Don Foster, MP for Bath, has welcomed the news that the drive to help young people get jobs in Bath will be boosted by plans to abolish employers’ National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for under 21-years-olds.
In Bath and North East Somerset the plan to abolish NICs for young people from April 2015 means companies will not have to pay the contributions for 6,160 young people.
Don Foster MP welcomed the decision, which was part of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, and said:
“The Liberal Democrats are focused on getting young people into work and this is exactly the kind of initiative needed to give businesses in Bath a break and further encourage them to start recruiting.
“Since 2010 we have already helped create more than 1.5m new apprenticeships. Meanwhile, Nick Clegg’s £1bn Youth Contract is supporting work experience, wage incentives and apprenticeships.
“Our economy is growing because of the hard work of people and businesses, they deserve this help. The coalition’s economic plan is the rock on which our recovery is being built – and it is happening because of the Liberal Democrats.”
The Care Quality Commission will running two listening events for the Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust on 5 December.
Anyone who has received care from the trust to come along and:
Your views and experiences will help the inspectors to determine which areas to look at during the inspections.
One of the listening events will start at 6:30PM and will be held at Bath Race Course, Lansdown, Bath, BA1 9BU.
The other will start at 6:30PM at County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN.
Further details on these events can be found at http://www.cqc.org.uk/public/listening-events
Activities will include leading a group of invited guests around the city to meet local business owners and constituents at the Xmas market, Southgate shopping centre and around the Abbey.
In the afternoon, Bath & North East Somerset Liberal Democrats will be active in wards away from the city centre including Combe Down, Lyncombe and Oldfield.
Commenting, ‘Achievements Day’ organiser Chris Lucas said:
“The Liberal Democrats both in government and locally here in Bath work hard all year round to build a stronger economy and a fairer society, but we don’t always get the recognition we deserve.
“Our ‘Achievements Day’ will see Bath & North East Somerset Liberal Democrats come together to show the people of Bath who we are and to hear from them directly on how they think we might improve life in our city”.
Commenting further, Don Foster added:
“For twenty-one years I have had the honour of representing the fantastic people of Bath in Parliament.
“I am looking forward to my first visit of the year to the Christmas market, but more importantly I cannot wait to meet and speak to as many constituents as I can on 30 November”.