Posted on 10:21am Thursday 10th February 2011
Recently we’ve seen Plaid’s Rural Affairs Minister, Elin Jones, responding to the European Commission’s proposals for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which delivers £280million to farmers in Wales through the Single Payment Scheme. The Welsh Government’s position differs dramatically from that outlined by the Westminster Conservative Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Caroline Spelman, who during a recent speech on CAP said that “Now is the time to make very significant progress towards reducing our reliance on direct payments” and to “plan for their abolition”. Within the last few weeks Elin Jones presented a written statement on this issue calling for direct payments to farmers to continue. I want to make it quite clear that we are against any major reduction in the CAP budget.
Posted on 10:52am Wednesday 5th January 2011
I very much welcome the news that as a party in Government we’ve exceeded our target of delivering 6,500 new affordable homes during the term of this government, one year ahead of schedule. A total of 6,707 affordable homes have been delivered in Wales since Plaid went into Government in 2007. Two hundred and seventy two of those homes have been provided in Pembrokeshire, with a plan to deliver a further 180 homes in the county over the next two years. I’m very proud that Plaid Cymru’s Housing Minister Jocelyn Davies has exceeded the target to deliver the One Wales Government’s promise on affordable housing. In the 2007 elections, Plaid Cymru proposed a number of measures to tackle this problem, and we ensured that these ideas were incorporated into the One Wales agreement when we went into Government.
Posted on 11:39am Friday 13th August 2010
Following the abolition of the IPC (Infrastructure Planning Commission) I believe it’s the perfect opportunity to devolve the powers for large energy projects, over 50MW to Wales. Pembrokeshire has many large energy projects located within the county and it’s vital that decisions are made locally for the benefit of the local people. I’ve recently written to the Tory Secretary of State for Wales, Cheryl Gillan MP for Chesham and Amersham, urging her to press for these powers on Wales’ behalf in Westminster.
Posted on 11:36am Friday 13th August 2010
A new scheme to help bring broadband services to rural communities like Pembrokeshire has been announced by Plaid’s Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones. The new Broadband Support Scheme is up and running to complement the Assembly’s current Regional Innovative Broadband Support (RIBS) project.
Posted on 9:59am Tuesday 20th July 2010
Last week Plaid Cymru leader and Welsh Economy Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones unveiled new radical plans that will transform our economy and allow us to aspire to a Wales that is one of the best places in the world to live, to work and to thrive.
Posted on 4:56pm Wednesday 23rd June 2010
This week's emergency budget is an attack on public services, an attack on front line workers and an attack on the economy of Pembrokeshire. We currently have a fragile economic recovery and inflicting savage cuts now will have a negative influence on that. Labour were proposing cuts that would have seen 45,000 people put out of work and now thanks to the Conservatives that figure could be closer to 60,000. It is clear that the 2 Tory MPs representing Pembrokeshire have given little to no consideration for how their actions will impact on local jobs and local businesses. This is the worst budget we have seen in living history, our local MPs are clearly not on the side of ordinary working people in West Wales. Labour had already planned deep cuts but the Tory-Lib Dem plans will put even more jobs at risk. What is very worrying is whilst the Tories and Lib Dems spoke with relish of the cuts they are making to public services in Wales; they made no mention of looking at the way Wales is funded. We currently lose out on around £300m every year and under this government will only lose even more.
Posted on 12:14pm Thursday 27th May 2010
The recent announcement that tourism in Pembrokeshire is to benefit from a £4,242,500 investment is very welcoming. This money will help provide top-class, environmentally friendly facilities for people to enjoy the coast by foot or water as well experience water sports. Plaid’s Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones revealed that the One Wales Government will be investing a total of £17.5m on four projects all over Wales in an effort to improve visitors’ experience of Wales’ unique coastline.
Posted on 11:06am Friday 21st May 2010
It was very welcoming to see the recent publication of the One Wales government’s strategy for dealing with violence against women. I have been campaigning for a publicity campaign to challenge attitudes to violence against women for many years now. I am extremely pleased that the Welsh government is now delivering this. It is clear from the strategy that has been published that the Welsh government has listened to the responses to the consultation stage and have taken these on board and have made several appropriate changes to the draft strategy. There is a massive amount of work to be done on this issue. We know that one in four women will suffer domestic abuse, but we also know that many women still do not report abuse and this is a huge issue. The other problem that we need to overcome is that so many women accept what is happening to them. We need to challenge the attitudes that prevent women from coming forward and that allow people to think that this violence is acceptable. A publicity campaign to challenge attitudes is a big step forward in this direction. The budget that has been announced for the strategy is also to be welcomed. It is vital that all the different government departments involved work together effectively. This is not just a matter for the social justice Minister and his department; the education, health and housing departments also have a fundamental role to play. Furthermore it is essential that the Welsh government works closely with non-devolved, Westminster departments such as the CPS, courts, police, immigration and Work and Pensions. Local Government will also have a key role; councils will need to be given targets and clear policy direction from the Welsh government. All of us in society have a responsibility to challenge violence against women, but government must lead the way.
