Tessa will be living ‘below the line’ this week!

Day-1-Stir-fried-greens-noodles.jpgTessa was challenged to ‘live below the line’  by the Bath-based organisation, Send a Cow who help some of Africa’s poorest families by providing training, support and livestock to enable rural families to grow themselves out of poverty (here is a link to their recent Impact Report).

They work in seven countries in Africa. As well as their work in Africa they also educate school children in the region about growing food, poverty in Africa and the farming methods that are used in the countries we work.

Send a Cow have a new campaign for 2014 – Live Below the Line.  Participants have been asked to eat  and drink on just a £1 a day for 5 days from 10 March –  14 March 2014 to raise money but also to raise awareness of the reality of poverty in developing countries, and in Send a Cow’s case, Africa.

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Tessa Munt MP speaks at Moose International Lodge 123’s local meeting

Local MP Tessa was warmly welcomed at Burnham Moose’s monthly lodge meeting last Thursday, as the evening’s guest speaker.

Tessa talked about what it is like to be in Parliament, demonstrated with examples and amusing anecdotes from the last four years, including being locked in House of Commons Library, taking the fight against the Chancellor’s caravan tax to the Treasury and representing UK jam makers.

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Apprenticeship Week: Tessa celebrates apprentices’ £2 million boost to local businesses

Local MP Tessa Munt is encouraging more local businesses to take on an apprentice after new research revealed how beneficial this can be to businesses.

Every time a local company hires an apprentice, its bottom line gets an average boost of just over £2,000.  This represents the benefit after typical wage and training costs here in the South West are deducted, but the advantage ‘kicks in’ as soon as the apprentice joins the firm and starts being trained.

Last year, 1,000 people started an apprenticeship in Tessa’s patch, which means that new apprentices alone provided a local boost of over £2m last year.

The number of apprentices has been increasing rapidly.  Despite this, surveys show that 60% of small businesses are missing out because they don’t know enough about how apprenticeships work.  Many assume that an apprenticeship is difficult to administer and will involve a short-term cost.

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Tessa continues work to support local businesses’ grossly unfair treatment by high street banks

TessaBullyBanks.jpgTessa attended the Bully Banks’ campaign day in Westminster to show her continued support for local small and medium-sized businesses damaged by appalling misconduct by the high street banks.

Bully Banks is a campaign group of nearly two thousand small businesses across the UK which were damaged by the mis-sale of four products: Interest Rate Hedging Products, (also known as Interest Rate Swap Agreements), fixed rate business loans, Enterprise Finance Guarantees and factoring services.

Tessa said:

“It’s absolutely outrageous that thousands of businesses are still suffering because the bankers failed to act honourably.  I have written to the Chancellor suggesting he demands that every bank delivers full and fair redress to the thousands of small businesses which have been damaged by their own bank’s inappropriate conduct.

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