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  • Article: Sep 30, 2016

    A damning government inquiry published this week about late-night hospital discharges for elderly patients must lead to real reform, South Lakes MP Tim Farron has insisted.

    The Public Administration Committee's report highlights "worrying and unsafe discharge practices", acknowledging the "human costs of poor discharge, causing suffering and distress for patients, and anguish for their carers and relatives". The report concluded this is a "persistent problem" and recommended that the Health Secretary introduce changes so that "only those who want to be are discharged between 11pm and 6am".

  • Article: Sep 29, 2016

    Local MP Tim Farron has welcomed a national report showing that the quality of life and wellbeing of South Lakes residents is amongst the highest in the North West and significantly above the national average.

    The report released this week by the Office for National Statistics reveals that the life satisfaction of residents in the South Lakes is the joint second highest of any local authority in the North West, and is significantly above the average for the UK.

  • Article: Sep 28, 2016

    South Lakeland MP Tim Farron has taken part in a consultation over the removal of permanent 24hr cover at the Helme Chase maternity unit in Kendal, and is urging the public to make their views known to the Trust.

    The changes were first introduced in December 2014 on a temporary basis, and it is now proposed that the changes be made permanent. These changes have removed 24hr permanent cover at the unit, moving to an on-call service at night, weekends and bank holidays. The changes have also seen post-natal care removed from the unit.

  • Petition: Sep 27, 2016

    I/We the undersigned call on the government to use up-to-date figures to calculate the education budget for Cumbria's schools. Schools currently face a £5.8million deficit because the higher needs budget is based on 2013 figures, despite the fact that there has been an 80% increase in the number of Cumbrian pupils eligible for extra provision since that date.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2016

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron is calling on the government to save Cumbria's schools from severe cuts by using up-to-date figures to calculate special needs funding budgets for the county.

    The government is still basing the 'High Needs Block' of Cumbria's education budget on figures from 2013. However, since then, there has been an increase of 80% in the number of pupils eligible for assistance and extra provision through the higher needs funding block.