2010

02 November 2010

Labour-Plaid guilty of betraying Welsh speakers

Welsh Conservatives today accused Labour-Plaid of betraying Welsh speakers after failing to grant access to mental health services through the medium of Welsh.

In a vote on the Mental Health Measure, Labour-Plaid AMs refused to support a Welsh Conservative amendment, which would have ensured provision of mental health services for Welsh speakers.

Andrew RT Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Health said, "I am disappointed that Labour-Plaid AMs have refused to recognise equality of access to health services through the medium of Welsh.

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26 October 2010

Paul Davies AM Backs Mount Post Office Funding Application

Mount_Post_Office_1Local Assembly Member, Paul Davies is backing The Mount Estate Post office's application for funding from the Post office Diversification fund. The application seeks to improve the retail side of the business by expanding their newsagent's service. They also plan to reorganise their shelving and install new safety flooring to the premises, which will improve its disabled access provisions.

Mr Davies said, "It is my pleasure to endorse this worthy application. I have written a letter of support for The Mount Post office, urging its proposals to be fully considered. These are refurbishments that have the interests of the local community at heart and will benefit the local residents hugely."

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25 October 2010

Local AM Encourages All to Join the BT Race to Infinity

Local Assembly Member, Paul Davies is calling on residents and businesses to vote in BT's fibre optic broadband initiative, Race to Infinity. The initiative has called on communities to take part in a nationwide survey which will record the highest areas of demand for the service. The top five areas in terms of demand will have the super-fast cables fitted by early 2012, while the company looks to have installed the new cables in two-thirds of the country by 2015. In addition, BT will also donate £5,000 of computer equipment to a local community project.

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22 October 2010

Local AM Helps Launch Parkinson’s Wales Manifesto

paul_davies_001Local Assembly Member Paul Davies met with Aileen Napier, the new Country Manager for Wales for Parkinson's UK and Parkinson's representatives at a recent event at the Senedd. The aim of the event was to launch Parkinson's UK Wales Manifesto and mark Parkinson's Awareness Week.

The Manifesto sets out three pledges based on the needs of people with Parkinson's in Wales. The pledges are for people with Parkinson's to have timely access to the right health and social care. Secondly, to get the medication they need, when they need it and finally, to ensure that all staff involved in managing care for people with Parkinson's have a good understanding of the condition.

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Paul Davies AM is Green Prix Champion for Energy Saving Week

PaulDaviesLocal Assembly Member, Paul Davies AM took part in a 'green prix' to find out how to be a smarter driver this Energy Saving Week (25th-31st October). Mr Davies took the wheel of the Energy Saving Trust's driving simulator for the Smarter Driving Challenge at the Senedd. The simulator assesses the driver's ability to drive efficiently.

Energy Saving Trust experts advised Mr Davies that becoming a smarter driver can help reduce your annual fuel bill, cut your carbon emissions, reduce wear and tear on the vehicle and help you enjoy safer, less stressful journeys. Leaving the car at home and making better use of other modes of transport, such as public transport, cycling or walking can make a big difference to the climate and the wallet.

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18 October 2010

AM Helps Raise Awareness of Atrial Fibrillation

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is pictured with representatives from the AF Association, holding a giant calculator that estimates 846 people in Preseli Pembrokeshire suffer from AF.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies met with healthcare professionals and AF patients at a recent event hosted by the Atrial Fibrillation Association at the Senedd. The aim of the event was to raise awareness of Atrial Fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder in the UK at the launch of the 'Keeping our Finger on the Pulse' report. Patients with Atrial fibrillation are five times more likely to have a stroke than people without atrial fibrillation.

Paul Davies said, "I was delighted to take part in this event and help raise awareness of atrial fibrillation and its effects. It is astonishing to think that an estimated 846 people in Preseli Pembrokeshire have atrial fibrillation, and the possibility that many more have it but as yet have not been diagnosed. It is important that this condition is understood by medical professionals and patients so that they can be identified at an early stage and treated accordingly. Given the current economic climate, the realities of AF simply cannot be ignored.

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Resident Takeover of Mount Estate on Hold

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is pictured with Kathy Gray, Chairman of the Mount Community Association.The Mount Community Association in Milford Haven has been told that their tenant management application will cease to be funded by the Welsh Assembly Government due to a lack of funds being available from the Tenant Empowerment Grant. The Mount Community Association, who were initially funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, have been told that in light of the current economic climate, the method of developing a TMO would not make best use of its resources.

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies said, "I am very disappointed to hear that funding has been stopped for this proposed project. This is a non-profit organisation whose core aim is to improve the quality of life for all who live on the Mount Estate and it appears as though they have been led up a dead end. This group has been cooperative from the start of the process and have worked closely with Pembrokeshire County Council to ensure that each stage was completed properly.

