September 2008

01 October 2008

Assembly Government Not On Top Of WMC Risks

COMMENTING on the Auditor General's report published today on funding for the Wales Millennium Centre, Shadow Culture Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"This is a damning report that highlights in no uncertain terms the failings of the Assembly Government.

"It is one thing to monitor a multi-million pound project well while it is being built, but that must continue into the next phase of the project.

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26 September 2008

Shadow Sports Minister Calls For Investment In Welsh Olympic Hopefuls

Wales needs to invest locally in its best sportsmen and women if we want success in the 2012 Olympic games, says Shadow Sports Minister Paul Davies.

The Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member has called on the Welsh Assembly Government to set up a specific body to help fund Welsh athletes.

"The recent success in Beijing proves that there is a link between investment and medals," Mr Davies told the Senedd during a statement on the success of the Olympics.

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No More Funds To Help Valuable Farm Support Work, AM Told

The valuable work carried out in rural Pembrokeshire by Farm Crisis Network has been highlighted in the Senedd by Paul Davies AM.

The Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member told Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones of the important role carried out by the charity in providing support and advice for farmers.

"The organisation provides excellent support for farming families," Mr Davies told the Senedd.

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22 September 2008

Shadow Health Minister Hears Of Hospice Hopes

The challenges faced by the Paul Sartori Foundation in providing hospice at home care throughout Pembrokeshire have been outlined to the shadow health minister Jonathan Morgan.

Mr Morgan spent a day in the county as the guest of local Conservative Assembly Member Paul Davies and visited the charity's headquarters in Haverfordwest.

They met with hospice director Lorna John and matron Sophie Thomas who outlined the way the organisation works and how it is funded.

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Need Proven For New Family Group On First Day

THE NEED for a new family support group in St Davids was proved within hours of it opening.

Plant Dewi launched a new family group last week (Mon 15th) and within a few hours it was able to provide help to a mother in need.

"Our launch was carried on local radio and a mother who only moved to the area earlier in the year heard the item and came to see us," said Plant Dewi senior project worker Dilys Fletcher. "She was in tears and had big problems.

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17 September 2008

Haverfordwest Choir Wins Royal Seal Of Approval For Charity CD

A musical tribute to Princess Diana has been released by Haverfordwest Male Voice Choir for charity – and it's been given the Royal seal of approval. Choir musical director Christine Kelly set the famous prayer Ave Maria to a piece of music she wrote last year. Before recording and releasing it the choir won endorsement from Prince William and Harry's office.

"I wrote to the princes saying we wanted to release a CD as a Welsh tribute to their mother and that we wanted to raise money for their mum's charities," said Ms Kelly from Hook.

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12 September 2008

PBI Workforce Cut By A Third And Businesses Suffering After Funding Delays

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is concerned that delays in the distribution of European cash grants means Pembrokeshire Business Initiative has had to lay off a third of its workforce and cut back on its work drastically.

The company, which offers advice and support to start-up and existing businesses, has also warned that more staff may have to go. However, it is also emphasising that its core business is still going strong.

Convergence funding, which replaced the Objective One grants, was due to be awarded in October this year but the Welsh Assembly Government has delayed any handouts until at least April next year. This means that PBI cannot apply for funding, nor bid for any funded projects, until sometime next year.

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10 September 2008

Free Swimming Not Making As Big A Splash With Youngsters

THE number of youngsters taking advantage of the Assembly Government's free swimming initiative has fallen by almost 190,000 in four years, Welsh Conservatives have learned.

Official figures show that the number of under-16s using the scheme dropped from 807,838 in 2004/5 to 618,344 in 2007/8.

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04 September 2008

Planning Problems Mustn't Lead To Wrong Location

FAILED plans to build Cardigan's new hospital at Bath-house must not result in a rushed decision to build in the wrong place, says Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

Councillors have thrown out plans to build the new hospital, social care housing and a new supermarket on a town centre site.

Now Mr Davies is pressing for a local solution to be found.

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