Posted on 2:05pm Wednesday 19th May 2010
This week’s announcement that the new Tory Chancellor of Exchequer will deliver an emergency budget on June 22 is something we all should be worried about as the reality of having a Tory government in London is beginning to emerge. Their proposed £6 billion budget cuts and the effect the size of these cuts will have on Wales demonstrates how far removed the Conservative party is from our communities in Pembrokeshire.
Posted on 2:43pm Thursday 13th May 2010
Farmers and all who have an interest in the environment and the countryside will be aware that Wales is soon to have a new sustainable land management scheme, Glastir. Meetings have been held all over Wales to explain the new Glastir scheme and if you attended one of those meeting I’m sure many of your questions were answered. However, I know that many people were unable to attend and some people still have their concerns. Glastir will be in place from 2012 through to 2020 and beyond and will replace the existing Tir Mynydd, Tir Gofal, Tir Cynnal and Organic Farming schemes.
Posted on 10:46am Monday 19th April 2010
During a debate in the Senedd recently the Economic Development Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones, confirmed that he has not ruled out improving railway services to Fishguard as has been claimed by some local elected members recently. He confirmed that he had rejected the initial recommendation in the committee’s report because he was unhappy that the Enterprise and Learning committee wished him to place one of the recommendations of the south–west Wales integrated transport consortium above some of the others. What he will be doing is looking at all the recommendations for the south west Wales area in their entirety alongside the schemes for every region across Wales and then making a decision. As a committee we heard evidence about the need to improve train services to Fishguard and we have also seen local campaigns and a petition being submitted to the Assembly calling for these improvements. If we want to see more people using our railways then we need to ensure that the appropriate services are available in the first place and there is no doubt that we do need to see an improvement.
Posted on 12:51pm Tuesday 23rd March 2010
A few weeks ago I attended the Welsh Assembly’s Cross Party Group on Muscular Dystrophy (CPG) session where over 40 patients and families related their shocking experiences of services.
Posted on 10:26am Tuesday 16th March 2010
I was very pleased to see the Welsh Government announce recently that a new £17.4m project to help the Welsh tourism industry benefit from the latest digital technology developments in areas such as on-line marketing, booking systems and business management is to be introduced. Plaid’s Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones said the aim was to help keep Welsh tourism businesses competitive. The funding is being drawn from the European Regional Development Fund, the Welsh Assembly Government and the private sector.
Posted on 4:36pm Wednesday 10th March 2010
A recent statement by the Deputy Minister for Social Services signals the beginning of the end of the long wait for new legislation for carers. As a party we have campaigned for years for the rights of carers to be improved and back in early 2008, the party received cross party support to introduce legislation to improve the rights of Carers. These proposals were then adopted by the Deputy Minister as part of her legislative package for carers and this week it has been announced that the process is now at the measure stage.
Posted on 12:40pm Tuesday 2nd March 2010
With the Six Nations rugby tournament well underway I along with the rest of the country am enjoying supporting the team. Unfortunately, for many the Six Nations tournament is a time of misery. I would urge women not to suffer domestic abuse in silence as police figures show that during major sporting events incidents of domestic abuse increase because people are drinking more. Also, last year Police revealed that cases of domestic violence soared 79 per cent when Wales played England.
Posted on 2:19pm Thursday 25th February 2010
It was recently announced that people in Wales aged 60 or over are set to benefit from a new boiler scrappage scheme. The new £2.5m scheme, targeted at those more vulnerable to fuel poverty, will come into force on 1 April this year and eligible applicants with an inefficient (G rated) boiler will receive £500 towards the costs of a new boiler.
