“Millions of extra pounds could be coming to Slough from developers. This could be the result of Slough Council voting to accept the motion I proposed at the Council meeting on 25 January 2024”, said Lib Dem Councillor Asim Naveed (Elliman Ward) - see right.

Cllr Asim Naveed continued: “As I explained at the meeting, Slough should investigate the possibility of introducing the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Many other councils have used this levy for years to bring in extra funding. This is a way of ensuring developers make a larger contribution to new schools, health and care facilities and other infrastructure in the communities where they operate. The Community Infrastructure Levy usually runs alongside the older scheme called Section 106 payments.”

Cllr Naveed added; “I was pleased that the Leader of the Council, Conservative Councillor Dexter Smith (Colnbrook Ward) seconded my motion, and it was supported by the entire Conservative group on Slough Council.”

The chair of Slough Lib Dems, Councillor Frank O’Kelly (Cippenham Village Ward), said: “In my speech supporting Cllr Naveed’s motion I drew on expert analysis by Matthew Taylor, my predecessor as chair of Slough Lib Dems. Matthew, an architect, has shown that some councils in Berkshire have raised up to 16 times more than Slough for their communities,  per head of population, by using the Community Infrastructure Levy, in conjunction with the Section 106 scheme.”

Cllr O’Kelly continued: “Slough has had a lot of major developments recently, and so as newly elected councillors, the Lib Dems are surprised to learn Slough’s previous Council failed to bring in more money than it did. But, of course, the important thing is to look forward, especially with all the development that’s likely to be happening.”    

Cllr O’Kelly added: “Now that our motion has been accepted by the Council, the officers can get on with the detailed work of investigating exactly how a Community Infrastructure Levy might work in Slough.

We shall continue to press for it to be introduced as rapidly as possible.  We are confident that, as has happened in many other places, it will bring great benefits to the town by funding the infrastructure and facilities needed to support Slough residents, now and in the future.”

Asim Naveed, Lib Dem councillor for Elliman ward

Incompetent Labour councillors & heartless Tories damage social care in Slough

4 Apr 2023
Lib Dem Frank O'Kelly & Mathew Taylor at Upton Hospital

"Tories slash in HALF funding to boost number of social care workers despite big shortage". Daily Mirror, 4 April 2023.

"Social care workforce funding halved for England, government confirms." BBC News website, 4 April 2023.

These are the shocking headlines describing the Conservative Government's decision to half the funding it had previously announced in 2021 to develop the social care workforce in England.

The overlapping health and social care services in Slough face a double-whammy. First, the years of under-funding of these vital services by Tory Governments from Theresa May to Liz Truss & Rishi Sunak. Second, the severe cuts in social care staff and services made by the Slough's Labour councillors who bankrupt the Council.

Problems in the social care system are not only bad for the residents concerned, but also cause problems for local hospitals. This is because if there are not enough social care staff and/or places in care homes to help patients who are fit enough to leave hospital, but still require some support, then sadly for all concerned they have to continue to occupy hospital beds. This reduces the number of hospital beds available for patients who need to be admited to hospital.

By contrast, Slough Liberal Democrats' Chair, Matthew Taylor, photographed with Frank O'Kelly, his fellow candidate for the two seats up for election in the new Cippenham Village Ward, said:

"Both nationally and locally the Lib Dems are committed to providing a better deal for our health and social care services."

A key message from the Slough Lib Dems' manifesto for the Slough Council elections on May 4th states:

"Every vote for a local Lib Dem candidate is a vote for better funding for the NHS. Lib Dem plans to tackle the social care crisis and give a better deal for carers (paid and voluntary) will greatly help the NHS".

Click on the links below for details of these local and national Lib Dem commitments to improve health and social care.

Click here for details of Slough Lib Dem's manifesto on health & social care: Help us Save the NHS & Social Care in Slough (Slough Liberal Democrats) (sloughlibdems.org.uk)

Click here for more details about Sir Ed Davey's Lib Dem plan to tackle staff shortages in social care (Slough Liberal Democrats) (sloughlibdems.org.uk)