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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In defence of Porthcawl and Kenfig Hill Fire Stations

This is an article for the Glamorgan Gazette

Earlier this 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 outside the town and co-locate it with the Kenfig Hill Fire station at a new station in Cornelly, will compromise their safety.

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Reducing the risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning

This is an article for Seaside News

I recently wrote to Housing Minister suggesting that the Housing Bill, which is due later this year makes the installation of Carbon Monoxide detectors mandatory when any appliance that might produce the gas is installed in existing homes.

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Outside the Assembly Chamber

This is an article for the Glamorgan Gazette 

Although both the Welsh Assembly and Parliament are in recess that does not mean that members of either institution are idle. In fact we are as busy as ever

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Saving Charity Shops

This is an article for Seaside News

A few weeks ago I visited one of the British Heart Foundation Cymru's Furniture & Electrical store to learn more about how proposed changes to business rates will lead to a loss of income for the charity and more empty shops on high streets across Wales.

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