Posted on 10:33am Tuesday 2nd February 2010
Figures on the number of people that died because of winter conditions last year were published recently - showing a shocking rise of 74%. Provisional figures for winter 2008 – 2009 note that there were 2,500 "excess winter deaths” which coincided with lower than average temperatures and a rise in energy bills. Considering we’ve had the coldest winter for over twenty years this year the number of people dying because of winter conditions, sadly, looks set to rise even higher. We cannot ignore this proof that there is a very real link between not being able to afford to pay for heating bills (or fuel poverty as it's known) and ill-health, and death among our pensioners and those who are most vulnerable in our society We have seen f fuel prices soar in recent years and yet the UK Government still refuses to intervene at all. It is unacceptable in this day and age that old and vulnerable people have to worry about whether they can afford to heat their homes. Unfortunately this is the reality for far too many people during these winter months.
Posted on 4:58pm Friday 29th January 2010
The Economic Development Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones stated recently that the Welsh Government plans to use European funding to improve high-speed broadband coverage for businesses and communities. This decision has been made following an agreement with the European Commission which now means that in addition to supporting Information and Communication Technology (ICT) activities such as digital inclusion, European funds can now be used to help improve broadband access for those living in broadband ‘not spots’ in rural and isolated parts of Wales.
Posted on 9:51am Tuesday 26th January 2010
I was pleased to see the announcement by the Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones recently that a limited badger cull, alongside stricter cattle measures, will take place in a pilot area of West Wales as part of the Welsh Assembly Government’s TB Eradication Programme.
Posted on 12:09pm Friday 22nd January 2010
There has been a lot of concern this week regarding potential job losses at the Chevron Refinery in Pembrokeshire. The firm has told staff that it is planning to restructure its activities. I have contacted the company to request an urgent meeting to discuss the implications of its announcement on the site in Pembrokeshire.
Posted on 9:37am Thursday 21st January 2010
Following wide consultation I very much welcome the recent statement by the Health Minister announcing the completion of the Rural Health Plan. A Plaid policy, the plan aims to address the challenges faced in ensuring that people have appropriate healthcare - particularly in sparsely populated communities. This is the first of its kind in Wales and its development delivers a key One Wales commitment and also marks an important step in improving rural health and rural health services in Wales. The Rural Health Plan is something that we as a party have been campaigning on for a long time and it’s pleasing to see that another One Wales commitment is being delivered. As a result, we want to be able to deliver as many services as possible locally where they can be provided safely and effectively. I think patients accept that travel will still be required for the more highly specialised services but at the moment even some of the more routine services aren’t available locally in our rural areas.
Posted on 11:06am Thursday 14th January 2010
I was pleased to hear the recent announcement by the One Wales Government to apply for the powers to bring about a system of soft-presumed consent for organ donation in Wales. The announcement is a result of years of campaigning by organisations and individuals throughout Wales.
Posted on 11:49am Tuesday 12th January 2010
The recent announcement by the One Wales Government that additional help will be made available for small businesses facing an increase in their rates bill is a step in the right direction following the UK wide non-domestic property revaluation exercise. Revaluation is not a tax raising measure but simply redistributes the rates payable between properties according to their relative values at the time of the revaluation. Some rate bills will rise and some will fall. This Welsh business rate relief package will increase the upper limits for each category of small business rate relief by at least 20%. The upper rateable value limit for each category of relief will be as follows: upper limit for 50% general relief increased from a rateable value of £2,000 to £2,400, upper limit for 25% general relief increased from a rateable value of £6,500 to £7,800, upper limit for 25% retail relief increased from a rateable value of £9,000 to £11,000.
Posted on 2:48pm Monday 30th November 2009
I was very concerned to see the latest figures which show the current number of patients in Pembrokeshire awaiting a kidney transplant. In Pembrokeshire there are 15 patients on the active transplant waiting list, and a further 5 on the suspended list.
Posted on 3:47pm Friday 20th November 2009
Recently the Association of Chief Police Officers urged the UK government to set up a domestic violence register of 25,000 serial offenders. This is one of a series of proposals made by the Association of Chief Police Officers for a Home Office review on how to deal with violence against women and girls.
Posted on 2:42pm Friday 30th October 2009
It was great to see the proposals put forward by the Welsh Government recently to ban unstaffed tanning salons. I have long called for a ban on unsupervised tanning salons and I recently wrote to the Welsh Health Minister calling for her to look into legislating on this issue. It is vital that this proposed new legislation is processed as quickly as possible in order to avoid any more young people suffering terrible burns as a result of unsupervised tanning. I think also that the definition of ‘unstaffed’ should also be carefully considered. Some tanning salon operators install CCTV, with one member of staff supervising several salons and this is deemed as adequate supervision. I would argue that this is nowhere near adequate and must not be allowed.
