April 2009

01 May 2009

Farmers Face Expensive Charges For Checks On Water Supplies

Farmers are facing yearly charges of up to £600 to have their private water supplies compulsorily tested, warns Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies.

Local councils will be given wide‐ranging powers to test private water supplies and pass the costs on to farmers under a European Council Directive.

"Once again farmers are facing more red tape and more expense thanks to European meddling," said Mr Davies.

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30 April 2009

Ministers Must Show Commitment To Sixth Forms And FE Sector

COMMENTING on today's Assembly Government statement on reform of the way further education and sixth forms are  run in ales, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies AM said:  

"This statement raises serious questions about whether the Assembly Government is committed to sixth form education in Wales.

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28 April 2009

Concerns Raised Over Rise Needing Help With Uni Funding

WELSH Conservatives have expressed concerns about the rising number of students seeking government funded financial help to get through university.
 
The number of applicants for Financial Contingency Funds (FCGs) for higher education rose by 18% last year, resulting in £6.2mn being awarded to students.

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25 April 2009

PIPPA

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has been on a fact‐finding mission to the Haverfordwest‐based PIPPA charity. Physically Impaired People of Pembrokeshire Association (PIPPA) provides information and equipment for those with limited mobility, whether they live in the county or are just on holiday here.

"I was very impressed by the organisation and the volunteers I met," said Mr Davies.

"They make a terrific difference to many people's lives.

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24 April 2009

Pembrokeshire Could Miss Out On Super-Fast Broadband

Pembrokeshire could miss out on high‐tech services such as "on‐demand TV" because super‐fast broadband internet access is too expensive to install in rural areas.

Every home in Britain is supposed to be able to get broadband by 2012, however the Government has now admitted that many rural communities may only be able to get slow broadband by that date.

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23 April 2009

Jobs And Budget Blow To Pembrokeshire's Economy

Pembrokeshire has been hit by a double budget and unemployment blow, says Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

The latest unemployment figures show that an extra 724 people in the county have claimed Job Seekers Allowance in the past three months.

"Historically Pembrokeshire has always had a lower level of unemployment than the rest of Wales but with 3.9 per cent of the county's population now out of work, we are sadly catching up fast," said Mr Davies.

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Pembrokeshire One Of Worst Counties In Wales For Dog Fouling

Pembrokeshire dog owners are some of the worst in Wales at cleaning up after their dogs.

New figures reveal that nearly a quarter of streets in the county contain dog faeces.

Now Pembrokeshire's Assembly Members are calling on the county council to crack down on lazy pet owners.

"Pembrokeshire has the fourth highest dog fouling rate of any county in Wales," revealed South Pembrokeshire AM  Angela Burns, who is also Shadow Welsh Environment Minister.

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FE Funding Consequential Will Provide Much Needed Boost

RESPONDING to yesterday's budget announcement that there will be extra investment in FE colleges, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies said:

"We welcome any extra investment in post‐16 education in Wales.

"The consequential provision that Wales is expected to receive on the back of the Government's announcement on FE funding is estimated to be around £38mn.

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10 April 2009

Community Concerns About Ambulance Delays

The news that ambulances from as far away as Monmouth are dealing with Pembrokeshire's 999 calls is worrying county residents.

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has heard from householders and community councillors who were dismayed to hear that ambulances were travelling such long distances to reach emergency call outs.

"On more than 500 occasions last year 999 call outs were dealt with by ambulances based outside the county," said Mr Davies.

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06 April 2009

Davies Writes To Hutt Over FE Funding Cuts

SHADOW Education Mi

nister Paul Davies AM today wrote to Jane Hutt about the cut to further education budgets in Wales.

In his letter to the Education Minister Mr Davies, the Welsh Conservative AM for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said:

"Dear Jane,

The funding cut in this year's further education budget is a matter of great public concern, as you will be aware from last week's protest outside the Senedd.

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03 April 2009

FE-Led Projects Vital To Surviving The Recession

COMMENTING on news that no European funding has so far been approved for FE sector-led projects as a result of the four Welsh economic summits, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"The Assembly Government has gone out of its way to tell us how it is doing everything possible to help Welsh businesses and workers survive the recession.

"Yet despite four highly publicised economic summits and countless policy announcements it is incredible that to date not one FE-led project has been approved for European funding.

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Welsh Education Shadow Joins Pembrokeshire Lecturers And Students' Demo

Shadow Welsh Education Minister Paul Davies joined Pembrokeshire lecturers and students when they protested at the Senedd about cuts to the county's Further Education budget.

The rally, organised by the University and College Union, attracted 400 education professionals and students from across Wales.

The Welsh Assembly Government is cutting the Further Education budget for colleges by 1.06% - a cut of more than £3m. Some colleges are being worse hit than others and bosses at Coleg Sir Gar in Carmarthenshire are seeking to make 89 staff redundant.

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Mr Davies, pictured speaking at the rally, said: "The strength of feeling against these budget cuts was very apparent at the demonstration.

"Reckless budget cuts such as these could have seriously damaging implications for students and lecturers across Pembrokeshire.

"As the economic climate worsens it is madness for the Labour-Plaid Cymru Assembly Government to cut funding for the sector.

"Colleges need this money to help re-train the thousands of workers made redundant in recent months and to develop the skilled workforce of the future.

"As the Shadow Education Minister and the local Assembly Member I will continue to support students and lecturers in Pembrokeshire in their campaign for a fair funding deal from the Assembly Government in Cardiff ."

Mr Davies is also highlighting the fact that no European funding has so far been approved for FE sector-led projects as a result of the four Welsh economic summits.

"The Assembly Government has gone out of its way to tell us how it is doing everything possible to help Welsh businesses and workers survive the recession.

"Yet despite four highly publicised economic summits and countless policy announcements it is incredible that to date not one FE-led project has been approved for European funding.

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Jewel In Cardigan's Crown Visited By Preseli Pembrokeshire AM

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has visited Cardigan Castle to learn more about plans to restore the building.

Despite working in the town for many years, Mr Davies had never been able to enter the castle before.

"It was in private ownership until 2003 and is now only open to the public on a limited basis when volunteers are working on the grounds so it was a real privilege to get inside at last," said Mr Davies. "It's such a landmark building in such a key location in the town. It was wonderful to finally get inside."

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Shadow Welsh Education Minister Pledges Upport For Greenhill Parents

Shadow Welsh Education Minister Paul Davies has pledged to support parents fighting proposed music cuts at one of Pembrokeshire's most musical schools.

Instrumental lessons at Greenhill School in Tenby are under threat because the school has a £59,000 budget shortfall.

Mr Davies has now been lobbied by a number of parents concerned about the cuts. He has pledged to do what he can to help.

"Sadly schools across Wales are having to cut services because of a lack of funding from the Labour-Plaid administered Welsh Assembly Government," he said.

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01 April 2009

Improvements To Epilepsy Care In Wales Long Overdue

IMPROVEMENTS to epilepsy services in Wales are long overdue, Welsh Conservative AM Paul Davies will argue in his short debate today.

The Service Development and Commission Directive for Epilepsy announced last May highlighted many improvements that needed to be made to provision in Wales. This included reducing waiting times for routine and urgent appointments with neurology out-patients and the need for more specialist teams in Wales.

There is a particular shortfall in services in rural parts of Wales.

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