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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”

Tory Metro Mayor failing on apprenticeships

“Must do better”: that is the message from Labour Metro Mayor candidate Dan Norris as he slammed the Conservative West of England Metro Mayor for failing on apprenticeships.  Latest figures show that during the current Metro Mayor’s term of office the number of new apprenticeships in the West of England has plummeted. There are 1630 fewer inContinue reading “Tory Metro Mayor failing on apprenticeships”

SAFER INTERNET MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER SAYS LABOUR MAYOR CANDIDATE

Safer Internet Day is more important than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic warned Labour Metro Mayor candidate Dan Norris. With more and more everyday tasks taking place online the amount of screen time for children has soared. The annual awareness day sees kids and their parents get top tips and advice on how to tackleContinue reading “SAFER INTERNET MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER SAYS LABOUR MAYOR CANDIDATE”

Housing Roundtable

Housing leaders from across the West of England attended a housing roundtable organised by Dan Norris and The National Housing Federation. Dan said: “This was one of the best meetings I’ve had as Labour’s Metro Mayor candidate. They were direct, passionate, and clear about what our area’s housing needs are now and the challenges ofContinue reading “Housing Roundtable”

Dan Norris backs calls for “smart” furlough

Dan Norris has backed calls for the Chancellor to introduce a “smart” extension of the furlough scheme ahead of the April cliff edge. The Chancellor initially planned a one-size-fits-all wind down of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme last July. After several last-minute changes over the autumn and winter, the scheme is now set to expireContinue reading “Dan Norris backs calls for “smart” furlough”

Thousands in Bristol living with Grenfell-style cladding

Around 7,000 people in Bristol are still living in flats with flammable cladding, almost four years after the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in which 72 people died in their homes. At least 51 high rise buildings in Bristol are still waiting to have dangerous cladding removed, suggesting there are approximately 7,000 people in the cityContinue reading “Thousands in Bristol living with Grenfell-style cladding”

Environment jobs snatched away from Bristol

Labour’s Mayoral candidate Dan Norris has hit out at today’s (26th January 2021) Government announcement on the location of the new Office of Environmental Protection. Bristol was expected to be the home of the powerful independent regulator but a last minute U-turn by the Government means it will be sent to Worcester instead. The decisionContinue reading “Environment jobs snatched away from Bristol”

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Kingswood and Bristol High street workers deserve better on sick pay

It’s a kick in the teeth for Kingswood and Bristol Wilko keyworker high street heroes as the company cuts their sick pay. The discount high street chain remained open throughout the pandemic thanks to the hard work and dedication of their employees. But Wilko has repaid this loyalty by announcing devastating cuts to the sick pay ofContinue reading “Kingswood and Bristol High street workers deserve better on sick pay”

Don’t Cut Care Worker Pay

Local care workers could be left hundreds of pounds out of pocket warned Dan Norris as the government consider post- Brexit changes to holiday pay and safe working hours. Under the current rules, workers are entitled to a week’s pay for each week of statutory leave that they take, and employers have to include regularContinue reading “Don’t Cut Care Worker Pay”

Metro Mayor candidate backs Bristol MP’s ‘social tariff’ for broadband

Dan Norris is backing a campaign to require low-cost broadband for families on low incomes. Bristol North West Labour MP Darren Jones, is calling on the Government to use existing powers to provide a ‘social tariff’ for broadband for families with children eligible for free school meals. These proposals would mean that the over 21000Continue reading “Metro Mayor candidate backs Bristol MP’s ‘social tariff’ for broadband”

GOVERNMENT SHOULD BUZZ OFF

The West of England’s buzzing bees are under threat after the Government reversed a ban on bee-killing pesticides.  Dan Norris, Metro Mayor candidate and former Labour Environment minister, has slammed the Government decision to allow the controversial chemicals known as neonicotinoids to be sprayed on fields.  Mr Norris, who as rural affairs minister held nationalContinue reading “GOVERNMENT SHOULD BUZZ OFF”

New lockdown

We are a critical moment in our fight against coronavirus. The virus is out of control, more and more people are getting infected by the disease and this is putting immense pressure on our amazing NHS. That is why Dan Norris backs this new lockdown. But it did not have to be this way. DanContinue reading “New lockdown”

