Shared Parental Leave to come into effect

In only 8 weeks time parents will be able to share up to 50 weeks of Parental Leave. This is an incredible step as it means285,000 working couples a year are expected to be eligible for Shared Parental Leave. 

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80 000 versus 2 000 000

Ed Miliband stated on Monday that he would introduce 80 000 apprenticeships a year. This is pathetic next to the 2 million high quality, high level apprenticeships created by Vince Cable and the Lib Dems in government.

Two million is twice the amount produced by Labour when they were in power. 

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Campaign launched to help people save on their energy bills

A campaign has been launched to help people save on their energy bills by switching suppliers. Recently energy prices have gone down and it's time people took advantage of it.

Ros Kayes, our PPC says: "This is particularly relevant issue in West Dorset - fuel poverty is a lot more severe in rural areas as people need to use a lot more energy than they do in towns and yet get the same heating allowances. Showing people they can save money through switching providers is a great step but doesn't go far enough in addressing the rural imbalance."

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Conservative welfare plans: punishing the young

At a time when, although overall unemployment is going down, youth unemployment is on the rise the Conservatives want to introduce a draconian and demoralising measure for young people out of work.

According to plans announced on Monday, 18 -21 year olds out of work for 6 months would be barred from claiming benefits unless they take up work or an apprenticeships. 

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Call for Personal, Social and Health Education to be compulsory

We need compulsory Personal, Social and Health Education in all our schools.

In our manifesto plans children in state-funded schools, including free schools and academies will be taught a curriculum for life which includes age appropriate sex and relationship education.

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The Gove Files...

Lib Dem education minister David Laws of our neighbouring constituency has revealed the Conservatives wanted to cut the schools budget on entering office in 2010.

However, the proposal was categorically rejected by the Liberal Democrats, and we would do exactly the same in 2015.

David said: When we came into Coalition Government, tough decisions had to be taken because, as Liam Byrne famously told me: ‘there was no money left’. The Conservative assumption in 2010 was for a cash freeze in the schools budget - a whopping 10 per cent cut in real terms over the course of the Parliament."

Ros Kayes, our PPC, says: "This proves the real achievements of the Lib Dems in government. Protecting our education system and bringing in Pupil Premium is a real legacy."

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