Gower Assembly Member, Rebecca Evans AM, has welcomed the recently announced Bill which is set to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in Wales.
The Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill aims to address ethical concerns by banning the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in Wales.
The Bill, which would see an end to the use of animals like camels, zebra and reindeer in travelling circuses, was overwhelmingly backed in a recent consultation with more than 6,500 responses.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “The introduction of this Bill sends a clear message, this practice is outdated and ethically unacceptable.
“I am fully behind the Welsh Labour Government’s decision to introduce this Bill. I have long recognised the need to take action in this area, and this announcement will be welcomed by many people. The use of wild animals in Circuses will not be tolerated in Wales.”
The new legislation will make it an offence for an operator of a travelling circus to use, or permit another person to use, a wild animal in a travelling circus.
Anyone convicted of breaking the law would face an unlimited fine in the courts.
Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, is backing ‘Fair Tax Week‘ (6-14 July), a UK-wide celebration of the companies and organisations that are proud to pay their fair share of corporation tax, and Church Action for Tax Justice’s ‘Tax Justice Sunday’ (7th July).
Rebecca Evans AM said: “Every year, billions of pounds are missing from the UK’s public purse because companies choose to avoid paying their corporation tax.
“This tax avoidance causes huge damage. Small businesses cannot compete because it is not a level playing field. Money funnels upwards contributing to growing inequality. Democracy is undermined as companies play by their own rules, and less money is available for the vital public services we all need.”
Rebecca Evans AM is encouraging local businesses and organisations across Gower and Swansea to find out more about Fair Tax, and become part of a growing UK-wide network leading on responsible practice, changing the tax landscape for the better, and taking pride in the tax they pay.
Paul Monaghan, Chief Executive, Fair Tax Mark, said: “Corporation Tax is often presented as a burden, but it shouldn’t be. Not when considered against the huge array of public services it helps fund - from education, health and social care, to flood defence, roads, policing and defence. It also plays a crucial role in holding the whole tax system together – helping to counter financial inequalities and rebalance distorted economies.”
Notes to editors:
The issue of ‘fair tax’ rose to prominence as it emerged high profile businesses had been avoiding paying corporation tax - which not only distorts the UK economy but also undermines the opportunity for business to compete fairly. It is has been estimated that €600bn of corporate profits are annually shifted to tax havens, with corporate tax revenue losses globally of €200bn per year – which equates to approximately £7bn of missing revenues in the UK. Polls of consumers and the public consistently reveal that one of their biggest concerns about business is the fair payment of tax.
For more information, see: www.fairtaxmark.net
Does your organisation use food? Do you want to save money on your food bills? Then FareShare Cymru may be able to help.
FareShare Cymru is a registered food redistribution charity based in Cardiff, operating throughout South Wales. We are excited to now be expanding our service to include Swansea.
FareShare secures good quality surplus food and drink from the food industry. FareShare redistribute good food that would otherwise go to waste to frontline charities and community groups supporting vulnerable people, providing them with a value for money option for their supply food and drink. This may be for their kitchens, the kitchens used by residents, cooking classes, food parcels, breakfast clubs, after school clubs etc.
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Gower Assembly Member, Rebecca Evans AM, has welcomed the Welsh Labour Government’s announcement that the NHS Wales bursary scheme will remain in place for students starting their courses in 2020.
While the bursary for eligible student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals was scrapped by the Tories in England in 2017, the full package will continue to be available in Wales for those who commit to working in Wales for up to two years after they qualify.
This announcement provides certainty about bursary arrangements to both students and providers, enabling them to plan for their future.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “This decision is about investing in the future of the Welsh NHS. I welcome the Welsh Labour Government’s commitment to training the next generation of nurses and midwives.
“The difference between Labour in Wales and the Tories in England couldn’t be clearer, in Wales we value our healthcare workforce and are committed to supporting them through their studies.”
I am aware that fraudsters have spoofed National Assembly for Wales telephone numbers, and have been calling people while pretending to be from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Please see below the advice I have received from HMRCs on this matter:
Dear Ms Evans,
We are aware that fraudsters have been calling people while pretending to be from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), and spoofing National Assembly for Wales numbers.
We would be grateful, therefore, if you would share our advice below with your colleagues and constituents.
New controls deployed by HMRC mean fraudsters can no longer spoof most of the department’s helpline numbers. Scammers mimic legitimate HMRC helpline numbers (often beginning with 0300) to dupe taxpayers and steal their money and personal information. These new controls may mean scammers are looking for other numbers to mimic in order to make their calls seem genuine.
During the last 10 months HMRC has also asked for more than 1,050 numbers being used by scammers to be removed from the network.
