2014

21 February 2014

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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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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