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ISHERWOOD: AM RAISES CONCERNS OF VOLUNTARY SECTOR PLAY PROVIDERS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 June 2011 10:10
 The concerns of voluntary sector play providers across Wales were raised with the First Minister yesterday when North Wales Assembly Member, Mark Isherwood, challenged him over the Welsh Government’s revised Play Strategy. 

Speaking in the Chamber Mr Isherwood said: “In taking forward your revised strategy, how will you be defining play? Previous Government policy was that play should be freely chosen, personally directed and performed for no external goal or reward, but the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 redefined that to include any recreational activity. This has caused concern, particularly among voluntary sector play providers across Wales, and I would be grateful if you could provide clarity to ensure that a priority for free play is emphasised.”

 
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ISHERWOOD: AM CRITICISES NEW REPORT ON FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IN WALES PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 June 2011 10:09
    A REPORT on the future of health services in Wales has been criticised by an Assembly Member for failing to recognise the role of the third sector, private health care providers and hospices.Speaking in today’s Assembly debate on the Bevan Commission report ‘2008 – 2011 NHS Wales: Forging a Better Future,’ North Wales AM Mark Isherwood, said while there is much in the report to commend it, there is much missing from it.

He said: “Although it rightly stated that “there must be a new sense of responsibility across sectors in a concerted attempt to build health into all policies ”, there is not a single reference in the report to ‘voluntary’ or ‘third sector’, ‘independent’, ‘hospices’ or even ‘nurses’ and the only reference to ‘private’ comes in a partisan statement about the economy.

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ISHERWOOD: AM CALLS FOR REVIEW OF HOUSING ALLOCATIONS IN NORTH WALES LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 June 2011 10:08
   SHADOW Housing Minister, Mark Isherwood AM, has asked the First Minister to respond to calls from across North Wales for a review of housing allocations in the Local Development Plans submitted to the Welsh Government by North Wales Local Authorities.The Welsh Conservative AM for North Wales raised the matter during this week’s Questions to the First Minister.

Speaking in the Chamber he said: “A North Wales Council states that the future requirement for new homes in its local development plan was based upon Welsh Government population projections. Clearly, future planning for housing must take account of the 100,000 households in Wales on waiting lists, net births and deaths and net migration patterns, where Welsh Government figures indicate that, in North Wales, there has been, on average, a net annual inward migration of 2,000 people out of 7,500 across Wales.

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ISHERWOOD: AM REQUESTS UPDATE ON NORTH EAST WALES RAIL TRACK IMPROVEMENTS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 June 2011 10:08
  TWELVE months after first raising particular concerns regarding rail infrastructure in north east Wales, an Assembly Member has this week called on the Welsh Government to provide an update on progress. 

Concerned the issue regarding the double tracking of the rail track between Saltney and Wrexham has been put back several times,  in this week’s Business Statement, Welsh Conservative AM for North Wales, Mark Isherwood, asked the Minister for Finance and Leader of the House, Jane Hutt, whether the Welsh Government is still supporting the project with funding.

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ISHERWOOD: AM CHALLENGES FIRST MINISTER OVER RISING CHILD POVERTY LEVELS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 June 2011 10:07
 A NORTH Wales Assembly Member has this week challenged the First Minister over child poverty levels in Wales, the worst in the UK. Speaking in the Assembly Chamber yesterday, Mr Isherwood, Shadow Minister for Communities and Housing, highlighted that after  12 years of Welsh Labour-led Government, and billions spent on regeneration and fighting poverty, not only is the level of child poverty in Wales the worst in the UK, it was rising for four years prior to the start of recession.

Mr Isherwood said: “In February, a Save the Children report found that a higher proportion of children in Wales were living in severe poverty than was the case in any other UK nation. Save the Children also told me that, to tackle this, measures needed to be more focused on severe poverty.

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