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Tim Farron MP signing the BritORA broadband petition with Adrian Quine.
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Group of campaigners outside Westmorland General Hospital
  • TF Kendal
    Article: Feb 24, 2015

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has today welcomed the news that the independent body which advises the Government on the National Minimum Wage is to recommend that it be increased by 3%.

    The above-inflation rise would take the adult rate from £6.50 to 6.70 an hour, the biggest rise since 2008.

    Business Secretary Vince Cable said the Low Pay Commission's recommendations had always been accepted by politicians. If approved, the increase would apply from October. The Low Pay Commission's recommendations to the Government for the 2015 rates are as follows:

  • Tim and the Lib Dems at WGH
    Article: Feb 23, 2015

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has thanked the 988 people who have signed his petition calling to bring back 24 hour maternity care to the Helme Chase unit at Westmorland General Hospital over the last seven days.

    Until recently the unit was staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Now midwives are on call from home overnight and at weekends. Tim has today reiterated his call for hospital bosses to publicly confirm that changes to staffing at the unit are only temporary. He wrote to the trust in December and has received a deeply unsatisfactory response from senior trust officials.

  • Tim at Gilkes
    Article: Feb 23, 2015

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed the news that unemployment in Westmorland & Lonsdale is 170 people lower than it was a year ago. These figures give Westmorland one of the lowest unemployment rate in the UK.

    Figures released by the Office of National Statistics show that the number of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants in Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency in January 2015 was 265. This represents a rate of 0.6% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The number of claimants is 170 lower than in January 2014.

  • Petition: Feb 13, 2015

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has launched a petition to bring back 24 hour maternity care to the Helme Chase unit at Westmorland General Hospital.

    Until recently the unit was staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Now midwives are on call from home overnight and at weekends. Tim has today reiterated his call for hospital bosses to publicly confirm that changes to staffing at the unit are only temporary, but is still waiting for the hospitals trust to clarify that this is a temporary measure. He wrote to the trust in December and has so far not received a reply.

    We, the undersigned, call on the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust to reinstate Helme Chase as a staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week maternity unit at Westmorland General. Now midwives are on call from home overnight and at weekends. We call for hospital bosses to publicly confirm that changes to staffing at Kendal's Helme Chase maternity unit are only temporary and to bring back 24 hour maternity services.

  • Tim and the Lib Dems at WGH
    Article: Feb 13, 2015

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has today launched a petition to bring back 24 hour maternity care to the Helme Chase unit at Westmorland General Hospital.

    Until recently the unit was staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Now midwives are on call from home overnight and at weekends. Tim has today reiterated his call for hospital bosses to publicly confirm that changes to staffing at the unit are only temporary, but is still waiting for the hospitals trust to clarify that this is a temporary measure. He wrote to the trust in December and has so far not received a reply.