Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, has joined the Welsh Water/Dŵr Cymru campaign to “Stop the Block” to raise awareness of the negative impact of flushing inappropriate items into sewer systems.
Mrs Evans said: “We should be very concerned about the many and varied everyday items that are needlessly and senselessly blocking our sewer systems and causing economic, environmental and financial harm.”
Wet wipes, cotton buds and cooking fat are some of the most commonly reported items.
Sewer blockages can lead to flooding, which can be costly and disruptive.
Rebecca Evans added: “It doesn’t take a lot to do the right thing. Together we can stop this now.”
Gower Assembly Member Rebecca Evans has urged local businesses to prepare themselves for Brexit and seek advice from Business Wales’s Brexit Portal.
Business Wales is a free service that provides impartial, independent support and advice to people starting, running and growing a business in Wales. With regional centres across the country, they offer a mixture of online and face-to-face support, as well as training workshops and individual advice.
It is now just a matter of weeks until the UK leaves the EU, but unfortunately the UK Government’s approach to Brexit means businesses in Wales are still left with many unanswered questions about what the future holds.
Businesses can assess their preparedness for a no deal Brexit with the Business Wales Toolkit https://businesswales.gov.wales/brexit/brexit-toolkit
Rebecca Evans AM said: “A no deal Brexit would be bad for Wales and bad for businesses in Gower. Whilst I hope the UK Government will act to avoid that outcome, it is important local businesses prepare for all eventualities.
“The actions of the UK Government to run down the clock are making the prospect of leaving the EU without a deal more likely.
“I would urge businesses to visit the easy-to-use Business Wales portal and find out about the support that is available.”
Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, has welcomed the announcement that Prior’s Meadow in Three Crosses will be amongst projects across Wales to benefit from more than £1million through the Welsh Government’s Landfill Disposals Tax Community Scheme (LDTCS).
The Welsh Government established the scheme to support local community and environmental projects in areas affected by disposals to landfill. It is funded by the new Welsh Landfill Disposals Tax (LDT) which replaced UK Landfill Tax in April 2018.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “I am delighted that Prior’s Meadow will be in receipt of over £8,000, which will go towards saving one of Gower's last remaining historic hay meadows and restoring and enhancing the meadows and surrounding habitats and species.”
Priors Wood and Meadow consists of broadleaved wet woodland, meadow and a quarry. The woodland includes a mix of sweet chestnut, beech, ash, alder, birch, sessile oak, yew, elm and small-leaved lime. The meadow is great place to find wildflowers such as the purple pincushion-like flowers of Devil’s-bit Scabious and the pink star-shaped petals of Ragged-Robin.
Gower Assembly Member, Rebecca Evans AM, has welcomed a new action plan aiming to tackle inequality and poverty among refugees and asylum seekers.
The ‘Nation of Sanctuary – Refugee and Asylum Seeker Plan’ renews the Welsh Government’s commitment of working with partners - and people seeking sanctuary themselves - to achieve equality of opportunities, including access to resources and mainstream services. It also recognises the valuable skills and experiences which refugees and asylum seekers can bring with them to enhance Welsh communities.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “Swansea is a City of Sanctuary and has a long history of being a place of refuge and asylum for those in need.”
The plan highlights a range of targeted and culturally-appropriate support, recognising the importance of designing and delivering services tailored for what are often unique needs. These needs can include mental health services which address the difficult past experiences of those seeking sanctuary; interventions to mitigate the risk of refugees and asylum seekers becoming destitute; actions to prevent vulnerable individuals from being exploited; and safeguarding, particularly for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.
Rebecca Evans said: “Many refugees and asylum seekers are fleeing trauma in their home countries. Wales has a proud history of welcoming refugees, and the new plan is about maintaining that welcome and supporting refugees and asylum seekers to be able to contribute fully to our community.”
The plan has been endorsed by the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN’s Refugee Agency dedicated to protecting the rights of people seeking sanctuary.
Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, is once again joining in Safer Internet Day, which will take place on Tuesday 5th February 2019 with the theme 'Together for a better internet’.
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology by children and young people.
Rebecca Evans AM has a long track record of campaigning on internet safety and has championed the issue in the Senedd.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “The Internet is a wonderful, valuable resource. It can be an enriching learning environment, helping develop knowledge, skills, ideas and global citizenship, as well as being a forum for socialising and entertainment.
“But there is also a darker side and this why we need this day each year. It reminds us of the importance of speaking with children about internet use, and what they are accessing. Safer Internet Day assists in empowering children and their parents to know how to keep themselves safe online, increases awareness of when and where to report inappropriate content, and highlights where to go to for help.”
In the Senedd, Rebecca Evans has highlighted the challenges and dangers posed to children and young people online by cyberbullying, online grooming, easy access to explicit adult material which may be extreme or violent, and the pressures of modern trends such as sexting.
Two health centres in Gower will be redeveloped thanks to a £1.8m investment from the Welsh Government. Penclawdd and Murton health centres will benefit from funding to provide modern, fit-for-purpose facilities.
In Penclawdd, the centre will see upgrades to provide a wide range of primary and community services provided from seven fully-modernised, multi-functional clinical rooms.
In Murton, the refurbishment work will involve significant external and internal work, including the refurbishment of four consulting and treatment rooms.
