Well done to Diane and Ian Clifton who once again have organised an incredible Lincoln Close Christmas lights switch on.
Each year the illuminations raise a significant amount of money for charity, last year a total of £3,264 was raised. The illuminations have become famous with people travelling from far and wide to see them.
I was pleased to be asked to turn the lights on with Dr. Alison Birtle on Sunday evening.
I would encourage you to have a look at the illuminations, they really are excellent.
Last week I tabled a Parliamentary motion to encourage Lancaster City Council to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant, the motion reads: “That this House notes that the Government has introduced the armed forces covenant; further notes that the armed forces covenant sets out the relationship between the nation, the state and the armed forces; further notes that councils around the UK have signed up to the armed forces covenant; further notes that Lancaster City Council has not signed up to the covenant; urges Lancaster City Council to sign up to show its support, to redress the disadvantages that the armed forces community faces in comparison to other citizens and to recognise the sacrifices that they have made; and further notes that among its benefits the covenant entitles service personnel to council tax relief, keeps the armed forces compensation scheme free from means testing and doubles the welfare grant.”
The covenant is worthy of the City Council’s support because benefits include twice doubling Council Tax Relief which now stands at nearly £600 per service person for a six-month deployment, keeping the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme payments free from being means-tested for social care purposes and the Government has launched the Community Covenant, which is supported by a £30 million Community Covenant Grant Scheme.