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Vaughan's speech: 2014 commemoration of the 1911 Llanelli Rail Strike & Uprising PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 August 2014 10:12

vaughan laying wreath at boxBrothers, sisters, friends and comrades – thank you for allowing me to speak here today.

Start Up Loans help create nearly 300 new business in Wales PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:31

Start Up Loans – which provide low interest finance for entrepreneurs – have helped nearly 300 business start ups since they were launched in Wales just ten months ago.

Energy & Environment sector is one of fastest growing in Wales and UK PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:29

A new mapping study has revealed the energy and environment sector is one of the fastest growing in Wales and the UK, employing 58,000 people in more than 2000 companies with a combined turnover of £4.8 billion.

Commemoration PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:10

Last week many of you will have attended or watched on television the various events that were held to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, such as the Carmarthenshire service and parade that I attended in Carmarthen Park where we were privileged to be addressed by Lord Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Shocking report on cost of living crisis PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:08

Rising living costs are leaving thousands of Welsh families struggling to cope financially, with many cutting back on food and heating to try to make ends meet, according to new research published today.

Wanted – superhero stem cell donors PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:06

Nia Griffith MP has this week been out recruiting people to be on the stem cell donor register. Partaking in #CapevsCancer on behalf of the Anthony Nolan charity Nia Griffith MP donned a superhero cape and went down to local skateboard Park Ramps to look for young people to support the cause.

How dare Plaid say Welsh people hate Wales PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:04

Shadow Wales minister calls on Plaid MP to apologise for offensive Twitter remarks

Plaid Pride calls for equality in the Commonwealth PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:02

As Plaid Pride members join the activities of Pride Cymru (formerly Cardiff Wales LGBT Mardi Gras) again this year, the movement which represents supporters and members of Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales who identify as LGBT+ is calling on Commonwealth leaders to change their attitudes towards LGBT+ people.

Plaid Cymru AM urges consumers against buying counterfeit tobacco and alcohol PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 August 2014 09:59

Plaid Cymru AM Lindsay Whittle has warned consumers against buying cheap counterfeit tobacco and alcohol – because it may impact on their health.

Vaughan congratulates Eisteddfod organisers PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014 10:56

Plaid Llanelli Westminster Candidate, Vaughan Williams has issued the following statement on the success of the National Eisteddfod.

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Eisteddfod – Welsh Medium Education PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 August 2014 09:49

First Minister Carwyn Jones AM has discussed the future of Welsh medium education in Carmarthenshire today (Wednesday August 6) at the National Eisteddfod.

Illness forces AM to pull out of Eisteddfod events PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 August 2014 09:44

Llanelli AM Keith Davies is being treated in hospital for an infection and fever.

Independent expert panel recommends introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Wales PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 July 2014 16:08

The Welsh Government should introduce minimum unit pricing to address alcohol-related harm among people most affected by hazardous and harmful levels of drinking, an independent expert panel has recommended.

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.


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