19 July 2013

Paul Davies Calls for Welsh Government Action over Footpath

Local AM Paul Davies and Cllr Keith Lewis are pictured with members of Eglwyswrw Community Council and local residents.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies is calling on the Welsh Government to deal with the lack of a footpath in Eglwyswrw. Along with local residents, Mr Davies is campaigning for a pavement along a stretch of the TRA487 through the village. Approval was given back in 2004 for the Eglwyswrw Phase 2 Village Footpath scheme to go ahead, and there are still no signs of development.

Mr Davies said, "I'm extremely disappointed that the Welsh Government has not acted on this very important issue. Residents are right to be concerned about the dangers posed to the community – and particularly school children and elderly people, in this part of the village. Approval for a footpath scheme was given some nine years ago and it's absurd to see no actual development since that time. I will continue to make representations to the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport urging her to finally start work on a new footpath for the area."


18 July 2013

‘Slapped Cheek Syndrome’ must be screened, says Paul Davies

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies is calling on the Welsh Government to include Parvovirus B19, also known as Slapped Cheek Syndrome, within the antenatal blood screening programme. It is estimated that Slapped Cheek Syndrome affects 1 in 400 pregnancies, and in some cases can lead to devastating outcomes.

Paul Davies said, "I believe that it is essential to have expectant mothers tested for immunity against this virus at the same stage as the routine antenatal blood screening for Rubella, Hepatitis B and C, HIV and Syphilis, which would mean that any negative results could be fast tracked for treatment. Given that Slapped Cheek Syndrome can sometimes have fatal consequences for pregnant women, including Parvovirus B19 in the list of the first routine antenatal blood screening tests would, without doubt, save lives. "


15 July 2013

Paul Davies Does His ‘Fareshare’

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured donating to the FareShare campaign.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies visited the Tesco store in Haverfordwest to show his support for the 'FareShare' national food collection campaign. FareShare is a national UK charity supporting communities to relieve food poverty. This is the second food collection event that FareShare has run with Tesco and Trussell Trust. In December 2012, Tesco customers donated enough food for 2 million meals to help feed people in need. The campaign is also being run in conjunction with Sodexo.

Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to support FareShare's campaign and donate some items to their cause. FareShare is now redistributing food to more people than ever before, benefiting around 43,000 people every day through 910 charities based across the country. I'm sure the people of Pembrokeshire were generous in their donations and I hope that FareShare can build off their fantastic effort last year and help feed even more people this time around."


04 July 2013

New Minister Prejudges Own Consultation

The new Education Minister was today accused of prejudging his own consultation on the future of delivering education services after he abandoned considerations launched by his predecessor to directly fund schools.

When he set up a review into the future delivery of education services in Wales, the then Minister Leighton Andrews instructed the review to consider 'whether schools should be directly funded by Welsh Ministers'.

Figures published last week revealed that on average £992 per pupil is retained by local education authorities every year and not passed on to schools. The figures show that almost a fifth of the education budget given to local education authorities is not passed on to schools.


Airport Purchase Details Prompt Urgent Calls for Clarity

The Shadow Minister for Finance – Welsh Conservative Assembly Member Paul Davies – has called for urgent clarity on the acquisition of Cardiff Airport.

His concerns follow today's National Assembly Finance Committee - within which the Minister was questioned on the way the airport was bought – and the money used to do it.

Welsh Government contingency funds – or reserves – paid for the purchase, while the Finance Minister today confirmed that an emergency mechanism was used to complete the purchase.


26 June 2013

Spending Review statement

Commenting on the Chancellor's Spending Review – including future commitments for infrastructure developments regarding the M4 – Shadow Minister for Finance, Paul Davies AM, said:

"This spending review sets out an ambitious UK Government vision for ensuring fairness and prioritising growth.


25 June 2013

Awema: ‘Deafening’ ministerial silence remains

Welsh Conservatives today accused the Welsh Government of a continuing silence on Awema and called for an urgent Ministerial statement on the awarding of public funds in Wales.

It follows the publication of the latest report in the wake of the recent All Wales Ethnic Minority Association (Awema) scandal.

Published by the National Assembly's Public Accounts committee, the report revealed 'management shortcomings' in the allocation of grants and called for a 'cultural change' in the way the Welsh Government awards money.


Paul Davies meets up with families affected by cystic fibrosis

Paul is pictured at an event at the Welsh Assembly to mark Cystic Fibrosis Week.Families from Pembrokeshire met with Paul Davies AM this month to mark Cystic Fibrosis Week at an event at the Welsh Assembly.

Caroline Willis who has two children with cystic fibrosis said:

"I was able to meet my AM and tell them about some of the issues that affect my family living with cystic fibrosis."


24 June 2013

Paul Davies Signs up to help improve phone signal in Pembrokeshire

The Countryside Alliance is asking people to become phone detectives this summer and help it map real phone reception rates across the UK and Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member, Paul Davies is behind the cause.

