As part of the Citizens Advice Big Energy Week, Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, is holding a drop in event to offer constituents a better understanding of energy, and how they can better manage it.
Mrs Evans said: “Constituents can drop in and speak to experts who can help them to gain a better understanding of energy bills, which can be quite confusing. They can offer help with reading your meter, provide advice on the best ways to pay your bill, and give an insight into SMART meters. They can also offer handy hints and top tips on choosing a supplier, and give an introduction to the Priority Services Register.”
The drop in sessions will take place in Rebecca Evans AM's, Constituency Office, 9 Pontarddulais Road, Gorseinon, on Friday 4th November, between 10.30am and 3pm.
Mrs Evans added: “This drop in event is a chance to become more enlightened about energy, which can be good news for both household finances and budgeting, and our environment."
Jackie Preston, Chief Executive, Citizens Advice Swansea Neath Port Talbot said: ''We are looking forward to working with Rebecca to help raise awareness of some of the ways we can all save money on household energy costs. Budgeting on limited incomes is hard these days and at Citizens Advice we have a wealth of information and experience we can bring to help managing money be less of a struggle.'
For more information please ring 01792 899081
Mumbles has welcomed the newest addition to its acclaimed selection of independent shops.
Emmy Lu's, a boutique specialising in vintage and retro clothing and accessories as well as unique, handmade items was formally opened by Rebecca Evans, Assembly Member for Gower.
Celebrating her first business venture, owner Emma Dommett, said: "I am delighted and excited to be opening my first shop here in Mumbles, and to have this chance to share my passion for vintage and retro clothes and accessories.
"I hope shoppers will pop in and find themselves transported to fabulous destinations like 1920s Paris, 1940s Venice or 1960s Los Angeles!"
Rebecca Evans said: "Mumbles, quite rightly, has gained a reputation for being an exciting shopping destination for locals and tourists alike. Independent retailers with vision and imagination add something special to our high streets, making them vibrant and sustainable. Emmy Lu's will fit right in!"
Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, has joined the Beat Flu campaign, encouraging people most at risk of contracting flu to get the flu vaccination.
Rebecca Evans said: “Flu can be life-threatening, but the flu jab is a simple and effective way to combat the virus. Vaccines are available free of charge to anyone in the 'at risk' category.
Dr Richard Roberts, Head of the Vaccine Preventable Disease Programme at Public Health Wales, said, “Flu vaccine is strongly recommended for everyone at higher risk of severe influenza, a group which includes those aged 65 or over, people who have long term health conditions, pregnant women as well as all two to seven year olds.
"Flu vaccination is available free for all these groups, and also for those who are unpaid carers. This year the NHS is also providing free vaccination for morbidly obese adults – that is adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above.
“Most people who catch influenza (or ‘the flu’) usually recover after 4-5 days of fever, headache, aching muscles and sore throat. But influenza can also be more serious and require hospital care. Last winter, as in most winters, there were many deaths from influenza.”
Mrs Evans added: “Even if you are not regarded as being at risk, you can still commit to Beat Flu this winter by reminding eligible relatives and friends to get their flu vaccine."
With less than two weeks to go until the close of nominations in the St David Awards, Assembly Member for Gower, Rebecca Evans, has urged people to nominate local heroes.
Now in their fourth year, the St David Awards acknowledge the achievements of people the length and breadth of Wales. They were created to recognise the great deeds and contributions made by people from all walks of life.
The St David Awards categories are Bravery; Culture; Enterprise; Citizenship; Innovation and Technology; International; Sport; Young Person and the First Minister’s Special Award.
Rebecca Evans AM said:
“I have met numerous constituents who go the extra mile to make a difference to people’s lives in their local and wider communities.
"I am calling for people across Gower to nominate an individual or group for a St David Award.
"The St David Awards have proved to be a huge success in previous years, and with less than two weeks left to nominate, I don't want anyone to miss the chance to nominate and celebrate the achievements of our local heroes.”
The closing date for nominations in this year’s awards is midnight on October 21st 2016.
More information can be found here – http://stdavidawards.org.uk/?lang=en
Winners will be presented with their awards by world-renowned rugby referee and St David Award winner Nigel Owens at a ceremony at the Senedd on 23rd March 2017.
I will be holding an advice surgery in Gorseinon this Friday 14th October, between 11am - 12 midday at my Constituency Office - 9 Pontarddulais Road, Gorseinon to enable anyone to meet with me and raise concerns or issues.
If you would like to book an appointment, please get in touch by either ringing 01792 899 081 or emailing Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be holding a joint surgery, along with Andrew Stevens and local Councillor Jan Curtis on Saturday October 8th, at Penyrheol Boxing Gym, 10am - 11am.
No appointments necessary.
Rebecca Evans, AM for Gower, has welcomed the expansion of the Blue Badge scheme, which comes into force this week.
The scheme which provides parking concessions to people with disabilities will now be extended to offer temporary, 12 month badges for people recovering from or awaiting treatment for serious illnesses or injuries.
Rebecca Evans who has previously Chaired the Assembly's Cross Party Group on Disabilities, said: "The new criteria means that people can have a temporary Blue Badge while they recover from or await treatment for a serious illness or injury.
"Being able to get out and about is an important part of recovery and maintaining independence, so this is very good news for people who may need a Blue Badge for a relatively short period.
"Wales now has the widest eligibility criteria in the whole of the UK for Blue Badges."
Notes to editors:
Examples of eligibility for the badge include:
- A person recovering from complex leg fractures sometimes managed with external fixators for periods of well over a year
- A person recovering from stroke or head injury that has impacted on their mobility
- A person recovering from spinal trauma which impacts their mobility
- A person with a serious illness where the treatment may be debilitating, for example treatment for cancer
- A person with severe functional leg impairments who is awaiting or who has undergone joint replacement (e.g. unilateral or bilateral hip, knee, etc)