Following the tragic death of Sammuel Amin in Bath, Don Foster has released the following statement:
“I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Sammuel Amin this week. I send my condolences to his family and friends. This is a terrible tragedy for them and for the whole city.
“Sammuel’s death must force us all to consider what more can be done to improve the safety of our river so we can try and prevent further tragedies.
“Already, over the past three years a great deal has been happening. Working with partners, such as the Environment Agency, the Canal and River Trust, the Police and the Fire Brigade, B&NES Council has invested in river bank safety and improvements, including more signage, more fencing along the river, measures to make it easier to get out of the river and raising awareness with the ‘Don’t Let River Water Be Your Last Drink’ campaign.
“Earlier this year the Council and Environment Agency agreed further funding for addition measures such as more fencing, vandal proof life buoy cabinets and additional measures to make it easier to climb out of the river. With 6,000 new students in the city, work is in hand to spread the safety message to them and to the owners of pubs and nightclubs.
“But it’s vital we also ask if yet more can be done. Once the Police have issued their report, RoSPA will be invited to make further recommendations. I will do all I can to press the Council and the other responsible agencies to quickly implement whatever is recommended. I also hope that local residents will come forward with suggestions that can be considered.”
Bath MP, Don Foster has welcomed the news that the number of unemployed claimants in Bath has continued to fall over the last year.
The number of unemployed claimants in the Bath constituency in August 2014 was 673. This represents a rate of 1.5% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The number of claimants is 488 lower than in August 2013 and 23 lower that in July 2014.
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.”
There was more good news for Bath as the number of unemployed claimants aged 18 to 24 also fell by 0.7% to 130. This is lower than both regional and national averages which are 1.8% and 3.1% respectively.
Commenting further, Steve Bradley, Lib Dem Parliamentary Campaigner for Bath: “These figures are great news for Bath and highlight the great work being done by the Lib Dems both in Government and locally by the Lib Dem Council.”
On a national level, The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that over the last year the number of people unemployed had fallen by 468,000. This is the largest annual fall in unemployment since 1988.
Don added: “The employment growth that we are now witnessing is one of this Government’s key achievements.”
On Wednesday morning, Don Foster MP paid a little trip to the Atelier Nursery in Bath to see how well the nursery is doing and helping to make a difference for some of Bath’s youngest residents.
The Atelier Nursery is one of five nurseries in the UK which has been shortlisted for the Nursery World ‘Nursery of the Year.’ You can find out more about the Atelier Nursery here.
Don commented: “The work being done at Atelier Nursery is fantastic and it is really great to see this work has been recognised by Nursery World. I wish them all the best at the finals on September 27 and hopefully they can win the award for Bath.”
Since coming into Government, the Lib Dems have introduced shared parental leave, allowing parents to share maternity and paternity leave as they see fit. For 40% of two year olds, the Lib Dems are providing 15 hours of free childcare per week.
In addition to this, the Lib Dems have given all three and four year olds 15 hours of free childcare per week for the first time.
Don added: “Our society can only be fairer if every person, irrespective of background and circumstance, is able to fulfill their potential. The Lib Dems believe the first few years of people’s lives are crucial in helping them to get on later in life, that is why they are working to give all children the very best start.”