Don Foster MP

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Job Advert: Part Time Junior Caseworker

November 16, 2023 by admin in Liberal Democrats, News

Job Title: Part Time Junior Caseworker

Working for: Don Foster MP

Location: Bath constituency office

Salary: £15,000 pro rata

Hours: 2-3 days a week negotiable upon candidate

Job details: We are looking for an enthusiastic caseworker to work part-time in our busy constituency office. The candidate will be required to undertake constituency casework relating to national and local issues. You will also be required to undertake general office duties.

Key tasks

  • Provide advice and support to constituents on a variety of issues through liaison with Government agencies, the voluntary sector and others to resolve matters.
  • Provide information, advice and support for individuals on a range of financial, health, housing and other issues.
  • Liaise with the appropriate Government agencies, the voluntary sector and others to resolve matters for constituents.
  • Draft correspondence

Essential criteria:

  • Strong written and spoken English
  • Ability to perform under pressure
  • Strong communication skills and be able to work in a small team
  • A broad interest in politics and current affairs
  • A sympathy with aims and values of the Liberal Democrats
  • Enthusiasm

Desirable criteria:

  • Previous casework experience
  • Good local knowledge

Closing Date:

14th December at 12 noon

Interviews date:

Wednesday 21st December in Bath

To apply: Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you are suitable to donfoster@parliament.uk

www.bathlibdems.org.uk

Don Foster hails entrepreneurial spirit in Bath

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

The launch of new businesslink.gov.uk online services at the start of ‘Global Entrepreneurship Week’ has been welcomed by Don Foster MP as a boost for Bath’s entrepreneurs.

Providing a single point of contact for businesses and start-ups seeking high-quality information and support, the website will offer two critical new services that will help entrepreneurs to drive business growth:

  • My New Business, which provides support on how best to set up a new business; and
  • The Growth and Improvement Service, which is designed to be the first place to go for essential information, support and services for businesses new and old.

Commenting Don Foster said, “We need to do everything that we can to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses - and create jobs for local people here in Bath.

He continued, “I was especially pleased to see the service embracing online innovations such as cloud computing and social media.

“This will make a real practical difference to existing business owners and people thinking of starting their own firm in Bath. We already have many great local businesses here and I want to see more of them.”

ENDS

Don Foster comments on Occupy Bath

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

I believe Occupy Bath is meeting this Saturday to discuss and decide upon the future of the protest. Although I have received no formal invite to the meeting, I would still have liked to have attended. Unfortunately I already have other engagements in Bath which prevent me from doing so. I am happy to continue talking with the protestors and looking for common ground on which to work.

There are two aspects of what they are saying with which I agree; the need to continue to take further steps to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor and the need to make further changes to our banking system.

On the first, the government has already taken steps in the right direction (such as raising the tax threshold, taking nearly 1million of the lowest paid out of paying any tax, and providing extra funds through the Pupil Premium for schools to help the education of the least well off) but still more needs to be done. And, I remain convinced that there should be no removal, at this stage, of the 50% tax rate (unless it is replaced with an alternative which is equally targeted at the better off). There are also some aspects of the benefits system that I also want changed. For example, having been the first MP to raise concern about the proposal to abolish the mobility component of DLA for people in care homes, I am continuing to lobby government to ensure that it is dropped.

On the second, we have introduced the Banking Levy, which is significantly higher than that of the previous government, and have made some reforms to the “bonus” arrangements. But we still need to move to a situation where the “high street lending” role of banks is separated from their “casino” activities. While we clearly need to support the “high street lending” activities, I see no reason why the government (and, therefore, tax payers) should bail out banks that fail in their casino activities. And, while some progress has been made in getting the banks to lend more to SMEs especially, more needs to be done.