Secretary of State hits back over 'storm betrayal' claims

SECRETARY of State for Wales David Jones has refuted the recent claim by an Assembly Member that he had 'betrayed' storm-hit Pembrokeshire.

The accusation was made by Mid and West Wales AM Simon Thomas.

After visiting Tenby Golf Club, to see damage caused by the recent storms, he tabled a written question to the Welsh Government over discussions about storm damage.

Mr Thomas said that Mr Jones had claimed that the Treasury was unlikely to release extra money for flood-hit areas, and he doubted that EU funds would be available. He argued that it was up to the Welsh Government to help with the clear-up.

The AM alleged that the Secretary's attitude was 'a betrayal of the people in west Wales hit by the recent storms' and added: "He should be standing up for the people of Wales and putting Wales first by making the case for extra help for those affected by the storms."

In a statement this week, Mr Jones replied: "“The primary responsibility for dealing with incidents like the recent flooding lies with the local authority: In Wales this means it ultimately comes under the Welsh Government’s remit.

"I am hugely sympathetic of the difficulties being faced by residents in West and North Wales. I do want to be clear, however, that we, in the UK Government are ready to consider any request for assistance made by the Welsh Government.

“The damage is still being assessed and officials in my department are in regular contact with officials in the Welsh Government. I must make it absolutely clear, however, there have been no official requests for additional assistance from Welsh Government ministers, nor have we received any request to access the EU Solidarity Fund.”

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

6:37pm Tue 11 Feb 14

teifion says...

would we have voted for a Senedd (50.4% vs 49.6% as I recall) IF we had known how completely useless they would be at running a Tap, sorry I mean a country - We get more money from Central Gov per patient, per person & per pupil BUT these services are dreadful compared with England and that's saying something - where does the money go ? to the boyos in middle management/local Gov jobs/trust managers - not to the front line
would we have voted for a Senedd (50.4% vs 49.6% as I recall) IF we had known how completely useless they would be at running a Tap, sorry I mean a country - We get more money from Central Gov per patient, per person & per pupil BUT these services are dreadful compared with England and that's saying something - where does the money go ? to the boyos in middle management/local Gov jobs/trust managers - not to the front line teifion

6:55pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Gogledd says...

I had a similar discussion in town today...what a complete waste of money...as I have said before and said again...my wise old gran always said...its going to be jobs for the boys in Cardiff and if you believe anything else then you are deluding yourselves...nothing new here...same old same old...its no wonder they havent done anything about the "goings on" here in PCC its a little too close to what they are all up to.....
I had a similar discussion in town today...what a complete waste of money...as I have said before and said again...my wise old gran always said...its going to be jobs for the boys in Cardiff and if you believe anything else then you are deluding yourselves...nothing new here...same old same old...its no wonder they havent done anything about the "goings on" here in PCC its a little too close to what they are all up to..... Gogledd

9:53pm Tue 11 Feb 14

SIMONDBEAVIS@AOL.COM says...

no offence to any decent taxpayer the same as me but all these hierachy in politics especially in county hall area bunch of robbing bastards dont give a **** bout us just there pockets, worked in county hall mysself bryn parry jones is an arogant miserable parasite who dont give a **** bout anyone else apart from his robbing self the thieviving git
no offence to any decent taxpayer the same as me but all these hierachy in politics especially in county hall area bunch of robbing bastards dont give a **** bout us just there pockets, worked in county hall mysself bryn parry jones is an arogant miserable parasite who dont give a **** bout anyone else apart from his robbing self the thieviving git SIMONDBEAVIS@AOL.COM

8:07am Wed 12 Feb 14

PembrokeshireMan says...

SIMONDBEAVIS@AOL.COM wrote:
no offence to any decent taxpayer the same as me but all these hierachy in politics especially in county hall area bunch of robbing bastards dont give a **** bout us just there pockets, worked in county hall mysself bryn parry jones is an arogant miserable parasite who dont give a **** bout anyone else apart from his robbing self the thieviving git
As I've said many times, this isn't just about Bryn (though his comeuppance will be a start) but there are huge swathes of people in County Hall earning huge sums of money and chalking up huge pensions. They're not only taking us for a ride now but they will be taking us for a ride way into the future as well. Nobody has spoken out about this because THEY have all been in it together. The man at the top led the way and the sheeple in PCC were given the green light to follow. And it is the same throughout the public sector.

One day, there will be NO money left for services from our council tax after all the pensions have been paid out. Parasite is the correct term.
[quote][p][bold]SIMONDBEAVIS@AOL.COM[/bold] wrote: no offence to any decent taxpayer the same as me but all these hierachy in politics especially in county hall area bunch of robbing bastards dont give a **** bout us just there pockets, worked in county hall mysself bryn parry jones is an arogant miserable parasite who dont give a **** bout anyone else apart from his robbing self the thieviving git[/p][/quote]As I've said many times, this isn't just about Bryn (though his comeuppance will be a start) but there are huge swathes of people in County Hall earning huge sums of money and chalking up huge pensions. They're not only taking us for a ride now but they will be taking us for a ride way into the future as well. Nobody has spoken out about this because THEY have all been in it together. The man at the top led the way and the sheeple in PCC were given the green light to follow. And it is the same throughout the public sector. One day, there will be NO money left for services from our council tax after all the pensions have been paid out. Parasite is the correct term. PembrokeshireMan

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree