West of England Metro Mayor fails on post-Brexit funds

Not a single village, town or city in the West of England Metro Mayor area features on a new list of priority areas set to receive cash for skills and training. Every other Metro Mayor in the country, except in the West of England, has made it onto a special list announced in the BudgetContinue reading “West of England Metro Mayor fails on post-Brexit funds”

Budget lacks ambition for West of England says Labour Metro Mayor Candidate

Reacting to the Chancellor’s Budget statement, Dan Norris, Labour’s candidate for West of England metro mayor said: “What a disappointment. A budget that is truly lacking in ambition for the West of England. There was no mention of the NHS, or social care, or schools, or teachers. There was nothing on crime or restoring our area’s highContinue reading “Budget lacks ambition for West of England says Labour Metro Mayor Candidate”

Rural Broadband

More than four in 10 farmers still don’t have adequate fast and reliable broadband in order to run a modern-day farming business, according to a new NFU survey.The results highlight how business growth is hampered by persistent poor connectivity and mobile coverage in rural areas. Labour’s Dan Norris said: “My rural broadband signal drops inContinue reading “Rural Broadband”

Bath in top 10 “hollowed out” jobs threat

Labour analysis of Office for National Statistics figures has highlighted that Bath and North East Somerset is in the top 10 places most at risk in the country of seeing their high streets “hollowed out” due to the impact of Covid on hospitality, tourism, non-essential retail and leisure businesses. 11.7% of all businesses across EnglandContinue reading “Bath in top 10 “hollowed out” jobs threat”

“Missing” students could decimate Bristol and Bath’s future funding

Students who are at holiday addresses rather than term term addresses due to the Covid lockdown will skew census data, warned Metro Mayor candidate Dan Norris today. This could lead to Bath and Bristol missing out on vital funding.  The Census is due to take place on Sunday 21 March but many of the 60,000 University ofContinue reading ““Missing” students could decimate Bristol and Bath’s future funding”