The need for the regeneration of Porthcawl

This is an article for the Glamorgan Gazette

Two weeks ago I met representatives of Porthcawl First to discuss the latest developments regarding Bridgend Council's regeneration plans for Porthcawl.

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Paper is still important

This is an article for Seaside News

I recently met with Keep Me Posted campaign, a group dedicated to stamping out the prices people are paying to keep their paper bills, as more and more companies try to deal with their customers online.

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An investment in health

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

Part of my job as a Regional Assembly Member is to scrutinise the way that the Welsh Government funds and delivers services.

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Welsh Government housing bill takes the popularist route

This is an article for Welsh Housing Quarterly

The new Welsh Housing Bill is a substantial document that contains many welcome provisions. The reform of the housing revenue account subsidy will release more money for investment, however, there are a number of issues which need further thought.

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Bridgend schools to get £3.7m extra

This is an article for Seaside News

Last month the Welsh Assembly voted through its final budget for public services in Wales for the 2014-15 financial year. At £15 billion or so that is a substantial amount of money, the vast majority of which will be going to health and, through local councils to education and social services.

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Paper is still important

This is an article for the Glamorgan Gazette

Though we've had quite a mild winter so far, I know from experience that sooner or later we'll be turning the heating up to combat the cold - if we can afford it! - and wondering about the accompanying bills.

 

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Local Government reorganisation

This is an article for the Electoral Reform Society

A dictionary definition of 'collaboration' tells us that it is a situation in which 'two or more people work together to create or achieve the same thing'. For many in Wales over the last few years, it has been a form of displacement activity to avoid facing up to and doing something about the mess created by the 1995 reorganisation of local government.

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There is such a thing as a free lunch

This is an article for Seaside News

The 20th annual National School Meals Week took place at the beginning of November. It is the biggest healthy eating awareness week aimed at children in England and Wales.

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Home truths

This is an article for Wales Eye

Homelessness is a much misunderstood concept, often associated with rough sleeping but in actual fact encompassing a wide range of socially-excluded individuals, many in that position because of additional support needs associated with mental health problems or substance misuse.

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Bridgend schools to get £3.7m extra

This is an article for the Glamorgan Gazette

Early next month the Welsh Assembly will be voting on the final budget for public services in Wales for the 2014-15 financial year. At £15 billion or so that is a substantial amount of money, the vast majority of which will be going to health and, through local councils to education and social services.

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