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  • Article: Jun 29, 2020

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has joined cross-party calls for the Government to increase the pay of social care workers to at least the living wage, in recognition of their immense effort during the coronavirus public health emergency.

    In a letter to Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, the group of 38 MP's also urged the Government to offer staff additional death in service and sick pay benefits, reimbursement for travel between appointments, and to no longer be referred to as low skilled.

  • Article: Jun 26, 2020

    The Chief Executives of the Lake District National Park Authority and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority have lent their support to the campaign led by local MP Tim Farron and Cumbria Tourism for long-term financial support for the hospitality and tourism industry.

    The campaign's petition, which calls for the Government to provide a support package lasting until Spring 2021, has garnered more than 3,300 signatures since it was launched last week.

  • Article: Jun 26, 2020

    On the floor of the House of Commons yesterday, South Lakes MP Tim Farron urged ministers to ramp up testing of health and social care staff to help reopen local health services that have been forced to shut because of the pandemic.

    Speaking during a debate in Parliament, Tim said: "Does the minister agree that to keep care homes safe from the coronavirus, the testing needs to happen ​regularly, not just once or even twice, and it needs to include people displaying no symptoms whatsoever?

  • Article: Jun 25, 2020

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron today directly challenged ministers to provide a long-term package of support to save Cumbria's hospitality and tourism sector.

    Tim made the plea during a meeting with several Government ministers and Cumbrian leaders designed at discussing plans to restart the local economy.

  • Article: Jun 25, 2020

    Responding to the announcement from the Prime Minister about relaxing the lockdown, South Lakes MP Tim Farron said: "It's good that the Government have finally published the guidance to help our local hospitality and tourism businesses reopen in a way that is safe for both employees and customers.

    "While today's news is welcome and will give a much-needed boost for hospitality businesses here in the Lakes and Dales, many simply won't be able to survive beyond October, when the Government's support schemes run out, especially with social distancing restrictions still in place.