Posted on 2:53pm Friday 23rd October 2009
In a debate recently in the Senedd we discussed the success to date of the Welsh Baccalaureate. The qualification is now recognised by universities and employers. We should be rightly proud of this ‘made in Wales’ qualification which gives students a broader education that more traditional options as it includes vocational as well as academic elements.
Posted on 10:14am Tuesday 13th October 2009
I would like to congratulate the Welsh government's Rural Affairs minister Elin Jones for pressing ahead with plans to cut TB in cattle. Recently, Elin Jones put forward an order to enable the government to conduct a cull of badgers in an area of north Pembrokeshire in an effort to control the disease which is now costing the Welsh taxpayer around £30m per year.
Posted on 11:36am Monday 28th September 2009
I would just like to warn all readers of a phone scam that is currently going on and unfortunately constituents of mine have already been targeted. People receive a call from a fake BT worker who threatens to disconnect your phone line if you don’t pay an unpaid bill over the phone immediately.
Posted on 12:49pm Wednesday 23rd September 2009
I very much welcome the recent announcement that the European Commission has launched an investigation into the failure of supermarkets to pass price cuts on to shoppers. According to figures the cost of butter has fallen by 39% over the past year however the price paid by consumers has only gone down by 2%. The commission has also discovered that the price of skimmed milk powder was down 49%, cheese down 18% and milk down 31% but again the price paid by consumers has only fallen by 2%. This is totally unacceptable behavior from the supermarkets. Such discrepancies and delays in adjusting prices accordingly means that the dairy supply chain does not function efficiently. Also this deliberate attempt to prevent consumers from being able to benefit from lower prices effects the potential development for demand for dairy products which of course means that the pace and recovery of the sector is hindered.
Posted on 11:27am Monday 14th September 2009
Over the past few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of visiting many local agricultural shows. There is no doubt that this is a difficult economic period for everybody but the mood and the turnout at these shows have been excellent. People within the agricultural sector are looking towards the future with optimism and what has also become apparent is that people are extremely pleased with the work and policies introduced by the Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones.
Posted on 4:16pm Friday 11th September 2009
I was pleased to hear the recent announcement by the One Wales Government which will mean significant changes to planning guidance in rural Wales. A review is being held on Technical Advice Notice 6, which provides local planning authorities with advice on how the planning system can be used to improve access to affordable homes, create a sustainable rural economy and introduce one planet communities. The One Wales Government has made a commitment to look at increasing affordable housing for local people while helping to diversify the rural economy at the same time. We need TAN 6 to be able to meet the needs of rural areas by ensuring that local people have access to affordable housing and employment and helping to attract young people into farming by providing opportunities to build a second house on an established farm. This will allow a younger person to manage or work part-time on the farm while allowing an older farmer who may want to retire or work part-time to stay in the family home. It will encourage the 22 local and three national park authorities to work collaboratively with rural communities to identify opportunities for affordable housing and to diversify the rural economy. Ultimately, what we want to see is a planning guidance that supports living and working rural communities that are economic, socially and environmentally sustainable. I would urge as many people as possible to take part in the consultation, which I believe is a significant change to planning guidance for rural areas. The consultation will run until 16th October 2010. The revised guidance TAN is expected to be published in 2010 The consultation is available on the Welsh Assembly Government web site and can be found at http://wales.gov.uk/consultations/?lang=en Copies are also available by contacting: Planning Policy Branch Planning Division Welsh Assembly Government Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3 NQ Tel: 029 2082 3107 Email:email@example.com
Posted on 4:41pm Tuesday 1st September 2009
The tourism industry in Wales received a boost recently and hopefully Pembrokeshire will benefit from this as well. Plaid’s Heritage Minister, Alun Ffred Jones announced that two bids for £17m of EU Convergence Funding for the tourism industry in Wales have been successful. The two projects, which will concentrate on the development of Sustainable tourism and Coastal tourism will run for 5 years.
Posted on 11:13am Monday 10th August 2009
Before the 2007 elections we as a party proposed a number of measures to tackle the problems we are facing in many parts of Wales with regards to affordable housing. Therefore the recent news that the One Wales Government is on track to delivering its affordable housing targets is very welcome. In a statement Plaid’s deputy housing minister Jocelyn Davies explained that the government has reached the halfway mark on its target of creating an additional 6,500 affordable homes. According to independent figures provided by the Welsh Economic Research Unit (WERU) 3,252 housing association homes have been delivered over the past two years.
