April 2014

24 April 2014

Paul Davies Supports Scams Awareness Month

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting Scams Awareness Month this May, and is calling for greater protection to be provided to older people from scams. Figures from the Alzheimer's Society show 15% of carers reported that the person they cared for had been the subject of some kind of financial scam and yet sadly, the Office of Fair Trading estimates that only 5% of scams are reported.

Mr Davies said, "I'm pleased to support Age Cymru, who is working with Trading Standards and Citizens Advice in Wales to raise awareness of scams during Scams Awareness Month. We must do all that we can to ensure that vulnerable older people are made aware of the threat of scams, especially people living in particularly rural areas across Pembrokeshire. Older people who are targeted by these scams can become alienated from their families and lose their life savings and their homes – and so I'd encourage everyone across Pembrokeshire to support Age Cymru's campaign and help raise awareness of scams."

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15 April 2014

DAVIES: We’re better together

Addressing the annual Welsh Conservative Party Conference in Llangollen, Paul Davies AM, Deputy Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly, said:

Dwi'n hynod o falch i gael y cyfle i'ch annerch chi y prynhawn yma a mae'n bleser ein bod ni gyd yn cwrdd yn Llangollen.

Friends, it's great to be here at Llangollen.

I want to start by telling you how I've found myself standing here in front of you today and why a Welsh speaking boy from a traditional Welsh speaking family from the Welsh speaking heartlands of west Wales became a member of this great Party.

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08 April 2014

Concerns Again Raised Regarding Public Funding of Ffynone & Cilgwyn Woodlands

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has again raised concerns regarding the granting of public funding to Calon yn Tyfu Cyf (Calon) for the purchase of Ffynone and Cilgwyn Woodland. In September 2006 £502,000 was awarded to Calon by Forestry Commission Wales (FCW) from their Cydcoed II Programme. Subsequently the Wales Audit Office and the National Assembly for Wales' Public Accounts Committee issued critical reports on the grant funding.

Mr Davies commented "One of the many recommendations in the Public Accounts Committee report of February 2011 was "that FCW work with Calon to secure designation of the greatest possible portion of Ffynone and Cilgwyn Woodland under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 at the earliest possible opportunity." Three years later this has still not happened, and very understandably members of the local community and I are questioning why recommendations in the reports have not been implemented."

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03 April 2014

Jobs at Risk at Local Refinery

Commenting on the news that a deal to sell Murco oil refinery in Milford Haven has fallen through, local Assembly Member Paul Davies has issued the following statement-

"I am extremely concerned about today's statement regarding the Murco refinery at Milford Haven. Murco is a significant employer in Pembrokeshire and the refinery is of huge importance to the local economy. This news will be a bitter blow for Pembrokeshire and will undoubtedly leave hundreds of highly skilled jobs in our community at risk."

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Minister Abolishes Regional Tourism Partnerships

Paul on the Preseli Mountains.The Minister for Economy, Science and Transport has issued a statement abolishing Regional Tourism Partnerships across Wales, and replacing them with a new Regional Engagement team within the Welsh Government. These partnerships worked with Visit Wales, local authorities, tourism businesses and with other organisations to undertake a range of marketing, product investment and business support activities on behalf of the tourism industry.

Responding to the Minister's statement, Mr Davies said, "I'm disappointed that the Minister has decided to axe the Regional Tourism Partnerships – and any further centralisation of the tourism industry cannot be a good thing. The Welsh Government should ditch their civil service attitude and put their faith in local tourist operators."

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Local AM Supports Local Markets

Support and protection for local market traders was raised at the National Assembly recently by Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies questioned the First Minister on the Welsh Government's support for market traders, following recent concerns over the future of Haverfordwest market.

Mr Davies said, "Markets play an important role in the local economy, providing jobs and supporting local entrepreneurship and so it's essential that the Welsh Government does all that it can to protect them. They are also a fundamental part of the local community and bring people together, in the way that online shopping and out of town retail centre just can't do. Haverfordwest is a historic town and the market has a steep history here. I very much hope that the fears of local traders are alleviated as soon as possible and that Pembrokeshire County Council will work with the market to ensure its sustainability for years to come."

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