2017

17 November 2017

Paul Davies Endorses British Legion’s New Service Children guide

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has endorsed the Royal British Legion’s new best practice guide on supporting service children in schools in Wales. The guide aims to improve the provision of education to Service children by highlighting the issues of most concern to
Service pupils and their families and providing examples of best practice across the country. One of the schools promoted in the guide is Prendergast primary school, which runs a MKC Heroes club after school for Service children in conjunction with the school’s MoD keyworker.

Mr Davies said, “I’m pleased to endorse the Royal British Legion’s new Service children guide and I’m delighted that Prendergast school has been cited as an example of best practice. It’s absolutely crucial that children of serving Armed Forces personnel have access to the help and services they may need, due to the unique challenges that they may face.”

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Local AM Backs Time to Change Wales campaign

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting the new Time to Change Wales campaign for young people. The campaign, #WeCanWeWill aims to engage 14-25 year olds across Wales in a conversation about mental health. It’s understood that one in ten young people will be affected by mental health problems - that’s three people in the average classroom. The campaign encourages young people to come forward and talk about their mental health, thereby bringing everyone together in a bid to end stigma and discrimination.

Mr Davies said, “I’m pleased to give my support to such an important campaign. It’s crucial that we engage more with young people about mental health issues and the impact that some of these issues could have on them and the people around them. The #WeCanWeWill campaign is a great way to bring people together to talk about their experiences and I urge all young people in Pembrokeshire to get involved by joining the movement at http://themovement.timetochangewales.org.uk/

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16 November 2017

Local AM Attends Future of Diabetes Report Launch

L-R - Volunteer Sarah Gibbs, Local AM Paul Davies and Dr Sam Rice.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently attended the launch of a report on the future of diabetes. The report highlights a number of actions that can be taken to better support people living with diabetes across Wales, including more support for emotional and psychological health, better access to technology and treatments and more widely available information and education.

Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to attend the launch of the Diabetes UK report on the future of diabetes services. There are some very interesting technology advances for people living with diabetes, including flash glucose monitoring and it’s crucial that this technology reaches everyone who needs it.”

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14 November 2017

Red Tape hitting Conwy mussel harvesters

There are claims today from Conwy mussel gatherers that ‘red tape’ is threatening to wipe out their cottage industry.

The status of Conwy mussels is protected like some of the best food and wine, such as Champagne or Italian prosciutto ham. But gatherers are now being told that they must use licensed boats to harvest the shellfish – a new move by Welsh Government that gatherers say shouldn’t apply to them, as they’re not fishing.

The changes stem from a lapsed piece of legislation in 2008 – The Conwy Mussel Fishery Order 1948 – which left the industry in “limbo”, according to Welsh Government officials.

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13 November 2017

Last Chance to Have Your Say on Proposed Autism Bill

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member is encouraging as many people as possible to come forward and have their say on the proposed Autism (Wales) Bill, before the consultation deadline ends on November 20th. The experiences and feedback from service users and stakeholders is crucial in ensuring that the Bill understands the current situation in Wales and delivers real improvements for the future.

Mr Davies said, “The deadline for the consultation period of my Autism Bill is fast approaching and I hope that before we reach the 20th November, as many people as possible feed in their experiences of autism so that we can make this Bill the strongest that it can possibly be. I really am here to listen and learn from the experiences of those living with autism. Therefore, it’s essential that people living with autism make their views known before the Bill’s consultation deadline. The Bill has the potential to deliver real improvements to the lives of people living with autism and so together, let’s work to create a Bill that’s as robust and effective as possible.”

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Local AM Visits Writemedia

Paul is pictured with Steve & Dilys Penney.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member recently visited Writemedia, a local software company that has developed a digital program for PE in secondary schools - The Gym Matrix. The program has already been piloted in Ysgol Dyffryn Taf in Whitland and it’s hoped that as the program is fast gaining interest in England, it will also reach more schools across Wales too. Writemedia are also launching a Matrix Mini program for primary schools.

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies said, “It was a real pleasure to visit Writemedia and learn more about their operations. Their digital program for secondary schools is very impressive and I sincerely hope that more and more schools will have access to it in the future. It’s great to see a local business working on a range of local, national and international projects and I look forward to hearing more about the company going from strength to strength in the future.”

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26 October 2017

Paul Davies AM urges households to ‘Keep a Step Ahead of Winter’

Paul is pictured supporting the British Gas “Stay Warm This Winter” campaign.New research from British Gas has highlighted that having no heating or hot water would be the number one disaster for households in Wales this winter. Even so, many people in Pembrokeshire have not taken action to ensure their homes are winter-ready. Despite the autumn chill, a national survey shows that more than a third of households (39%) in Wales have not checked that their central heating is working and four in ten have not prepared their home for winter by getting their boiler serviced.

That same research showed that only a third of people (33%) in Wales have checked that their carbon monoxide alarm is working and that whilst four in ten households in Wales acknowledge that technology could help their home to run more smoothly during winter, just under a third (32%) have smart meters.

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25 October 2017

“On Your Bike!” - Paul Davies AM Supports Remembrance in Second Annual Poppy Ride in Wales

Paul is pictured on the British Legion’s Poppy Ride 2017.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has joined the Wales Area manager of The Royal British Legion, veterans, serving personnel and other Assembly Members to race against the clock on an exercise bike to mark the Remembrance period in Wales and commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele 100 years ago. The 6 hour bike ride was held in the Senedd building, aiming to mark this very special year for Remembrance in Wales. Mr Davies represented Preseli Pembrokeshire by cycling as far as he could in 5 minutes and managed to cycle 1.25m in that timeframe.

