Clumsy government end to furlough increases worker uncertainty

The blanket ending of government furlough support from 1 October shows a ‘clumsy one-size-fits-all’ approach that doesn’t match the needs of workers across the West of England, says Metro Mayor Dan Norris. “The pandemic has not ended,” says Dan Norris. “People are still getting ill with Covid-19. With winter approaching, a clear end is definitelyContinue reading “Clumsy government end to furlough increases worker uncertainty”

Sir Keir Starmer looks to the future

Speaking from Labour Party Conference following Sir Keir Starmer’s Leader’s Speech, West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “Today we heard a deeply personal speech from Keir, setting out his values. His decency, honesty and sense of service shone through. “But the speech was much more than this, it set out a serious future-focusedContinue reading “Sir Keir Starmer looks to the future”

Tonic for Bedminster shop as new mobile bar caters for growing social event demand

A South Bristol craft beer shop and bar will be lifting spirits as it goes on the road with a mobile bar thanks to a grant from the West of England Combined Authority led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris. The Metro Mayor visited Alpha Bottle Shop & Tap, where owners Emily Penney and Mike FenlonContinue reading “Tonic for Bedminster shop as new mobile bar caters for growing social event demand”

Building a better future – literally! Metro Mayor opens new Advanced Construction Skills Centre

The foundations were laid for a brighter future for thousands of young people from south Bristol and beyond when Metro Mayor Dan Norris formally opened the new City of Bristol College Advanced Construction Skills Centre in Hengrove.  Students at the Hengrove Centre will be able to learn trades such as bricklaying, carpentry and construction, andContinue reading “Building a better future – literally! Metro Mayor opens new Advanced Construction Skills Centre”

Government ‘cloth ears’ risks impact on local businesses

As fuel runs dry at the pumps across the region Metro Mayor Dan Norris, who is responsible for jobs, business investment and skills said: “We could see this coming a mile off. The alarm bells have been ringing for months. But this government has cloth ears and seems to be incapable of horizon scanning. “OverContinue reading “Government ‘cloth ears’ risks impact on local businesses”