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Don & Steve visit First Steps Bath

Bath MP, Don Foster and Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate Steve Bradley have this week been to see the great work being done by local nursery, First Steps Bath, which has nurseries in Twerton and Moorlands.

First Steps 2First Steps Bath was originally established in 1991. In 1996 the charity opened its original nursery in Twerton and has gone on to flourish and provide quality childcare since.

Mr Foster has opened up new sections of the nurseries in the past.

Commenting on the visit, Don Foster said: “I always enjoy coming to First Steps. It’s nice to speak to the staff and see the great care they are providing for the children, and as a patron I’m keen to see that Steve as our likely next MP knows all about our fantastic local facilities.”

The pair were given a tour of the nursery, including the new outside play equipment, and met some of the children at the centre.

Commenting Steve Bradley said: “The warm welcome the staff gave was fantastic. I’ve said time and again how I want to make Bath even better, and it’s for the children in the care here who will benefit.”

Politically, the Liberal Democrats have already significantly expanded free childcare – with all three and four year olds, as well as two year olds from the most hard pressed homes, now eligible for the equivalent of 15 free hours a week.

This has provided free childcare for over 2000 children in Bath, and tax-free childcare for 2,450 children.

Unemployment falls again in Bath

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

Don, Steve, Vince & apprentice 2The current total of unemployed claimants in the Bath constituency is 787, which represents a rate of 1.8% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. This includes 527 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and 260 people Universal Credit.

This shows a significant reduction in the number of unemployed claimants as the figure is now 250 lower than its total in December 2013.

Commenting Don Foster said: “The strong labour market performance hasn’t happened by accident. The Liberal Democrats have taken steps to ensure our labour market is fair and flexible, delivering opportunities for everyone and preventing exploitation of the most vulnerable.”

On a national level, The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show that the unemployment rate has fallen below 6% for the first time since 2008. In addition, there is a record 14.4m women in work with the female employment rate at a new record high of 68.2%.

Commenting further, Steve Bradley, Lib Dem PPC for Bath: “The national and local figures are great news and highlight the great work being done by the Lib Dems both in Government and locally by the Lib Dem Council.”

MP signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

This week saw Bath MP, Don Foster, sign the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment. In doing so, Mr Foster pledged his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people.

HET Commitment Book Signing Don FosterTuesday 27th January will mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

In the weeks leading up to and after Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

After signing the Book of Commitment, Don Foster MP commented: “Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau – and is an important opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and make sure they are not forgotten. I encourage all my Bath constituents to mark the day and to join members of my community in the fight against prejudice and intolerance.”

Earlier this month, the Liberal Democrats pledged to protect funding for the Holocaust Education Trust’s ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ project for the next five years should a Lib Dem government be returned in May.

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “We are proud that Don and the Liberal Democrats continue to support Holocaust Memorial Day. As we mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and the liberation of the concentration camps in 2015, it is vitally important that we both continue to remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust – as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge antisemitism and all forms of bigotry.”