The bike ride was organised by The Royal British Legion in Wales and builds on the successful bike ride held in the National Assembly in 2016. Members of Parliament will also undertake the same challenge next week along with members of the Scottish Parliament.

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24 October 2017

Welsh Government’s Tourist Tax Proposals Discussed with Pembrokeshire Politicians

PIC CAP (L-R) – Dennis O’Connor (Pembrokeshire Tourism), Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire AM Angela Burns and Jane Rees-Baynes (Pembrokeshire Tourism)Pembrokeshire Assembly Members Paul Davies and Angela Burns have recently met with Pembrokeshire Tourism to discuss their concerns over the Welsh Government’s plans to introduce a tourist tax in Wales. A tourist tax could result in visitors charged a separate, additional amount per night, similar to the taxes implemented in parts of mainland Europe.

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies said, “If the Welsh Government moves ahead with its tourist tax proposal, there will be a significant impact on businesses across Pembrokeshire. Tourism is strategically important to Pembrokeshire, with tourists bringing in almost £600m a year to the county and so any move to add an additional levy on the industry could result in an increase in the cost of holidays to Wales and would put Welsh tourist operators at a disadvantage to its UK counterparts”

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23 October 2017

Statement on Committee Chairs Allocation: ‘Sad Day’ for National Assembly for Wales

Welsh Conservative Business Manager and Chief Whip – Paul Davies – has criticised opposition parties for proposing changes to committee membership, without accepting a rebalancing of committee chairs.

Speaking outside the chamber, Mr Davies described the move as a “sad day” for the National Assembly for Wales.

Today’s motion in the Senedd proposed changes to committee membership – including adding newly independent AM, Neil McEvoy to Petitions Committee; a move the Welsh Conservatives support.

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RSPCA Cymru urge Labour Government to use powers to extend maximum sentence for animal cruelty

Welsh Conservatives have again called on the Labour Government to use the powers at its disposal and extend the maximum sentence for animal cruelty following further pressure from RSPCA Cymru.

RSPCA Cymru has long campaigned for an increase to the maximum sentence available for those convicted of animal abuse and have warned Wales risks treating animal cruelty as a far less serious offence, compared to neighbouring England.

On Tuesday, in First Minister’s Questions, Welsh Conservatives called on the First Minister to act immediately and exercise devolved powers to replicate moves taken by the Conservatives and Michael Gove in England to increase the punishment for animal cruelty from six months imprisonment to five years. In response, Carwyn Jones, pledged to write to Andrew RT Davies outlining the steps his government would take.

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20 October 2017

Paul Davies Co-hosts Marine Energy Wales Event at the Senedd

An event to celebrate and promote the marine energy sector in Wales was recently co-hosted by local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies co-hosted the event with Assembly colleagues to discuss some of the sector’s latest and planned developments and to examine some of the challenges currently facing the sector.

Mr Davies said, “Pembrokeshire is an integral part in Wales’ marine energy sector and it was great to meet with the industry’s representatives to celebrate some of the recent developments in the local area. It’s an exciting time for the marine energy sector but we must continue to ensure that schemes that are developed in the future deliver significant benefits to the local community, in terms of the energy that they generate and also working with local businesses and supporting local supply chains. Of course, there’s always more that Governments can do to support the sector and I will continue to call on Governments at all levels to do more to engage with the sector and help Pembrokeshire’s marine energy industry reach its full potential.”

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19 October 2017

Paul Davies Supports Campaign for more First Aid training in schools

Local AM Paul Davies is supporting a campaign for first aid education to be included as a life skill on the new school curriculum currently being developed in Wales. Earlier this year a mapping exercise was conducted by Wales’ three leading first aid educators – the British Red Cross, St John Cymru and the British Heart Foundation and its research showed that only 22.4% of pupils in Pembrokeshire have received first aid training in 2017.

Mr Davies said: “Learning first aid is a lifesaving skill and it’s so important that as many students as possible have the opportunity to learn basic first aid and how to support or help someone in need. Therefore, I’m happy to support such a wonderful campaign and I sincerely hope that the Welsh Government will consider putting first aid on the new school curriculum. It’s disappointing that only 22.4% of Pembrokeshire pupils have access to this training so far – these are skills that are beneficial to everyone and the sooner this training is put on the curriculum, the better prepared our children and young people will be.”

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12 October 2017

Environment & Rural Affairs portfolio ‘falling down pecking order’ under Labour & Plaid

Welsh Conservatives have expressed concerns over significant cuts to the Environment & Rural Affairs portfolio, which they say shows how far down the ‘pecking order’ the portfolio has fallen.

A 15% real terms cut to funding for environment and rural affairs in last week’s budget agreement between Labour and Plaid Cymru has received sting rebukes from wildlife and countryside charities.

They claim an ‘apparent gap’ is growing between ministerial pledges on the environment and the Welsh Government’s actions.

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Local AM Opposes Tourist Tax

Local AM Paul Davies is opposing Welsh Government plans to introduce a tourist tax in Wales. The Welsh Government’s agreed budget statement with Plaid Cymru earlier this month included the proposal to consider a tax on tourists so that the revenue generated could be used to support the local industry and encourage jobs and growth in Wales.

Mr Davies said: “A tourist tax would be devastating for tourist operators across Pembrokeshire and could lead to a loss of trade and income for many local businesses. This proposal would also discourage people from visiting Wales and make the average family holiday much more expensive – leading to visitors seeking holidays elsewhere in the UK.”

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