Conference deplores the fact that:
a) Britain is a place where people too often struggle to achieve a
decent quality of life for themselves and their families, where
work and effort are often not rewarded and a rigged system
allows wealthy people and companies to avoid paying their fair
b) Too much of people's success in life is determined by the
circumstances of their birth, rather than their hard work and
c) Public services such as the NHS and schools are starved of
resources to do a proper job.
d) People from diverse backgrounds often face unfair barriers to
e) Long-term challenges such as climate change or the impact of
automation on employment are neglected while the machinery
of government is consumed by Brexit.
Conference believes that the Conservative Party has created and
continues to promote these unfair divides while failing to lay the
foundations for a successful future.
Conference demands that people have the opportunities they need
to make the best of their lives, instead of being trapped by inequality,
poverty, debt, ill-health, a failing economy and the shambles of
Conference calls on Liberal Democrats everywhere to stand up to
power and privilege and enable everyone to build the future they
want and deserve.
Conference therefore endorses Policy Paper 134, Demand Better:
Liberal Democrat Priorities for a Better Britain, as a statement of Liberal
Democrat priorities for action.
Supporting the approach of the paper, conference in particular:
1. Demands a better society, in which everyone is supported in
times of need, with an end to austerity where everyone pays a
fair share of taxes on income and where wealth is taxed fairly;
where everyone has the chance to live in decent homes in safe
Tuesday 18 September