RAIL FARES SET TO RISE BY INFLATION-BUSTING 2.6% NEXT YEAR

Rail season tickets between Bath Spa and London are set to rise by an inflation-busting £274 next year. The government has changed the rules on regulated rail fare rises, putting them up by July’s inflation figure plus 1% – a total of 2.6%. For several years, rises have been linked directly to the inflation rate.Continue reading “RAIL FARES SET TO RISE BY INFLATION-BUSTING 2.6% NEXT YEAR”

18,000+ JUMP IN LOCAL UNEMPLOYMENT

18,495 more Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, and South Gloucestershire residents are out of work since lockdown began according to new figures released today. There are now 31,595 people across the area aged between 16 and 64 claiming unemployment related benefits. The news came as national labour market stats showed the number of peopleContinue reading “18,000+ JUMP IN LOCAL UNEMPLOYMENT”

BIG JUMP IN WEST OF ENGLAND UNEMPLOYED

18,495 more West of England people are out of work since lockdown began according to new figures released today. There are now 31,595 people in the city aged between 16 and 64 claiming unemployment related benefits. The news came as national labour market stats showed the number of people reporting they had been made redundantContinue reading “BIG JUMP IN WEST OF ENGLAND UNEMPLOYED”

MAYORAL HOPEFUL SLAMS CHANCELLOR FOR KEY WORKER PAY CUT

Mayoral hopeful Dan Norris has slammed Chancellor Rishi Sunak for plans to hit every key worker earning over £18,000 with a real-terms pay cut next year – the teachers, police officers and Armed Forces personnel on the front line of the battle against Covid-19. At the Spending Review on 25 November, the Chancellor announced aContinue reading “MAYORAL HOPEFUL SLAMS CHANCELLOR FOR KEY WORKER PAY CUT”

NO ONE SHOULD NEED TO SPEND CHRISTMAS ON THE STREETS

Labour is calling on the Government to commit that no one in the West of England will spend this winter on the streets. Research by charity HomelessLink found one third of homeless organisations and local authorities expect there will be thousands fewer beds available across the country, While many rough sleepers were given emergency accommodationContinue reading “NO ONE SHOULD NEED TO SPEND CHRISTMAS ON THE STREETS”

ARCADIA GROUP COLLAPSE – MAYORAL HOPEFUL COMMENTS

The Arcadia group has collapsed into administration, putting 13,000 jobs at risk. The group includes popular high street stores including Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Evans and Burton. Labour Metro Mayor hopeful Dan Norris said: “My thoughts are with those whose jobs are at risk. Through what has been a difficult year for many, retailContinue reading “ARCADIA GROUP COLLAPSE – MAYORAL HOPEFUL COMMENTS”

THORNBURY WORKWEAR COMPANY WINS PRAISE FROM LABOUR LEADER AND METRO MAYOR HOPEFUL

A Thornbury Workwear company has received a special “virtual visit” from Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and Metro Mayor hopeful Dan Norris, who praised the company for protecting frontline Covid heroes. Sir Keir and Mr Norris held a zoom meeting with Alexandra Workwear where they met managing director Martin Lyne and staff who explained how theContinue reading “THORNBURY WORKWEAR COMPANY WINS PRAISE FROM LABOUR LEADER AND METRO MAYOR HOPEFUL”

‘STICKING PLASTER SPENDING REVIEW, NOT ENOUGH’ SAYS LABOUR MAYOR HOPEFUL

The Government’s Spending Review announced today is a sticking plaster to cover the crisis for jobs and businesses, says Labour West of England Metro Mayor candidate Dan Norris. Speaking after the Chancellor’s Statement Mr Norris said:  “The Chancellor told us how the UK’s economy has shrunk by 10%. We know we have a worse downturnContinue reading “‘STICKING PLASTER SPENDING REVIEW, NOT ENOUGH’ SAYS LABOUR MAYOR HOPEFUL”

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LOCKDOWN ENDS IN TIERS – CERTAINTY NEEDED FOR JOBS AND BUSINESSES SAYS MAYORAL HOPEFUL

The government’s plan following the lifting of lockdown will be judged on whether it brings certainty for business and carries the confidence of the public, says Labour’s Metro Mayor hopeful Dan Norris. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement Mr Norris called on the Government to urgently set out a plan for local businesses, describing the uncertaintyContinue reading “LOCKDOWN ENDS IN TIERS – CERTAINTY NEEDED FOR JOBS AND BUSINESSES SAYS MAYORAL HOPEFUL”

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