February 2012

27 February 2012

Local AM Experiences Town Rider Scheme

Left to right – Maggie Vickery (Chair, Pembrokeshire Association of Community Transport Organisations), Cllr Sarah Llewellyn (Sheriff of Haverfordwest), Mrs Rachel Bevan (Town Rider user), Paul Davies AM, Mark Calveley (Town Rider driver)Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has taken a trip on the Pembrokeshire Town Rider Scheme bus, to witness the experience first-hand and meet with users of the scheme. The Pembrokeshire Town Rider scheme is run by Pembrokeshire Association of Community Transport Organisations (PACTO) in association with Pembrokeshire County Council; and is designed for elderly and disabled residents who are eligible for a bus pass but who suffer mobility problems.

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23 February 2012

Fishguard Petition Handed to Welsh Assembly

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies joined local representatives on the Senedd steps where a petition to improve Fishguard's Town Centre was being handed in to the Welsh Assembly. The petition calls for investment to be made in a town centre improvement scheme for Fishguard, including pedestrian and traffic management measures.

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16 February 2012

Mencap Stackpole Visit

Pictured (left to right): Ian Wilshaw – Secretary of Pembrokeshire Mencap, Mike Evans – Treasurer of Pembrokeshire Mencap, Jim Allen – Architect, Paul Davies AMPaul Davies Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire was pleased to accept an invitation, from the Trustees of Pembrokeshire Mencap to visit Stackpole Walled Gardens on Wednesday 15th February.

During a tour of the extensive gardens the Manager Debbie Drewett gave Mr Davies an insight into the work of Pembrokeshire Mencap providing worthwhile work experience, recognised qualifications and community involvement to local adults with learning disabilities.

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13 February 2012

Local AM Attends Cross Party Group on Energy

Local AM Paul Davies was pleased to attend the launch of the Cross Party group on energy at the Assembly, which aims to focus on issues relating to the Welsh Energy sector and the jobs that depend on it. Mr Davies met with representatives from a number of energy organisations and representatives to discuss some of the emerging issues affecting the industry in Wales.

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies said, "It was a huge privilege to attend this event and to meet some of the national organisations that represent the energy sector in Wales. This group is a great way of liaising with the industry and raising awareness of the challenges it faces. Pembrokeshire has a huge strategic importance to both Wales and the UK's energy sector and it is important for Assembly Members such as myself to raise specific areas of concern with the Welsh Government. I look forward to our future meetings to ensure that energy issues are at the top of the Welsh political agenda throughout the Fourth Assembly."

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09 February 2012

Local AM Sponsors Rheumatoid Arthritis Event

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is pictured at the RA Awareness event at the SeneddPreseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has recently hosted a Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) awareness event at the Senedd. The event aimed to gain a better understanding of Rheumatoid Arthritis and its health and socio-economic impact. There are approximately 400,000 people with RA in the UK and it has been estimated that RA costs the NHS at a UK level around £560 million a year, with the majority of the costs occurring in the secondary care.

"I was delighted to host the ABPI Rheumatoid Arthritis event," said Mr Davies.

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07 February 2012

Budget Tinkering Fails To Address NHS Cuts

Responding to the publication of the Welsh Labour Government's Supplementary Budget, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said:

"These changes to Labour's budget are simply tinkering around the edges and fail to revisit the drastic cuts to the NHS.

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06 February 2012

Empire-Building at Taxpayers' Expense

The Welsh Labour Government is set to waste over a quarter of a million pounds on political posturing by setting up a new London office, Welsh Conservatives claimed today.

The First Minister is set to sign a contract to lease office space on Victoria Street in Westminster at a cost to taxpayers of £270,000.

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02 February 2012

Local AM Debates A & E Departments

Paul Davies AM has recently taken part in a Welsh Conservative debate on accident and emergency departments in the Assembly Chamber. The debate, tabled by the Welsh Conservatives called on the Welsh Government to ensure that all Accident and Emergency departments will be adequately resourced, and that none will be downgraded or closed during the remainder of the Fourth Assembly.

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01 February 2012

Cataract Treatment in Pembrokeshire on Minister’s Agenda

Cataract treatments and services in Pembrokeshire are being addressed by the Welsh Government following repeated calls from local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies called on both the First Minister and the Health Minister to condemn the refusal to give treatment to patients suffering cataract problems, following representations from constituents who have been denied treatment by Hywel Dda local health board. In response, Health Minister Lesley Griffiths AM has informed Mr Davies that a revised cataract management scheme has been agreed and is now being implemented.

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Local AM Welcomes Enterprise Zone Announcement

Paul Davies AM is pictured in Milford HavenLocal Assembly Member Paul Davies has welcomed the Welsh Government's announcement to consider introducing an enterprise zone at the Haven Waterway in Pembrokeshire.

Mr Davies said: "I am pleased that the Welsh Government is looking at creating an enterprise zone in Pembrokeshire, which will no doubt help boost the local economy. Pembrokeshire is a prime choice for an enterprise zone location, given the importance of the area to both Wales and the UK's energy sector. I appreciate that because of the nature of the area, discussions are needed with the UK Government and other key stakeholders before any final decisions are confirmed. However, I hope that the Welsh Government will ensure that this proposal will be fully approved."

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