conference has endorsed the proposals put forward to reform the planning system."Food Poverty
"The policies we are supporting strengthen local decision making by rebalancing the relationship between communities, local government, the Planning Inspectorate and the Secretary of State. Local authorities should provide clear and transparent details of how they have calculated housing needs and local people must be fully involved in making choices as to how those needs will be met."
The Lib Dems passed a policy motion calling for additional funding for food banks to help provide to those in need. The key proposals include:
- Publishing the results of research into food banks commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
- Commissioning an independent review into the relationship between benefit delay, error or sanctions and the growth of food poverty.
- Ring-fence money made available for the local welfare provision grant to provide short-term support for people in financial difficulties, such as benefit delays.
A policy motion, Making Migration Work for Britain, was passed by the Lib Dems. It replaces the previous policy on migration and includes the following key principles:
- Security and firm control – to take back control of Britain’s borders, Lib Dems would as an urgent priority, ensure entry and exit checks are fully implemented.
- Growth and prosperity – ensure a strong economy by encouraging students, business visitors and tourists who help growth, to come to the UK.
- Compassion and fairness – ensure a fairer, more united Britain by improving migrants’ language skills, easing pressures on public services due to migration, and ensuring asylum seekers and the families of migrants are treated with compassion.