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Don Foster MP urges residents to join The Big Switch to cut energy bills

March 6, 2024 by Don Foster MP in Don in Bath, News with 0 Comments

Don Foster has backed ‘The Big Switch’ campaign for energy customers to get a cheaper deal.

The Big Switch, launched last month by Which? and 38 Degrees, is a completely new way for people to buy their energy. This will be the first time in the UK that a large number of people will join together as a group to negotiate a deal with energy companies.

Don Foster is urging local people to join the more than 200,000-strong group who have already signed up to The Big Switch, and to use their collective power to cut their energy bills and help shake up the market.

Which? has invited all energy companies to take part and will be negotiating with them to secure the cheapest deal. Energy companies will be asked to submit a market leading deal and take part in a reverse auction. Once we’ve secured a deal, Which? will contact everyone who signed up with a personalised savings estimate. Which? will handle the switching process, making it as quick and easy as possible.

People can join The Big Switch until 31 March via

Getting young people earning or learning

Today Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg has announced funding of £11,120,602 to get young people in the South West who are not in employment, education or training (NEET), earning or learning again.

As part of Nick Clegg’s Youth Contract, the Coalition Government will, for the first time, target funding through tailored support on a payment-by-results system to 16 and 17-year-olds with no GCSEs at A* - C who are at the highest risk of long-term disengagement.

Commenting, Don Foster, MP for Bath said:

“Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government are doing the right thing and supporting young people in the South West who have had difficulty finding a job or training when they’ve left school.

“Today’s announcement will ensure they receive personal, targeted support from experts to help them develop the confidence and skills that the need to stay in education or find a job.

“Youth unemployment is a slow burn social disaster so it’s right that although money is tight, the Coalition Government is prioritising investment in the Youth Contract to get young people earning or learning.”

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

“Sitting at home with nothing to do when you’re so young can knock the stuffing out of you for years. It is a tragedy for the young people involved and a ticking time bomb for the economy and our society as a whole. This problem isn’t new, but in the current economic climate we urgently need to step up efforts to ensure some of our most troubled teenagers have the skills, confidence and opportunities to succeed.

“Many of them will have complex problems: truancy, teenage pregnancy, a lack of GCSEs and health problems. So helping them onto their feet will not be without challenges and Government cannot do this alone. But we all have a duty to reach out to the young people who can be hardest to reach. That’s why today I am calling on charities and other organisations at the coal face to work with Government to help tens of thousands of lost teenagers onto a brighter path.”

Nation’s heart charity asks Bath residents to show their red side

February 17, 2024 by admin in Don in Bath, News with 0 Comments

February is National Heart Month and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Don Foster MP are asking Bath residents to join National Wear Red Day on Friday 24 February 2024 and to follow the BEAT codefor simple steps to a healthier heart.

In National Heart Month, the BHF encourages people across the UK to think about their own hearts and the hearts of those around them. The nation’s heart charity also needs people across the UK to get involved with National Wear Red Day, and raise vital funds for the charity’s life-saving work.

By wearing red on National Wear Red Day and raising money, you will help the BHF to save lives through pioneering research, patient care, campaigning for change and by providing vital information.

Commenting on the campaign, Don Foster MP said:

“It is a common misperception that heart disease is a bigger problem for men than women, yet figures from the British Heart Foundation show heart disease kills three times more women than breast cancer.”

“I hope that as many people as possible will support the British Heart Foundation this month and help the 2.7 million people in the UK currently living with heart disease.”