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ISHERWOOD: AM CONCERNED AT NUMBER OF PUPILS IN NORTH WALES FAILING TO ACHIEVE STANDARDS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2011 11:59
  WELSH Conservative AM Mark Isherwood is concerned that a substantial number of pupils throughout North Wales are entering secondary school without meeting basic standards in the core curriculum subjects of English, Welsh, maths and science.

Figures for 2010 obtained by the Welsh Conservatives show that the percentage of North Wales pupils not achieving level 4 or above at Key Stage 2 in Maths was as high as 17.3% in Denbighshire (the all Wales figure was 16.7%), in English was as high as 18.6% in Wrexham (the all Wales figure was 18.1%), in Welsh was as high as 23.7% in Anglesey (the all Wales figure was 19%) and in Science was as high as 14.2% in Wrexham (the all Wales figure was 13.6%).

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ISHERWOOD: AM SUPPORTS SAVE THE CHILDREN’S ‘NO CHILD BORN TO DIE’ CAMPAIGN PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2011 11:56
  NORTH Wales Assembly Member, Mark Isherwood, is supporting Save the Children’s national No Child Born To Die campaign to stop the deaths of 8 million children from preventable causes every year.    

In the world’s poorest countries, children are dying at a rate too awful to think about. Pneumonia and diarrhoea are the biggest killers of under-fives globally accounting for three times more deaths than malaria and HIV.

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ISHERWOOD: AM CONCERNED AT REDUCTION OF UNIVERSITY PLACES FOR WELSH STUDENTS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2011 11:53
  A NORTH Wales Assembly Member has challenged the Welsh Government over its university tuition fees policy and the impact this will have on the number of university places for Welsh students.

Welsh Conservative, Mark Isherwood, has this week raised the matter with the Minister for Finance and Leader of  The House, Jane Hutt.

 Speaking in the Chamber he said: "In the second Assembly, top-up fee grants were introduced in Wales, despite your party voting against them. At

that stage, you advised that, for legal and financial reasons, funding could be provided only for Welsh students at Welsh universities.

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ISHERWOOD: AM URGES WELSH GOVERNMENT TO RESTORE COMPETIVENESS TO THE WELSH ECONOMY PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2011 11:53
 NORTH Wales Assembly Member, Mark Isherwood, has questioned the Welsh Government over it actions to engage with the business sector and boost the Welsh economy. 

Questioning the Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science, Edwina Hart, this week, Mr Isherwood, referred to both a report  from the Centre for Policy Studies, published earlier this month, which said that the UK had fallen down the league tables for international competitiveness since 1997 – and to a BBC Report at the end of April which said that the Welsh economy  was 'bottom of the UK heap’, and not doing as well as the other UK nations. 

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ISHERWOOD: AM CHALLENGES FIRST MINISTER OVER FUNDING FORMULA FOR WALES PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2011 11:52
 THE First Minister has been questioned over the reform of the Barnett Formula, the current funding system for Wales. In its final report published last year, the Independent Commission on Funding and Finance, chaired by economist Gerald Holtham, not only called for the current funding system for Wales to be replaced with one based on needs, with Wales continuing to receive the majority
of its funding via a block grant, but also for some tax-raising powers to be devolved to Wales so as to improve the accountability of the
Welsh Government.
The UK government has said that a process similar to the Calman Commission (which reviewed funding for Scotland) would be established for Wales.
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