Judith and Catherine MEPs for the South East of England are excited to share some of the very real benefits and investments being offered to Apprentices through schemes funded by the European Parliament through a trip arranged to Brussels.
The trip is for 18-25 year-old apprentices to uncover the opportunities that are available to them in Europe. The Erasmus+ scheme has helped hundreds of thousands of young apprentices experience short work placements and education exchanges in other European countries since 2014.
The current climate is uncertain, but, however Brexit is resolved, Europe will remain our nearest geographical trading partner and therefore we need to make sure that businesses remain informed and interconnected.
This trip is an important chance to meet other Apprentices and ask questions of key MEPs and European Commission staff who are making decisions around future business and on the job training investments that will impact you and your Apprentices.
To apply, get permission from your employer or place of study for the time out of the course and then fill out the application form. Looking forward to hearing from you!
This week, at Park House School, Newbury, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate Judith Bunting launched the Liberal Democrat’s manifesto policies for young people and children.
Under the plans, 3-4 year-olds in Newbury and West Berkshire would benefit from Liberal Democrat plans to triple funding for the early years pupil premium, which gives extra cash to nurseries, pre-schools and school receptions when they take on children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The cash would triple the funding to £1,000 per pupil per year – up from £302 in 2015-16. This will increase the allocation for West Berkshire Council from around £75,000 (£74,591) to £223,773, and will pay for every disadvantaged child who benefits to receive 570 hours of state-funded early education. This forms part of a series of policies the Liberal Democrats are announcing with a focus on giving children and young people a brighter future.
Judith Bunting said: “I was delighted to be able to tell the 6th formers today about key Liberal Democrat policies that will significantly improve the lives of young people.”
Helping people buy their first home for the same cost as renting, with a new model of ‘Rent to Own’ homes
Restoring housing benefit for young people
Creating a discounted bus pass for 16-21 year olds, giving a 66% discount
Introducing votes at 16 for elections and referendums across the UK
As well as:
Investing almost £7bn in our schools and colleges
Doubling the number of businesses that take apprenticeships
Tripling the early years pupil premium
Extending free school meals to all primary school students
Judith Bunting added: “We will give children in Newbury and West Berkshire a brighter future, by investing in those from more deprived backgrounds to give them the best possible chance in life.
“This forms part of a package to build a fairer Britain and ensure no child or young person is left behind. Education is at the heart of everything I stand for, as a Liberal Democrat.
“I want the opportunity to help the Liberal Democrats provide a strong opposition to this Conservative government and to give the people of Newbury and West Berkshire a voice in standing up against the cuts to our local schools, hospitals and regional funding.
“A vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote for a brighter future for people across Newbury and the surrounding area.”
“Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour has let us all down by voting with Theresa May and UKIP on Brexit. “The Liberal Democrats will stand up to Theresa May and give the people the final say on Brexit, with the choice to remain in Europe if they don’t like the deal on offer.”
I thought I would share my personal list of policies that were included in our 2010 Manifesto and have been delivered by the Lib Dems in Government.It’s a wonderful list, including some of the most socially democratic policies this country has seen for a generation. Not bad for 57 MPs.
Investing nearly £1 billion to crack down on tax avoidance, raising an extra £9 billion per year by 2015
Increase Capital Gains Tax to 28% for higher rate taxpayers whilst keeping it at 18% for basic rate taxpayers
Providing £400 million to give respite breaks to carers who work over 50 hours a week
Delivered on the key Lib Dem pledge of a £2.5bn Pupil Premium to bring extra funding to disadvantaged students. Its rate has now been increased further and is £1,300 per eligible pupil in primary schools and £935 per eligible pupil in secondary schools in 2014-15
Taking 3.2 million low earners out of income tax altogether through the key Lib Dem policy of raising the basic income tax threshold
Introduced a banking levy so the banks pay a their fair share of tax
Created a Green Investment Bank, triggering an extra £15 billion of investment in green infrastructure by 2014-15
Scrapped the expensive and impractical ID cards programme
Increased funding for dementia research by 150%, reaching £66.3 million by 2014-15 (England & Wales)
Investing around £400 million to make psychological therapies available for those who need them, including for the first time children and adolescents (England)
Introduced waiting times for mental health treatment
Introduced targets to ensure mental health treatments on a parity with physical health
Ensured the Government maintained the commitment to end child poverty by 2020
Phased out the compulsory retirement age
Creating a new, simple single state pension – a Citizen’s Pension – set above the basic means test level
Banned private sector wheel-clamping to put an end to rogue clampers (England & Wales)
Secured a judicial inquiry into Britain’s role in torture and rendition
Mapped out the Government’s path to renewable energy to 2050, including massive investment in low carbon electricity
Banned new coal-fired power stations that don’t have Carbon Capture and Storage technology
Ensured the overseas aid budget was protected from cuts – and hit the international 0.7% of GDP target from 2013
Scrapped burdensome Home Information Packs and improved energy performance certificates to make them more user-friendly (England & Wales)
End the routine detention of children for immigration purposes
Introduced the Green Deal, letting people pay for energy efficient home improvements with the savings on their energy bills
Improved our libel laws, including making it harder for companies to silence their critics and improving freedom for academics to publish their research (England & Wales)
Strengthened freedom of speech by removing the offence for using ‘insulting’ language from Section 5 of the Public Order Act
Switched off the controversial ContactPoint database for school children (England)
Removed innocent people’s DNA from the police database (England & Wales)
Vetoed the Snooper’s Charter plans to monitor everyone’s online activity
Ensured there is no replacement of the costly Trident nuclear weapons system this Parliament
Delivering an £800 tax cut to 25.4 million people by raising the income tax threshold to £10,500 in 2015, with 3.2 million low paid people being taken out of having to pay income tax at all
Restored the link between pensions and earnings, which had been scrapped by Margaret Thatcher
Ended the rule forcing people to buy a pension annuity at 75
Established the Equitable Life Payment Scheme and begun payments to people who lost their money, ending years of stalling under Labour
Agreed to the Vickers Report recommendation to separate retail and investment banking