December 2013

20 December 2013

Paul Davies backs Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s Let’s Stop the Block campaign

As Christmas approaches, local Assembly Member Paul Davies is backing Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water's Let's Stop the Block campaign in a special effort to avoid festive misery for people in Pembrokeshire.

Blocked sewers are a major problem across Wales which costs Welsh Water over £7 million pounds a year to clear. They cause huge human misery, damage to homes and businesses, and can pollute our beautiful rivers, beaches and wider environment. The Let's Stop the Block campaign aims to transform customers' behaviours when it comes to putting things down the toilet and disposing of fat, oils and grease.


18 December 2013

‘More damning evidence’ on Caerphilly Council

Commenting on a Wales Audit Office report on finance at Caerphilly council – which highlights 'unlawful' action when chief officers bought out entitlements on 'essential car user allowance' and 'annual leave allowance' - Shadow Minister for Finance Paul Davies AM, said:

"Mismanagement of council finances doesn't get much worse than this.

"It's more than clear that systemic problems have existed within this council and public money has been gambled away without due care and attention.


Paul Davies Welcomes Decision over Milford Haven Fire Station

The decision to scrap plans to reduce cover at Milford Haven fire station has been welcomed by local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mid and West Wales Fire Authority has decided to retain services at both Milford Haven and Pembroke Dock and it is understood that they will review this decision next year.

Mr Davies said "I'm pleased that the Fire Authority has decided to retain the services at Milford Haven and that the station will remain fully operational, particularly given that there are oil refineries, LNG plants and a power station in the local area. I wrote to a local member of the Fire Authority, urging the management to prioritise the safety of communities and to maintain those services that are most strategic in nature and I believe that Milford Haven fire station certainly fits that criteria. Therefore, I'm delighted that, albeit for the time being, the station will remain open full-time and I look forward to working with the Authority over the coming months to find a way to keep this station open full-time on a permanent, long-term basis."


Fish farm grant failings labelled ‘appalling’

Commenting on the findings of Wales Audit Office report on Welsh Government grant management associated with the Penmon fish farm project – which has highlighted 'unsuitable' procedures - Shadow Minister for Finance Paul Davies AM, said:

"This report confirms just how appalling this situation really was.

"Ignoring risks or failing to mitigate them is absolutely unforgiveable – particularly when millions of pounds of taxpayers' money is at stake.


09 December 2013

Autumn Statement: ‘Further help and support for Wales’

Commenting on the UK Government's Autumn Statement, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew RT Davies AM, said:

"This statement confirms the UK Government's committed focus on economic growth and community support.

"From fuel duty to tax breaks, from infrastructure to small businesses - this statement will have huge benefits for communities the length and breadth of Wales. This is in stark contrast to Welsh Labour's tired policies and casino economics.


Disbelief at Government’s £100k potted plant bill

A one hundred thousand pounds Welsh Government bill for potted plants has been greeted with disbelief by Welsh Conservatives.

Figures obtained via the Freedom of Information Act reveal:

  • 38 thousand pounds was spent on potted plants in 2010/11
  • 28 thousand pounds in 2011/12
  • 28 thousand pounds in 2012/13
  • Eight thousand pounds so far this financial year


04 December 2013

Paul Davies Supports Small Business Saturday

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured with colleagues outside the Small Business Bus in Cardiff Bay.Paul Davies, AM for Preseli Pembrokeshire is supporting Small Business Saturday on 7th December to raise awareness of buying closer to home. This Saturday is set to be the busiest retail day of the year, and Mr Davies is encouraging the people of Pembrokeshire to buy locally and support small businesses.

American Express launched the campaign in the USA in 2010 and helped introduce it to the UK, working alongside small business organisations and local authorities to raise awareness with TV adverts, regional radio and direct marketing activity.


Paul Davies Hears More About LPG Switching Service

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured with Michael Cuff of Switch My LPG.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has met a local LPG Switching service to hear more about how Pembrokeshire residents can save money by switching their service. "Switch My LGP" is a local, independent company providing a totally free comparison and switching service for bulk LPG users. The company specialise in the bulk LPG market for both residential and commercial users.

Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to talk to Switch My LPG and hear more about how their service can help people across Pembrokeshire. I know that access to mains gas is a problem for some of my constituents and so I welcome services like Switch My LPG, who can provide local people with the option of choosing another supplier. Many people are not aware that, since the 13th April 2009 , all bulk domestic LPG users customers , who are supplied LPG via a bulk tank , can switch their LPG supplier without actually having to change their tank. Therefore, I would encourage the people of Pembrokeshire to take advantage of this free service provided by Switch My LPG, to help find you a new cost-effective supplier."


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