Don Foster MP

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Helping Bath businesses get paid on time

February 13, 2024 by admin in Don in Bath, News with 0 Comments

Getting paid promptly is vital to business, especially smaller suppliers. That is why Don Foster MP is urging Bath’s businesses to sign the Prompt Payment Code as part of the Government’s ‘Business in You’ campaign.

The Prompt Payment Code is about encouraging and promoting best practice between organisations and their suppliers. Signatories to the Code commit to paying their suppliers within clearly defined terms, and commit also to ensuring there is a proper process for dealing with any issues that may arise.

The Prompt Payment Code requires signatories to:

1 - Pay suppliers on time

2 - Give clear guidance to suppliers

3 - Encourage Good Practice

Commenting, Don Foster, MP for Bath said:

“I know late payments can cause real problems for businesses in Bath and am therefore very pleased that the Government is taking the lead in tackling this problem.

“Over 1,000 businesses are now taking part in the scheme nationwide but hopefully thousands more will get involved. Certainty on payment inspires confidence across the supply chain - confidence stimulates investment and growth.

“In addition to this scheme, 1,000 specially trained financial mentors are being provided to offer support to businesses. I really hope anybody interested takes advantage of this help offered by Mentors Me.”

Businesses can sign up at www.promptpaymentcode.org.uk and www.mentorsme.co.uk

Labour hypocrisy on bankers’ bonuses "astounding"

February 9, 2024 by admin in Liberal Democrats, News with 0 Comments

The finger pointing and hypocrisy on bankers’ bonuses witnessed in the opposition debate on Tuesday 7th was quite astounding. Labour presided over the biggest boom in bonuses this country has ever seen, from £3.1bn in 2001 to £11.5 billion in 2007. The calls from the opposition benches are hard to believe when you read that under the last 10 years of Labour bankers received £65bn in bonuses. The bonus payments in the two years leading up to the crash in 2008, topped £11bn each year and all the while they sat back and knighted the financial speculators who led this country to the brink of economic collapse.

The Coalition Government inherited this economic mess from Labour and since 2010 has been making the big decisions to put the country back on track. We’ve capped cash bonuses at state owned banks to £2,000 and overall, the bonus pool is smaller than last year. It is considerably less than it was under Labour.

In Government, Liberal Democrats are doing the right thing - implementing the Vickers’ proposals to make banking safer in the future, continuing our fight to get the banks to lend more and introducing the banking levy which raises £2.5bn a year.

While Labour spent thirteen years being intensely relaxed about the rich getting richer, Liberal Democrats have made clear that our priority is cutting tax for working families and lifting the lowest paid people out of paying income tax all together.

Don

Bath volunteer named as one of our nations’ Heat Heroes

February 9, 2024 by admin in Don in Bath, News with 0 Comments

June Bailey who volunteers for the Centre for Sustainable Energy has been named as one of the nations’ Heat Heroes, after her work to tackle fuel poverty in the South West has received special recognition.

Coinciding with Fuel Poverty Awareness day which is taking place today [Friday 10 Feb], the Heat Heroes Award Scheme, organised by fuel poverty charity NEA and ScottishPower, aims to recognise individuals who go ‘above and beyond’ what would be expected in the course of their work to help those people who are suffering from the effects of fuel poverty and struggling to heat their homes.

June was granted the award because of her tireless volunteering work which she has been doing for the past 15 years. June gives energy advice to older people through presentations, manning stalls at events and giving advice to vulnerable people through home visits.

June said ‘I am delighted to be chosen as a Heat Hero by NEA and ScottishPower, it is worth all of the hard work when you know that you have helped people in the local community to stay warm in their homes’. It is a team effort though and colleagues at the Centre for Sustainable Energy deserve the credit too”.

Don Foster, MP for Bath said:

“Community engagement is vital to tackling fuel poverty at a local level, and I am delighted that June Bailey’s commitment to energy advice outreach has received national recognition”.

Neil Clitheroe, CEO, ScottishPower Retail & Generation, said:

“ScottishPower was delighted to support the Heat Heroes campaign to recognise the work that goes on day to day within communities across the UK. The significant contribution made by individuals like June is vital to ensure help gets to those people most in need.”