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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A Road too far

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

The decision by the Welsh Government to choose the most expensive route for an M4 extension around Newport has been universally condemned, even by those who believe that building roads are an answer to traffic congestion.

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Vulnerable and elderly being let down over chaotic blue badge scheme

This is an article for Seaside News

Last month I held a short debate in the Assembly on the problems faced by many people in obtaining a blue badge.

The Welsh Government has changed the rules so as to stop the abuse of this system. That is welcome but the downside is that large numbers of people who are genuinely entitled to a blue badge are not getting one.

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