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

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  • TF Kendal

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has this morning welcomed the news that South Lakeland will gain £737,654 from the New Homes Bonus. Tim has called on the council to use some of that funding to improve facilities for young people on the Kendal Parks estate.

    The New Homes Bonus is a grant paid by central government to local councils for increasing the number of homes and their use. Today the allocation for 2015/16 was announced by the government for local authorities throughout England. The New Homes Bonus allocation for South Lakeland will total £737,654. This includes an affordable homes premium of £23,240.

    Article / Jan 30, 2015
  • TF rural

    Measures to grant the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) powers to fine UK supermarkets have been laid in Parliament, Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced. This news has been welcomed by South Lakes MP and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hill Farming, Tim Farron, as a 'great win for farmers and suppliers'.

    Article / Jan 29, 2015
  • Tim at Gilkes

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has thanked the Lib Dem-run South Lakeland District Council for putting a further £5,000 into a scheme announced yesterday to fund apprenticeships in the South Lakes.

    Yesterday, the County Council's Lib Dem-run Local Committee announced that they will keep funding apprenticeships with a grant of £20,000 building on their work in previous years. They have also earmarked a further £10,000 to fund a new pilot project to provide traineeships or work experience for disadvantaged young people.

    Article / Jan 29, 2015
  • Tim in Westminster

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed the news that the government has agreed to a fresh £20 million package of improvements in infrastructure throughout Cumbria. Tim has been in discussion with the government about the package and has pointed to further funding for Phase 2 of Connecting Cumbria which will provide additional broadband coverage to thousands more homes.
    The Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has agreed an expansion to its Growth Deal with the Government which will see an extra £20.9m invested in Cumbria between 2016 and 2021. This is in addition to the £26.8m of funding committed by the Government on last July. It means the deal is now worth a total of £47.7 million.

    Over the lifetime of the Growth Deal the Local Enterprise Partnership estimates that up to 3000 new jobs could be created and 3000 new homes built. They estimate the Growth Deal has the potential to generate £60m of public and private investment.

    Phase 2 of Connecting Cumbria will extend availability of Superfast Broadband to an additional 5,000 premises over and above the approximately 111,000 covered by Phase 1. Phase 2 will extend coverage to approximately 95%, meaning it will be bringing broadband to more isolated rural areas and will have a more complex technical nature.
    This adds to the projects that were announced in July which included some key improvements for South Lakeland including:

    Article / Jan 29, 2015
  • Tim at Gilkes

    At today's meeting in Kendal, Lib Dem councillors voted for funding to be allocated to help young people into work. £20,000 will support more apprenticeships and a further £10,000 will fund a new pilot project to provide traineeships or work experience for disadvantaged young people. South Lakes MP Tim Farron has praised Cumbria County Council's Local Committee for South Lakeland for securing more funding for apprenticeships.

    Article / Jan 28, 2015