Assembly News

“Reckless Prioritising” by Welsh Government During COVID-19 Crisis.

The decision of Labour Assembly Members to support the general principles of the Welsh Government’s Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill has been slammed by Janet Finch-Saunders, Assembly Member for Aberconwy, as “reckless prioritising” during this ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Covid-19: Welsh Conservatives welcome ‘Rail to Refuge’ scheme for people fleeing domestic abuse.

Welsh Conservatives have welcomed the news today (April 9) from the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) that free rail travel will be offered to people fleeing domestic abuse during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

The offer – called “Rail to Refuge” – has been made by rail companies working in partnership with Women’s Aid, and comes as campaigners report a rise in requests for help from victims of domestic abuse since Coronavirus lockdown measures came into force.

COVID-19: Counselling for Children and Young People.

With the number of children and young people receiving counselling services in Wales having increased to 11,753, and half of the referrals coming from school-based and other education staff, Janet Finch-Saunders AM, Shadow Minister for Children and Young People, has expressed her serious concern at the detrimental impact COVID-19 could have on young people’s lives.

COVID-19: Calls for Clarity for Construction Sector

An urgent letter has been sent to Mark Drakeford AM, First Minister, asking for clarity for the construction sector in light of COVID-19.  In writing to the First Minister, the Assembly Member for Aberconwy, Janet Finch-Saunders, said that she was doing so in an effort to see “positive action in response to the scenario at construction sites where there is a perception that operatives seem to be at higher risk of contracting Covid-19 than the general public”.

‘It’s a smokescreen’: Welsh Government trying to push through votes for prisoners during Coronavirus pandemic.

Welsh Conservatives have reacted with shock at the announcement made today (April 1) by the First Minister that the Labour administration will push through legislation to change the local government election system, despite the continuing Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

In the statement, only enfranchisement of 16 and 17 year olds to vote is referred to, and any reference to votes for convicted prisoners has been omitted.

Covid-19: Concern over possible rise in domestic violence during pandemic

The Welsh Conservative Shadow Welsh Minister for Communities and Local Government, Mark Isherwood AM, has today (March 30) added his voice to calls for more support for people experiencing domestic abuse – especially during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

He is especially concerned that, because no-one is meant to leave their home to socialise, and few people are going to work, being in such close proximity may lead to increased incidents.

Quoting Nazir Afzal, the domestic abuse advisor to the Welsh Government, he said that abuse has already increased elsewhere in the world when countries have been in Coronavirus lockdown, saying that pattern will continue in the UK”.