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ISHERWOOD: SHADOW HOUSING MINISTER CHALLENGES FIRST MINISTER OVER AFFORDABLE HOUSING FIGURES PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 December 2010 09:28

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SHADOW Housing Minister, Mark Isherwood AM, challenged the First Minister over affordable housing figures this week, highlighting the fact that the Welsh Government has cut the supply of new affordable housing in Wales by 60%.

Speaking in the Chamber, Mr Isherwood, Welsh Conservative AM for North Wales, said: "As we have heard, figures have been published indicating that the Welsh Government has achieved its target for additional affordable housing in this Assembly. I congratulate the housing associations for having contributed the lion’s share of that.

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ISHERWOOD: WELSH GOVERNMENT CRITICISED FOR FAILING TO LISTEN TO NORTH WALES CONCERNS ABOUT SCHOOL CLOSURES PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 December 2010 09:28

 

A NORTH Wales Assembly Member has hit out at the Welsh Government this week for ignoring concerns regarding school closures in the region.

Speaking in the Welsh Conservative Assembly debate on the subject, Mark Isherwood criticised Ministers for forcing Local Authorities to consider the closure of small schools in accordance with Welsh Government agendas and funding.

He said: "This Welsh Government ignores concerns about the general erosion of community life and the rural services that provide the social glue that binds communities together. It practices the politics of the coward and the bully, launching a policy of school closures at national level and refusing to admit and debate this openly and publicly and honestly, passing the buck to local authorities."

He highlighted again this year’s report by Hyrwyddo Ysgolion Bach—Promoting Small Schools which? concluded that village school closures in Wales are going ahead in the absence of sound cost information and that the available information suggests that school closures will result in little or no cost savings.

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ISHERWOOD: AM ASSURES PARENTS THAT TRUST FUNDS WILL CONTINUE TO BENEFIT FROM TAX-FREE INVESTMENTS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 December 2010 09:27

 

AN Assembly Member is keen to assure parents that existing Child Trust Fund accounts will continue when the scheme comes to an end in January.

Speaking in the Assembly this week, Welsh Conservative AM, Mark Isherwood, stressed that existing accounts will continue to benefit from tax-free investments, and friends and family will continue to be able to invest in those accounts.

He also quoted research which has shown that 70 per cent of parents have said they will continue to save for their children, and only 14 per cent said that they would stop.

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ISHERWOOD: AM ATTENDS LAUNCH OF CAMPAIGN TO ‘GIVE VOICE’ TO PEOPLE WITH SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION NEEDS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 December 2010 09:26

 

WELSH Conservative AM, Mark Isherwood, has given his backing to the ‘Giving Voice’ campaign by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

At the launch of the campaign at the Assembly this week, the North Wales AM heard first-hand from patients how speech and language therapy has changed lives by Giving Voice.

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ISHERWOOD: AM CALLS FOR ASSEMBLY DISCUSSION ON ALARMING NEW CHILD POVERTY FIGURES PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 December 2010 12:37
 AN Assembly Member alarmed by new child poverty figures yesterday called for the matter to be discussed in the Assembly. Speaking in the Business Statement, Welsh Conservative AM, Mark Isherwood, requested an oral statement in the Chamber on the child poverty statistics that were released last week by the Welsh Government’s statistical directorate.

He said: “This is an important matter, which merits a discussion in the Assembly rather than simply statements and press releases by Government Ministers.”

 
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