November 2015

27 November 2015

Paul Davies Raises Awareness of Living with a Debilitating Bowel Disease

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting international Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week from the 1st to the 7th December; highlighting the impact of living with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis¹, the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). These are unpredictable diseases that affect more than 300,000² people in the UK and approximately 15,000 people in Wales.

National patient charity, Crohn’s and Colitis UK³, have joined other international groups to raise the awareness and understanding of these complex, life-long and potentially life-threatening conditions. Living with IBD can have a huge impact on every aspect of a person’s life, with serious physical and mental health implications.

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26 November 2015

Welsh Government Must Build On Community-Led Work to Protect our Environment

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has called for the Welsh Government to build on its work with local groups and stakeholders to better protect our environment for the future. During a Welsh Conservative debate on littering, Mr Davies highlighted the importance of developing a collaborative approach to tackling litter in our communities.

Mr Davies said, “It was a pleasure to contribute to the debate on the local environment, given that Pembrokeshire plays such an important role in Wales’ tourism industry. That’s why it’s important that the Welsh Government does more to change public attitudes towards littering, which can be such a blight on our communities.”

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Deputy Leader Attends National Light a Candle Service

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has attended a national ‘Light a Candle’ service at Llandaf Cathedral for the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women. Mr Davies, the Deputy Leader of the Welsh Conservative Assembly Group, attended the service along with other politicians and faith leaders to raise awareness of violence against women and reflect on its impact on families across Wales.

Mr Davies said, “I was honoured to attend the service and show my support for women living with violence in Wales. The service gave the attendees an opportunity to reflect on the seriousness of domestic abuse and how devastating its impact can be for families across Wales. Too many women and children are facing domestic abuse in their homes and it’s absolutely crucial that politicians work with third sector organisations and faith leaders to help women living in abusive households by providing support and advice. We must also work together to develop important educational messages about how abuse affects families, to educate children and young people and prevent abuse occurring in the first place.”

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Welsh Government’s Local Government Plans Condemned by Local AMs

Local Assembly Members Paul Davies and Angela Burns have condemned the Welsh Government’s plans for local government reform in Wales, which would result in Pembrokeshire being merged with Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. The Welsh Government’s plans, highlighted in the Draft Local Government (Wales) Bill will result in cutting the number of Welsh councils from 22 to eight or nine and as a result, Pembrokeshire will be merged into a Dyfed-style authority.

Mr Davies said, “I’m extremely concerned that the Welsh Government are turning the clock back to an old Dyfed-style model that was distant and unpopular. Centralising local public services does not mean in improvement in local services and any merger with Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion is certainly not representing the will of local communities in Pembrokeshire.”

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20 November 2015

Local AM visits PATCH in support of Social Enterprise Day Wales

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has visited Pembrokeshire Action to Combat Hardship (PATCH) to find out more about social enterprises and how they are benefitting the local area. The visit was organised by the Wales Co-operative Centre to promote Social Enterprise Day Wales 2015, which raises awareness about the wider sector with the general public to encourage them to support social businesses, helping them to grow.

Mr Davies took the opportunity to talk to the staff at PATCH about the work they do in tackling poverty within the county of Pembrokeshire. Since June 2008, PATCH has been giving free food parcels, clothing and household items to those in a financial crisis in Pembrokeshire and they work closely with referral agencies to help those that are experiencing hardship and escaping emergency situations.

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19 November 2015

Local AM Backs #16 Days Campaign

Paul is showing his support for ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is showing his support for ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’, also known as ‘White Ribbon Day’ by supporting the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence uses the 16 days between 25th November and International Human Rights Day on 10th December to reinforce that eliminating all forms of violence against women is a human rights issue and that the act of perpetrating violence against women is a human rights violation.

