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We must do more to reduce fuel poverty in Bath - Foster

May 22, 2023 by Don Foster MP in Don in Bath, News, News.

The 2012 Annual Report on Fuel Poverty Statistics shows that in the UK, fuel poverty fell from 5.5m households in 2009 to 4.75m in 2010.

The report shows that in 2010, 5,386 households in Bath were in fuel poverty, which means they spent more than 10% of their income in order to keep warm.

Commenting on the report, Don Foster MP said:

“It is good news that fuel poverty went down in 2010 but we shouldn’t be complacent. With the rises in energy price rises in the last few years, many households have been struggling to keep warm in Bath. We must continue to work hard towards eliminating fuel poverty in the city.

“I encourage everyone who is eligible to apply to the Warm Front scheme, which will provide insulation and heating improvements to reduce costs and keep people warm ahead of next winter. I also call on every household to use price comparison tools to switch to the cheapest energy provider and reduce their bills.”

Commenting further, Councillor David Martin (Liberal Democrat, Bathwick), B&NES Member Champion for Energy and Climate Change, added:

“Another opportunity to tackle fuel poverty is through the Coalition Government’s Green Deal. From the autumn, every household will be able to insulate their houses without any upfront outlay as the costs will be covered through savings on energy bills – this is a key principle of the scheme.

“The Green Deal will help cut energy bills, create jobs and help create a greener economy and I’m really pleased that the Liberal Democrat-run Council in Bath has set aside funding to prepare for the Green Deal.”

 

Ulysses to represent Bath in Rock the House competition

Don Foster MP is delighted to announce Bath band, Ulysses, as the nominee for the Parliamentary music competition, Rock the House

In only its second year running, Mike Weatherley MP’s Rock the House has dwarfed all other Parliamentary competitions and become the single most participated-in Parliamentary competition with a massive 165 MPs submitting nominations – including the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

With no shortage of patronage from rock stars, a vast array of priceless prizes and a finalists’ judging panel that reads as the who’s who of the music industry, Rock the House has captured the imagination of MPs and musicians alike.

The finalists will be announced on 23rd May, with the live finals competition being held on 30th May in last years’ joint winner in the live music venue category, the Bedford in Balham. Winners will be invited to play a live set on the terrace of the House of Commons in the evening.

The competition aims to raise the profile of live music and intellectual property rights issues in Parliament, forcing MPs to engage with a creative demographic who are the future behind the UK’s second largest economy.

Commenting Don Foster MP said:

“We have a wealth of musical talent here in Bath and it gives me great pleasure to nominate Ulysses for Rock the House’s best band category”

“Earlier this year my Live Music Bill was passed into law which has been welcomed by the pub and music industries alike. It is important we continue to do all we can as parliamentarians to help live performers further.”

Welcoming the news, Luke Smith of Ulysses said:
“We are extremely proud to have been chosen to represent Bath, especially if we can help bring more attention to the real issues facing small music venues and musicians across the UK”

Rock the House Founder Mike Weatherley MP said:

“It’s fantastic – the scale of the entries is unprecedented. I’m pleased that so many MPs and Ministers are getting behind my competition and that Rock the House is driving the education of MPs on the issue of Intellectual Property Rights and live music forward with quite considerable success.”

 

 

Lib Dems line up against regional pay

Don has co-signed a letter with backbench Liberal Democrat colleagues welcoming the DPM Nick Clegg’s reassurance that there will not be regional pay-bargaining in the public sector.

16 May 2023

The introduction of regional public sector pay variations has been the subject of anxious discussion following George Osborne’s March budget.

The deputy prime minister’s dismissal of regional public pay sector plans is therefore warmly welcomed as a reiteration of the Liberal Democrats‘ commitment to equality and public services (Clegg dismisses plan for regional pay deals, 14 May).

There are many myths about the inflexibility of public sector wage settlements, but following calls for evidence by pay review bodies, distorted comparisons between the public and private sector workforce have been widely dismissed. They ignore the differences in the types of jobs as well as the age, gender, qualification and skill levels of staff in the two sectors, blind to the fact many of the lowest paid public sector jobs have been contracted out to private firms. Accordingly, many predict the introduction of regional pay would be bureaucratic and expensive and impact negatively on the provision of services, employee morale and many other important elements of local economies.

Nick Clegg’s reassurance that the government will not enact proposals penalising people in the poorest areas of the UK shows the arguments are being heard and the consequences of introducing such a system understood. We trust that Nick and the government will continue to respond to the obvious balance of evidence in this matter.

Signed
John Pugh MP, Annette Brooke MP, Malcolm Bruce, Lorely Burt MP, Mike Crockart MP, Tim Farron MP, Don Foster MP, Andrew George MP, Stephen Gilbert MP, Mike Hancock MP, John Hemming MP, Mark Hunter MP, Julian Huppert MP, Charles Kennedy MP, John Leech MP, Greg Mulholland MP, Dan Rogerson MP, Adrian Sanders MP, Ian Swales MP, John Thurso MP, Mark Williams MP, Roger Williams MP