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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Historic new law will help thousands of mobile home residents

This is an article for Seaside News

On Wednesday 25th September the Welsh Assembly passed its very first private members bill since it got its new powers in 2011. The Bill that I sponsored has important outcomes for thousands of owners of residential mobile or park homes around Wales, including here in Bridgend.

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In defence of Porthcawl Fire Station

This is an article for Seaside News

Last month I attended a rally outside the fire station in Porthcawl attended by several hundred residents who are concerned that plans by the Fire and Rescue Authority to move the facility to Cornelly, will compromise their safety.

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