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


Speaking in the Annual Report on Equality debate, I noted that Local Authorities had failed to understand their duty to involve people in the design and delivery of care and support services, that nearly 1 in 4 people in Wales live in poverty, and that child poverty is above UK levels and called


Wales has unacceptably high rates of excess winter deaths and it is disgraceful that First Minister Carwyn Jones made no reference to the ‘NICE’ guidelines on ‘Tackling Excess Winter Deaths’ when replying to my call for these to be implemented in Wales.



I highlighted concern over the Welsh Government’s decision to transfer the Welsh Independent Living Grant to local authorities. The grant helps disabled people to live independently.


Best wishes to all Leader readers for New Year 2017.



Questioning the Communities Secretary, Carl Sargeant AM, I noted that Wales continues to have one of the highest rates of poverty for all age groups, the highest levels of underemployment and the highest percentage of employees not on permanent contracts in the UK.



It was an honour to present the Certificates to disabled people at the Enabling Wales Graduation Ceremony, held in North Wales.



I was delighted  to officially open North Wales Deaf Association’s Resource Centre, to speak at the launch of the "Jewish Living Experience" Exhibition at Wrexham 's Yale Campus and to attend the Wrexham Area Civic Society’s Annual Awards evening.


Following the conviction at Mold Crown Court of retired North Wales Police Superintendent, Gordon Anglesea, for historic child sex abuse, I called for a Welsh Government Statement, stating “When Flintshire’s Internal Audit Manager blew the whistle regarding matters relating to the Waterhouse Nort


New figures from NHS Wales show that in September, just 78.1% of patients attending Major A&E departments were seen within four hours – compared to 80% for August and 16.9% below the Welsh Government’s self-set 95% target.