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  • Article: Jan 13, 2022

    In Parliament last night, local MP Tim Farron urged Health Ministers to bring a long-awaited radiotherapy unit to Kendal's Westmorland General Hospital.

    In the South Lakes, cancer patients have to make a 2-3 hour round trip for five days a week, for weeks on end to reach their nearest treatment radiotherapy centre in Preston.

  • Article: Jan 11, 2022

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron is calling for the Government to take action on the growing staffing crisis in social care after it was revealed that the number of care homes in has fallen by almost a third.

    New figures from the House of Commons Library at the number of care homes in the county has dropped by 32% since 2015 from 213 down to 145.

  • Article: Jan 7, 2022

    On the floor of the House of Commons this week, South Lakes MP Tim Farron slammed Conservative ministers for throwing Cumbrian farmers under a bus in their new trade deal with Australia.

    The National Farmers' Union have described the deal as "one-sided" and "damaging", while the RSPCA have warned that it could "sell out" Britain's high animal welfare standards.

  • Article: Jan 6, 2022

    This afternoon, South Lakes MP Tim Farron led a debate in Parliament on the housing crisis created by excessive second home ownership.

    During his speech, Tim presented a seven point plan to limit the number of second homes and make more affordable homes available for local families:

    1. Make second homes and holiday lets new and separate categories of planning use. This would mean that councils and national parks would have the power to put a limit on the number of such properties in each town and village, protecting the majority of houses for permanent occupation.
  • Article: Jan 5, 2022

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron will lead a debate in Parliament tomorrow on the housing crisis in rural communities caused by the rise in second homes and holiday lets.

    In South Lakeland there has been a 32% increase in the number of holiday lets in the district over the past year.

    Meanwhile a meeting of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority last year heard that 3,100 of the national park's 12,000 properties were now holiday lets and second homes.