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19/02/17

Responding to the announcement by Communities Secretary, Carl Sargeant AM,  that he was phasing out the Welsh Government’s ‘Communities First’ tackling poverty programme, costing nearly £0.5 billion between 2001 and 2016,  I noted that the ‘Valuing Place’ report, based upon research in three comm

COMMUNITIES FIRST PHASE OUT IGNORES NEED TO UNLOCK PEOPLE POWER

Welsh Conservative Shadow Secretary for Communities, Mark Isherwood AM, has expressed concern that a Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children on ‘Resilient Communities – Next Steps’ ignores key report findings that programmes should not be directed top down.

 

AM WELCOMES FALL IN CRIME AND EXTRA POLICE OFFICERS FOR NORTH WALES

Speaking in today’s Assembly Debate on Wales’ Police Settlement for 2017/18, North Wales Assembly Member Mark Isherwood welcomed the fall in crime across Wales and England, and the announcement by North Wales Police of the recruitment of seventeen extra Police Officers in the region.

 

SCHOOL GIRLS WITH AUTISM BEING DENIED DIAGNOSIS

Chair of the Cross Party Autism Group, Mark Isherwood AM, has called on the Education Secretary to take action to address the fact that many girls with autism are being denied diagnosis because they cope so well in school, despite them struggling  at home.

 

LGBT History Month

Stonewall Cymru have stated that 55 per cent of LGB pupils have experienced bullying on the basis of their sexual orientation; 83 per cent of trans young people have experienced verbal abuse and 35 per cent have experienced physical assault.

Opposition Debate on Banking Services

Having an accessible local Branch is important for older people, those without transport, or internet access, shopkeepers and small businesses.

Police Settlement Debate 2017/18

With the Home Office continuing to overlay its needs- based formula with a floor mechanism, all Police Forces in Wales and England will receive the same 1.4% reduction in 2017-18.