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AN Assembly Member is concerned that the crucial target to eradicate child poverty in Wales by 2020 will not be met. PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 October 2011 08:05

AN Assembly Member is concerned that the crucial target to eradicate child poverty in Wales by 2020 will not be met.

North Wales AM, Mark Isherwood, expressed his concern when questioning the First Minister on the matter in the Assembly this week.

Mr Isherwood said: “As the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has said, child poverty in Wales unfortunately began to increase again in 2004. It is the highest level in the UK. It is true that the IFS statistics note that child poverty rates in Wales are likely to raise it again. Save the Children has told me that these figures must act as 'a wake-up call’ for the Welsh Government, because we risk falling far short of the commitment to eradicating child poverty by 2020. Will you outline your plans throughout the term of this Assembly to meet this crucial target?”

The First Minister merely replied:  “We have the anti-poverty action plan that we will be taking forward.”

Two weeks ago Mr Isherwood asked the First Minister to respond to the call by Save the Children for joint action at UK and devolved level to meet the child poverty target.

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ISHERWOOD: TAKE BACK CONTROL OF YOUR ENERGY BILLS PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 October 2011 08:04

NORTH Wales Assembly Member, Mark Isherwood, has teamed up with the Energy Saving Trust, to encourage householders to take back control of their energy bills.

Mr Isherwood, who is  Chair of the National Assembly for Wales’ Cross Party Group on Fuel Poverty, is keen for residents to be aware that the average home in Wales can save up to £280 a year by being energy efficient, and as part of Energy Saving Week (24-28th Oct 2011) is working with Energy Saving Trust to promote this message to householders in North Wales.

At an Energy Saving Trust Assembly event this week, Mr Isherwood was shown a number of nifty gadgets which can make day-to-day life easier whilst helping to reduce bills.

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ISHERWOOD: “DON’T CRIMINALISE DECENT, LOVING PARENTS WHO USE A SMACK FROM TIME TO TIME” PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 October 2011 08:02

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PARENTS who occasionally smack their children should not be treated like criminals North Wales Assembly Member, Mark Isherwood, has stated this afternoon.

Speaking in the Assembly’s debate on Lawful Chatisement, ahead of a vote urging the Welsh Government to bring forward legislation to ban parents in Wales from smacking their children, Mr Isherwood, a father of six, said: “Instead of criminalising millions of decent, loving parents who use a smack from time to time, we must recognise the clear difference between smacking and child abuse, which the vast majority of parents are well able to recognise. This debate is a distraction when our full focus should be upon growing reports of the sexual abuse and exploitation - and forced labour - of children. And upon Domestic Violence Statistics indicating that children are present during 41% of domestic violence incidents.”

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ISHERWOOD: WELSH BUSINESSES MISS OUT ON OLYMPIC GAMES OPPORTUNITIES PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 October 2011 08:00

 

 

THE Welsh Government has this afternoon been slammed for failing to put in place a strategy to boost Wales’ profile during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Speaking in the Welsh Conservative Assembly debate on the Olympics, North Wales AM Mark Isherwood highlighted that Wales has won less than 1% of Olympic construction contracts

He said: “Despite pledges that the benefits from the London 2012 Games would be reaped across the UK, Welsh firms have secured just £573,678 worth of the top-level building jobs, a tiny fraction of the £12 million won by companies outside the UK, the £17 million won by Northern Ireland and the £22 million so far won by Scotland, and dwarfed by the £5.1bn secured by English companies.”

Mr Isherwood recognised that  not  all the news is bad, where a number of Welsh companies have been very successful in winning significant sub contracts, "including Vannplastic in Flintshire, awarded a contract to supply flooring for the Olympic Stadium, worth tens of thousands of pounds to the company. And Wales has also secured some training camps, such as China’s Olympic gold-winning weightlifting team picking Bangor University as their Pre Games training camp.”  

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ISHERWOOD: MINISTER SARGEANT’S SHOCKING ADMISSION OVER POTENTIAL COUNCILLORS AND COMMISSIONERS PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 October 2011 07:58

 

THE MINISTER for Local Government and Communities, Carl Sargeant, has been criticised after disagreeing that both candidates for council elections and candidates for commissioners “must be fit and proper persons to hold those offices.”

Questioning the Minister in the Assembly Chamber last Wednesday, North Wales AM, Mark Isherwood asked: “Would you agree that both candidates for council elections and candidates for commissioners must be fit and proper persons to hold those offices, and would you consider somebody standing for election to be a fit and proper person if they had previously run a county council during a period described by Price Waterhouse Coopers as one when 'so many failings were unearthed both managers and workers could be guilty of misconduct’,  when 'dozens of crucial documents were missing’, and when a legally binding industrial tribunal said there had been positive falsification of documentation, and a former Internal Audit Manager had told Queen’s counsel that a file relating to the candidate’s investigation was incomplete and that items had been removed? Would such a candidate be fit and proper to stand for election?”

Mr Sargeant replied: “Do I agree with Mark Isherwood? No.”

 

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