November 2011

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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15 November 2011

Government Budget Defeat ‘Sends A Strong Message’

Commenting on the Welsh Government's defeat in today's vote on the draft budget, Shadow Minister for Finance Paul Davies AM, said:

"This vote sends a strong message of defiance to a First Minister whose draft budget is not fit for purpose and whose refusal to provide flexibility has been naïve.

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10 November 2011

Local AM Debates Armed Forces

Paul Davies AM has recently taken part in a Welsh Conservative debate on Armed Forces in the Assembly Chamber. The debate, tabled by the Welsh Conservatives called on the Welsh Government to formally recognise the 100-year anniversary of the Great War in 2014, address the needs of our armed forces and ex-forces personnel with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and to develop and implement a dedicated Armed Forces Card.

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03 November 2011

Local AM Hosts UKPIA Launch at Millennium Centre

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured speaking at the UKPIA event in the Millennium Centre.Local AM Paul Davies was pleased to host the launch of the first UKPIA representative office in Cardiff, at the Wales Millennium Centre this week. Joining Mr Davies at the event was the Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM where they welcomed the new office to Wales and discussed challenges and issues facing the UK petroleum industry.

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02 November 2011

Welsh Government ‘NHS vision’ Lacks Guarantees

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies AM has spoken out regarding the publication of the Welsh Government's 'Five Year Vision for the NHS in Wales'. The new policy outlines the Welsh Labour Government's "vision" for meeting the challenges of the NHS in Wales over the next five years.

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