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The facts for student finance to prospective students

November 15, 2023 by admin in News

Students going to University from 2012 will not have to pay fees upfront. Subject to certain eligibility requirements such as studying for a first degree and residing in England for the last 3 years, they will be eligible for a tuition loan.

It is important that prospective students understand their options for the future, and today’s Student Finance Day gives people a chance to get to access the facts.

You can view this film featuring financial journalist Martin Lewis, pupils and recent graduates:

Further information can be found here:

Free early years education for two-year olds in B&NES

November 11, 2023 by admin in Don in Bath, News

Free early education will be extended to 140,000 disadvantaged two-year- olds, and parents will be able to access the free entitlement more flexibly, under plans published by the Government today.

In B&NES around 200 two-year olds are expected to benefit from the proposals.

Liberal Democrat Children’s Minister, Sarah Teather, announced a consultation today on how this commitment will be implemented. The plans include proposals to help parents and children alike by making the free entitlement of 15 hours per week of early education more flexible, so it can be taken between 7am and 7pm across two days instead of the current three days.

Commenting, Don Foster, MP for Bath said:

“Helping 200 two-year-old children from the poorest backgrounds in Bath and North East Somerset will benefit them for years to come.

“High quality early education is the key to making a difference early on in a child’s life and help make Britain a fairer and more equal society.

“Improving social mobility is a Liberal Democrat priority in Government and early years education is crucial to achieve this.

“Targeting early education at those who stand to benefit most, is an important to achieve this goal. It will be an integral part to disadvantaged children’s healthy development.”

B&NES Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Nathan Hartley, who is also the Cabinet Member for Early Years, Children and Youth, added:

“In addition to the Pupil Premium, in B&NES we welcome this further funding for early years development.

“A key aim of this Liberal Democrat administration is to ensure that children from all backgrounds are given the best possible start in life. These proposals will means our youngest are not falling behind before they have even started primary school.”

Commenting on the proposal, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg said:

“I want us to give every child the best possible start - so free education for toddlers from the most disadvantaged homes will now be a right and not a privilege.

“Crucially the extra care will be flexible and easy to access. Parents across the country are bending over backwards to balance work and home. The Coalition wants to help in whatever way we can.”

Foster urges Bath construction companies to bid for Wests £11.3 million fund

November 11, 2023 by admin in Don in Bath, News

The Coalition Government has revealed details of the £500m Growing Places Fund. The fund aims to create jobs by stimulating local construction work and housing development.

The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership is receiving £11,324, 861 for projects which will develop local infrastructure including transport and utilities.

Don Foster, MP for Bath said:

“This funding will give a much-needed boost to businesses in Bath and the wider region.

“It will help to create jobs, get the homes we vitally need in the city built, and improve Bath’s transport links that are crucial to businesses and residents.

“The search is now on for the most beneficial, innovative projects in Bath. I warmly encourage all local construction businesses to submit their bids by the December deadline.”

Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, said:

“The Growing Places Fund will make a real difference at the grass-roots level, improving the lives of residents and creating jobs.

“Through local councils’ technical and financial expertise, the fund will enable businesses to be released from the constraints of regulatory red tape.

“The fund shows Liberal Democrats’ commitment to stimulating growth through local communities. Local prosperity is crucial to Britain’s ability to support a dynamic and sustainable economy.”