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  • Creating a thriving high street in Kendal and other towns in South Lakeland is a key Council Plan priority for SLDC. (South Lakeland District Council)
    Article: Dec 17, 2014

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed news that unemployment in Westmorland & Lonsdale is 147 people lower than a year ago. These figures give Westmorland amongst the lowest unemployment rate in the UK.

    The figures released this morning by the Office of National Statistics show that the number of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants in Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency in November 2014 was 235.This represents a rate of 0.6% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 5th lowest unemployment rate of the 650 UK constituencies.

  • Tim speaking in Parliament
    Article: Dec 17, 2014

    Big companies could be forced to publish the pay gap between male and female employees following a vote in Parliament on Tuesday. South Lakes MP Tim Farron was one of the prominent MP's supporting the bill.

    The bill, if it becomes law, will put a duty on companies with over 250 employees to publish their figures on the pay gap between the men and women working for them. An attempt to get companies to publish voluntarily has failed, with only five out of around 7,000 large companies actually producing the information and as a result MP's like Tim supported the proposal to put this idea on a more statutory footing.

  • Tim in Westminster
    Article: Dec 17, 2014

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron called for more support and apprenticeships in the UK film industry in parliament yesterday. The idea for his contribution came from Kendal College student Emilio Methven who Tim met at one of his impromptu advice surgeries under the birdcage last Friday.

    Tim spoke in a Westminster Hall debate yesterday morning about investment in the UK film industry. Emilio met Tim on Friday and mentioned the film industry, at their meeting Tim discussed the forthcoming debate and Emilio offered to discuss the issue with his fellow students on the course. He emailed Tim over the weekend with the results of those discussions and Tim used them in parliament as a basis for his contribution in the debate.

  • Tim Farron with local residents at a Post Office
    Article: Dec 16, 2014

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed the new £250million, seven-year contract for the Post Office card account (POCA) announced by the Government today.

    The card account is used by around 2.5m people to claim their pensions and benefits at their local post office. Lib Dem Pensions Minister Steve Webb told MPs that the new contract will run from March 2015.

  • Tim and the Lib Dems at WGH
    Article: Dec 16, 2014

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has commented on figures that show that 51 operations a month are being cancelled at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust. Tim has said that these figures are unacceptable.

    The figures released by the Department of Health and NHS England show that between July and September 153 operations across the trust's three hospitals were cancelled.