Mr Davies said: "Everyone pays the same for their phone package but phone reception is variable and some people are not getting a good deal.

"The Welsh Government and phone companies need to take notice of this fact and ensure that no one is missed out from the mobile network."


20 June 2013

Pembrokeshire Autism Petition Handed To Assembly Committee

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies and Assembly Member for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Angela Burns are pictured with Lisa Phillips from the National Autistic Society.A petition calling for the Welsh Government to do more to ensure a timely diagnosis of autism in children in Pembrokeshire has been received by the National Assembly's Petitions Committee.

Campaigners from across Pembrokeshire gathered outside the Senedd this week to have their voices heard. Sadly, the children of some members of the local branch have been waiting up to seven years for a diagnostic assessment and this lengthy wait for diagnosis is having a huge impact on families across Pembrokeshire.


13 June 2013

Paul Davies Supports Carers Week!

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting Carers Week 2013 in aid of the thousands of carers in Wales who look after a family member, friend or partner; who needs help because they are ill, frail or have a disability. National Carers Week is promoted by national charities including Carers UK and runs from Monday June 10th to Sunday June 16th. This year's theme is called "Prepared to Care?" Every day at least 6,000 people start caring and becoming a carer can impact significantly on a person's life – it takes time and energy, can leave you isolated and can be costly.

Paul Davies said, "I'm pleased to support Carers Week 2013, which recognises the commitment and compassion of carers in Pembrokeshire, and indeed, across Wales and I have signed the National Assembly's Statement of Opinion on this to show my support. Without the dedication of these unsung heroes, the burden on, and cost to, the NHS would be dramatically increased, and in today's financial climate, the available workforce would be unable to meet the demand. Therefore, I'm delighted to once again support National Carers Week and recognise the contribution that carers make to the people they care for and their communities. For more information on the events being held both nationally and locally this week, visit http://carersweek.org/ for more information."


12 June 2013

Local AM Urges Schools to get involved in Royal Mail Christmas Children’s Stamp Art Competition

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies is encouraging schools across Pembrokeshire to get creative, by entering the Royal Mail's Christmas Children's Stamp Art Competition for 2013. The competition is for primary school aged pupils from 4-11. One winner will see their design on a First Class Christmas Stamp; the other on a Second Class Christmas Stamp.

Mr Davies said, "I'd like to encourage as many children as possible from across Pembrokeshire to get creative and enter this competition. It would be fantastic to see at least one of the winners coming from Pembrokeshire."


11 June 2013

Local AM Visits Greenacres Animal Rescue Centre

Paul is pictured with Mikey Lawlor, director of Greenacres Animal Rescue Centre.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently visited the Greenacres Animal Rescue Centre in Haverfordwest, to donate some much needed supplies to the centre. Founded in June 2008, the centre aims to help animals in need by offering shelter until more permanent housing becomes available.

Mr Davies said, "I was honoured to visit Greenacres Animal Rescue Centre to see the wonderful work that is being done by local volunteers to provide a safe and loving environment for these animals. This centre receives absolutely no public funding, and therefore relies entirely on supporter fundraising and public donations to keep the centre open. Sadly, many pet owners cannot afford to have their animals neutered and this has resulted in an increase in demand for help from places like Greenacres. This centre provides a much needed home environment for these animals, and so it is important that we do all we can to support them. Therefore I would encourage animal lovers across Pembrokeshire to show their support by volunteering, fostering animals or making a small donation. For more information, please visit http://www.greenacresrescue.org.uk/index.html"


07 June 2013

Paul Davies Visits Hazelbeach Community Mission Hall

Paul is pictured with Mrs Joan Lecki (Trustee and Chair of The Hall Management Committee) Mr Mel Mends and his wife Mrs Jackie Mends (both are Trustees and Members of The Hall Management Committee and Mrs Mends is the Honorary Secretary).Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has recently visited the newly upgraded Hazelbeach Community Mission Hall, following three years of renovation work. Costing more than £125,000, the renovated hall opened its doors once again in April. The hall was first opened in 1888.

Following the visit, Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to visit the new and improved Hazelbeach Community Mission Hall to see its new facilities. A fantastic job has been done in modernising the old hall and turning it into a hall fit for the whole community in the twenty first century. This is a true testament to the determination and hard work of the local community who have worked tirelessly to ensure that this valuable upgrade comes to fruition."


06 June 2013

Paul Davies Joins Ofgem Drive to Help Vulnerable Customers get more from their Energy Supplier

Paul is pictured at the recent Ofgem awareness raising event.Local AM Paul Davies has joined an Ofgem drive to increase the take-up of free services available from energy suppliers. These services are available to vulnerable people who sign up to the Priority Service Register (PSR). The Priority Service Register is a list of domestic customers who are of pensionable age, disabled or chronically sick. Each energy supplier is required to have their own PSR and to provide free help to people who add themselves, or are referred, to their list.


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