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ISHERWOOD: NO WELSH GOVERNMENT COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT REMPLOY EMPLOYEES PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 December 2011 10:32

 

 

An Assembly Member has hit out at the First Minister for avoiding any commitment to action by the Welsh Government regarding Remploy, which has a factory in Wrexham.

Last month, following a Welsh Government Statement on Remploy, North Wales AM Mark Isherwood, stressed that a Review for the UK Government into the future of Remploy does not recommend factory closures, but instead that the business is reformed and freed from Government control.

This week he asked the First Minister “what action is the Welsh Government taking, or can it take, to meet the suggestion in the Sayce Review into employment services for disabled people that Remploy employees should be offered expert entrepreneurial and business support to develop their businesses, where possible? “

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ISHERWOOD: WELSH GOVERNMENT CUTS IN SOCIAL HOUSING GRANT PUSHING UP RENTS FOR VULNERABLE PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 December 2011 10:27

 

Shadow Housing Minister, Mark Isherwood, has spoken of concerns that the Welsh Government’s reduction in Social Housing Grant funding over recent years is forcing up rents for vulnerable people throughout Wales.

Raising the issue with the Housing Minister in the Assembly Chamber this week, Mr Isherwood said: “Given Welsh Government policy, as outlined by you, which means that local authority rents will have to rise at a higher rate than housing association rents until convergence is achieved, how do you respond to the concern expressed by some housing associations working with more vulnerable groups that the reduction in social housing grant funding in recent years has resulted in them increasingly having to rely on private finance, leading to higher rents, which are facing increased scrutiny from housing benefit departments? More to the point, those higher housing association rents, in consequence of the reduced social housing grant, will further uplift council rents if convergence is to be achieved.”

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ISHERWOOD: AM CALLS ON WELSH GOVERNMENT TO MONITOR SMALLER EMISSIONS FROM INCINERATORS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 December 2011 10:26

 

 

NORTH Wales Assembly Member, Mark Isherwood, has asked the Welsh Government to bring in appropriate monitors to examine the very small particle emissions downwind of incinerators after a study found that in  a number of counties across Wales, including Wrexham, the highest levels of infant mortality are in the least deprived wards. (see attachment for Wrexham figures) 

Mr Isherwood is concerned to have been advised that the most dangerous type of  emissions in terms of their health impact, the smaller microparticulates of PM2.5 and below, are not monitored downwind of incinerators and co-incinerators in Wales.

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ISHERWOOD: WELSH GOVERNMENT FUEL POVERTY ADVISORY GROUP LAST MET IN AUGUST 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 December 2011 10:25

 

AN Assembly Member is concerned that the Welsh Government’s Fuel Poverty Ministerial Advisory Group has not met since August last year.

North Wales Assembly Member, Mark Isherwood, who is Chair of the Cross Party Group on Fuel Poverty, said this is of particular concern in light of the fact that excess winter deaths  in Wales are increasing.

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ISHERWOOD: “WHISTLEBLOWERS TREATED ATROCIOUSLY BY WELSH GOVERNMENT” PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 December 2011 10:17

 

 

THE Welsh Government has been accused by North Wales Assembly Member, Mark Isherwood, of treating whistleblowers atrociously and protecting, and sometimes even rewarding the perpetrators.

Raising the matter with the First Minister in the Assembly Chamber this week, Mr Isherwood, said: “Wales has the highest proportion of whistleblowers in the UK. As a union official recently told me, based on his experience with Tribunal Judgments, too many organisations in Wales in receipt of public money treat their staff appallingly badly.

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