Tim Farron MP signing the BritORA broadband petition with Adrian Quine.

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Group of campaigners outside Westmorland General Hospital

Saving Our Services

  • Tim in Sedbergh

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has echoed a call from the Local Government Association for the ban on term-time holidays from school to be scrapped, so head teachers can take a "common-sense approach".

    Since September last year, local councils have been obliged to fine parents who take children out of school for unauthorised absences. But today the Local Government Association says the new rules do not recognise the complexities of family life. Tim has followed up on these calls and asked Ministers to rescind this rule that, he believes, hits rural and tourist areas like the South Lakes disproportionately hard.

    Article / Oct 24, 2014
  • TF Kendal

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron is encouraging education and training organisations to get involved in the Money for Life Challenge, a national competition to encourage young people to improve their money management skills.

    The Money for Life Challenge is a national competition which provides grants for 16 to 24 year olds to run a project to improve money management skills in their communities. The most inspiring and impactful projects progress to the National Finals and the UK Grand Final, with great prizes on offer.

    Article / Oct 24, 2014
  • Minister for Schools David Laws MP met with South Lakes MP Tim Farron and Councillor Clare Feeney-Johnson discuss the issue of rural bus subsidies for students in Westminster this week.

    Minister for Schools David Laws MP met with South Lakes MP Tim Farron and Councillor Clare Feeney-Johnson discuss the issue of rural bus subsidies for students in Westminster this week

    Recent changes means that young people have to stay in some form of education or training until they turn 18. However, travel to school for 16+ young people is not a statutory duty for Councils to fund, leaving many families having to pay up to £360 towards their Childs transport.

    Article / Oct 23, 2014
  • Tim Farron MP at Kendal Nursery School

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed the news that the nearly 1000 young people in Cumbria will benefit from the new Early Years Pupil Premium.

    At 10am this morning the Government released the allocations for the Early Years Pupil Premium. This is a new policy that will help three and four year olds from April 2015 aims to support providers to bridge this gap with additional funding, approximately £300 for each eligible child.

    Article / Oct 23, 2014
  • Tim in Westminster

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has stepped up his campaign to protect rural GP practices by introducing a Presentation Bill in the House of Commons.

    Tim yesterday proposed the General Practitioner Surgeries (Rural Areas) Bill 2014-15 which would create a strategic fund for small GP practices to access to deal with the potential impact of funding cuts due to the removal of the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee (MPIG).

    Article / Oct 22, 2014