Gower Assembly Member, Rebecca Evans AM, has welcomed the news that the Welsh Labour Government is boosting funding for nurse and other health care training places for the sixth year running.
The Welsh Labour Government has announced an extra £15 million for a 13% increase in education and training programmes for healthcare professionals in Wales in 2020-21. In total, £127.8 million will be invested in health professional education and training during 2020-21.
Rebecca Evans AM said:
“I am delighted that from April 2020, Wales will be training more nurses, midwives and other key healthcare professionals than ever before thanks to this sixth consecutive annual funding boost from the Welsh Labour Government.
“A well trained NHS workforce is vital for the sustainable, high quality health care we want to see across Gower and the rest of Wales.
“I am also pleased to see the continuing of the financial support which is available to trainee nurses in Wales. In Wales, unlike in England, we have maintained the NHS bursary for student nurses and allied health professionals. The Welsh Labour Government was absolutely right to keep paying the bursary in Wales and it demonstrates our commitment to the future of the nursing profession.”
Gower Welsh Labour Assembly Member, Rebecca Evans AM has welcomed new plans to give 16 and 17 year old residents of Gower a vote in future local council elections.
The plans are part of a raft of proposals from the Welsh Labour Government aimed at invigorating local democracy in Wales.
The Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill, which is being published today, aims to widen the range of people who can vote and stand for office and make it easier for people to influence the work of those who represent them.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “I welcome these proposals which will give young people a say in how their local services are run.
“These proposals from the Welsh Labour Government mark another important step forward for our democracy in Wales, following legislation which has been introduced to give 16 and 17 year olds a vote in future elections to the Senedd, which is now in its final stage.”
Saturday December 7th is Small Business Saturday 2019. This is the 7th year of the initiative and Gower Assembly Member Rebecca Evans AM, who has long been a supporter of the campaign, is using this opportunity encouraging residents to ‘shop local.’
Small Business Saturday is a grassroots campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses.
Shopping local makes good economic sense. Research on spending shows that for every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business, 63p stayed in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger business.
The Welsh Labour Government supports small businesses through Small Business Rates Relief. As a result, around half pay nothing at all.
Rebecca Evans AM said “Small Business Saturday is about celebrating the contribution that small businesses make in Gower.
“Small businesses play an important role in our communities. They sustain our high streets are and are the backbone of our local economy, ensuring it is both sustainable and diverse.”
Gower Assembly Member, Rebecca Evans AM, has welcomed far reaching plans to ban the most commonly littered single use plastics in Wales.
The Welsh Government is to consult on restricting the sale of a wide-range throw-away plastics, including straws, stirrers, cotton buds and cutlery.
The ban could be in place as early as next year and see Wales once again leading the way on single use plastics.
Wales has a proud record when it comes to recycling, the Welsh Government led the way in the UK on the single use plastic carrier bag charge and Wales is ranked third in the world for household recycling.
Rebecca Evans AM said:
“I am immensely proud that Welsh Labour has led the way on recycling and I am pleased that we are looking to continue to lead by banning single use plastics.
“It is clear that we need to act now to address the issue of single use plastics, and the damage that they are doing to ecosystems globally.”
Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, has welcomed the Welsh Government’s announcement of an additional £30 million of funding to support the delivery of frontline health and social care services this winter.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “This is a positive announcement as we know that winter puts additional pressure on the NHS and social services. The money will help more people access care closer to home, and enable people to leave hospital without delay, with appropriate ongoing care or support in place.”
Of the £30 million, £17 million will be allocated to Regional Partnership Boards to promote integrated, regional planning and £10 million to local health boards to support delivery of urgent and emergency care services in line with the priorities identified for the winter. The remaining £3 million will be used for nationally targeted actions, consistent with the approach taken last winter.
Rebecca Evans added: “This year the NHS is having to deal with the additional strain of preparing for a potential no-deal Brexit, which could have a significant effect on services. But with this extra funding and careful planning with local health boards, Regional Partnership Board and other partners, Welsh Government is doing everything it can to ensure services continue to run effectively.”
Gower Assembly Member, Rebecca Evans AM, has welcomed the annual report from the Welsh Government’s National Advisers on violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence, which sets out the government’s progress so far and reflects on the challenges ahead.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “I am encouraged that the advisors say that where Wales leads, the rest of the UK follows.
