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Tim Farron MP signing the BritORA broadband petition with Adrian Quine.
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  • Tim and the Lib Dems at WGH
    Article: Mar 25, 2015

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has expressed his surprise that the Falconer review of maternity services hardly mentions the Helme Chase unit and has called the report a 'serious missed opportunity'.

    The review was commissioned from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists during autumn 2014 by the Cumbria and North Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups. The 'preferred option' in the report is for four consultant-led maternity units at Carlisle, Whitehaven, Barrow and Lancaster with the immediate development of midwifery-led units alongside them at Carlisle and Lancaster and in the longer term to evaluate the development of the same at Barrow and Whitehaven.

  • MP Tim Farron has hailed a 'major step forward' in the campaign to deal with the long running flooding issues by the railway bridge at Parkside Road. Tim has praised local campaigner Chris Hogg for leading the community campaign to fix the flooding
    Article: Mar 24, 2015

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed the news that councillors have approved £65,000 to fund the scheme to deal with the flooding on Parkside Road. Tim has thanked Clare Feeney-Johnson, Chris Hogg and Shirley Evans for their 'unstinting' work on this issue over many years.

    Today, at Cumbria County Council's South Lakeland Local Committee councillors agreed that funds be allocated to deal with the long standing issue.

  • 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: Mar 24, 2015

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed the news that South Lakeland was the top place in Cumbria for businesses to be created.

    Figures collated by the organisation Banksearch show that there were 589 business start-ups in Cumbria in the quarter Nov 14-Jan 15. The highest number of start-ups, 163 was in South Lakeland (28% of all start-ups) followed by Carlisle with 111 (19%) and Allerdale with 89 (15%).

  • TF rural
    Article: Mar 20, 2015

    Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale and Chair of the Hill Farming APPG, has welcomed this morning's announcement that DEFRA will be re-launching their Basic Payment Scheme claim system, with the reintroduction of paper forms.

    The Governments new £154m website went live last year and for the first time ever, the application process was online only. This was a massive change from the system local farmers have long come to expect and performance issues have been rife. Problems have been made worse by a backdrop of significant broadband issues in Upland areas.

  • TF Kendal
    Article: Mar 19, 2015

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed news that unemployment in Westmorland & Lonsdale is 174 people lower than a year ago.

    This includes 253 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and 30 people who were claiming Universal Credit but were not in employment (provisional estimate; rounded to the nearest ten). Some of these Universal Credit claimants may no longer be seeking work.