Don Foster MP

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Foster’s call to fix troubled families answered with £450m fund

December 15, 2023 by admin in Don in Parliament, News

Don Foster MP has today welcomed Coalition Government plans to introduce a network of “family troubleshooters” to help turn the fortunes of some of Britain’s most troubled families.

In Bath & North East Somerset, Government figures estimate there are between 210 and 220 families living with complex needs. It is estimated that these families cost B&NES public services between £55 and £72 million per year.

Following public disorder this summer, Don Foster was the first MP to highlight the need to provide targeted support for troubled families in the Commons. Four months on and £450 million has been made available to turn around the lives of 120,000 of some of the country’s most troubled families.

Questioning the Prime Minister on the issue in August 2011, Don asked:

Mr Don Foster (Bath) (LD): Looking to the future, I note that far too many of the people-young and old alike-who were involved in violent and criminal behaviour appear to come from the relatively small number of totally dysfunctional families in this country. Does the Prime Minister agree that work to turn such families around is somewhat piecemeal, involving far too many agencies, too many targets and too much paperwork? Will the Government find ways of targeting resources more effectively?

The Prime Minister: The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right about that. We plan to spend additional money on the 20,000 most troubled families in the country, with more early intervention and much better co-ordination. So often with those families, we find that they have contact after contact with the authorities, but that it is contact with them rather than work to change behaviour and address problems. The problem is manageable. I know that there are 20,000 such families, and there might even be 100,000, but it is still a manageable number which we can deal with during this Parliament.

In plans announced today, a new Troubled Families Team based within the Department for Communities and Local Government and headed by Louise Casey CB, has been established to join up efforts across Whitehall, provide expert help to local areas and drive forward the strategy.

Commenting, Don said:

“I have long said that a lot of the problems in Bath stem from a minority of dysfunctional families. I am pleased that the government has recognised this and committed resources that will hopefully turn the lives around of many by the end of this Parliament”

“We must now ensure that this support is targeted to positive effect and that troubled families resolve their problems for good”

Foster sponsors Passive Flue Gas Systems Bill

December 15, 2023 by admin in Don in Parliament, News

On Tuesday 13 December, Don Foster MP sponsored Martin Caton MP’s Presentation Bill on Flue Gas Recovery Devices. The Bill promotes the use of an innovative British technology that utilises the waste heat from boilers to provide hot water. The system fits the criteria of the Green Deal as it will assist with reducing emissions and also help in alleviating fuel poverty.

The detail of the Bill reads as follows:

Passive Flue Gas Systems (Strategy) Bill

An Act to require the Secretary of State to prepare and publish a strategy for the promotion of passive flue gas heat recovery systems; and for connected purposes.

1. Passive Flue Gas Systems: duty of Secretary of State

(1) The Secretary of State must within one year of the passing of this Act prepare and publish a strategy for the promotion of passive flue gas heat recovery systems.

(2) Before publishing the strategy the Secretary of State must consult such persons as in his opinion will have an interest in the strategy.

(3) The strategy may contain such ambitions for this technology as in his opinion are desirable and realistic.

2. Interpretation and Citation

(1) In this Act the term ‘passive flue gas heat recovery systems’ means technology that can use the waste heat from condensing boilers in order to heat water.

(2) This Act may be cited as the Passive Flue Gas Systems (Strategy) Act

All Hands to the Pumps as Foster supports local brewery

December 15, 2023 by admin in Don in Bath, News

The push to get MPs behind the bar to support the pub trade received a boost this week as Baths local brewery Abbey Ales- backed the campaign.

The initiative, launched by the head of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group - Burton MP Andrew Griffiths - and backed by the Publican’s Morning Advertiser newspaper, urged MPs to support the trade by getting behind the bar.

Griffiths said the initiative will give publicans a chance to build a relationship with their local MPs and allow them to discuss the issues affecting their businesses.

With this in mind Bath MP Don Foster, member of the APPG Beer Group, has promised to get behind the bar at Abbeys Assembly Inn. Situated in Alfred Street, The Assembly is one of three pubs run by the brewery in the city alongside The Star Inn and The Coeur De Lion.

Alan Morgan, Managing Director of Abbey Ales said:

“Don has always been very supportive of Abbey Ales and Bath’s pub trade in general”

“In fact Don was so impressed with Bellringer he arranged for it to be sold as a guest beer at House of Commons just days after we launched in 1997. We will be pleased to have him behind the bar with us on Thursday afternoon on December 22 at 3 o’clock.

“Issues such as record levels of red tape and beer tax need addressing if we are to help protect this great British institution and promote responsible drinking - our MPs can help make that happen.”

Commenting further, Don said:

“Pubs are a key aspect of our culture, history and modern society; however they are increasingly under threat with approximately 39 pubs closing every week across the country.

“In Bath we must ensure we do all we can to support these fantastic institutions that are so valuable to the city.”

“My Live Music Bill which is progressing smoothly through its stages in the Commons will hopefully provide a big boost to our local pubs. If made law, it will be a great help to the pub industry in Bath as it will allow our small venues to put on live music without the hassle of red-tape”

Abbey Ales is Baths only brewery and started brewing in the World Heritage City of Bath in 1997.