December 3, 2018

Time for us to Care about Carers

There are 370,000 carers across Wales who provide £8.1 billion worth of care to their friends and family every year. 96% of the care provided in Wales is provided by relatives and friends. Many carers that I meet in Cardiff Central feel locked out of employment opportunities by a lack of flexible working opportunities. 52% of those caring for a person with disabilities are denied requests to work flexibly and 72% of carers would …

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December 3, 2018

My Monthly Newsletter: November 2018

My monthly newsletter for November is now available, featuring a roundup of my work in Parliament and the constituency over the last month. You can view November’s newsletter by clicking here. If you would like to sign up to receive my newsletter via email, please click here.

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December 3, 2018

Macmillan Cancer Support – Mobile Information Service

Macmillan Cancer Support’s Mobile Information Service is heading to Cardiff. Everyone is welcome to use the service. Whether you have a cancer diagnosis, have a friend or relative affected by cancer, or are worried about cancer in any way at all, there are lots of ways that Macmillan can support you – medically, financially, emotionally and practically. Wherever the mobile …

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November 30, 2018

Update: Roath Brook Flood Defence Scheme

I have today received an update from Natural Resources Wales regarding their works on the flood defences at Roath Brook – you can read their update below: Since the last update, Natural Resources Wales have undertaken some further landscaping and shrub planting in the parks, with the last of the tree planting planned before Christmas. This tree planting includes the …

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November 26, 2018

Visiting Maindy Flyers Cycling Club

Last week I was pleased to visit the Maindy Flyers cycling club. The Flyers have been in the headlines a lot recently – its at Maindy where this year’s Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas began his cycling career, along with Owain Doull, Luke Rowe and Elinor & Meg Barker. Geraint Thomas was actually one of the original Maindy Flyers, …

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November 23, 2018

My View on the Agriculture Bill

The Agriculture Bill will set the regulatory framework for the running of the Welsh and British countryside for many years to come, which means it is vital that we are ambitious about creating the groundwork for a sustainable, clean, accessible and biodiverse countryside. I believe that while the Bill hits some of these points it does not go far enough. The …

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November 23, 2018

Cardiff Council Budget Consultation: Open Now

Cardiff Council’s budget for the year ahead is now open for consultation. The consultation is open until 2nd January 2019. It’s important to give your feedback in the consultation, as the Council are consulting residents are on how the council can bridge a budget gap of £35.2 million in the annual budget next year (2019/20). Council services are immensely important …

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November 22, 2018

22nd Cardiff Scouts, Beavers and Cubs Event for UK Parliament Week

Last weekend I was invited by 22nd Cardiff Scouts, Beavers and Cubs to join in their UK Parliament Week Activity Day. I arrived as an excellent debate on lowering the voting age to 16 was happening and manifestos for elections were being finalised. There were some fantastic ideas in the manifestos. Gianluca had four pledges covering the environment, transport and …

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November 22, 2018

BBC Consultation on TV Licence Fee for Over 75’s

  The BBC has launched its public consultation on what, if any, TV licence fee concession should be in place for older people from June 2020. At the moment all households with someone aged over 75 receive a TV licence free of charge. The cost of this scheme has been funded by the UK Government since Labour introduced it in …

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November 21, 2018

Enough is Enough, Trophy Hunting Should End

Last week I joined with 68 other Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum to call on the Government to ban the importing of hunting trophies. Hunting trophies are body parts (often the head) taken from animals that have been shot and killed by trophy hunters.   These hunters often focus on the magnificent and endangered animals of Sub-Saharan Africa such …

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