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Action needed on 101

As a local councillor, I deal with the police a lot in an effort to resolve various incidents that impact on my community. Most of this is informal, but there are also bi-monthly PACT meetings in which the police and local councillors are able to interact with the community.

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Why we need better youth facilities

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

When I read last week that there one of the political parties is proposing to introduce legislation in England to guarantee "quality youth services for all young people", I was reminded of my own attempt as an Assembly Member to do the same in Wales back in 2008.

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Is it time to talk about Community Councils?

This is an article for the Institute of Welsh Affairs Click on Wales site

As officials in the Welsh Government begin their task of evaluating responses to the consultation on restructuring Principal Councils in Wales, it is worth turning our attention to the Cinderella of local government, the forgotten few, our Town and Community Councils.

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Our green deficit

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

The decision by the UK Government not to proceed with the Swansea Bay lagoon is massively disappointing. The Secretary of State for Wales dismisses the case for providing a revolutionary and clean source of energy by stating it would only have created 28 permanent jobs. When did he last stand in a dole queue?

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Why we need a vote on the final deal

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

On 5th June 1975 an advisory referendum took place in which 67% of those voting confirmed our membership of the European Economic Community on the basis of clearly set out terms of membership.

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Welsh Students to benefit from generous funding

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

All eligible Welsh undergraduate students starting university this year will be able to apply for a financial support package that, for the first time, will address living costs.

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No quick solutions in reforming Welsh local government

This is an article for the Institute of Welsh Affairs website Click on Wales

The ink was barely dry on the Act of Parliament that created the 22 unitary councils in Wales before the doubts started to set in.

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Budget Day

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

Setting the council’s budget for the following year is always a difficult and exacting process. Thousands of jobs are dependent on the £384 million budget (of which only 30% comes from council tax), the £38 million capital budget, and the £123 million the council spends on managing and improving its housing stock.

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Widening the franchise

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

The decision by the Welsh Government to give the vote to 16 and 17 years olds at local council elections is good news This reflects a similar provision for that age group in Scotland.

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UK Government proposals could put women's lives at risk

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

Friday 24th November was International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day. It is followed up until the 10th December by 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.

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