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Bath MP Don Foster has welcomed the news that the number of unemployed claimants in Bath has continued to fall over the last year.

01 Federal Yellow Bird Black Text 2 Line Lib Dem 2009The number of unemployed claimants in the Bath constituency in March 2014 was 1,025. This represents a rate of 2.4% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The number of claimants is 337 lower than in March 2013 and 73 lower than in February 2014.

On a national level, the number of people out of work in the UK fell by 77,000 to a five year low of 2.24m. The unemployment rate is now 6.9% of the adult working population, the first time the rate has been below 7% since the recession. Whilst the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance fell by 30,400 in March and now stands at 1.14m.

There was positive news regarding youth employment as well as the number of jobless 18-24 year olds declined by 38,000 to 881,000, its lowest figure for five years.

Commenting, Don said:

“This drop in unemployed claimants is a good indicator of the progress being made.

“There is a long way to go, but the economy is on the mend and jobs are crucial to building a stronger economy and a fairer society that allows everyone to get on in life.

“The Liberal Democrats in government have helped business create more than 1 million private sector jobs and over one million apprenticeships.”

Councillor Paul Crossley, (Liberal Democrat Councillor for Southdown and Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Bath and North East Somerset Council) added:

“The drop in unemployment is great news. Investing for growth and jobs for local people are top priorities for the Council; we are working to increase the diversity of employment opportunities in the area – particularly in the ICT, creative and engineering sectors.”

Veterans Charity, Bath

Today (15 April) I had a meeting with Martin Weathers, Volunteer Area Coordinator for The Veterans Charity in Bath. It was a very useful and informative meeting.

theveteranscharity_logoMilitary Charities will be foremost in everyone’s minds this year with the imminent 100th anniversary of the start of World War One and the 75th anniversary of the start of World War Two. One such charity doing excellent work regards this is the Veterans Charity. For more details please do visit their website by clicking here.

The Veterans Charity (VC) will and has supported any person who has served in uniform and have helped many people aged from 18 to 98. The VC focuses on providing essential items in the shortest possible time, ensuring that Veterans get the support they need when they need it most. Our average turn-around time is just a few days and in many urgent cases we’re able to get vital items like food delivered the next day.

I urge you to visit their website, if you have not done so already, and look at how they are helping out Veterans and their families who may have fallen on hard times and/or require items to enhance their lives. The VC provide modest items with a minimum of paperwork, fuss and no red tape.

Visit now.


NCVO figures show strong charity presence in Bath

April 8, 2014 by Don Foster MP in Don in Bath

Bath MP Don Foster has welcomed the figures released this week by The National Council for Voluntary Organisations have highlighted the strong presence of over 200 charities in Bath.

01 Federal Yellow Bird Black Text 2 Line Lib Dem 2009Recently launched by the NCVO, the 2014 UK Civil Society Almanac, covering the period of 2010/11 to 2011/12, gives facts and stats on the voluntary sector, its size and scope, finances and the people that work or volunteer in it.

In Bath, the Almanac revealed that, there are 270 charities with an income of £63.6 million. In addition, the Almanac found that together those charities employed around 1,000 people.

On a national level, it was found that across the UK, there are over 161,000 voluntary organisations with an income of £39.2bn which employ around 800,000 people.

Commenting, Don Foster MP, said:

“This was a very thorough study by the NCVO which reaffirms what we have known for a long time; the voluntary sector is extremely important, both on a national and local level.

“In addition to employing many people and contributing to the local economy, the charities in Bath also help many local people and can drastically improve the quality of a person’s life.”

Commenting, Ben Stevens, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Widcombe and B&NES Cabinet member for Sustainable Development, added:

“The strength of the charity sector in Bath is testament to the people of this city. The Liberal Democrats on B&NES have worked hard to support these important employers. Just one example of this is the introduction of Community Asset Transfers.

“This innovative scheme hands over a Council asset, such as a building, to a community group or charity. Enabling charities to have their own building is a great way to ensure their continued viability.”