February 2010

01 March 2010

Free Laptop Scheme Still No Further Forward

PLAID Cymru's free laptops for children policy is no further forward nearly three years into their coalition with Labour.

Information obtained from the Education Minister Leighton Andrews confirms that a pilot scheme is finally due to roll out in March 2010 at a cost of £700,000 over the two financial years 2009-10 and 2010-11.

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23 February 2010

Review Must Re-focus Spending On Education Not Bureaucracy

RESPONDING to today's statement on the proposed review into education funding in Wales, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"This review must get to the heart of funding problems in schools, colleges and universities across Wales.

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09 February 2010

Minister Must Get To Grips With The Problem, Not The Title

COMMENTING on today's report that the Education Minister wants people to stop using the term NEETs to describe people not in education, employment or training, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"Rather than obsessing about whether we should use the term NEET, the Education Minister should spend his time reducing the number of people who actually are NEETs.

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Help For Homeless

helpForHomeless"Homelessness Sunday" resulted in three trolleys of food being collected for the homeless in the county.

"We would like to thank everyone who gave their time, energy and assistance into making the collection one of the best ever," said Jane Potter, debt advice co-ordinator for PCS.

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08 February 2010

Post Office Closure Findings No Surprise To Conservative Politicians

clarbestonPostOfficeClosureNew research revealing that the closure of local post offices broke community ties and hit vulnerable people hardest comes as no surprise to Pembrokeshire's Conservative politicians.

The study by Consumer Focus Wales found that the elderly, disabled and poorer people were less able to access services since the closures. They also became more isolated and lonely, it added.

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02 February 2010

Blow To Fishguard As Extra Trains Ruled Out For Now

Fishguard won't be getting any extra trains in the immediate future despite an Assembly enterprise committee's recommendations, Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is warning.

A two-month enquiry by the Welsh Assembly's Enterprise and Learning Committee said that the town should have more than two trains a day – a proposal backed by regional transport consortium SWITTCH, local petitioners and the North Pembrokeshire Transport Forum.

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01 February 2010

Free School Breakfast Scheme Must Be Reviewed

WELSH Conservatives today demanded that the Assembly Government review the value for money of its free school breakfast scheme after it emerged they are spending more than £8mn on the initiative.
Figures obtained by the party reveal that the cost of operating the scheme last year was £8.3mn. It is thought this will rise even higher in 2010.

The news comes after it emerged average spend per pupil in Wales is £527 less than in England. Education Minister Leighton Andrews has also pledged to hold a review of education spending to "make sure we make the best use of the resources available to us".

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