August 5, 2020

Visiting the Gym Group in Cardiff

I was really pleased to be able to visit the Gym Group’s Capitol Centre gym on Queen Street just ahead of its reopening following months of closure during the Coronavirus lockdown. These months have been hard for gyms and leisure centres around the country, both large chains and small independent gyms have faced financial difficulty resulting from the pandemic. I …

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August 4, 2020

Phone First System for Emergency Care in Cardiff – From tomorrow

From tomorrow the way we access urgent care is changing. From tomorrow, Cardiff will move to a #PhoneFirst system. More about this is available here. Patients will be encouraged to phone ahead first, and if appropriate will be given an appointment slot saving precious time and also NHS resources. This new approach is a response to COVID-19 and to ensure …

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August 3, 2020

Visiting the team at Ty Enfys Care Home

Recent months have been unprecedented for all of us, but those working in our care homes have faced likely the toughest months they ever will in protecting themselves, and their residents from COVID-19. I was pleased to have the chance to visit the brilliant staff at Ty Enfys Carehome in Pentwyn to drop off gift bags to the staff there, …

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August 3, 2020

Free TV Licences for Over-75s Axed – What you need to do

Despite being deeply controversial and a broken Conservative Party manifesto promise, free TV licences for the over-75s ended on August 1st. What does this mean? If you were previously in receipt of a free TV licence, you’ll now need to pay for it. This means more than three million households are being asked to pay the £157.50 annual fee for …

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July 31, 2020

Monthly Newsletter for July

My monthly newsletter to constituents for July is available here, with news about the new Coronavirus measures in place in Wales, an update on my recent work as Labour’s Shadow Culture Secretary and more. You can read my newsletter by clicking here. If you aren’t already, you can sign up to receive my newsletter by clicking here.

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July 22, 2020

RSPCA Advice for Pet Owners This Summer

As people start to head back to work, RSPCA welfare experts have produced some advice on how to help pets get used to their humans not being around all the time.  For many dog owners, separation anxiety will be one of the key issues their pets will face. RSPCA’s #DogKind campaign aims to help people address this common welfare issue.  And as the …

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July 15, 2020

Phased Return to Sport Guidance: Welsh Government

Following the Welsh Government’s announcement that organised outdoor activities of up to 30 people can now continue in Wales, the Welsh Government has published updated guidance on a Phased Return to Sport. Coronavirus has not gone away – it’s important that guidance is followed and safety procedures are in place so these activities are safe for those taking part. The …

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July 13, 2020

3 Layer Face Coverings Mandatory on Public Transport from July 27th

This afternoon the First Minister for Wales announced some further changes to the Coronavirus regulations in force in Wales. Facemasks mandatory on public transport: From 27 July, you’ll need to wear a three-layer face covering when travelling on public transport in Wales, including taxis. For the moment, public transport should be used for essential journeys only – for critical workers …

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July 10, 2020

Wales Coronavirus Regulations – Changes 10th July

The Welsh Government have announced changes to the Coronavirus regulations to take place immediately, and likely changes that will take place over the next few weeks. These changes will only be able to happen if new Coronavirus cases continue to fall. The more immediate changes are: Self-contained accommodation opening 11th July Pubs, bars, cafes, & restaurants opening outdoors on 13th …

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July 3, 2020

Puppy Smuggling Through COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dogs Trust have sadly seen that it has been ‘business as usual’ for puppy smugglers importing puppies into the country for sale. These puppies can travel on journeys of up to 33 hours from Central and Eastern Europe with no food, insufficient water and no toilet breaks. Worryingly, they have also been seeing emerging trends with …

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