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Progress in residential care users keeping more of their money is welcomed by local Liberal Democrats

Jane Dodds and Kirsty Williams have welcomed an announcement that means residential care users can keep hold of more of their savings and investments.

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Call for reassurance over cross-border healthcare

Following the news that Chester Hospital is refusing to take in Welsh patients on financial grounds, Jane Dodds is seeking reassurance over the rights of people in Wales to access services in English hospitals.

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Jane Dodds and Kirsty Williams press for Brecon barracks to stay open

Jane Dodds and Kirsty Williams have made a joint call for the Ministry of Defence to reverse its planned closure of Brecon barracks.

They articulated their position in a joint response to the Welsh Affairs Committee’s inquiry into ‘Wales and the Armed Forces’, which includes specific consideration of the ‘impact of Ministry of Defence estate rationalisations on local economies and communities.’

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Statement on Chris Davies Plea

The Welsh Liberal Democrats issued the below statement following Chris Davies’ decision to plead guilty to two charges of making a false expenses claim.

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No-deal Brexit vote shows the Conservatives are treating farmers with contempt

Following the vote on a no-deal Brexit in the House of Commons this evening, Kirsty Williams and Jane Dodds have expressed disappointment that Conservatives voted in favour of a no-deal Brexit.

Jane Dodds, the party’s candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire, has said the Conservatives have treated farmers with disregard and contempt.

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Jane Dodds for Brecon & Radnorshire

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds has been selected to be the party's Westminster candidate for Brecon & Radnorshire.

Jane has been Welsh Liberal Democrat leader since 2017 and was selected to be the candidate by local party members in an all-member ballot.

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Library use in Powys

Kirsty Williams AM has published research showing that Powys’ residents value their libraries more than most of Wales. She has re-iterated calls that the Conservative/Independent administration at Powys Council Council should rethink its plans to slash support for branch libraries.

The intervention comes amidst ongoing budget uncertainty following the rejection of the Council Cabinet’s budget proposals on 21st February.

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OPPOSITION COUNCILLORS KEPT IN THE DARK ABOUT BREAKFAST CLUB CUTS

All Powys primary schools providing Breakfast Clubs will have the funding for them axed by the Tory/Independent-run Powys County Council from 1st April this year. Without the funding it is unlikely that the Breakfast Clubs, which since 2013 have provided healthy food to vulnerable children and essential childcare support for busy parents, will continue.

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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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