Mr Davies said, “I’m proud to support White Ribbon Day by backing the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign. Too many women in Pembrokeshire, and indeed, the whole of Wales are experiencing domestic abuse and it has got to stop. A multi-agency approach must be adopted by Governments at all levels, to ensure that decision-makers are fully consulting with stakeholders who deal with domestic abuse on a day-to-day basis.”

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18 November 2015

Local AM Visits Solva CP School

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited Solva CP School to discuss the school’s future, along with colleague, Stephen Crabb MP. Pembrokeshire County Council is currently consulting on plans to close the primary school as well as Ysgol Bro Dewi and Ysgol Dewi Sant in St Davids, and instead establish a new 3-16 Church in Wales Voluntary Aided or Voluntary Controlled School in St Davids.

Mr Davies said, “I was grateful for the opportunity to meet with teachers and pupils at Solva CP School to discuss Pembrokeshire County Council’s plans to close the school and how we can help the local community make their views known to the Council. It’s very unfair that the proposals to close Solva School have only come to light very recently, despite talk of reorganising school services in the area for some time. Therefore, given the proposal to close the school was not included in the Council's original proposals, the process I believe, is clearly flawed.”

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13 November 2015

Paul Davies Supports Carbon Monoxide Awareness week

Paul is supporting the 10th Carbon Monoxide Awareness weekLocal Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting the 10th Carbon Monoxide Awareness week starting on Monday 16th November 2015. CO Awareness was established to provide support to those poisoned by carbon monoxide and raise awareness about the dangers.

Mr Davies said, “I’m pleased to once again support this important campaign. I would like to urge the people of Pembrokeshire to check that their appliances have been properly serviced and that they have a working carbon monoxide smoke alarm on their premises. It’s a small price to pay to avoid such tragic circumstances.”

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Local AM Hosts WW1 Centenary Event

Paul is pictured with Pauline Griffiths from Narberth MuseumLocal Assembly Member Paul Davies recently hosted an event for the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), raising awareness of how National Lottery money can help local communities mark the Centenary of the First World War.

Following the phenomenal success of its community grants programme First World War: then and now, HLF has made an additional £4million available in 2015/16 for communities looking to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War. Grants are available between £3,000 to £10,000.

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Welsh Government Must Better Support our Servicemen and Women

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has called for the Welsh Government to do more to support armed forces communities in Wales. During a Welsh Conservative debate, Mr Davies highlighted the importance of integrating armed forces personnel in our local communities and once again reiterated calls to better protect war memorials across Wales.

Mr Davies said, “It was a pleasure to contribute to the debate on the armed forces in Wales. A strong relationship has been made between the soldiers and their families at Cawdor Barracks and the people of Pembrokeshire and it’s important that our armed forces and their families are fully integrated into our local communities, given that they share the same public services and community facilities. Any support for local community initiatives must therefore be supported by the Welsh Government.”

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12 November 2015

Local AM Welcomes Welsh Water Investment

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has welcomed Welsh Water plans to invest £5 million from April 2016 to strengthen its drinking water supplies in Pembrokeshire. The investment will enable the company to replace the trunk water main that burst last week in Pontrhydyceirt which impacted on drinking water supplies to 2,500 customers in north Pembrokeshire, including Crymych, Boncath, St Dogmaels, Tegryn, Moylegrove and Nevern.

The £5 million investment is part of a £10 million scheme that the company will spend in the area over the next three years as it upgrades the network and it’s hoped that the investment will help avoid such disruptions to supplies in the future and ensure customers receive a reliable supply of high quality drinking water.

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Get Ready for Winter Says Local AM

With winter on the way, local Assembly Member Paul Davies is calling on his constituents to ensure they are taking advantage of free help and support with energy bills.

Mr Davies said: “There are a range of actions that people should take to make sure they’re doing all they can to keep their bills down and their homes warm this winter. I’d urge people to ensure that their drains are maintained, their radiators are bled properly and that windows and doors are sealed properly to stop warm air escaping. These are just a few actions that can help save heat and money over the coming months.”

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