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Paul Ray - 2015 Election

Paul Ray, Councillor for Chadsmead Ward

Paul Ray has lived in Lichfield for 17 years. He is married with three children.

Paul has spent all his adult life in the Midlands following graduation in 1986 from Aston University, and has worked as a solicitor since 1997 and has been a partner since 2005. He specialises in banking and finance law advising in the private and public sectors and as finance is key to any business or organisation, Paul's work gives him very relevant experience of the pressures affecting business and the public sector.

Paul is passionate about helping small and medium sized businesses and so is involved on a voluntary basis in supporting business in the Midlands. He is on the Access to Finance sub-group of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP and has jointly-led a project to create an Access to Finance website to assist small and medium sized businesses. This launched on 6 March 2015

A councillor on Lichfield City and District Councils for Chadsmead ward, he was elected with 44.7% and 40% of the vote respectively in February 2016.

As a very active and committed councillor Paul has a proven track record for taking time to deal with local residents' issues relating to planning, housing, public nuisance, traffic, road safety to name a few.

The key wider issues affecting Lichfield and Burntwood that Paul campaigns on are the need to ensure that we have much more affordable housing in our area and that the cuts to the council's funding are applied fairly and do not hit disproportionately those who really rely on the council's services.

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    Article: Jan 22, 2018
    By Keith LePla

    Lichfield, Tamworth & Burton Liberal Democrats

    Annual Quiz and Fish & Chip Supper.

    Please join us on Friday 2nd February at 7:00 p.m. for prompt 7:30 pm start

    at Holy Cross Community Parish Hall, Chapel Lane, Lichfield WS14 9DX

    Family and friends welcome.

    Tickets £11.00 per person including "mini fish & chip supper"

  • Article: Jan 22, 2018

    From Lichfield Live

    "Cllr Paul Ray, Liberal Democrat representative for the Chadsmead ward, said: "I have been contacted by local residents about this and have spoken to Matt Allman, the Headteacher at the Friary School. I support their key concerns.

    "The Friary is a 1,000 student school and these proposals seem to me to cause danger for the students at the start and end of the school day when students are arriving and leaving in very large numbers.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2018
  • Article: Jan 13, 2018

    Two recently elected concillors, both conservatives, have decided to quit so there will be by elections in February in East Staffordshire Borough, Stretton Ward and Lichfield District Council, Stowe Ward. Our candidates, Rhys Buchan and Jeyan Anketell are standing.

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    Article: Nov 9, 2017
    By Jamie Christie

    The NHS and social care services are in a state of crisis. The Conservatives
    have left them chronically under-funded, and staff feeling embattled and
    undervalued. Need continues to grow while patient care suffers. Labour plans
    to address the crisis are unrealistic and risk crippling the economy. Liberal
    Democrats would save the NHS by:
    ● putting a penny in the pound on income tax to give the NHS and social care services the cash they need.
    ● making waiting times for mental health care match those for physical health care.
    ● limiting the amount elderly people have to pay for social care.
    Contrary to the claims of Celebrity First Dates contestant Michael Fabricant, the Samuel Johnson Hospital remains under threat.

  • Garrick Theatre Lichfield 3
    Article: Nov 9, 2017
    By Cllr Paul Ray

    The Garrick Theatre is a great asset for Lichfield, but it receives a
    considerable amount of funding from the District Council. This subsidy
    has steadily reduced over recent years - but the Garrick is still
    receiving £310,000 of your council tax money this year. And this is just
    at a time when the Council is making cuts to its services. The Lichfield
    Liberal Democrat team have been campaigning for the Garrick to
    improve its fundraising activities and become financially self-sufficient.
    The pressure we have put on the Conservative District
    Council is beginning to work. We are pleased that the Garrick has now employed a
    full-time Development Officer to raise funds and that the theatre has been
    successful in raising funding from Arts Council England. We will continue to
    monitor the situation and press for a variety of income streams to ensure the longterm
    sustainability of this theatre.

  • Paul Ray - 2015 Election
    Article: Oct 8, 2017

    Lichfield District Council has an annual budget of £177,000 to support community and voluntary groups. Groups that have been supported in the past include Citizens Advice and Victim Support.

    The council announced a review of this funding earlier in the year and Cllr Paul Ray ensured that he was on the review group.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2017

    Reported in Lichfield Live on 25th September.

    Paul Ray commented following Theresa May's recent speech on the UK's departure from the European Union.The Prime Minister outlined plans for an interim trade agreement, but Cllr Ray - who also stood in the last two General Elections in the Lichfield constituency - said the picture was still not clear enough.