Gower Assembly Member Rebecca Evans said:
“This investment is very much welcomed and will result in more sustainable and efficient service provision for people living in Gower.
“The investment is part of a Welsh Government commitment to invest in a new generation of integrated health and care centres, and I am very pleased that patients using these two centres in my constituency will see the benefit.”
Gower Assembly Member, Rebecca Evans AM, has backed a powerful Welsh Government campaign to help people identify controlling behaviour in relationships. The Welsh Government today launched the campaign with a new video promoting “This is Not Love. #ThisIsControl”, as part of the Live Fear Free Campaign.
Coercive control is when a person with whom you are personally connected with repeatedly behaves in a way which makes you feel controlled, dependent, isolated, humiliated or scared.
The following types of behaviour are recognised as common examples of coercive control: Isolating you from your friends and family; controlling how much money you have and how you spend it; repeatedly putting you down, calling you names or telling you that you are worthless; monitoring your activities and your movements; threatening to harm or kill you or your child; threatening to publish information about you or to report you to the police or the authorities; damaging your property or household goods; forcing you to take part in criminal activity or child abuse; isolating you from sources of support.
Rebecca Evans AM said “Controlling behaviour is a form of abuse. These behaviours, such as isolating someone from their family or friends, are often very subtle and can be hard to identify. If you see the signs, there is help available.
“Coercive control is now a criminal offence. If you, a family member or a friend, are in a controlling relationship, you can contact the Live Fear Free Helpline for 24 hour free advice and support on 0808 8010 800.”
The video can be found here: https://beta.gov.wales/this-is-control
Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, has welcomed the announcement that the Welsh Government’s existing financial incentives for teacher training will be extended into the academic year 2019-20.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “This is an extremely positive announcement. The incentives have encouraged some our most gifted graduates to enter the field of teaching. The Welsh Government seeks to provide the highest quality of learning experience for every child in Wales, and to do this we need to encourage our brightest and best into teaching.”
The incentives of up to £20,000 per student aim to attract the best graduates into teaching priority subjects such as maths, chemistry, physics, computer science and modern foreign languages.
The Education Minster, Kirsty Williams AM said: “Giving school pupils the best possible education means attracting the best teachers into the profession, especially in priority subjects where the demand for new teachers is highest.”
Notes to Editors:
The incentives, of up to £20,000 per student, aim to attract the best graduates into teaching priority subjects such as maths, chemistry, physics, computer science and modern foreign languages.
Iaith Athrawon Yfory, the incentive scheme of up to £5,000 to train to teach secondary education in Welsh, will also continue in 2019-20. Iaith Athrawon Yfory can be applied for alongside the incentives for priority subjects, making the maximum incentive up to £25,000.
The highest value incentives are available to graduates undertaking Initial Teacher Education in the priority areas who hold a first class degree, Masters or PhD, with other incentives for graduates with 2:1 and 2:2 degrees.
The funding is for postgraduates starting Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses in the following subjects:
• Up to £20,000 for mathematics, physics, chemistry, Welsh or computer sciences
• Up to £15,000 for modern foreign languages
• £3,000 for graduates with a first-class degree, a Masters or a PhD to teach all other main secondary subjects and primary
• A £3,000 supplement for graduates with a first-class degree, a Masters or a PhD undertaking primary PGCE studies with subject specialism in English, Welsh, mathematics or science.
Further information on the incentives can be found at:
With winter upon us, Gower Assembly Member Rebecca Evans AM is supporting a campaign reminding constituents to protect their pipes from the effects of freezing temperatures.
Costly burst pipes could leave homes without water or heating at coldest time of the year, and Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s ‘Wrap Up’ campaign reminds customers to make sure water pipes in their homes and businesses are protected to avoid the disruption and expense frozen pipes can cause.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “Frozen pipes which burst can cause unnecessary inconvenience and expense. However, this can be easily avoided by taking a few moments to check and protect the pipes.
“I’m pleased join Welsh Water in reminding people living in Gower to take note of the advice of the campaign and make sure they don’t get caught out by pipes freezing in their homes or businesses this winter.”
Ian Christie, Welsh Water’s Managing Director of Water Services said: “Over the winter, our team will be working 24/7 to keep things flowing, but we also need a little help from our customers, by making sure their homes and businesses are ready for winter.
“So, please take a minute to insulate any outdoor pipes or taps or taps in a cold place like a loft or garage, fix any dripping taps, make sure you know where your stop tap is, and keep the number of a qualified plumber handy in case the worst happens.”
Advice on insulating water pipes can be seen on the Welsh Water website:
Gower Assembly Member, Rebecca Evans AM, has met with Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs) at Singleton Hospital to hear first-hand about the vital work that they do.
Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs), work closely with medical and nursing staff in the eye clinic, and the sensory team in social services. They provide people who have been recently diagnosed with an eye condition with the practical and emotional support they need to understand their diagnosis, deal with their sight loss and maintain their independence.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “To find that you eyesight is deteriorating, or to experience sight loss, can be extremely frightening - and it’s better not to face it alone. ECLOs are key in helping patients understand the impact of their diagnosis and providing them with emotional and practical support for the next steps at what can be a traumatic and uncertain time.”
ECLOs, also known as Sight Loss Advisers or Vision Support Officers, are one of the most effective ways of supporting patients in eye clinics, working alongside eye sight professionals, to provide a more holistic approach.