Government backtracks on childcare support

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

I spoke to a constituent recently who is finding the cost of childcare to be crippling. Both he and his wife work but despite accessing the Government's voucher scheme they are struggling with the cost.

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New independent health watchdog needed

This is an article for Seaside News

The current system for ensuring the quality and safety of healthcare services in Wales is not fit for purpose and that Healthcare Inspectorate Wales should be scrapped and replaced with a new, independent and more robust system.

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New independent health watchdog needed

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post and the Glamorgan Gazette

 

Welsh Liberal Democrats believe that current system for ensuring the quality and safety of healthcare services in Wales is not fit for purpose and that Healthcare Inspectorate Wales should be scrapped and replaced with a new, independent and more robust system.

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Modern local councils should be empowered and enabled not shackled to Welsh ministers

This is an article for the Institute of Welsh Affairs

The Welsh Assembly has recently approved stage one of the Local Government (Wales) Bill and we are currently in the process of tabling amendments for stage two.

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#HearMyVoice initiative

This is an article for Seaside News

I was privileged recently to attend the re-launch of the Swansea Sound and The Wave #HearMyVoice campaign at a Swansea Primary School.

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Wales should bid for the Tour de France

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post and \Glamorgan Gazette

 

In a debate in the Assembly last week, I argues that the unique beauty and landscape of Wales would make our country an ideal host for a stage of a future Tour de France.

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The strange death of coalition Britain

This is an article for the Institute of Welsh Affairs website


For those of us who have been in politics for a long time, May 7 was like Dejá Vu all over again.

In 1992 the country had been spooked by the thought of a coalition government and in the last few days had decided they would rather keep the devil they knew. On Thursday it seemed that the last minute rush for the safety of majority government happened in the final 24 hours and took all of us by surprise.

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Cuts to local further education colleges will undermine skills agenda

This is an article for Seaside News

Recent announcements of severe cuts to courses and compulsory redundancies for staff in further education colleges will undermine the Welsh Government’s own skills agenda and leave many people with fewer employment options

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Response to Welsh Government White Paper

This is my response to the Welsh Government's White Paper Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People

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A strong economy and a fairer society

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

The Liberal Democrats are the only UK party that has said that fair funding for Wales will be a manifesto commitment. 

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