Many girls still believe that some science subjects are not for them - almost half of all state-schools had no girls taking A-level physics in recent years, this is further reflected in choices of university degree. Campaigners have suggested that this is in part because the future aspirations of girls and boys are set at a very early age.
Record number of disadvantaged students getting university places, according to a UCAS report released today, disadvantaged young people are over 10% more likely to enter higher education than they were a year ago.
As the number of university entrants passed 500,000 for the first time this year, the gap between the most advantaged and the most disadvantaged students is at its lowest.
Liberal Democrats are supporting Community Banking in order to break up the power of the big banks and to support local investment and lending in rural areas.
“Many farmers struggle to survive because of changes in pricing and unfair competition. It can be a struggle to live off the land, but many new and innovative small businesses are trying to do so. As MP for West Dorset I would really want to strengthen their hand. It’s about developing skills and making financial support available,” says prospective MP Ros Kayes. “When I obtained the funding for the Skills for Self Reliance project teaching coppicing, permaculture, renewable energy systems and other green skills across West Dorset it really made me see the value of working with landowners and young people to support them in developing their skills.”
West Dorset District Council has just announced plans to cut £9.4 million from its budget by 2020. “What is both very disturbing and deeply cynical is that the Conservatives who run the Council won’t say where the axe is set to fall until after next May’s elections,” said Dorchester Councillor Andy Canning.
New West Dorset Council Offices costing £9.7 million
Home buyers in West Dorset will pay £4,633 less in Stamp Duty under new Coalition reforms, research by the Liberal Democrats has shown.The new system - announced at the Autumn Statement - is based on a long-standing Liberal Democrat policy and will significantly reduce the cost of moving house. People buying homes worth less than £935,000 will now pay less Stamp Duty than they did before, while those buying the most expensive properties will pay more.
Dibden View – a scheme of 57 affordable homes which Ros was closely involved in designing and developing