Ending six-figure golden goodbyes

Like many other people I have been shocked recently by the number of six-figure redundancy packages in the public sector. That is why the Welsh Liberal Democrats are arguing that these pay-outs should be capped at £90,000 for people working in the NHS and for council staff.

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Budget benefits from Welsh Liberal Democrats influence Seaside News

This is an article for Seaside News

This year’s Assembly budget process has been particularly difficult.  That is a consequence of the austerity measures that the UK Government has had to adopt so as to rebalance the budget

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£250 million deal will help safeguard our post offices

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

I was pleased to note that a crucial lifeline has been thrown to post offices in Swansea, Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot thanks to a Government contract unveiled by Liberal Democrat pensions’ minister, Steve Webb last month.

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Using taxation to deliver fairness

This is an article for the Institute of Welsh Affairs

Despite claims to the contrary by the opposition, the UK Coalition’s tax policy has been a major success.

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Another rise in the basic pension Seaside News

I was pleased to see that the basic state pension will rise by at least £2.85 a week next year, thanks to the triple lock introduced by the Liberal Democrats in Government.

 

It means 24,854 pensioners in the Bridgend area will benefit from an increase in their pension.

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Budget benefits from Welsh Liberal Democrats influence EP

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

 

This year’s Assembly budget process has been particularly difficult.  In real terms the money we have available to spend on services in Wales has reduced since 2010.

 

That is a consequence of the austerity measures that the UK Government has had to adopt so as to rebalance the budget, but it could have been much worse.

 

We have at least had some protection due to the decision to protect health and education spending in England.

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Another rise in the basic pension 131114

This is an article for the Glamorgan Gazette

I was pleased to see that the basic state pension will rise by at least £2.85 a week next year, thanks to the triple lock introduced by the Liberal Democrats in Government.

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A step too far for parents

This is an article for Seaside News

 

The latest illness absence advice handed out to parents of school-age children in Bridgend from the Central South Consortium which is a partnership between Bridgend, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taf, and Merthyr councils is in my view, irresponsible.

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Another rise in the basic pension

This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post

I was pleased to see that the basic state pension will rise by at least £2.85 a week next year, thanks to the triple lock introduced by the Liberal Democrats in Government.

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Helping the poorest pupils

A recent report from the education watchdog, Estyn highlighted the need for schools in Wales to do more to stamp out absenteeism and truancy. They said that nearly a third of secondary schools are not doing enough to improve their pupil's attendance, and that means poor or vulnerable children are losing out.

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