Gower Assembly Member, Rebecca Evans AM has pledged to continue her support for WWF’s Earth Hour campaign by committing to take part in Earth Hour 2019. Each year, millions of people all over the world switch off their lights for 60 minutes. This year Earth Hour will take place on Saturday March 30th 8:30 -9:30 with homes, businesses’ and landmarks all over Wales due to take part.
Last year over 400,000 people, took part to send a clear message: we care about the future of our planet. In 2018 Wales’ iconic landmarks including the Senedd and Cardiff Castle joined global landmarks, from the Empire State building to Sydney Opera House, to switch off for the planet.
As part of this year’s Earth Hour campaign, Rebecca Evans AM is supporting WWF Cymru’s calls for people in Wales to pledge to make one small change in their everyday lives to help protect the planet. This can include using a reusable coffee cup, turning the washing to 30°C or even helping to restore nature in the community. These small actions could have a significant, collective impact on the future of our planet.
Mrs Evans explains “We know the planet is under threat from the devastating impacts of climate change and we have seen wildlife populations plummet. In Gower, we fortunate to be surrounded by amazing natural beauty, and it is vital we work together ensure that this is case for generations to come. We depend on nature for clean air and water, fertile soils and improving our wellbeing.
“We will all feel the impact if we do not do our bit to tackle climate change and put the world on a path to recovery. Therefore, I’m encouraging everyone to make a pledge and take part in Earth Hour.”
WWF Cymru Director Anne Meikle explains: “We are the first generation to know we are destroying the world. And almost certainly the last that can do anything about it. It is not too late, but we can no longer simply switch off to the world’s destruction and watch nature disappear. Instead we need to switch off for Earth Hour and create a powerful collective voice to call for real action to protect our planet.”
Gower Assembly Member, Rebecca Evans AM, has again this year welcomed representatives of the Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales, to The Senedd ahead of World Kidney Day.
The Swansea-based charity, which visits The Senedd every year, was set up in memory of Paul Popham, who successfully fought renal failure for many years and benefited from two kidney transplants. It works with units and centres that treat and specialise in renal care in Wales to purchase items that will benefit renal patients’ quality of life, and to develop initiatives that will help improve their health, well-being and welfare.
Topics discussed during this year’s visit included the work of the charity, kidney disease, Organ Donation Week, which will take place September 2-8, World Kidney Day, and the British Transplant Games, which take place July 25-28 in Newport.
Claire Popham, Paul Popham’s daughter and one of the charity’s trustees, said she was delighted with how the visit went.
“Our annual visit to The Senedd is a very important date in our calendar,” she said. “It’s a chance for us to discuss our work and raise awareness of related issues, such as the need for more organ donors. We were delighted to have such a warm welcome on this visit, and that the AMs showed so much interest in what we had to say. There are around 10,000 people with renal disease in Wales and more at risk. It is our aim to ensure that we support all renal patients in Wales to help them enjoy a better quality of life. Visits like this can bring us closer to achieving our aim.”
Rebecca Evans AM said: “I always look forward to welcoming representatives from the Paul Popham Fund to the Senedd. The work they do in raising the issue and offering renal support is truly inspiring. It is charity that Swansea can be most proud of. The Paul Popham Fund is using first-hand experience of living with renal disease to make a positive impact on those diagnosed with renal disease and their families, to help those living with renal disease to live the best possible life. I would encourage the people of Swansea to visit the Paul Popham Fund Website and see how they can support the Paul Popham Fund in reaching their goals.”
Notes to editors
Rebecca Evans AM will be holding an advice surgery, on Friday 22nd March, 12 midday - 1pm, at Canolfan y Bont, Pontarddulais.
If you think Rebecca can be of assistance, please come along. No appointment necessary.
This is terrible news for the Dawnus workforce.
I have been in urgent contact with the Economy Minister, Ken Skates AM, and have asked him to set up a taskforce to coordinate support activities for the workforce. He has agreed.
I am keen that Welsh Government works with other construction companies which might be able to take on some of the affected staff, and with CITB to ensure that apprenticeships can find new placements, as well as ensuring that the Welsh Government’s ReAct programme is fully in place.
There will be significant impacts on the wider supply chain which will also need to be addressed.
There are a number of Welsh public sector contracts which were being delivered by Dawnus, and we need to ensure that delay and extra costs are kept to the absolute minimum.
Rebecca Evans AM will be holding an advice surgery, on Friday March 15th, 4pm - 5pm, at Canolfan Gorseinon
If you think Rebecca can be of assistance, please come along. No appointment necessary.
Gower Assembly Member, Rebecca Evans AM, has welcomed a Welsh Labour Government announcement that free sanitary products will be available to all women in Welsh hospitals.
This announcement will ensure that everyone in Wales is able to access essential sanitary products. The Welsh Government has already committed more than £1m to tackle period poverty in our schools and communities.
Until now, the provision of sanitary products for hospital inpatients has varied across Wales, as each health board has had their own policy.
Rebecca Evans AM said, “Patients rightly expect to receive the best possible care, comfort and dignity. It is excellent news that policy will be implemented as soon as possible.
“It is clearly unacceptable for anyone not to be able to access essential sanitary products because they can’t afford them, particularly when they are receiving treatment in hospital.”
Gower Assembly Member Rebecca Evans has today backed proposals in a new consultation to ban the third party sales of puppies and kittens.
According to estimates, between 40,000 and 80,000 puppies and kittens are sold via third parties in Great Britain each year.
There are concerns commercial these kind of sales lead to poorer welfare conditions for the animals, compared to when people buy direct from the breeder.
Rebecca Evans AM said:
“Ensuring high standards of animal welfare should be important to all of us.
“I would encourage everybody with an interest in animal welfare to have their say in this consultation.”
The consultation will last for three months and you can take part here: https://beta.gov.wales/third-party-sales-puppies-and-kittens
Rebecca Evans AM is encouraging learners, trainers and employers across Gower who have used technical, practical and vocational qualifications to achieve success, to submit their nominations for the upcoming and prestigious Vocational Qualification Awards 2019.
The VQ Awards celebrate and reward individuals and organisations for their hard work and commitment to vocational training in Wales. Nominations close on the 8th of March, and more information can be found here: https://www.vqday.wales
Rebecca Evans AM said: “Vocational qualifications play a key role in ensuring that our workforce has the skills it needs. I would encourage anyone who has made a contribution in this important area to get involved.”
Gower Assembly Member Rebecca Evans is urging residents to be aware of new rules for getting compensation if your train is late in Wales.
The changes that came into force at the end of January 2019 mean that people who are delayed by more than 15 minutes can claim money back.
Claims are based around the time you should have arrived at your final destination station as opposed to the delay time on a specific train.
All claims for compensation must be received within 28 days of completion of your journey.
You can make a claim by visiting https://tfwrail.wales/delay-repay-compensation
Make sure you have to hand:
• The date of your journey
• The time of the train that was delayed
• The origin and destination of your journey
• A scan or photo of the tickets purchased for your journey
Rebecca Evans AM said “I want residents to be aware of the changes being made by Transport for Wales. If we are going to restore faith in the system people need to know what to do if their train is delayed.”