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  • Article: Feb 24, 2017

    With just one week to go until the deadline, South Lakeland MP Tim Farron is encouraging local community projects to apply to a bank fund giving out grants of up to £35,000.

    The NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund is currently open to charities, social enterprises, community groups, state-funded schools and colleges. To be eligible, the project must focus on a disadvantaged community and help people to develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to help themselves - skills that will increase their financial capability, or enable them to get into work or start a business, now or in the future. The maximum amount that an organisation can apply for is £35,000.

  • Article: Feb 23, 2017

    Local MP Tim Farron has welcomed South Lakeland District Council's budget plans for the year ahead, which were approved last night at a meeting of the full council.

    The budget is designed to put the council on a solid economic footing going forward while enabling it to protect front-line services and achieve its objectives as set out in the Council Plan. The Council remains on track to meet its target of delivering 1000 affordable homes to rent and 1000 new jobs by 2025, alongside a range of other achievements. SLDC's part of the council tax bill will go up by £5 per year for a Band D property, which equates to less than 10p per week.

  • Article: Feb 23, 2017

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has slammed the government for putting the NHS under "extreme and unsustainable pressure" as NHS data released today shows that the occupancy rate during the last quarter for day-only beds at local hospitals was 100%. Tim is calling for an emergency NHS funding boost to be announced in the upcoming budget.

  • Tim at the site of the Grayrigg rail crash in February 2007
    Article: Feb 23, 2017

    10 years on from the Grayrigg Train Crash, South Lakes MP Tim Farron reflects on this tragic incident which cost one passenger her life and stunned the local community.

    Margaret Masson, 84, from Glasgow, died after the Virgin train derailed on the West Coast Main Line on the 23rd February 2007, while more than 80 others were injured. The train had been travelling at 95mph and had hit a 'degraded and unsafe' set of points.

  • Article: Feb 22, 2017

    In a speech today at an event hosted by Policy Exchange, South Lakes MP Tim Farron will call for a tidal lagoon in Morecambe Bay, as part of a green industrial revolution to power the economy of the future.

    In Tim's speech, he will call for the UK to lead the world in new green technology, saying "The low carbon and no carbon economy will be underpinned and driven by industries which will be worth trillions globally in the next few decades. It is a new industrial revolution. We can do as the Victorians did and lead it, prosper from it, and stand tall across the globe as a consequence."