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Send a Cow – Live Below the Line Week

April 22, 2014 by Don Foster MP in News.

Bath MP Don Foster is taking part in next week’s challenge from Bath based charity Send a Cow to ‘Live Below the Line’.

live below the lineGlobally 1.4 billion live below the poverty line every day, and in Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 218 million people live in extreme poverty. More than 70 per cent of Africa’s poor people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for food and livelihood.

Live Below the Line is a fundraising and campaigning event which challenges people to eat and drink on just £1 per day for 5 days and aims to raise awareness to the reality of living in extreme poverty.

Commenting, Don Foster MP, said:   “It is shocking that so many people in the world still face such extreme poverty, while we in the West have so much.  My team and I are going to live on £1 a day on Friday 2nd May. This is a really good cause and I would urge people to take part even if, like us, you can only do it for a day.’

For more information: http://www.sendacow.org.uk/about-us

Good Jobs News

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 www.veteranscharity.org.uk now.

Don