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ISHERWOOD: MINISTERIAL PRAISE FOR SUPPORTING WHISTLEBLOWERS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 January 2012 08:19

 

AN Assembly Member, who in December accused the Welsh Government of treating whistleblowers atrociously and protecting, and sometimes even rewarding the perpetrators, has cautiously welcomed a statement by the Minister for Finance and Leader of the House, Jane Hutt, this week in which she pledges to ensure better protection for whistleblowers in the future.

Speaking in the short Assembly debate, 'Whistleblowing;  Does the Welsh Government Have a Moral Responsibility to Seek to Protect Whistleblowers in All Walks of Life?', North Wales Assembly Member, Mark Isherwood stated categorically that it does.

Raising the matter with the First Minister in December Mr Isherwood, said when whistleblowers have suffered threats and false allegations the Welsh Government has been asked for help, but has looked the other way and protected vested interests. 

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ISHERWOOD: AM SUPPORTS PROPOSED LEGISLATION TO EXTEND SUPPORT TO CARE LEAVERS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 January 2012 15:01

 

NORTH Wales Assembly Member, Mark Isherwood, has this afternoon given his backing to a proposed Bill to ensure looked after children get more support when they leave the care system in Wales.

Speaking in the Assembly debate on the Continuity from Care into Adult Life Bill, Mr Isherwood stressed the importance of ensuring that vulnerable children and young people are given the support and opportunities they need to succeed in life after care, but stated that rising numbers of children in care in Wales puts increasing pressure on this.

He said: “On a UK basis, figures from 2005 show that up to 41per cent of children who end up in custody will have some history of being in care.

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ISHERWOOD: “GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE THE SKILLS THEY NEED FOR THE WORKPLACE” PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 January 2012 15:01

 

NORTH Wales Assembly Member Mark Isherwood has called on the Welsh Government to ensure young people enter the workplace equipped with the skills which employers are seeking and highlighted the crucial role the third sector can play in helping to achieve this.

Speaking in the Welsh Conservative Assembly debate on Skills, Mr Isherwood, stressed that record youth unemployment in Wales has been rising since 2005 - and 611,000 working aged people in Wales are not in Work.

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ISHERWOOD: “RECONSIDER CUT TO SUPPORTING PEOPLE FUNDING FOR NORTH WALES LOCAL AUTHORITIES” PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 January 2012 15:00

 

THE WELSH Government has been asked to reconsider reduced funding for housing related support for vulnerable people in North Wales following concerns expressed at a Flintshire meeting.

North Wales Assembly Member Mark Isherwood has called for a Welsh Government Statement on the Supporting People National Review Update after attending a meeting of Flintshire County Council’s Social and Health Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee during the Christmas recess, where members of all parties expressed concern that local authorities across North Wales were set to lose over 20% of their Supporting People funding and that this would impact significantly on services provided.

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ISHERWOOD: AM CALLS FOR WELSH GOVERNMENT STATEMENT ON COMMUNITY TRANSPORT INITIATIVE PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 January 2012 15:00

 

 

WITH concern mounting over the forthcoming closure a Welsh Government initiative which provides free transport for the elderly and disabled, a North Wales Assembly member has called for a Welsh Government Statement on the matter.

Mark Isherwood, who has repeatedly highlighted in the Assembly Chamber the vital role of community transport schemes, such as Flintshire’s Welsh Border Community Transport and Denbighshire’s Dial-A-Ride, spoke in this week’s Business Statement of the latest concerns regarding the forthcoming closure of the Welsh Government’s  Community Transport Concessionary Fares Initiative (CTCFI), which was set up in 2005 to find the best way to put right an unfairness in the All Wales Concessionary Travel scheme, which discriminates against those very elderly and severely disabled people who are eligible for a bus pass but who find it difficult to use ordinary bus services. 

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