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Welcome funding boost for Bath energy saving project

January 18, 2024 by admin in Don in Bath, News

Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Chris Huhne has announced that Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE) in Bath will be receiving £30,825 from the first £4m allocation from the Local Energy Assessment Fund.

Locally owned and run BWCE is one of the first of around 80 local energy projects to win funding from the new £10m Local Energy Assessment Fund.

The money will be used by BWCE to engage local, professional energy specialists who will survey five local schools, Ralph Allen, Oldfield, Newbridge, Bathford, and Colerne primary schools. They will suggest ways of improving energy efficiency and how any improvements could be financed. Using the schools as a base, they will also recruit and train community ‘energy champions’. These champions will work with pupils, their families and the school community to find practical and effective ways to reduce energy in their homes.

Commenting, Don Foster, MP for Bath said:

“At a time when people are worried about rising energy bills, this funding is a welcome boost to help people save energy and keep costs down.

“Projects like that of BWCE’s show people that going green is realistic, practical and will help them save money in ways that work in our area.

“Local communities will be put at the heart of the UK’s effort to rise to the enormous challenge to get clean and cheap energy on our efforts to halt climate change and to end our reliance on erratic market of imported oil and gas.”

Lib Dem Councillor David Martin, B&NES Council Energy and Climate Change Champion, welcomed the news:

“The BWCE initiative for improving energy efficiency is an excellent means of stimulating real interest and enthusiasm amongst school children in B&NES.

“In the schools involved it will help raise awareness and encourage actions by pupils, their families and the whole school community to carry out practical and sensible energy savings measures.

As a local school governor I look forward to seeing the benefits of this project taken forward to other schools in B&NES as well”.

Commenting further, Chris Huhne said:

“We face a gigantic challenge in the coming years to keep the lights on and energy bills down. This means nurturing cleaner, more secure, homegrown energy sources here in the UK so we are not so dependent on imported gas, and boosting the energy efficiency of our homes and businesses to cut out waste.

“Local communities, with their energy, drive and innovation, are going to be at the heart of this effort, and I hope that this funding acts as a booster rocket to the winning projects.”

Don Foster MP calls for nominations to Rock the House

January 12, 2024 by admin in Don in Bath, Don in Parliament, News

Don Foster MP is backing the second annual Parliamentary live music competition, Rock the House, and invites under-18s, solo artists, bands and live music venues in Bath to write and nominate themselves.

The competition was founded by Mike Weatherley MP in support of the UK live music sector to raise the profile of intellectual property rights issues and counts rock legends Alice Cooper and Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan as Patrons.

Musicians and live music venues within the Bath constituency can find all forms and information on the competition at www.rockthehouse2012.com and can send in their nominations to Don Foster MP at donfoster@parliament.uk.

Any musicians outside the Bath constituency can still write to their MP to nominate themselves to take part.

Prizes include music equipment; a chance to play at high profile festivals; and mingle with the great and the good of the music industry. Successful nominees will go forward to the national competition which will be judged by a panel of international music industry experts and musicians and the finalists will be announced on Friday 18th May. The finalists will take part in a battle of the bands to determine the winner on Wednesday 30th May and the winner in each category will perform live at a final competition reception on the Terrace at the House of Commons in the evening.

Commenting on the importance of live music in the UK, Don Foster MP, said:

“I know there are many talented musicians in the city, and I would urge all performers and live music venues to fill in an application and send it to me. The recognition and contacts entrants can get from taking part is priceless and it would be great to cement Bath’s place on the map for its artistic talent.”

“We have a wealth of musical talent in the UK and it is important parliamentarians do all we can to help live performers.

“In addition to this competition, my Live Music Bill is progressing nicely through parliament and its passage into law will allow our small venues to put on music without the hassle of red-tape.

“Previous licensing laws made it nigh on impossible for small venues to put on live entertainment, but the Live Music Bill will give both our pub and music industries a welcome boost”

Founder, Mike Weatherley MP, said:

“The UK has a world-leading music and creative industry and this competition aims to celebrate the very best up-and-coming artists; and to raise the profile of intellectual property rights among politicians. I urge all unsigned musicians to fill in an application form for Rock the House and send a copy of their music to their MP.”

Don signs EDM 2501 on anti-avoidance rule for taxation

Don Foster has signed EDM 2501 stating:

That this House notes the widespread public concern about the extent of tax avoidance and evasion by individuals and corporations; further notes that while evasion is illegal, taxes can be avoided by schemes that are contrived in their nature or by arrangements that are artificial and thus far removed from the responsible tax planning measures provided for by Parliament; believes that the ever-growing expansion of anti-avoidance measures has not eliminated the scope for exploitation of loopholes; further notes the publication of the report by Graham Aaronson QC outlining the case for the introduction of a general anti-avoidance rule in the UK; and urges HM Treasury to bring forward legislation within the next Finance Bill for the introduction of such a rule.