Posted on 10:23am Monday 3rd August 2009
During the economic downturn it was a boost to hear the news that latest unemployment figures have shown that the number of people unemployed in Wales has fallen by 1,000 since the last quarter. These figures by the Office for National Statistics show that the reduction in Wales compares to a rise in the number of people unemployed in the UK as a whole. Although the global recession has some way to go, these figures are proof that the policies introduced by Plaid’s Economy Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones are working. The Minister has worked closely with business and the trade unions, introducing practical and effective measures to help the people of Wales through this economic downturn. For example the ProAct scheme has helped to prevent almost 5,000 workers from across Wales becoming part of these unemployment statistics.
Posted on 11:12am Monday 13th July 2009
Following discussions with Accident and Emergency staff I think more needs to be done to educate the general public on what exactly is the role of an Accident and Emergency unit. I decided to raise the issue with Edwina Hart and asked the Health Minister what the government is doing to educate people so that they are aware of the appropriate place for them to access various healthcare.
Posted on 10:52am Monday 6th July 2009
As someone who has been campaigning on domestic violence I was very pleased to hear the announcement by the One Wales Government that they’re launching a consultation on domestic abuse. This is great news but I do feel that we need a Welsh strategy to deal with violence against women specifically. There are of course cases of men being abused and we can’t ignore that fact but I fell that the disproportionate number of women being affected by violence warrants a specific strategy to tackle the issue.
Posted on 2:58pm Monday 29th June 2009
As an avid campaigner for broadband in our rural villages, and as chair of the Assembly cross party group on Broadband, I was extremely interested to read Lord Carter’s report, ‘Digital Britain’ last week. This was the action plan to secure the UK as world leaders in innovation, investment and quality in the digital and communications industries. Hours before the publication of ‘Digital Britain’ Gordon Brown said that he intended to make Britain the ‘digital capital of the world’. To be the ‘digital capital of the world’ would mean competing with nations like South Korea and Japan where people believe that 100Mbps is just about the least they can expect from their internet connection. When the report was published we saw exactly what little vision Brown really has for our communities. His proposals were for a minimum service commitment of only 2Mbps, nowhere near enough to reach the aspiration of being world leaders, and far short of what our communities deserve.
Posted on 10:11am Monday 22nd June 2009
I was very pleased to hear the recent announcement by the Minister for Health who has launched a 12 week public consultation to find out if a change is needed to the current organ donation consent system. This consultation period will find out if the Welsh Government should move forward and propose a legislative change to the current system. Currently you have to register if you are willing to be an organ donor of course.
Posted on 9:55am Tuesday 16th June 2009
Recently I had an opportunity to speak during the debate on the Assembly’s consultation on the revised national waste strategy. Waste is a fully devolved matter, so Welsh Ministers are required by European and national law to have a national waste strategy for Wales. I’m hoping that my proposed measure on recycling could be a part of the wider national strategy. As a result of research undertaken by Plaid Cymru we discovered that several local authorities are exporting their waste to countries like China, Brazil and India for recycling. Several local authorities did not know where their waste ended up and the purpose of my proposed measure is to place a statutory duty on local authorities to present an annual repost on where their waste is recycled and how much.
Posted on 11:43am Tuesday 9th June 2009
Having been down at the election count in Haverfordwest I have to say that I was very pleased with the European results for Plaid Cymru. We’ve seen a big increase in support for the party across Wales which puts us on course to take extra seats at the next general election. In the two Pembrokeshire constituencies along with the Tories we pushed Labour into third place which means by the time the General Election comes around it will be straightforward battle between Plaid and the Tories in both Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire as well as Preseli Pembrokeshire. Since 2007 it has been clear that the days of Labour's hegemony over Welsh politics are over and that the Welsh electorate trusts Plaid to put their needs and aspirations first. Some of the results from around Wales have shown a big increase in support for Plaid, and in crucial constituencies we have proved that we can take votes from the London parties. Following Labour’s collapse at these elections, many of their seats will now be at risk when Gordon Brown is finally forced into calling a general election and like in the rest of Wales Labour in Pembrokeshire are failing badly. This result is also a vote of confidence in the record of Jill Evans in standing up for Welsh workers, families and communities in the European Parliament.
