2011

16 December 2011

Local AM Attends Meeting With The Chancellor

Local politician Paul Davies AM is pictured with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP.Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has recently attended a meeting with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP at the Treasury in London. The meeting was convened to discuss a number of issues affecting Wales. Whilst in London, Mr Davies also met with the Prime Minister and Welsh MPs.

Paul Davies said, "I was extremely pleased to attend such an important meeting. It was a wonderful opportunity to liaise with the Chancellor over some incredibly serious issues affecting the people of Wales. As Shadow Finance Minister at the Assembly, I will continue to liaise with the Chancellor on the issues discussed and work alongside my colleagues to best serve the people of Wales. I also look forward to continue working jointly with Stephen Crabb as Pembrokeshire's local MP to ensure the interests of the people of Pembrokeshire are heard at the highest level."

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15 December 2011

Local AM Visits PATCH

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is pictured with PATCH Coordinator Tracy Olin and volunteers at the PATCH office in Haverfordwest.Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has visited PATCH – Pembrokeshire Action to Combat Hardship, to help out and to witness their "Basics Bank". PATCH have recently set up a new branch in Haverfordwest, following their good work in Milford Haven and Monkton, to help reach out an even wider number of people in need.

Following the visit to the organisation, Mr Davies was able to see the volunteers in action first-hand. He said, "I have been privileged to visit the new PATCH branch in Haverfordwest and meet the volunteers there. PATCH provides a valuable service to our community by providing food and clothing for families in need. They also launch a Christmas toy appeal every year to try to ensure that all children in Pembrokeshire, regardless of their background, enjoy the Christmas that they deserve."

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09 December 2011

Shadow Business Minister Visits Pembrokeshire

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured with Shadow Business Minister, Nick Ramsay AM and the team at Pembroke Power Station.Shadow Business Minister, Nick Ramsay AM, together with Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies recently paid a visit to Pembroke Power Station and Milford Haven Port Authority. Mr Ramsay and Mr Davies met with Mr Steve Glover and Mr Andy Smith, of Pembroke Power Station, and Mark Andrews, Harbour Master and Deputy Chief Executive of the Port Authority.

During the visits, Mr Davies and Mr Ramsay discussed a number of business issues including enterprise zones, business rates and development plans for the local area.

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07 December 2011

Local AM Condemns Plans To Cut Surgery

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured outside Withybush hospital, Haverfordwest.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has expressed his concern at Hywel Dda local health board's plans to cut non-urgent surgery in the New Year.

Local AM Paul Davies said: "I am very concerned to hear that Hywel Dda health board is considering cutting non-urgent surgery in the New Year. At a time when the local health board is facing a £4m deficit, cutting surgery will only increase waiting lists and drive up costs, which could be avoidable."

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05 December 2011

NHS Ignored In Final Budget

Welsh Conservatives have reaffirmed their opposition to the Welsh Labour Government's spending plans, ahead of Tuesday's debate.

The group will vote against the motion to approve the final budget.

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01 December 2011

Local AM Adjudicates YFC Debating Competition

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured with the Templeton team, who won the Senior Debating Competition.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies was pleased to adjudicate the Pembrokeshire Young Farmers Senior Debating Competition. Mr Davies provided a list of eleven topics for debating, ranging from social networking and reality TV to the proposed badger cull and the single-use carrier bag levy.

Local AM Paul Davies said: "I was delighted to adjudicate the Senior Debating Competition and I was thoroughly impressed with the calibre of all the participants involved. Debating competitions are a great way for young people to improve their public speaking and communication skills and their confidence."

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29 November 2011

Final Budget ‘Snubs NHS’

Commenting on the publication of the Welsh Government's final budget for 2012-13, Shadow Minister for Finance Paul Davies AM, said:

"This is a cut-price deal that completely snubs our National Health Service.

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Time For Labour To Deliver

Responding to the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, which makes an additional £216million available to the Welsh Government to spend on capital projects, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said:

"This is welcome additional funding from the Conservative-led Coalition to invest in infrastructure projects in Wales to help get our economy moving.

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Grants Management Too Inefficient To Deliver

Commenting on the publication of a report from the Wales Audit Office criticising the complexity of the Welsh Labour Government's grants schemes, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said:

"This report raises valid concerns about many of the bureaucratic obstacles to delivering improvements to public services in Wales.

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28 November 2011

Nothing New In Stimulus Package

Commenting on the statement from the Welsh Labour Finance Minister on an economic stimulus package funded from the £38.9m Council Tax Barnett consequential, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said:

"I am disappointed that Ministers are using this additional funding to top up their existing policies rather than capitalise on the opportunity to drive economic growth.

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All Behind Fort’s Future As Politicians Visit Hubberston

A tour of Hubberston Fort with (from left to right) Alec Don, chief executive of Milford Haven Port, Stephen Crabb MP, Jeff Teague, property manager at the Port and Paul Davies AM.The development of Hubberston Fort could present significant opportunities for the Milford Haven area, but the challenge is to ensure that any future use is able to cover the considerable renovation costs. This was the conclusion after Alec Don and Jeff Teague from Milford Haven Port, owners of the fort, welcomed Stephen Crabb MP and Paul Davies AM to the site recently (18 November) to discuss the current status of the building and what future development plans might look like.

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25 November 2011

Rise In Top Government Earners

The number of Welsh Government staff earning over £50k has risen over the last three years.

Despite a drop in the overall number of civil servants – from 6,230 to 5,427 (as of September '11) – the amount earning top wages has increased.

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24 November 2011

Co-responders Service Fully Reinstated

It has now been confirmed that local Fire and Rescue Services Co-Responder Units have now been fully reinstated by the Welsh Ambulance Trust with immediate effect. This reinstatement will mean that Co-responders will continue to complment the Welsh ambulance service by providing valuable life-saving support in an emergency until an ambulance arrives.

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AM Backs Age Cymru’s Rule Out Abuse Campaign

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured signing Age Cymru’s Rule Out Abuse charter.Paul Davies AM has today given his support to Age Cymru's 'Rule Out Abuse' campaign, which calls on the Welsh Government to introduce new legislation to force public authorities to investigate allegations or suspicions of elder abuse. An estimated 39,000 older people in Wales suffer abuse in their own homes with that abuse taking many forms including physical abuse, financial abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.

Currently there is no legal obligation on public authorities to investigate when concerns are raised that an adult is at risk of being abused.

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18 November 2011

‘Excessive’ & ‘Wasteful’ Refurbishment Costs

By next April, 16 million pounds would have been spent on refurbishment and maintenance of the Welsh Government's Cathays Park building over the previous four years.

The costs have been released to the Welsh Conservatives, who have questioned the amount of public money being used in the current economic climate.

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