June 2008

27 June 2008

Shocking Ten Fold increase in Stamp Duty in Pembrokeshire in Ten Years.

Homeowners in Pembrokeshire are paying more than ten times the amount of stamp duty than they were a decade ago, new figures reveal.

Paul Davies, AM for Preseli Pembrokeshire, is highlighting the shocking rise in the Government stealth tax and calling for a cut in stamp duty for first time buyers.

The average house price in the county has risen from £65,618 in May 1997 to £251,885 ten years later.

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Pembrokeshire's Bus Service Below Standard, Says AM

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies says the county's bus services are simply not good enough.

He told the Labour-led Assembly Government that the public transport network in Pembrokeshire is failing the most needy in society.

"It is a worrying issue for many of my constituents, who already feel isolated by the rurality of the county," he told the Senedd.

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19 June 2008

Government Must Do More to Halt Drop in Visitor Numbers

The worrying drop in visitor numbers to Wales must be halted, says Shadow Heritage Minister Paul Davies.

Mr Davies, AM for Preseli Pembrokeshire, told the Senedd that Wales had a quarter of a million fewer tourists last year than the year before.

The number of trips made by visitors from Britain to Wales also fell by almost eight per cent and foreign visitor numbers fell by 12 per cent.

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Answers Sought Over Delays in Bus Grants

Bus routes in Pembrokeshire could be affected because of delays in getting the government grants that help pay for them.

The payment hold-up by the Assembly government has been highlighted in the Senedd by Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

He told the Senedd that improving public transport in rural areas is vital, especially for the elderly and frail.

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13 June 2008

AM Seeks Assurance That Community Health Councils are Here to Stay

Preseli Pembrokeshire's AM has sought reassurance from the Assembly Government that local Community Health Councils (CHCs) are here to stay.

Paul Davies fears that the CHCs could follow in the footsteps of the health trusts and be merged into super-councils.

"Community health councils play an important role by representing people who have health problems," he told the Senedd.

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12 June 2008

Commenting on HM Revenue and Customs Plans for Tax Offices

Commenting on the news that HM Revenue and Customs plans to withdraw from both Haverfordwest and Pembroke Dock tax office Paul Davies, Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member, said:

"I am very concerned to hear that fears about the closure of the tax offices in Haverfordwest and Pembroke Dock appear to be coming true.

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09 June 2008

New Hospital Must be Built in Cardigan, Not Elsewhere

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is fighting to ensure that any new hospital in Ceredigion is built in Cardigan, not elsewhere.

Planning issues have held up the building of a new hospital in Cardigan and sites in Lampeter and Felinfach have been put forward as alternatives.

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Labour "Pass the Buck" Back to Pembrokeshire on Bulford Raod Scheme

The Welsh Assembly Government has "passed the buck" back to Pembrokeshire County Council on road improvement work in Johnston.

Ieuan Wyn Jones, the Welsh Minister for the Economy and Transport, told Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies that it was up to the county council to prioritise the Bulford Road improvement scheme.

The failure by the Labour-led Welsh Assembly Government to fund the work needed in Johnston was branded as "criminal" by council leader John Davies last week.

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02 June 2008

Post Office Closures Blow to Pembrokeshire

Commenting on the news that Penally and Templeton Post Offices face closure and another seven in the area are earmarked for outreach, Angela Burns Assembly Member for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire said: "At last this lengthy and very stressful process which has been hanging over post office workers is over.

"The closure of a post office will have a detrimental effect on many communities, especially in rural areas, and once again we are seeing people's choices being taken away."

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