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Landmark law paves the way for tax devolution PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 July 2014 11:59

Finance Minister Jane Hutt has committed to consulting widely on new tax legislation following the First Minister’s announcement that a landmark law on tax collection and management would be brought forward in this Assembly term.

 
A third more children get a Flying Start as report shows tens of thousands benefit from scheme PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 July 2014 11:49

More than 31,000 children in Wales benefited from Flying Start services last year, according to a new Welsh Government report.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 11:59
 
Wales to ban people smoking in cars carrying children PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:37

A ban on people smoking in private vehicles when children are present will be introduced in Wales, First Minister Carwyn Jones and Health Minister Mark Drakeford announced today (Tuesday 15th July).

 
Views sought on plans to make more land available for allotments PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:35

A Green Paper setting out proposals to make more land available for allotments and to improve opportunities for community growing has been published for consultation by Natural Resources, Culture and Sport Minister John Griffiths today (Monday 14th July). The Minister launched the consultation at Canton Community Garden in Cardiff, a flagship project of the Welsh Government’s ‘Environment Wales’ initiative that gives long-term support to community ventures.


The document outlines the Welsh Government’s plans to identify and supply land for allotment use to boost skills, mental and physical health and to regenerate local communities. It aims to contribute to achieving the Welsh Government's commitment to increase the availability of land for allotments and to complement the Community Grown Food Action Plan.

It will build on the good work already being done in Wales to help promote and facilitate sustainable community growing, such as “Tyfu Pobl” funded by the Welsh Government through the Rural Development Fund and delivered by The Federation of City Farms and Gardens, which aims to enable the exchange of knowledge and good practice within the community growing sector.

Proposals include:

  • issuing guidance to local authorities on promoting and supporting community grown food;
  • making Welsh Government owned land available for community grown food and encouraging and support public and private landowners to do the same;
  • supporting farmers to address barriers in providing land for allotments or community grown food; and
  • establishing a right for local authorities, community councils, and constituted community groups to register and use unused public land, or land where no owner can be established, for the purpose of community grown food.

The Minister said:

“People growing food for themselves and their families is a special pastime for many in Wales and can be enjoyed by individuals and groups of all ages, abilities and financial means. It has recently become more popular than ever and many local authorities are struggling to meet demand for allotments.

“Making more land available is therefore vital in meeting this demand and in contributing to boosting physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Opportunities for people to enjoy growing and gardening also have a part to play in tackling the limitations of poverty, empowering and regenerating communities and improving quality of life. More productive use of land in our community through allotments and growing spaces can also provide social benefits, bringing communities together and assisting in their regeneration.

“We want to ensure our future policy on allotments and community growing meet the needs of the people and communities who use them. I would therefore urge anybody with an interest in allotments to have your say on the issue”

Clare Sain-ley-Berry, Co-ordinator for Environment Wales said:

“It is very pleasing to see proposals to increase the land available for allotments and community gardens. They are great places to meet new friends, learn new skills and to lead a healthier more active life. They can also provide valuable habitat for pollinators and our native wildlife. More than half the projects funded by Environment Wales last year focused on issues around food, which emphasises the contribution that locally produced food can make to issues such as well-being and tackling poverty as well as community resilience and climate change."

The consultation will be open until 6 October 2014.

 

 
Measures to improve public health & planning among First Minister’s legislative priorities PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:33

New laws to improve public health, planning and education were outlined by the First Minister today as he set out the legislative priorities for the next Assembly year.

 
Keith Davies seeks answers from power company PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014 21:37

Llanelli AM Keith Davies has written to Western Power Distribution, the company with responsibility for the power network in south Wales for it’s response to the second power cut to hit the town in less than a week.

 
Keith Davies AM in call on Health Board to outline plans PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014 21:34

Llanelli AM Keith Davies has called on the University Health Board to present their plans for changes to accident and emergency services at Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hospital to the people of the town.

 
Nia challenges Minister – could dangerous prisoners walk free? PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 July 2014 18:56

Nia Griffith MP recently quizzed the Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling, on the Government’s changes to the probation service. Speaking up at justice questions, Nia asked:

 
Great support for the station PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 July 2014 18:54

There has been a very positive response from the local community to Nia Griffith MP’s call for rail enthusiasts and people wanting to improve Llanelli’s image to join a group which will officially speak up for and look after Llanelli railway station.

 
Vaughan supports our public sector workers PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 July 2014 12:26

Vaughan Williams, Plaid Llanelli Westminster Candidate said:

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 13:34
 
Nia supports talking buses campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 July 2014 09:31

Nia Griffith MP showed her support for a campaign led by the charity Guide Dogs to make travelling by bus easier for people with sight loss.

 
Fighting for Steel Jobs PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 July 2014 09:30

Llanelli MP, Nia Griffith has called on David Gauke MP, the Exchequer Secretary, to meet MPs who are members of the All-Party Parliamentary Steel Group to discuss the impact on the steel industry of government policies such as business rates, and the delays in channelling financial help to the energy intensive industries.

 
Nia Griffith MP Public meetings PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 July 2014 09:28

Nia has the following public meetings scheduled for this weekend:

 
Plaid Cymru comment on industrial action PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 July 2014 21:10

Regarding July’s day of mass industrial action, Party of Wales leader Leanne Wood said: “As a committed trade unionist, I stand with all those taking industrial action.

 
AMs receive petition over cuts to local bus service PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 July 2014 20:30

Labour Assembly Members Joyce Watson and Keith Davies greeted a delegation of campaigners including local councillors Pat Jones and John JamesOpponents of cuts to bus services in Burry Port have delivered their petition to the Welsh Assembly.

 
Local government workers vote for strike action PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 July 2014 10:50

UNISON’s local government and school support workers have voted yes to strike action in a dispute over pay. The low paid, mainly women, workers have faced a 3 year pay freeze and have now been offered a 1% pay rise.

 
Keith Davies AM sponsors Duke of Edinburgh young leaders event in Senedd PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 June 2014 17:53

Keith Davies has sponsored an event in the Senedd by Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Wales to showcase a 'Celebration of Achievement' highlighting the success of 130 young people who have undertaken impressive leadership and expedition training.

 
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