The rejection of a Welsh Labour Group Motion at a meeting of Powys County Council today (Thurs 23rd Sept) seeking to commit the County Council to oppose the UK Government’s proposed £20 reduction in Universal Credit payments to families on low incomes is ‘a major blow to the people of the county and will push even more families into poverty, damage the Powys economy and increase the pressure on county council services’, according to the Council’s Welsh Liberal Democrat – Green Group.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have called on the Welsh Government to provide clarity on any contingency plans they have in place to deal with rapidly rising gas prices, citing the concern that many families could be pushed into fuel poverty as winter approaches.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have published figures showing that Brecon and Radnorshire is set to be one of the hardest-hit areas of the country after the Government’s decision to break its
manifesto promise and suspend the triple lock on pensions following Conservative MPs voting to approve the change.
Jane Dodds, Welsh Liberal Democrat Member of the Senedd for Mid and West Wales, was among the line-up of speakers at a public meeting where Crickhowell residents shared their concerns about plans for a new Co-operative store in the town.
The event last Thursday (2nd September), was organised by Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor for Crickhowell John Morris, and local campaigners from the Crickhowell and District Civic Society, was held outdoors in the grounds of Crickhowell Castle and attended by almost 200 people.
Members of Powys County Council’s Welsh Lib Dem - Green group are urging people in Powys to take regular lateral flow tests to help reduce Covid spread within local communities.
"When the First Minister moved us to level 0 he gave us more freedom but also more responsibility. We can now attend more events and if double vaccinated we no longer need to self isolate if in contact with someone who has returned a positive test." commented Group leader Cllr James Gibson-Watt.
The Brecon & Radnorshire Liberal Democrats are urging the UK Government to take urgent steps to admit more refugees from Afghanistan after the rapid NATO withdrawal from the country and takeover by the Taliban.
Britain saw 457 military personnel die (including 32 from Wales) in the 20-year conflict.
2, 448 American personnel died, as well as 1, 144 from other NATO and allied countries. Approximately 69, 000 Afghan troops have been killed.
The total figure for Afghans who have died in the war is unknown, but Brown University estimates the number to stand above 100, 000.
According to the UN, between 2012 and 2021, at least five million people have been internally displaced within Afghanistan or neighbouring countries, with many millions more displaced in the past few weeks.