Posted on 3:56pm Monday 8th June 2009
As Chair of the Assembly Cross Party group on Epilepsy I recently sponsored an event in the Senedd to mark National Epilespsy Week. This event was an opportunity to raise awareness of the issue because understanding of the condition is not only low among the general public but also among politicians. A recent survey carried out in 2007 found that almost 90 per cent of MPs questioned did not know how many people in the UK have epilepsy and a further 45 per cent of the MPs questioned admitted they had “no idea” how many people have the condition. This lack of awareness is worrying and if we want to improve the services for the 456,000 people who have the condition in the UK we need to make sure that people are aware and understand the condition fully.
Posted on 9:51am Monday 1st June 2009
Recently we celebrated ten years of devolution in Wales, and what a change we've seen during the last decade. Devolution has had a positive impact on our nation and has resulted in Wales and its people growing in confidence. The people of Wales now have an appetite to create policies and make important decisions in Wales. We are also seeing a new openness in the way government is run as devolution has moved politics closer to the people in our communities. Before devolution Welsh issues were only discussed for half an hour every few weeks in London. Now Wales has become the focus of our politicians as Assembly Members concentrate on issues affecting Wales.
Posted on 11:20am Wednesday 27th May 2009
Last week I proposed new legislation that would enable stricter regulation of tanning salons in Wales. What I want to see is for licensing powers over tanning salons and body piercing studios to be brought to the Assembly in order to enforce stricter regulation. We’ve all heard and read about the series of recent incidents where young girls have suffered severe burns following excessive use of sun beds in unsupervised salons. Most recently a ten year old girl from Port Talbot suffered burns over 70% of her body after spending 16 minutes on an unsupervised sun bed. As a result of the burns she had to be treated overnight at a burns unit in Swansea, the girl’s mother is calling for an investigation. It has been proven that these unsupervised salons are dangerous, but at present the Welsh government is unable to do anything about it. The Health and Safety Executive has made recommendations on the regulation of unsupervised tanning salons but the London Labour government has failed to take any concrete action on this very serious matter. We are not just talking about short term injuries here, we are talking about injuries which could possibly scar someone for life, or lead to further complications such as, skin cancer.” I am not looking to have tanning salons and other such premises banned, I just want to ensure that they are as safe as possible. It cannot be acceptable that the law allows for a situation that results in a young child suffering 70% burns
Posted on 4:36pm Monday 11th May 2009
The main issue that worries the farming community in my region is TB and that’s why I was pleased to hear the recent announcement by Plaid’s Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones. The decision by the Minister to press on with plans for a localised cull of badgers is a brave and necessary one and it’s a decision that should be welcomed. With Plaid now in government, this issue will be addressed because for far too long this growing TB crisis has gone unaddressed by Wales’ government.
Posted on 10:42am Wednesday 29th April 2009
I was delighted to hear the recent news that Pembrokeshire community transport schemes will receive extra funding from the Welsh Assembly Government. Schemes such as the Town Rider scheme will be amongst fifteen community transport schemes across Wales that will receive an extra £1m in 2009/10 following the announcement by Plaid’s Economic and Transport Minister. A few weeks before the announcement I held an event in the Senedd where representatives from PACTO (Pembrokeshire Association of Community Transport Organisations) made a presentation highlighting the work they do locally. It was an excellent event and It gave projects from across Wales, including PACTO, an opportunity to show AM’s and Ieuan Wyn Jones how important their work is to the local community. This pilot project has proved to be extremely popular and worthwhile and it has given many people greater independence and as a result an improved quality of life - particularly in our rural communities. Over 530,000 passenger journeys have been undertaken over a three and a half year period in Wales already and the importance of this service to our communities was highlighted during the event I held in the Senedd recently. Many service users told me that without this service they would not have any sort of life at all and would be stuck in the house without any company. This money will now ensure that the excellent work that has already been achieved in this area can now continue.
Posted on 2:21pm Monday 20th April 2009
I was shocked recently by statistics that show 90 people a year die needlessly as a result of being unable to keep warm in west Wales. These statistics show how important it is to tackle fuel poverty immediately. According to figures released by the ACE (Association for the Conservation of Energy) there are 10 unnecessary deaths in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, 40 in the constituency of Preseli Pembrokeshire and 40 in Ceredigion.
Posted on 2:33pm Tuesday 16th December 2008
As a party we’ve recently launched a fuel poverty campaign - Warming Wales: On Your Side this Winter. As fuel poverty has increased dramatically in rural Wales as a direct result of UK Government policy we are urging Gordon Brown to take immediate action on this issue so that Pembrokeshire households will be able to adequately heat their homes this Winter.