January 2014

27 January 2014

Paul Davies encourages Pembrokeshire residents to commit to saving energy and money this Big Energy Saving Week

Local AM Paul Davies is supporting Big Energy Saving Week (27 – 31 January) by encouraging householders in Pembrokeshire to CHECK—SWITCH—INSULATE and adopt energy saving measures to cut their fuel bills.

Citizens Advice, Energy Saving Trust, Government, energy suppliers, Acre, Age UK and other voluntary and charitable organisations have all joined together for this years' Big Energy Saving Week, to help householders save energy and money. Indeed, the average home in Wales could save up to £250 a year by being more energy efficient and doing simple things like washing clothes at 30 degrees, taking a five minute shower and turning down room thermostats by one degree.

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Paul Davies Joins March Outside Withybush Hospital

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies joined protestors on the 26th January to march through Haverfordwest, as part of a public protest against plans to centralise specialist care for babies born in west Wales.

Mr Davies said, "The people of Pembrokeshire have made it absolutely clear that they will not tolerate the decision to closure the Special Care Baby Unit at Withybush hospital."

"I very much believe that this decision is dangerous and in immediately life-threatening cases, could pose severe harm to mothers and babies in Pembrokeshire."

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21 January 2014

Protect neo-natal care in West Wales

Commenting on the statement from the welsh Labour Government on the future of level 2 neonatal services in the Hywel Dda Health Board area in West Wales, Paul Davies, Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said:

"This decision represents a bleak day for the people of Pembrokeshire who have campaigned and fought tirelessly to protect lifesaving baby services at Withybush Hospital.

"This decision is dangerous and in immediately life-threatening cases, could pose severe harm to mothers and babies and Welsh Labour Ministers carry a heavy responsibility in pursuing this centralising agenda.

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Welsh Government Confirm Special Care Baby Unit Closure

Local Assembly Member, Paul Davies has expressed his outrage, following the Welsh Government's decision to close the Special Care Baby Unit at Withybush hospital.

Mr Davies said, "This decision represents a bleak day for the people of Pembrokeshire who have campaigned and fought tirelessly to protect lifesaving baby services at Withybush Hospital.

"This decision is dangerous and in immediately life-threatening cases, could pose severe harm to mothers and babies and Welsh Labour Ministers carry a heavy responsibility in pursuing this centralising agenda.

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20 January 2014

Transport Planning to Be More Regionally Focussed

Local Assembly Member, Paul Davies has welcomed the Welsh Government's new plans to re-define the National Transport Plan to include regional priorities and to establish a transport framework that integrates local, regional and national transport planning.

Mr Davies said, "I'm pleased that the Welsh Government has finally recognised that transport planning needs to include regional priorities. It makes perfect sense that the Welsh Government take on board the views of business groups and local government representatives, who have expressed concern about the current planning and delivery arrangements. With a renewed focus on local transport priorities, I hope that the Minister seriously considers the case for dualling the A40 in Pembrokeshire, which would have a huge economic impact on Pembrokeshire."

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16 January 2014

CAP Reform Leaves Welsh Farmers Uncompetitive

Welsh Government changes to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) – including a transfer of 15 per cent from Pillar 1 to Pillar 2 will leave Welsh farmers at a disadvantage in the market place, says local Assembly Member Paul Davies. France has decided to modulate at 3%, Germany at 4.5%, England at 12% and the Welsh Government has decided to modulate at 15%.

Mr Davies said, "While I'm pleased that the Minister has finally made a decision on CAP reform and that farmers can now make the business decisions that they need to make to plan for the future, this modulation of 15% will be a blow to Welsh farmers. They are now at a huge disadvantage to our fellow UK farmers and an even bigger disadvantage against other EU farmers."

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Schools and parents urged to support Safer Internet Day

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is keen to ensure that people in Pembrokeshire are aware of Safer Internet Day which will take place on February 11th, promoting safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people.

Last year Safer Internet Day, which is organised by Insafe was celebrated in over 90 countries worldwide. This year is the 11th anniversary of the campaign, the strapline for which is 'Let's create a better internet together'.

Mr Davies said, "Safer Internet Day offers the perfect opportunity to reach out to parents and guardians, children and young people with important positive internet safety education messages. It provides a timely opportunity to reinforce internet safety education for all users.

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15 January 2014

Paul Davies Hosts Farmers’ Breakfast

Paul is pictured at the FUW National Breakfast at the Senedd.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently hosted the annual Farmhouse Breakfast at the Senedd. The event celebrates and promotes Welsh farm produce by providing a healthy, traditional farmhouse breakfast of Welsh produce in the Senedd. The event also highlights the importance of the Welsh farming and food industries to the Welsh economy.

"I was delighted to host the FUW farmhouse breakfast once again," said Mr Davies.

"At the start of the New Year, this event is a wonderful chance to honour the success of the Welsh farming and food industries, and meet with representatives of these industries to discuss some of the challenges that they are facing."

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09 January 2014

Worries remain over public body finances

Commenting on a Wales Audit Office report – which concludes that further improvement is required in local authority and police accounts – Shadow Minister for Finance Paul Davies AM said:

"While some improvement in accounting is welcome, significant worries remain.

"Taxpayers will rightly question management of public money – particularly in the current climate.

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06 January 2014

AM Attends Protest at Withybush Hospital

Paul Davies AM addressing the crowdAlong with over 600 people, local Assembly Member Paul Davies attended a rally outside Withybush Hospital on Saturday to protest about the potential reductions in services.

Speaking after the rally, Paul Davies said "The protest outside the hospital on Saturday demonstrates the huge strength of feeling against closing the Special Care Baby Unit and the opposition to the potential downgrading of other services in Pembrokeshire. Local people are angry that life saving and core emergency services could be under threat. I want to congratulate residents for turning out on Saturday to show their support. It's essential that in Pembrokeshire we all work together to ensure that vital life saving services are retained in the County."

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