Tessa Munt has joined with David Laws, MP for Yeovil in calling on Conservative-controlled Somerset County Council to reverse its decision to drastically reduce the funding for youth services, warning that such “damaging cuts” could face a legal challenge.
Tessa is calling for NHS Somerset Partnership Trust to ensure that Health Checks are a priority following revelations in the Heart UK Report, ‘Cholesterol and a Healthier Nation’.
Tessa was horrified to discover that the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has cut all its financial support for the The Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association (SWEDA).
Tessa has offered her support to a campaign led by Lynn Griffiths, President of the charity Carbon Monoxide Awareness, for all of us to keep ourselves and our families safe from the potential dangers of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
What is the point of having a review if no one, except a select few, has an opportunity to look at its findings? Should not the Liberal Democrats, in particular, be allowed some access to that information? [Interruption.]
Was it not also the case that Martin Lewis had a very robust session on the “Politics Show” about a month ago when he explained quite clearly that young people should not be afraid of going to university because under the current regime it is cheaper? If they understood the fact that the threshold was £21,000, not the £15,000 it was under the previous Government, the
9% calculation would allow them to be a lot wealthier under the new system than they would have been under the old.
Might one solution be to ensure that young people, as they pass through the curriculum stages from primary through to university education, have some form of examination—a module could be included in the examination process—that allows them to show some level of expertise in such life skills, which they will need to take forward? I have a passion for middle schools, so I suggest that that should happen when children are aged from nine to 13. In that way, whatever course they choose after the age of 13, be it vocational or academic, they will at least have proven that they have those life skills.
I accept absolutely the point about not teaching primary school children spread betting, but young constituents of mine have made appalling errors due to the betting that is available online, and I complain constantly that on mainstream television there are 31 hours and 55 minutes of online betting shows late at night. Does my hon. Friend agree that, unless one understands the implications of what one is doing, one is in deep trouble?
Does my hon. Friend not agree that such education is about understanding mathematical concepts in a practical way, so it does not need to displace any part of the curriculum? If one is looking at the cost of leasing the car, at whether to place a spread bet or whatever other type of bet, or at anything else, one needs to understand percentages, multiplication and all those things. They are lifetime examples that should be taken into the classroom.