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New policy working groups looking for members

May 19, 2018 10:00 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

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We're looking for members for two new policy working groups: one on health and social care and one on climate change.

Do you have expert knowledge of the healthcare system? Of social care? Or climate change and energy policy?

If so there is an opportunity to help set the direction of party policy on these issues by joining a policy working groups. The party's Federal Policy Committee is launching two new working groups: a Health and Social Care working group and a Climate Change and the Low Carbon Environment working group.

As a member of a working group, you would attend regular evening meetings (either in person or remotely) over a period of 12-18 months, input your ideas for policy, and play a role in drafting the final policy paper. The positions are voluntary and you must be a member of the party.

Both working groups will take evidence in the second half of 2018. The Health group will produce a consultation paper and run a consultation session at Spring Conference 2019; the climate change group will run its consultation session at Autumn Conference 2018. After the consultation sessions, the groups will prepare their final drafts over March-June 2019, and these will be presented to FPC for amendments and approval. Subject to this approval, the final papers will be published in July 2019, and debated at the Autumn 2019 conference.

The Climate Change group will flesh out the party's commitment to a zero-carbon Britain by 2050. The group will need to show in detail how we believe this target can be met and outline the policy instruments (currently often set by EU legislation) which will need to be deployed for energy, transport, housing, industry and agriculture and land use.

The Health and Social Care group will look at what we can do to help the UK's health and social care services meet the challenges that they face. As part of this group you will tackle some big questions: How do we help people stay healthier for longer? How can we ensure health and social care are integrated and accountable? How can we make access to health and social care more equal? How do we achieve our goal of parity between physical and mental health care? How do we secure long-term sustainability of the NHS and care services?

Both groups promise to be interesting. We are looking for who have one or more of the following:

  • Interest or experience of relevant policy areas
  • Experience in campaigns, media or communications
  • Experience of using policy as a campaigning tool

If this is you and you want to help us make policy, apply using the links below.

Apply for climate change group

Apply for health and social care group

The deadline is 13.00 on 1 June 2018.