Don Foster MP

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Get assistance and advice with energy bills ahead of winter

November 23, 2023 by admin in Don in Bath, News

Don Foster, MP for Bath, will be running a special energy surgery for constituents on Monday 5 December 2011.

The surgery will be held as part of the Warm Homes Campaign, run by the UK’s leading fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA), with support from E.ON, and will deliver practical help and support local residents concerned about their energy bills this winter.

The energy surgery will run from 09:30am to 11am on Monday 5 December at Don’s constituency office with expert advice from NEA. Residents who wish to make an appointment should call 01225 338973.

Speaking about the importance of the campaign Don said:

“Any Bath residents concerned about their energy bills this winter, or looking for help and advice on how to better insulate their homes are encouraged to book an appointment and take advantage of this specialist surgery.

“The Warm Homes Campaign highlights that there are still millions of people struggling to keep their homes warm and protect their families from the ill effects of the cold. Fuel-poor households experience a number of detrimental health impacts and reductions in general wellbeing as a result of cold, damp living conditions. The campaign also demonstrates how help is available. It also underlines how important it is that future government schemes are able to target support for the most vulnerable households effectively.

NEA chief executive Jenny Saunders said:

“This campaign plays a vital role in ensuring members of the public, local politicians and MPs understand this link between energy efficiency and fuel poverty. By providing practical advice and support through special energy surgeries we hope to help lift people out of fuel poverty.

The most important message this year is that there is help out there for vulnerable households. I urge anyone who is concerned about their bills to make an appointment, but if you are unable to do so then contact the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 to get help and advice on staying warm in their home this winter without the fear of fuel debt and ill health.”

Suzanne Doxey, Community Relations Manager at E.ON, said: “We’re delighted to support the Warm Homes Campaign as part of our ongoing work with the NEA to help tackle fuel poverty at a grass roots level, and we’d encourage anyone who is worried about their energy bills to find out more about the help available to them.”

Don Foster hails additional seats on trains for Baths commuters

November 22, 2023 by admin in Don in Bath, News

Don Foster MP has today welcomed the announcement of an additional 336 seats on trains going in and out of Bath during peak hours. First Great Western will provide an extra carriage to 18 trains in the fleet that serves South Wales, including Bath.

Don Foster has long campaigned for Bath’s commuters fighting for greater rolling stock, particularly at peak time. The extra seats are being added thanks to Government funding for an additional 48 carriages on First Great Western services for Reading, the Thames Valley and into Bristol and the far south west of England.

Commenting Don Foster said, “This is great news for Bath residents that rely on using the trains at peak times. This additional funding from government will make a real difference to Bath and the surrounding towns and cities”

He continued, “We still face a huge challenge however in making these extra places affordable for Bath’s commuters. I will continue to push the government to live up to the coalition agreement to review rail fare increases”


Notes to editor:

1) Don Foster has signed EDM 1577 calling on the government to live up to the coalition agreement which to review rail fare increases - the full text can be found at

Don Foster fights for mobility component of DLA for people in care homes

November 16, 2023 by admin in Don in Parliament, News

Don Foster has met with Steve Webb MP to urge him to keep the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for those in care homes. Working closely with Bath MENCAP and local residents affected by the issue, Don Foster has fought to ensure it is not scrapped. Foster was the first MP to raise the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions in January 2011.

Don Foster has welcomed the conclusions of Lord Low’s independent review that states DLA mobility is essential to meeting the personal mobility needs of care home residents. It provides disabled people with choice and control over how their mobility needs are met. The report also stated that there is no overlap between the support provided by DLA mobility and that offered by local authorities. Don Foster has argued that this provides evidence for keeping the mobility component of the DLA for those in residential care homes.

Commenting Don Foster said, “I have met with the minister concerned urging him to not cut the mobility component of the DLA for those in care homes. Ending payment of the mobility component to people living in residential care would deny people control over their own lives and undermine the government’s own commitment to greater personalisation in the support provided to disabled people”.