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.
Gower Assembly Member, Rebecca Evans AM, is making families aware of the Welsh Government’s grant to assist people on low incomes in buying school uniform and equipment for their children.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “Affordability of school uniforms is crucial for families, especially for those who are being hit hard after nine years of austerity.”
Learners in receipt of free school meals can receive the grant if they are entering primary school in Reception, Year 3, Year 7, or Year 10. Pupils in special schools and pupil referral units will be eligible when entering Reception and Year 7. The funding is also available to all Looked After Children of compulsory school age.
Funding of up to £125 is available for each eligible learner with the exception of those entering Year 7 who will be entitled to a maximum of £200.
Mrs Evans added: “Constituents, including pupils themselves, have raised the importance of affordability of school uniforms with me. Looking forward to a new year at school shouldn’t be overshadowed by worry about how to pay for uniforms and essential kit. The Welsh Government is committed to tackling all forms of poverty, and finding creative ways to do so.”
Gower Assembly Member, Rebecca Evans AM, welcomes the announcement that third party sales of puppies and kittens are set to be banned in Wales.
Rebecca Evans AM, said: “We like to think that we are a nation of animal lovers, but there is still more to do improve animal welfare. This move will help improve conditions, and help the public to make more informed choices when buying a pet.
“Online sales, impulse purchasing, breeder accountability and illegal importation of puppies are all concerns which have been raised with me; and when the Welsh Government put out its proposals for consultation, close to 500 responses were received, offering overwhelming support.”
Puppies and kitten sold by third parties are at greater risk of disease, a lack of socialisation and habituation, and the distress of being introduced to new and unfamiliar environments during multiple journeys.
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.
Food becomes surplus for a whole range of reasons from packaging errors to short date coding or cosmetic imperfections. But all the food FareShare provides is within its use by or best before date and stringent policies and procedures are followed for storage and transportation to meet all food safety legislation.
From marvellous meat, dairy and fish to flavoursome fruit and veg, the food we save is good quality, in date and could help you provide a healthy varied menu for the people you support.
FareShare works with a huge range of charities and community organisations including hostels for the homeless, women's refuges, refugee centres, youth groups, community centres, community cafes, lunch clubs, churches, school holiday clubs, community pantry’s and many more. If what you do isn’t on the list—give them a call or ann e-mail and ask if they can help you. If you are using food regularly for social good, the chances are they can!
FareShare are now inviting organisations in Swansea to express an interest in becoming Community Food Members.
If your organisation or project supports vulnerable people in your community and you are a charity, not-for-profit organisation, community group or a social enterprise providing a meal or food service, please get in touch to find out more.
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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.”