Rydym yn ymwybodol bod twyllwyr, sy’n honni eu bod yn cynrychioli Cyllid a Thollau EM (CThEM), wedi bod yn ffonio pobl sy’n gweithio yng Nghynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru.
Byddem yn ddiolchgar, felly, pe byddai modd i chi rannu’r cyngor isod gyda’ch cydweithwyr a’ch etholwyr.
Mae mesurau newydd a gyflwynwyd gan CThEM yn golygu nad yw’n bosibl mwyach i dwyllwyr ffugio’r rhan fwyaf o rifau ffôn llinellau cymorth yr adran. Mae sgamwyr yn ffugio rhifau ffôn llinellau cymorth dilys CThEM (sy’n aml yn dechrau gyda 0300) i dwyllo trethdalwyr a dwyn eu harian a’u gwybodaeth bersonol. Gallai’r mesurau newydd hyn olygu bod sgamwyr yn chwilio am rifau eraill i’w ffugio er mwyn rhoi’r argraff bod eu galwadau’n ddilys.
Yn ystod y 10 mis diwethaf, mae CThEM hefyd wedi gofyn am dynnu mwy na 1,050 o rifau a ddefnyddir gan sgamwyr o’r rhwydwaith.
Gwasanaeth Cyfathrebu CThEM
Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, is celebrating the benefits of adult learning.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “It’s impossible to overstate the value of adult learning. Adult Learning Week celebrates the achievements of learners and providers, and inspires more people to discover how learning can positively change their lives.”
The Welsh Labour Government is committed to exploring how it can deliver a new Welsh right to Lifelong Learning. The Welsh Government’s reforms to student finance have already seen the Open University reporting an increase in applications of almost 50% and an increase of more than a third in the number of part-time undergraduates receiving student support.
Wales is the only country in Europe to deliver equivalent maintenance support in loans and grants across modes and levels of study.
Mrs Evans said: “Learning really does have the power to change people’s lives. Adult Learners Week is an opportunity to find out about the learning opportunities available. If you are looking to brush up on skills, gain confidence or get a degree there is an adult leaning opportunity for you.”
Adult Learners’ Week is an annual campaign coordinated by the Learning and Work Institute in partnership with Welsh Government. Each year over 10,000 adults in Wales participating in Adult Learners’ Week activities.
Adult Learners Week takes place between 17th and 23rd June. You can find out more here: https://adultlearnersweek.wales/en/
This is terrible news for workers at the plant, and also for the wider community. To lose these highly skilled and well-paid jobs is devastating and I know workers in Gower will be affected.
I am confident that the Welsh Government will do all it can to support the workers during this worrying and uncertain time.
I understand that Economy Minister Ken Skates will be urgently assembling a task force to provide support to the workers, and to explore long term options for the plant.
My thoughts and solidarity at this time are with the workers and their families.
Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, has welcomed new action to tackle ambulance handover times at Morriston Hospital.
Across Wales, the ambulance service has surpassed its response time target every month since October 2015 for the most serious “red” calls, with patients who are immediately life threatened receiving a response in an average of around five minutes.
The most recently published median response time for “amber” calls – those with serious but not life threatening injuries or conditions – was under 28 minutes.
“This is a real testament to the professionalism and dedication of our Welsh Ambulance Service staff,” says Rebecca Evans AM.
“However,” she adds, “whilst most people receive a good service, I sometimes see people at my advice surgeries who have experienced waits which are simply unacceptable, and which fall short of the service that we would want.
“I am pleased that the Welsh Government has recognised that there are continued challenges caused by ambulance patient handover delays at Morriston Hospital, and is putting in place new actions to address this.”
Speaking in the Senedd, the Health Minister said: “I have directed the Chief Ambulance Services Commissioner to place immediate and targeted focus on achieving improvements at this site. A series of new actions have been agreed with local clinical teams. These innovations are being delivered alongside broader, whole system actions in the area to improve community care and enable people to leave hospital when they are ready. We will monitor the situation closely.”
Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, is backing the NSPCC’’s campaign Wild West Web.
Rebeca Evans AM has long campaigned for more to done to protect children online, and is joining the NSPCC in making the case for statutory regulation so that social networks have a legal duty of care to protect every child.
The internet can be a wonderful tool in so many and varied way, but in using it we must be acutely aware of the dangers that are present.”
Rebecca Evans AM said: “The internet can be a great place for entertainment and for staying in touch, and is an excellent learning tool. However, social networks need to offer safe accounts for children, and proactively prevent children being groomed on their platforms.
“Legislation to ensure that social networks have a legal duty of care to protect every child cannot come soon enough, but until then it is vital that parents and carers of children familiarize themselves with the safety measures that are available, and speak to their children about the dangers of the Wild West Web”.