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An open letter to Nick Clegg regarding inequality, social mobility and fairness

Dear Nick, In delivering the Hugo Young memorial lecture, you raised the challenges that progressives face in times of fiscal constraint. We share your view that these are timely and important issues to discuss. We also found much in your

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David Hall-Matthews writes in ‘Renewal‘ – Coalition politics, a view from the Liberal Democrats

The Autumn 2010 edition of Renewal – a journal of social democracy – sees the Chair of the Social Liberal Forum David Hall-Matthews writing about the formation of the Coalition government from a Lib Dem perspective. The Liberal Democrats have

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Tim Farron responds to SLF questions on the Party Presidency

Both candidates for the Presidency of the Liberal Democrats have been hard at work in recent weeks, touring media outlets, local parties and online blogs (such as Liberal Democrat Voice, Liberal Vision as well as some excellent individual bloggers) putting

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Reforms to housing benefit and social housing

The Social Liberal Forum welcomes the Coalition Government’s commitment to building 150,000 affordable homes over the course of this parliament, which goes some way to benefiting some of the 4 million people on social housing waiting lists. However the SLF

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Reforms to the postal service

The Social Liberal Forum supports the Coalition Government’s commitment to maintain and develop the network of post offices. In particular, it warmly welcomes the announcement from the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, that he will be doubling the subsidy to the

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Social Liberal Forum responds to government’s Comprehensive Spending Review

Having examined the announcements in the Comprehensive Spending Review, the Social Liberal Forum has released the following statement: “The Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review contains a range of measures to reduce public spending, some of which the Social Liberal Forum welcomes.

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Concerned about Lord Browne’s reforms to Higher Education tuition fees? Write to your MP

The Social Liberal Forum has expressed its concerns regarding Lord Browne’s review of Higher Education funding, and called for a fairer system to be implemented. In responding to the Browne review, both Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP and Business

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Social Liberal Forum asks candidates for the Liberal Democrat Party Presidency to share their views

Following Baroness Ros Scott’s decision not to seek a second term as Party President, the race is on to become the Liberal Democrats’ first new President under the Coalition government – a role that is increasingly significant given the Party’s

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SLF Statement on Lord Browne’s review of Higher Education funding

“In his report on the financing of Higher Education (HE), Lord Browne has made several recommendations that, if implemented by the government, would put at risk the key principles in Higher Education – widening participation, fair access and financial equity

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Social Liberal Forum responds to proposed Child Benefit reforms – Position Statement and Guardian letter

Following Chancellor George Osborne MP’s announcements regarding child benefit, the Social Liberal Forum has released the following Position Statement: “The Chancellor’s announcement of the end to the universal payment of child benefit will have both welcome and regrettable consequences. The

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