“There is still work to do, and we must not be complacent, but we have much to celebrate and a good position to work from.”
The Welsh Government is keen to ensure services across Wales are accessible to all; support victims and survivors to seek help and ensure that professionals have the tools and knowledge to act. It is focussed on improving awareness of violence against women and the support available; and helping children and young people to understand healthy relationships and that abusive behaviour is always wrong.
Rebecca Evans, who has long recognised the importance of equipping young people to understand healthy relationships, said: “I welcome that Welsh Government is ensuring there will be opportunity within the new Curriculum to develop this work.”
Assembly Member for Gower, Rebecca Evans AM, will join the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and volunteers during a Great British Beach Clean event at Rhossili on Saturday September 21st.
The Great British Beach Clean is the biggest annual beach clean-up and survey in the UK and is organised by the Marine Conservation Society. Last year’s Great British Beach Clean saw volunteers remove close to 500kg of litter from Welsh beaches, with some of it from Langland where Rebecca Evans participated.
Mrs Evans said: “I am encouraged by the progressive steps the Welsh Government is taking to tackle the serious issue of keeping our beaches and waters clean. The Welsh Government is already taking action to reduce plastic waste - such as a re-fill water scheme on the Wales Coast Path - and is committed to take a comprehensive, well-thought-out, long-term approach that has a positive long-term impact on reducing plastic pollution. At the heart of Welsh Government is the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, which is unique among the other countries of the UK in putting the environment at the heart of this law.”
Gower constituents looking to join their AM at the Great British Beach Clean can sign up to volunteer at www.mcsuk.org/greatbritishbeachclean and be part of the biggest and most influential fight against marine litter in the UK.
Mrs Evans concluded: “In Gower, we are so fortunate to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Join me at the clean up to show our commitment to caring for these wonderful beaches and waters in the part of the world that we are so fortunate to call home.”
Rebecca Evans AM has congratulated pupils across Gower on their GCSE results, and thanked teachers for the commitment and dedication they show.
This summer’s results mark the end of the significant GCSE reform journey undertaken in Wales. The last seven reformed GCSE subjects have been awarded this year including History, Computer Science and Welsh Second Language.
Overall performance across Wales has improved.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “Congratulations to pupils across Gower on their achievements today. I wish them all well in the future, whatever path they choose to take.
“Reforming and modernising qualifications is a major undertaking, and can only succeed when the change is being delivered by passionate and skilled staff. It is only right that we recognise the hard work of teachers too.”
Gower AM, Rebecca Evans, has congratulated A-level students across Gower on their A level and Welsh Baccalaureate results.
Across Wales, the top A* to A grades at A-level increased this year to 27%, from 26.3% in 2018, a historic high.
The provisional results show Wales improve in ranking for all grades and to first for A*, compared to English regions and Northern Ireland.
Welsh Baccalaureate students also performed well. For the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate, equivalent in size and demand to an A level, 4.6% of students achieved an A* grade, a significant rise from 1.6% in 2017.
Rebecca Evans AM said, “These results are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our young people, and the passion of our teaching staff.
“It is wonderful to see young people reaching their potential. The great results in Maths and Science are particularly notable, showing that our focus on giving young people the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of future industries is having an impact.
“For anyone who is feeling disappointed today, please remember that there is plenty of good help and advice available, and don’t forget - there is a big, exciting world of opportunity out there for you.”
Gower Assembly Member Rebecca Evans AM, is urging residents to get behind Coed Bach Park, which has been nominated for the Fields in Trust Best Park Award.
Rebecca Evans spent time with the Friends of Coed Bach Park who work hard week in, week out to care for and improve the park.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “I am thrilled that Coed Bach Park has been nominated for the UK’s Best Park award, and the nomination is in no small part down to the passion and dedication of the volunteers who work so hard to improve access, amenities and biodiversity.
“The park is a vital part of the community. It is used and enjoyed by so many people, providing benefits to physical health, mental wellbeing and community connections.
“I would urge everyone to get involved and vote for Coed Bach Park, so it can win this award which it richly deserves.”
Notes to Editors:
You can vote for Coed Bach Park online via www.fieldsintrust.org/best-park/wales and nominations will close at noon on Monday 19th August.