February 2014

25 February 2014

Chief Executive Should Temporarily Step Aside Says Local AM

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies believes Pembrokeshire County Council's Chief Executive, Bryn Parry Jones should temporarily step aside while police investigate the pension payments that he received. The police investigation follows the publication of reports by the Wales Audit Office into what it believes to be unlawful payments to senior officers at Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire local authorities.

Mr Davies said, "The Wales Audit Office reports are clear and straightforward – the Auditor General believes payments to Pembrokeshire County Council's Chief Executive were unlawful. Taxpayers in Pembrokeshire rightly expect the Council to spend public money in a cautious manner and that senior staff are remunerated appropriately and within the law. People across Pembrokeshire are increasingly concerned at these events and I believe that it is only right and proper for the Chief Executive to step aside pending police inquiries. This would of course be automatic in most other professions."

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21 February 2014

Cardigan Healthcare Facility is Essential

Plans to move forward with an integrated healthcare facility in Cardigan have been welcomed by Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies. In a letter to local Assembly Members, the Health Minister has confirmed his support to the cause and offered to help progress construction matters for the new development.

Mr Davies said, "I'm pleased that the Health Minister has made this intervention and that he is willing to support this vital venture. This healthcare facility will no doubt make a difference to the people of North Pembrokeshire who I'm sure will also be pleased that this project seems to be progressing. I hope that the Minister now works with the local health board to ensure that this new facility is up and running sooner rather than later. I will of course be monitoring this development and I look forward to hearing more details about it in due course."

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Keep Me Posted Campaign is backed by Paul Davies

The Keep Me Posted campaign, has received a boost from Paul Davies. He has expressed his support in the Assembly by signing a Statement of Opinion which calls for greater consumer choice and protection of vulnerable consumers. The campaign presses for the consumer's right to choose how organisations, such as banks, energy and telecoms companies send customers their bills and statements.

The Statement of Opinion states: "This Assembly:
"Understands many consumers would like to choose how they receive bills/statements and not be subject to any penalty for preferring to receive this information on paper rather than a digital format;
"Notes that consumers who do not have access to the internet or possess basic digital skills are unfairly disadvantaged by organisations that do not offer them this choice;
"Supports the Keep Me Posted campaign which champions the principle that companies and other organisations should continue to offer consumers the right to choose without penalty how they receive information;" and
"Continues to recognise the environmental benefits of electronic correspondence."

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13 February 2014

Welsh Conservative Shadow Cabinet Reshuffle

Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew RT Davies has today reshuffled his Shadow Cabinet.

Since the last Assembly election, Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly have led the way in providing a credible alternative to Carwyn Jones and Welsh Labour.

Putting Welsh interests first – and focusing on big ideas to support business and hard-working people – detailed and innovative Welsh Conservative policies include:

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12 February 2014

Measures to tackle Labour’s housing supply crisis

The Welsh Conservatives will today hold a debate in the National Assembly calling for a package of measures to address Labour's housing supply crisis, including a cut in stamp duty to help get the Welsh housing market moving.

Last week, Welsh Conservatives pledged to abolish stamp duty on the sale of properties valued up to £250,000 once the power to vary stamp duty is transferred to the Assembly.

The announcement followed last autumn's package of measures to tackle Labour's housing supply crisis, including cutting red tape to allow more home building, action to bring empty homes back into use and reforming the right to buy.

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11 February 2014

First Minister asked to correct misleading comments on Withybush

Labour's First Minister has been asked to apologise and clarify claims he made last week that doctors supported his plans to axe neonatal services in Pembrokeshire.

Welsh Conservatives have obtained letters from a group of GPs in the county addressed to the Health Minister and Hywel Dda Health Board expressing concern that lives may be put at risk by the plans.

Last week, Carwyn Jones said in First Minister's Questions about the Health Minister's decision, "if the Minister is not right, all the doctors are not right either."

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07 February 2014

Welcome support for stamp duty plans

Welsh Conservatives have today welcomed broad support for their stamp duty proposals.

Three Welsh building societies have issued statements backing the Assembly group's positive move in starting the debate:

Earlier this week Welsh Conservatives pledged to abolish stamp duty on the sale of all properties in Wales valued up to £250,000.

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Abolish stamp duty below £250k pledge

The Welsh Conservatives tonight pledged to abolish stamp duty on the sale of all properties in Wales valued up to £250,000.

Home buyers currently pay 1% stamp duty on the purchase price of properties between £125,000 and £250,000, adding as much as £2,500 to the purchase price.

Powers to vary stamp duty levels are set to be transferred to Wales in the Wales Bill.

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04 February 2014

Assets must deliver value for taxpayers

Commenting on the publication of figures uncovered by Wales Eye revealing that the value of just three of the Welsh Government's offices (in Llandudno, Aberystwyth and Cathays Park) top over £56million, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said:

"In times of austerity, all publicly funded bodies should be tightening their belts, considering how they can do more for less and examining whether assets are being used to their potential.

"These figures show that in just three buildings, the Welsh Government has over £56million locked up in assets – money which could make a significant difference to the funding of vital public services or investment in modern infrastructure.

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