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PM demands more limits on web sleaze: Moves to curb child access face new year review

October 17, 2023 by admin in News

Children in Britain are ‘growing up too early’, David Cameron warned last night as he hailed moves to make it easier for parents to shield them from internet sleaze.

The Prime Minister said that a raft of measures to block access to pornography unveiled yesterday was just a first step - and that if significant progress is not made by the new year he will consider further action.

As the Daily Mail revealed yesterday, four of Britain’s biggest internet providers - BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media - have agreed that new customers will have to make an ‘active choice’ over whether they want access to explicit websites - a safeguard that experts say will protect a far higher proportion of children than existing systems for blocking unsuitable material.

Don Foster, co-chairman of the Liberal Democrat parliamentary policy committee on culture, media and sport, added: ‘Web blocking should not lull parents into a false sense of security.

‘The problem will only really be solved when they take an active interest in what their children are doing online.’

Jon Brown, of the NSPCC, said: ‘These moves should give children more protection from the detrimental effects of online pornography, which is long overdue.’

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Pension change good news for women – Foster

October 17, 2023 by admin in News

Welcoming the Government’s announcement of changes to the planned increase in the state pension age for women, Don Foster, MP for Bath said:

“I welcome the announcement that shows the Government has listened to the concerns of thousands of women and capped the maximum increase that women will see. This will protect half a million people, including hundreds of thousands of women who would have been worst affected by the change.

“Many Bath residents have contacted me on this issue and Liberal Democrats had made clear to the Government that the proposal to raise the age of the state pension was unfair on many women and we were joined by campaigners in urging a rethink.

“With life expectancy set to increase, the Government’s aim is a simple, decent state pension which is easy to understand, efficient to deliver and affordable.”


Don Foster MP welcomes report recommendations to help local pubs

October 17, 2023 by admin in News

Don Foster, MP for Bath, has joined CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) in welcoming the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee Report that calls for reforms of regulations governing Pub Companies.

CAMRA has long warned of the detrimental effect Pub Companies have on consumers and pubs in general, with research showing that tied pubs are 50% more likely to close than freehold pubs.

The report concludes that Statutory Code of Practice is required “for an industry that has too long failed to put its own house in order”. Under reforms, large pub companies would be required to provide free of tie and guest beer options.

Commenting, Don Foster said:

“It is a distressing but genuine fact that too many UK pubs are forced to close due to the exploitative business models of large pub companies.

“Implementing committee recommendations would benefit pub licensees, communities and the consumer. I urge the Government to take action.”