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Don Backs ‘British Pubs Need You’ Campaign

March 10, 2024 by Don Foster MP in Don in Bath, News with 0 Comments

Don Foster, MP for Bath is backing Hobgoblin’s ‘British Pubs Need You’ campaign which aims to encourage the Government to review the beer duty tax escalator.

Every year, the beer tax escalator increases the tax on beer by 2% above the rate of inflation, thus adding considerably more pressure on the Great British pub, the cornerstone of many of our communities. This campaign aims to collate 100,000 signatures to urge the Government to stop the beer duty escalator. So far the campaign has notched up nearly 10,000 signatures since its launch two weeks ago.

Mr Foster, a member of the All Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group stresses the importance of the campaign: “This campaign is a positive step forward and by removing the beer duty escalator at the next budget, beer will be kept more affordable and go some way to supporting the Great British Pub.

“It’s crucial that local pubs and anyone that enjoys a fresh pint signs the e-petition - we really need to support the Great British Pub.”

The e-petition is hosted at: www.wychwood.co.uk/byny and beer lovers should sign-up if they want to continue enjoying a fresh pint in their local. We are at risk of losing more pubs and jobs within our local communities if we don’t show our support.

Wychwood Brewery Marketing Manager, Chris Keating added: “There seems to be a consensus that each year we, as beer drinkers, just accept a rise in tax as the norm – surely it’s time for us all to show our passion for the pub and make a stand.”

Don Foster MP shows his support for Water Works Campaign

Don Foster has pledged his support to WaterAid’s Water Works campaign at a House of Commons event hosted by Northumbrian Water for WaterAid on the day that the United Nations announced that the Millennium Development Goal on water has been reached. An additional 2 billion people have accessed clean water within the last 20 years.

Safe water and sanitation transform lives, improving health and lifting communities out of poverty. As world leaders prepare to meet in Washington next month for a crucial meeting on water and sanitation, WaterAid is encouraging the public to support its Water Works campaign, which aims to highlight the importance of these basic necessities in tackling poverty.

Commenting, Don Foster said

“It is great news that we have met the Millennium Development Goal on water – this shows that aid is working and that we are making steps forward to eradicating poverty.”

“There is still much work to be done however, as 783 million people still don’t have safe water to drink, and around 2.5 billion are lacking adequate sanitation. Not having these essential services traps people in poverty.

“The UK has a lead role to play along with other countries to concentrate our efforts on bringing water and sanitation to all.”

To show your support for the campaign please visit: www.waterworks.me

Don Foster MP switches off for WWF’s Earth Hour to show support for Rio environment summit

Don Foster MP switches off for WWF’s Earth Hour to show support for Rio environment summit

The Rio carnival comes to the Houses of Parliament as part of WWF’s Earth Hour 2012

Don Foster MP is committing to WWF’s Earth Hour 2012 which is a simple idea that has become a global phenomenon, with hundreds of millions of people turning off their lights on March 31 at 8.30pm to show they want to create a brighter future for the planet. Last year 135 countries, hundreds of millions of people and famous landmarks from Big Ben and Buckingham Palace in London to the India Gate in New Delhi took part in WWF’s Earth Hour.

The global event comes only a few weeks before another vital appointment for the 2012 environment calendar. In June, the Brazilian city famous in the world for its beautiful carnival will host the environment summit and Don Foster MP is already showing his support by signing up to WWF’s Earth Hour.

The Rio summit is a crucial moment for world leaders to discuss vital themes for the future, such as sustainable food, water and energy, and also assess what progress has been made since the first summit twenty years ago.

Don Foster MP said: “I encourage people in Bath to sign up and do something special during Earth Hour: from simply reading a book with your children, to a candlelit dinner party, everyone can show that they care for the environment”.

For more information on WWF’s Earth Hour, please visit www.earthhour.wwf.org.uk