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ISHERWOOD: VOLUNTARY PROJECTS CHANGING LIVES ACROSS WALES PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 February 2012 12:23

Welsh Conservative AM for North Wales, Mark Isherwood, has praised third-sector-led projects for their contribution to changing lives across Wales.

Speaking during this week’s Assembly debate on European Programmes, Mr Isherwood, said: “Voluntary, third-sector-led projects have accessed 6% of European structural funds - almost £100 million, supporting 76,600 people. Will you therefore join me in welcoming their contribution to changing lives, providing pathways to employment and creating jobs for some of Wales’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups?”

 

 
ISHERWOOD: ALYN AND DEESIDE CONGRATULATED FOR EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 February 2012 12:23

 

SHADOW Minister for North Wales, Mark Isherwood AM, is delighted that Alyn and Deeside has come second from the top out of 40 Welsh constituencies in 2011 educational attainment statistics published today, but is concerned three North Wales counties are below both 50% and the Welsh average for pupils achieving the GCSE threshold level.

The latest National Statistics on School Statistics by Assembly Constituency and Region produced by the Welsh Government show that the percentage of pupils aged 15 at the start of the academic year who achieved the Level 2 threshold including GCSE A* - C in English or Welsh first language and Mathematics was 62.6% in Alyn and Deeside, but in Wrexham the figure was only 43.8%, in the Vale of Clwyd 47.5% and Ynys Mon 47.9%. Gower in South Wales came out top with 65.5%.  The average across Wales was 50.1%. 

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ISHERWOOD: FIRST MINISTER CHALLENGED OVER DELIVERY OF UK GOVERNMENT WORK PROGRAMME IN WALES PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 February 2012 12:21

 

The First Minister has been questioned this week over the Welsh Government’s role in delivering the UK Government’s Work Programme in Wales.

North Wales Assembly Member, Mark Isherwood, raised the matter in the Chamber yesterday.

He said: “According to the Spotlight North Wales 2011 conference last November, the Welsh Government is playing a key role in this.” 

Responding to Mr Isherwood’s question, the First Minister said: “Of course, we always seek to ensure that programmes designed to get people into work and provide them with the skills that they need are given priority. This builds on the numerous schemes that we have introduced to help the Welsh economy and that have been announced in this Chamber already.”

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ISHERWOOD: AM CALLS FOR VIABLE ALTERNATIVES TO PAY DAY LOANS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 February 2012 12:21

 

 

A North Wales Assembly Member has today called for action to alert people to the true cost of pay day loans and ensure they are offered viable alternatives.    

Speaking in today’s Individual Members Assembly  Debate, Mr Isherwood highlighted that the pay day loan market has grown rapidly in recent years and expressed concern that it is too easy for people to access the short term benefits of pay day loans.

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ISHERWOOD – AM QUESTIONS SILENCE OVER WELSH GOVERNMENT’S APPOINTMENT OF WREXHAM’S AVOW PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 February 2012 12:20

 

SHADOW Minister for North Wales, Communities and Housing, Mark Isherwood, who has previously questioned the Welsh Government’s appointment of AVOW (The Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham) as Grant recipient Body for Plas Madoc Communities First, is concerned that still no answers have been given on the matter.

 

Mr Isherwood raised the matter again in the Assembly Chamber when speaking in the debate on the Welsh Government’s new Communities First Programme yesterday.

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