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  • Tim Farron
    Article: Sep 10, 2018

    Local MP Tim Farron will launch a petition at this year's Westmorland County Show on Thursday which calls on the Government to allow local authorities to increase council tax on second homes to support local communities.

    Earlier this summer the Government has announced it is giving the power to local authorities to triple council tax on homes left empty for five to ten years - and quadruple it on those vacant for longer.

  • Tim Farron Parliament Speech DEFRA
    Article: Sep 10, 2018

    Local MP Tim Farron has criticised the Government for refusing to back down on draconian measures which are robbing local hospital trusts of millions of pounds.

    Trusts who are having to borrow money due to severe underfunding from central Government are being charged 3% interest by the Treasury.

    Morecambe Bay Trust in South Cumbria are currently running a £63m deficit as a result of chronic underfunding and are therefore having to pay around £2m a year back to the Government.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Sep 7, 2018

    Commenting on the news that the Conservative Government have scrapped a planned tax cut for millions of self-employed workers, local MP Tim Farron said:

    "This is yet another kick in the teeth for local hard-working small business owners.

    "Over the past 18 months the Government has tried to raise their National Insurance Contributions, and attempted to drag them into charging VAT, and now they're shelving plans to give them a much-needed tax break.

  • Tim and Sarah Wollaston
    Article: Sep 6, 2018

    Local MP Tim Farron has met with the chair of the influential Commons Health and Social Care Committee to gather support for his campaign for radiotherapy services to be easily accessible for all cancer patients.

    In his role as the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Radiotherapy, Tim made the case to Sarah Wollaston for extra investment into radiotherapy treatment.

  • Tim Farron Parliament Speech DEFRA
    Article: Sep 5, 2018

    Local MP Tim Farron has called for lower caps on deposits for rents to help combat an increase in the number of homeless people in the South Lakes.

    South Lakeland District Council says the number of people who applied for homelessness assistance has trebled over the past 12 months from 61, up to 167.