August 17, 2018

Universal Credit Rollout Update

I visited the Job Centre on Charles Street in the city centre recently. The team showed me round the centre, which has recently been redesigned to create a more relaxed environment. It’s hoped the redesign will also reduce queues and waiting times. Following the rollout of Universal Credit, which has replaced a number of existing benefits, many constituents have been …

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August 16, 2018

Visit to Castle Bingo

I recently had the opportunity to visit Castle Bingo on Newport Road. The 850-capacity bingo hall is owned and run by south Wales based company Castle Leisure, who also operate bingo halls around Wales and England. I met with club manager Tamika; Wayne Davies, Deputy Chief Executive of Castle Leisure, Miles Baron, CEO of The Bingo Association and heard about …

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August 14, 2018

Pobol y Cwm Set Visit

Pobol y Cwm is Wales’ iconic soap opera. It’s been on our screens since the 1970s and is still popular today. During the Eisteddfod week, S4C and BBC open the doors to the show’s set and backlot to over 1000 visitors. I joined a group for a tour of the sets and to meet with some of the producing team …

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August 6, 2018

Roath Brook Scheme: Construction Update

NRW have now completed all engineering works in the Park Gardens, such as the piled and concrete walls, and are now undertaking the hard landscaping. This month they will finish creating the paths through the gardens, placing coping stones, building the dais and pergola in Waterloo Gardens and laying the pennant stone paving for the viewing platform in Roath Mill …

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July 27, 2018

Agent of Change Principle Campaign – Progress in England

The Agent of Change Principle has been added to the planning rules for England today.   The principle is part of planning law which puts the responsibility on developers of new buildings to resolve any noise issues from existing venues.   Before the law was brought in, music and performance venues were suffering huge costs and, in some cases, being …

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July 23, 2018

Joint Letter on Women’s Reproductive Healthcare Rights in Northern Ireland

  Together with 170 other British and Irish Parliamentarians, I have signed a joint letter to the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach of the Irish Republic on abortion rights in Northern Ireland. Both the UK and the Republic of Ireland must uphold human rights in Northern Ireland as part of the Good Friday Agreement. The UK Supreme Court has recently found that abortion law as it stands in Northern Ireland is incompatible with article …

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July 19, 2018

The No Deal Brexit Threat to Holidays

Every year millions of people from the UK go to EU countries on holiday, and many of us choose to drive. At the moment we can use our DVLA issued licences to drive in Europe, we accept drivers’ licences from the EU and the EU accepts ours. No extra hassle, forms or cost. But if the shambolic government approach continues …

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July 17, 2018

What’s wrong with expecting Ministers to know their brief?

  I want employment law and employment rights and protections to be made clearer and simpler. Today I asked the Minister, Claire Perry, whether the government would confirm its support for an EU Directive that adopts an EU wide definition of ‘worker’ and gives all workers the right to a statement from their employer setting out their employment terms and …

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July 16, 2018

Splott Road Bridge Now Open to Traffic and Pedestrians

I have recently been contacted by Network Rail who have informed me that Splott Road Bridge has now been open to traffic and pedestrians since 2pm today, as the works have been completed ahead of schedule. Minor works to the bridge parapets will continue, but all major work has now been completed so there will be no more road or …

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