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Don Foster MP spreads the word about type 1 diabetes in Parliament

Earlier this week, Don Foster MP gave his support to JDRF, the world’s leading type 1 diabetes research charity, by attending the ‘Type 1 Parliament’ lobbying event which took place in Westminster on 25 April 2012.

Don attended the event alongside 50 other MPs, and spoke to adults and children about living with type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is a serious autoimmune condition that causes the body’s own immune system to turn on itself and attack cells in the pancreas, which produce insulin. The condition affects about 300,000 adults in the UK, including over 26,000 children and requires multiple daily insulin injections and finger prick blood tests to manage.

Commenting on the event Don said

“Many people in Bath live with Type 1 diabetes so I was delighted to attend this event and see first hand the excellent work JDRF are undertaking to help improve the lives of people with this condition”

Don has also met with delegates to learn about their experiences of living with Type 1

Over the last few years, JDRF has successfully built awareness for type 1 diabetes and has developed
a political presence within Westminster through the devolved administrations, campaigning on the postcode lottery on the provision of insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors and advocating the importance of funding medical research for type 1.

In relation to funding, the UK falls way behind other developed countries and JDRF believes that this needs to change. Not only will greater investment in research ensure we find the cure for type 1 diabetes sooner; it could also bring significant advantages to the UK economy.

Liberal Democrats working to reduce energy bills for millions of people

April 23, 2023 by Don Foster MP in Don in Parliament, News

Throughout the United Kingdom, we are faced with rising energy bills. Due to the confusing number of different tariffs, the best deal for insulating our homes is sometimes difficult to find. In order to find the most cost efficient way to insulate our homes, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has announced a landmark deal with major energy suppliers to inform people every year of what the cheapest insulation deal is.

My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I understand that our reliance on dwindling supplies of oil and gas, mostly from volatile regions, is bad for consumers and our energy security. This is why we are ensuring energy companies insulate millions of buildings throughout the United Kingdom for no extra cost. According to Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) data, since 2008, 9,439 homes in Bath and North East Somerset have been insulated at no extra cost to the home owners and more are expected to receive help under the Green Deal.

The Climate Change Act of 2008 commits the United Kingdom to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 34% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 relative to 1990 levels. Around a third of greenhouse gas emissions comes from heating our homes, so tackling the problem of home insulation is critical to the successful completion of the Climate Change Act requirements.

The Green Deal is a Liberal Democrat manifesto commitment that will make the completion of these requirements a reality. The Green Deal will become effective throughout the United Kingdom this autumn. It is the most ambitious home insulation scheme the UK has ever seen and eliminates the need to pay upfront for energy efficiency measures. Instead, the Green Deal ensures that the cost of such measures will be covered by savings on bills. Not only will the Green Deal help to reduce energy costs and protect the environment, it will also result in the creation of up to 100,000 green jobs and 1,000 apprenticeships in the sector, which will leave a lasting legacy.

600 apprentices started in B&NES since August – Foster

April 20, 2023 by Don Foster MP in News.

New figures released today show that in Bath & North East Somerset, 600 people started apprenticeships between August 2011 and January 2012.

This comes on top of record numbers of apprentices in our area last year: 1030 were on an apprenticeship in 2010/2011, which is an increase of 51% on the previous year.

Commenting, Don Foster MP said:

“Liberal Democrats are determined to tackle youth unemployment and get our economy back on track by rebalancing the economy away from the financial speculators gambling with other people’s money in the City of London.

“Thanks to the Regional Growth Fund, we’ve already invested £96 million in the South West and created just over 24 000 jobs in new and existing businesses as well as in the supply chain with more to come.

“For us to be successful, people need the skills and experience to take advantage of new jobs being created in Bath and the surrounding area.

“That is why apprenticeships are a huge part of the Liberal Democrat drive for a fairer and more balanced economy. Apprenticeships make local companies more productive and give young people the experience and skills they need.

“The record rise in learners taking them up last year is great news for Bath and the economy as a whole. It is hugely positive that already 600 apprenticeships have started this year.

“My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I are determined to do the right thing by building on this success and create sustainable growth, driven by our Bath’s employers.”