Cash boost for Powys

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Public services across Powys are set to benefit from a £1.93m cash boost- after Kirsty Williams forced the Welsh Government’s hand and secured extra money.

The initial local government settlement left rural councils, and particularly Powys, underfunded. Kirsty fought our corner in the Assembly and brought back the extra cash.

Powys have said the money will be spent on:

  • Extra money for education
  • Extra money for adult social care
  • Preventing changes to four-weekly black bin collections
  • Preventing further cuts to rural bus services

Preventing the introduction of charges for post-16 student bus travel


Kirsty’s More Nurses campaign becomes law

 

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In a huge victory for nurses and patients across Wales, Kirsty’s ‘More Nurses’ campaign was passed unanimously in the Welsh Assembly.

Her bill will facilitate an increase in nurses in our hospital wards, raising the quality of care by reducing the amount of patients each nurse has to care for.

Across the whole United Kingdom, it is Wales where nurses are most overstretched, dealing more patients per nurse than anywhere else.

The bill has the interests of nurses at its heart; it was created with the needs of nurses in mind and is backed by the Royal College of Nursing in Wales.

Kirsty’s success is a much needed good news story for the Welsh NHS, and will improve the quality of healthcare across Wales.


End uncertainty over rural education – Kirsty Williams

 

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Kirsty Williams is calling for an end to the uncertainty over the future of education in Powys.

Powys County Council are considering:

  • Merging Brecon and Gwernyfed high schools
  • Merging Llandrindod Wells and Builth Wells high schools
  • Closing Llanbister CP School
  • Closing Llanfihangel Rhydithon CP School (Dolau)
  • Closing Nantmel Church in Wales Primary School

These plans are disrupting childrens’ education and leaving staff demoralised. Kirsty is determined to keep education as local as possible.

She has attended various community meetings over the future of schools, and she led a debate in the Welsh Assembly in which she asked local people for views and relayed their concerns on the floor of the Senedd.

When the Welsh Liberal Democrats were part of the Welsh Government they introduced a small schools grant, which protected schools in rural areas like Brecon and Radnorshire. Other parties have failed to maintain this grant.

Kirsty is calling for an approach which sees a presumption against closure (similar to Scotland), and is also calling on the council to explore the possibility of school federation instead of closure.

 

£5.3million for Llandrindod Hospital

Work is set to start on the £5.3million development of Llandrindod Hospital.

The money, secured by Kirsty Williams in negotiations with the Welsh Government, will be used to carry out essential maintenance and improvements to facilities.

Kirsty has been campaigning for this investment for a long time, and after securing the money last year, is looking forward to seeing the work begin.


£5.3million for Llandrindod Hospital

 

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Work is set to start on the £5.3million development of Llandrindod Hospital.


The money, secured by Kirsty Williams in negotiations with the Welsh Government, will be used to carry out essential maintenance and improvements to facilities.


Kirsty has been campaigning for this investment for a long time, and after securing the money last year, is looking forward to seeing the work begin.


Powys Liberal Democrat Council group to move Refugee Motion

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Group on Powys County Council will be moving an emergency motion on the Refugee crisis.

The motion states that “we all have a moral responsibility to resettle many more refugees and that it is the duty of the Welsh and Westminster governments and this council to react accordingly to this humanitarian crisis”

The motion will be debated in county hall on Friday the 18th.

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Anger as NatWest set to leave Crickhowell

Anger as NatWest set to leave Crickhowell

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Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for Brecon and Radnorshire, and John Morris, Welsh Lib Dem Cllr for Crickhowell have vowed to campaign against the closure of the NatWest Branch in Crickhowell following today’s announcement that the branch is to close in November. 

If it goes ahead, the closure will leave the town without an out-of-hours cashpoint.

Kirsty and Cllr Morris have been in touch with the bank asking for an urgent meeting with NatWest officials to ask them to rethink the closure.

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