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15 October 2010

AM Expresses Concerns over Rural Tourism

Local AM Paul Davies has raised concerns over tourism and the food sector in Pembrokeshire, in the Chamber with the Minister for Heritage.

Paul Davies said, "I raised the issue of the food tourism sector with the Minister, following calls from groups such as farmers' unions, who have recently noted that there is greater potential for food tourism in rural Wales.

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Paul Davies AM Backs New Health Centre Proposals

Outside_Proposed_Milford_Health_CentrePlans for a new health centre to be built in Milford Haven have been backed by local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies wrote to the Minister for Health and Social Services, detailing how the 2006 Primary Care Estates Strategy in Pembrokeshire highlighted the two existing current surgeries as priorities for replacement.

Paul Davies said, "I wrote to the Minister to urge her to fully consider these proposals. I am aware that the bid has already been approved locally by the Hywel Dda Health Board and I look forward to seeing these developments progress. Milford Haven is an urban population with significant needs, and as a consequence, has increased health and social care demands. This obviously puts a weight on primary care facilities.

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13 October 2010

“Skill Build” millions could be better spent

Welsh Conservatives have called for the effectiveness of Labour-Plaid's multi-million pounds Skill Build programme to be reviewed.

It follows the release of figures showing far less than a quarter of unemployed youth learners found work within six months of leaving the scheme.

Skill Build is aimed at the unemployed and consists largely of 16-18 year olds. It has cost taxpayers £128 million over the last three financial years, including 2010/11.

In 2008, the £35.2 million programme had 10,890 youth learners enrolled.

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08 October 2010

Local AM Calls for Lorry Jam Solution

Paul Davies AM is pictured with Cllr Richard Davies of Fishguard Town Council.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has written to the Trunk Road Agency and Dyfed Powys Police to identify steps that could remedy the lorry jams in Lower Town, Fishguard. A number of large lorries and vehicles have got lodged in the narrow streets. This issue has been ongoing for several years and is still a huge concern to many local residents.

Mr Davies said, "The situation in Lower Town is causing great concern. I continue to receive representations from many constituents regarding this matter and I have been campaigning to solve this problem for over two years now.

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Independence of Welsh Language Commissioner Must be Maintained

Welsh Conservatives today warned that the Welsh language risks being used as a political football in the future unless the new Welsh Language Commissioner's independence is guaranteed.

In a number of amendments to the Welsh Language Measure to be published this morning, Shadow Minister for Education and the Welsh Language, Paul Davies AM, has called for the appointment process for the Commissioner to be open, transparent and impartial.

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Local AM's Awareness of MS Put to the Test

Paul Davies AM is pictured with Darren Millar AM holding the ‘spot the difference’ test at the MS stand.Preseli Pembrokeshire AM, Paul Davies played 'spot the difference' in a game designed to highlight the hidden symptoms of multiple sclerosis, at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. Mr Davies took 1:22 minutes to complete the challenge, which was provided by the MS Society to highlight how difficult it can be to recognise some of the most common and debilitating symptoms of MS.

Mr Davies said, "The MS Society's challenge was a fun way to make you think about a serious issue. I was surprised to learn how few people are aware of some of the most common symptoms of MS, including severe fatigue, problems with eyesight and cognitive issues. It's important to realise that even someone whose disability isn't easy to see may still need extra support."

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01 October 2010

AM Raises Concerns over Business Rates

Local AM Paul Davies has raised concerns over the impact of business rates in the Chamber with the Minister for Social Justice and Local Government, Carl Sergeant.

Paul Davies said, "I raised the issue of a more flexible business rate relief scheme with the Minister, with the aim of getting the Welsh Assembly Government to reconsider the proposals for a rate relief scheme set out by myself and my colleagues last year. We proposed to bring in a scheme that would provide 100 per cent rate relief to businesses with a rateable value of up to £10,000 and we fully costed those proposals.

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Welsh Food Celebrated at Harvest Festival

Photo_1Sponsoring an event hosted by NFU Cymru, local Assembly Member Paul Davies paid tribute to the hard work of Welsh farmers and high quality of produce produced in Wales every year. Mr Davies met with NFU Cymru members and agricultural industry representatives to celebrate the high quality of Welsh food at the Harvest festival event in the Senedd.

Mr Davies said "It was a privilege to sponsor this wonderful event. This event is a tribute to the farmers of Wales just as much as it is to their produce. Wales' reputation for fine food is a great acknowledgement of the hard work of farmers across the country.

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