How much will your school get thanks to the Welsh Lib Dems?

Even though we're not part of the Welsh Government, we've managed to secure our flagship Pupil Deprivation Grant to support pupils from deprived backgrounds with reading and numeracy skills. Read more

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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What is happening in Wales?

This is an article for Liberator Magazine

For all intents and purposes, the Welsh Liberal Democrats are facing an existential crisis. For the first time since the Liberal Party was formed in the nineteenth century we no longer have an MP representing a Welsh constituency. Our once small but successful Welsh Assembly group has been reduced to a rump of one and our councillor base is smaller than it has been for some time.

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The crisis facing plastic recycling

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

There has been controversy in Swansea of late over the council's decision to no longer collect soft plastics for recycling, despite the fact that these materials are capable of being processed. This was an issue I raised at a recent council meeting.

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The broken promise that could have helped millions

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

Failure to secure a majority in the House of Commons can often be a valid excuse for not delivering on an election promise, but when there is cross-party support and overwhelming backing for a proposal in the House of Commons, the abandonment of a popular proposal makes no sense whatsoever.

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Government needs to act reduce waste and tackle pollution

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

As a local councillor, I deal daily with complaints and issues around refuse collection, recycling, fly-tipping and litter. It seems to me that local councils and government put the emphasis on the consumer and local resident to protect the environment and recycle, without making much effort themselves to reduce the amount of waste in the first place.

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Filling in the holes

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

Those of us who are becoming increasingly frustrated at the condition of Swansea’s roads looked upon the recent report by the Asphalt Industry Alliance with interest.

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