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Safe Sex and Early Testing Essential to Fight Against HIV

The Brecon & Radnorshire Liberal Democrats welcome the good news that 386 Welsh NHS patients at high-risk of contracting HIV  have accessed the preventative Truvada® PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) drug since July 2017. PrEP became available in Wales through a three-year monitoring study, after dogged campaigning from the Welsh Liberal Democrats. 

However, safe sex and early testing remain essential to successfully preventing and treating HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). 

Watch this powerful video from CNN with Anderson Cooper and Andrew Sullivan discussing the AIDS epidemic and PrEP: 

 

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TIME FOR POWYS COUNCIL TO COME CLEAN ON YOUTH SERVICE SAY AM AND COUNCILLORS

The Welsh Liberal Democrats in Powys are calling on Powys County Council’s ruling Independent/Conservative Cabinet to ‘come clean’ on its plans for youth service provision after April of this year.

On the 7th November last year the Cabinet resolved to close all the youth centres in Powys, including those in Ystradgynlais, Brecon and Llandrindod Wells, and replace the youth provision delivered in them with a mix of contracted-out, outreach and school-based activities.

Describing the plans as ‘far too vague’, Brecon & Radnorshire’s Assembly member, Kirsty Williams said:-

“It is high time the Council made clear exactly what youth service provision is going to be in place for the young people of the county after these centres close their doors in April. With funding for our Young Farmers Clubs and other voluntary organisations under severe pressure there is a continued need for comprehensive, good quality youth services in Powys. At the moment, we don’t know what will be provided and time is running short.”

Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Leader on Powys County Council, James Gibson-Watt added:-

“All the Youth Centres are located in wards with some of the highest levels of deprivation in the county. There is a good reason for that – to support the young people and families in those areas most in need in Powys and the youth centres have played a very valuable role in doing that. It is clear that the main aim of closing them is to save money, not improve the services that young people will receive. The Cabinet needs to produce clear proposals now that show how the vague option it agreed to in November last year will translate in to actual provision.”

“The young people of the county deserve nothing less concluded”, Cllr Gibson-Watt

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VOTES FOR 16 & 17 YEAR OLDS ‘LONG OVERDUE’ SAYS KIRSTY

Brecon & Radnorshire’s Liberal Democrat Assembly Member, Kirsty Williams, has hailed the Welsh Government’s proposals to extend voting rights to 16 and 17 year olds as ‘a change that is long overdue’.

 

Commenting on the proposals, Ms. Williams said:

 

“In the year in which we are commemorating 100 years since most women in the UK were granted the vote and were able for the first time to stand for election to Parliament, it could not be more appropriate for us in Wales to be extending the franchise to all 16 and 17 year olds.”

 

“However, this is just a first step, as it only applies to local council elections in Wales. We need now to see it extended to National Assembly and Westminster Parliamentary elections and I was dismayed to hear David Liddington MP, standing in for the Prime Minister at Prime Minister’s Questions today (Wed), confirm the Tories’ outright opposition to this change. Their wholly illogical and unjust resistance is purely based on the calculation that young people tend not to vote Conservative.”

 

“Rather than denying young people who are, in many cases, working, paying taxes and serving their country in the armed services the right to vote purely on the basis of self-interest, they should be concentrating on living up to Mrs May’s rhetoric about making the UK a society ‘that works for everyone’ by giving all our young people a right to vote in all elections.”

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Opposition Leaders demand management probe at Powys Council

The leaders of the three opposition groups on Powys County Council have jointly demanded that an independent root-and-branch investigation is launched in to the way that the Independent/Conservative-run council has been managed and led at a senior level in the period up to and since the production of a damning report by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW) into the council’s Children’s Services in October this year.

Their demands, outlined in a letter to the Council’s Leader, Cllr Rosemarie Harris, highlight the CSSIW’s findings and continuing concerns over budgetary control and the quality of service delivery in other services. The Council faces an inspection of its Adult Social Care Services early in the New Year.

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Improvement plan for the Council made no note of damning Children’s Services report

Despite a recent high profile Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW) report highlighting serious failures at the heart of Powys County Council’s Children’s Social Services, it has been left to the Powys Liberal Democrats to ensure the Council considers this in a key performance document.

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Staylittle Outdoor Centre Closure ‘End of an Era’ say Powys Liberal Democrats

Reacting to the closure of the Staylittle Outdoor Centre, the Powys Liberal Democrats have suggested that little has changed at the Council since the new Independent/Conservative Cabinet was formed in May, as poor financial management continues to reduce services.

Staylitte Outdoor Centre, around seven miles north-west of Llanidloes, is to be withdrawn from the contract with Freedom Leisure, the company that runs the Council’s sports and leisure facilities, as part of plans to slash its leisure services budgets. The facility will be closed by April 2018.

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Powys Liberal Democrats call for Council Chief Executive to remove himself from management responsibilities on Children’s Social Services

Following the publication this week of the damning Care & Social Services Inspectorate for Wales’s (CSSIW) report into Powys County Council’s Children’s Social Services, the Welsh Liberal Democrat group on the Council have questioned the role of the Chief Executive in the recovery process.

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Children and young people of Powys let down by County Council

Corporate and Political Weakness the Root Cause of Serious Failures – Welsh Lib Dems 

Children and young people in Powys are being put at risk of harm by the Council’s Social Services.

A report published today by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales found serious failings at the heart of the service.

This publication revealed a culture of ‘weak corporate and political leadership and very poor service management’, according to the Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrat Group on the Council, Cllr James Gibson-Watt.

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County Council’s budget ‘entering serious danger territory’ says Lib Dem Leader

The Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrat Group on Powys County Council, Cllr James Gibson-Watt, has claimed that the council’s budget is ‘entering serious danger territory’, following the publication of new figures for the end of August showing the council is facing a projected overspend in 2017/18 of over £6 million, a more than £1.5 million worsening of the position from the end of July.

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Conservative MP fined for misusing public funds for political advantage

Chris Davies, Conservative Member of Parliament for Brecon and Radnorshire, has been fined by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards for the misuse of public funds.

A mailing before the 2017 General Election – paid for using public money – was determined to be used for unfair political advantage.

This breach of the code of conduct resulted in a fine of £5,037.90.

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