October 17, 2018

Long Live the Local

I love nothing more than a pint in one of Cardiff Central’s many local pubs, along with an opportunity to catch up with friends and meet new ones. Pubs are fantastic community assets but across the country 3 a day are closing down. I’m supporting the ‘Long Live the Local’ campaign launched this week by Britain’s Beer Alliance. The campaign …

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October 10, 2018

IR35 Reforms

Several constituents have written to me about the Government’s IR35 reforms in the public sector and their plans to extend them to the private sector. I have been looking into the impact of IR35 in the public sector and spoken to a number of constituents about their personal experiences of it too. The Government’s assessment of the progress of the IR35 …

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October 3, 2018

Homelessness

A lot of constituents have been in touch recently about homelessness issues in Cardiff Central. I work with local Councillors, Council Officers and the police to make sure that helping homeless people is a priority. The 2014 Welsh Housing Act places a statutory duty on Councils to help those who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. This focus on …

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September 29, 2018

Adult Learning

Adult learning is a devolved matter in Wales for the Welsh Assembly. If you would like further details please contact your Assembly Member Jenny Rathbone at jenny.rathbone@assembly.wales . But several people have got in touch with me about this issue and I would like to take a moment to outline the Labour Party’s position. At both a UK wide and …

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September 9, 2018

Making Online Giants Pay Their Share

There is a real issue of online retail giants generating large revenues from UK customers but paying a much lower proportion of tax than their high street competitors. Last year Amazon’s UK tax bill fell by 78% despite its UK profits rising by 40%. This disparity can be seen in other non-retail online giants like Google. Google’s accounts show that …

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September 6, 2018

The EU is still our Best Trading Partner

Recently released Government trade figures once again show how important trading with the EU is to our economy. Every year the Government releases figures showing how much the British economy is buying and selling abroad and in which countries that trade takes place. This year’s figures show that we sell almost as much to the 435 million people that live in EU as we do …

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August 4, 2018

Cuts to Legal Aid

As a former legal aid solicitor for nearly thirty years, I have experienced at first hand the impact of the cuts particularly over the last eight years, to the scope and availability of legal aid both in terms of its impacts on citizens but also, the numbers and available access to those solicitors who have managed to continue to undertake …

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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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May 22, 2018

Banning Letting Agency Fees

My constituency, Cardiff Central, has the fifth highest proportion of private renters of any constituency in the UK. Almost 37% of Cardiff Central constituents live in private rented accommodation. So the issue of unfair letting agency fees is never far from my mind. My constituency surgeries are frequently attended by people suffering at the hands of unscrupulous landlords and agents, who …

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