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ISHERWOOD: ENVIRONMENT MINISTER SIDESTEPS WREXHAM AND PONTYPOOL INCINERATOR HEALTH CONCERNS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 July 2011 11:34
  THE Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development for Wales has been criticized by a North Wales Assembly Member for sidestepping health concerns relating to incinerators in Wrexham and Pontypool. 

Addressing the Minister in the Chamber this week, Welsh Conservative AM Mark Isherwood referred to an article published in the Western Mail two years ago linking infant mortality rates in London’s electoral wards to proximity to an incinerator. Eleven of the 16 wards with high infant death rates were wholly or partially within 2 miles of an incinerator.

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ISHERWOOD: WELSH GOVERNMENT CHALLENGED OVER LIVING WAGE FOR WALES PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 July 2011 11:32
Welsh Conservative AM for North Wales, Mark Isherwood, has asked the First Minister what action his Government will take to lead the ‘Living Wage’ agenda as an exemplar in Wales.

Speaking in the Chamber this week, he said: “Do you agree with Ed Balls who, describing the London ‘Living Wage’, said that it was 'artificial, inflationary’ and 'not necessary or appropriate’, or do you agree with Boris Johnson, who described it as 'vital’? He also said that it brings wider social benefits, tackling poverty, making work pay, and improving the quality of life for families.’

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ISHERWOOD: WE MUST BETTER PREPARE PUPILS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2011 12:00
A NORTH Wales Assembly Member, who earlier this week expressed his concern at the number of pupils in Wales who are entering secondary school without meeting basic standards in the core curriculum subjects of English, Welsh, maths and science, yesterday urged the Welsh Government to consider recommendations for the development of a middle phase (8-13 year olds) in the education system, which would make the transition from primary to secondary school easier for pupils.

Speaking in the Welsh Conservative debate on the matter, Mark Isherwood, said: “It is shocking that one in six pupils feel ill prepared when they begin Secondary School and that fixed termed exclusions rise by 210% as pupils struggle to cope with the transition.”

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ISHERWOOD: AM JOINS CALLS TO END DISABILITY HATE CRIME IN WALES PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2011 12:00
 MARK Isherwood, Assembly Member for North Wales, has joined calls to end learning disability hate crime in Wales. Mr Isherwood attended a reception last week by Mencap Cymru to raise awareness of the problem among individuals with learning disabilities and professionals, and to increase reports and convictions.People with a learning disability are often at greater risk of hate crime because of their perceived vulnerability due to their support needs, or simply because they may be seen as easier targets.  Incidents can include theft, harassment, assault and even murder.  The figures available are very low, and there are often problems accurately capturing data.  Many incidents of hate crime are logged as anti-social behaviour, or are classified as different types of hate crime depending on the location, distorting data even further.  This in turn can make it very difficult for police forces and other agencies to plan ahead and target hate crime, or put together a comprehensive picture of persistent abuse.

Mr Isherwood  said: “I am pleased to be supporting Mencap Cymru in their efforts to tackle this problem.

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ISHERWOOD: CALLS ON WELSH GOVERNMENT TO EMBRACE THE ‘BIG SOCIETY’ PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2011 11:59
 NORTH Wales Assembly Member, Mark Isherwood, has called on the Welsh Government to embrace the ‘Big Society,’ highlighting the crucial role of the third sector in delivering social services. Welcoming the principles outlined in the report ‘Sustainable Social Services for Wales: A Framework for Action’, Mr Isherwood said: “As the report states “We expect the full engagement of the third sector in the provision of community-based support services”.

 Mr Isherwood, who last year as a Patron of the British Association of Social Workers Cymru presented their innovative Social Worker Award to a qualified social worker in Wrexham who has been working for the NSPCC since 1996, emphasised the need to take a whole service approach that puts people in communities rather than service deliverers at the centre.

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