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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Becoming a dementia friend

This is an article for Seaside News

I recently took part in a Dementia Friends session in my office along with members of my staff.

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Ensuring EU funding is used effectively

This is an article for the Government Gazette

As well as the benefits to businesses the European Union brings us through trade and investment, our poorest communities in Wales receive significant support through European Structural Funds.  This will be worth around £2 billion to Wales over the next six years, which will be a significant boost for jobs and growth.

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Chaotic blue badge scheme still not resolved

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

Like many other Assembly Members, MPs and Councillors across Wales, I have received a significant number of pleas for help from constituents who have faced major problems renewing their blue badges..

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Porthcawl Museum

This is an article for Seaside News

The failure of Bridgend Council and Porthcawl Town Council to agree a way forward on the future of Porthcawl Museum has left the town facing the loss of a major cultural asset.

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