May 2012

31 May 2012

“Act now to keep people with MS in work” - Paul Davies AM

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured with Judy Rees, Director for MS Society Cymru.Paul Davies, Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, is calling on the Welsh Government to provide the right support to people living with MS and their employers so that they can stay in work.

Hundreds of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in Wales are leaving work early, never to return, due to a lack of support from the NHS and their employers, according to a report published by MS Society Cymru and the Work Foundation. The reports reveals the staggering number of people living with MS who are forced to leave work early, but who could be contributing to society for years more if support was available.

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28 May 2012

Concern Over Coalition

Commenting on the announcement that Pembrokeshire County Council will be governed as an Independent-Labour coalition, Local Assembly Member Paul Davies said, "I am shocked that the Independent Group has chosen to form a coalition with the Labour party at County Hall, given that they already have enough numbers to govern alone, having 32 of the 60 county council members.

"On a national level, Labour has failed to improve our health service, failed to improve schools and failed to improve our economy. I am therefore deeply concerned at the Independent Group's dangerous gamble to govern Pembrokeshire with the Labour Party. The people of Pembrokeshire deserve better."

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22 May 2012

Ministers Need To Raise Capital Project Ambitions

Commenting on the statement by the Welsh Labour Government on the Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Finance Minister, said:

"I welcome a set of strategic investment priorities which includes improving transport and telecommunications networks and investing in housing.

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21 May 2012

‘Top-Heavy’ WG Workforce is a ‘Cause for Concern’

Almost 80 per cent – or four out of five - of the Welsh government workforce are categorised as 'managers', according to figures obtained by the Welsh Conservatives.

4,189 (or 77 per cent) of the 5,424 civil servants employed by the Welsh government (as at the end of March this year) fall under management pay bands. 1,156 are classed as 'team support' and another 79 as 'other'.

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17 May 2012

Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone Underway

Paul Davies AM is pictured in Milford HavenLocal Assembly Member Paul Davies has welcomed the Welsh Government's announcement confirming that an enterprise zone will be located at the Haven Waterway in Pembrokeshire.

Mr Davies said: "I am pleased that the Welsh Government is creating an enterprise zone in Pembrokeshire, which will have huge benefits for the local economy. As we already know, 30% of the UK's energy supplies now come via Pembrokeshire, and an enterprise zone at the Haven Waterway will give us the opportunity to develop further energy businesses. I am also delighted that Nick Bourne will step in as the interim Chair of the Haven Waterway. His experience and expertise will help ensure the success of this enterprise zone."

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10 May 2012

Local AM Celebrates Welsh Angling

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has attended the launch of Angling Cymru, a partnership between the three National Governing Bodies (coarse, game and sea) for angling in Wales. Angling brings in over £150 million into the Welsh economy each year and the launch of the new partnership marks the start of a whole host of new initiatives and developments for angling in Wales.

Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to attend the launch of Angling Cymru to celebrate the success of Welsh fishing and promote angling across Wales. In Wales alone it is estimated that some 1.5 million people go fishing and it supports numerous jobs and businesses in Wales."

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09 May 2012

Local AM Completes the Cycle!

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured with representatives from the Complete the Cycle scheme.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has attended a "Complete the Cycle" event, celebrating an innovative respiratory inhaler recycling scheme. People in Wales with respiratory illnesses can now recycle their inhalers for the first time as part of this scheme, which is being rolled out by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) following a successful trial earlier in the year.

Mr Davies said: "I was pleased to attend this important event. Wales is the first country in the world to offer the service nationally, with over 100 Co-operative Pharmacies providing the service and that is something to be hugely proud of. I am delighted to see and hear that progress is being made with regard to recycling medical equipment. This is a simple, sustainable, service that will make an important difference to our environment."

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08 May 2012

Local AM Questions Deputy Minister on Apprenticeships

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has raised the issue of apprenticeships in the Chamber with the Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert AM. Mr Davies argued that given that Pembrokeshire is the energy capital of the UK, it is important that local apprenticeships equip young adults in the local area with the necessary skills to enter its workforce.

Mr Davies said: "I was pleased to hear that the Welsh Government is working with anchor companies in the energy sector to ensure that they are providing apprenticeships for young people in Pembrokeshire and equipping them with the appropriate skills to work in the energy industry. We have a thriving energy sector in Pembrokeshire and it is important that the Welsh Government does all that it can to support it."

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Shortcomings of Regional Pay

Commenting on the statement on regional pay from the Welsh Labour Government, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Finance Minister, said:

"I welcome the Welsh Government's submission to the Treasury on the shortcomings of regional pay.

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Local AM Keeps Up Pressure on Fishguard Town Centre Petition

Local Assembly Member, Paul Davies and Member of Parliament, Stephen Crabb , are pictured signing the petition in Fishguard with Cllr James Thickett, Cllr Owen James, and the Mayor of Fishguard, Cllr Richard Davies. Photograph credit: Johnny MorrisPreseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has once again raised the issue of Fishguard Town Centre in the Chamber with the Minister for Local Government and Communities, Carl Sargeant AM. Mr Davies reminded the Minister of the petition handed to the Welsh Government recently calling for investment to be made in a town centre improvement scheme for Fishguard, including pedestrian and traffic management measures.

Mr Davies said: "I was pleased to once again raise this issue with the Minister in the Chamber. It is important to reiterate the message that this scheme will ensure that pedestrians are able to shop safely as sadly at present, many of the roads and pavements in the town centre are not fit for purpose.

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£34m Repair and Redecoration Bill

The Welsh Government spent over 14 million pounds on renovation and repairs to its estate last year; an increase of almost five million pounds on 2010/11.

In total, over 34 million pounds has been spent on government buildings in Wales during the last three years.

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04 May 2012

Coast Path Clean-Up Success

Volunteers in St Dogmaels including County Councillor Mike James, Paul Davies AM, Llwybrau Llandudoch volunteers, Environment Agency staff and Keep Wales Tidy Chairman John Hogg.In preparation for the launch of the Wales Coast Path on 5th May volunteers from across Wales got their walking boots on to enjoy the fresh air while cleaning up along the way.

St Dogmaels saw the transformation of an area of land adjacent to the Graig footpath which had seen many years of fly-tipping. Llwybrau Llandudoch member Gill Wislocka commented "It's wonderful to see an area that's been an eyesore for more than a decade looking so much better". Local volunteers were joined by Environment Agency staff, Dyfed-Powys police and County Councillor Mike James who removed 25 bags and a small skip load of other waste.

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