By Election Victory
Cemlyn Williams beat off stiff competition from Independent and Labour candidates to win the vacant Cadnant seat on the 13th February. Cemlyn is pictured being sworn in by town clerk Katherine Owen
Tributes paid to Allan Pritchard "a giant of the Valleys"
Tributes were paid to Allan Pritchard, the former Plaid Cymru leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council, described as "a giant of the Valleys", who has passed away after battling against cancer.
Association meets with Nerys Evans
Officers of the association met in Glynneath on February 10th. There was a special welcome for nerys Evans who outlined the main points of the Williams Commsission
Senior Officers Must Go Say AM and MP
“There is no way in which the council can gloss over what are two significantly damaging reports. This is a very dark day for Carmarthenshire, a dark day for democracy in Carmarthenshire, and is an example of what happens when you have a very weak executive and a council controlled by powerful unelected officers.”
We Keep Our Promises. What about Rhondda Labour?
This is a section from Rhondda Labour`s election literature in 2012. Compare with the latest report from BBC Wales News :
Plaid group agree not to take allowances rise - and call for gesture from top officers
The opposition Plaid Cymru group on Caerphilly Council has backed a move to reject a suggested 1% rise in councillors’ allowances from next April.
Caerffili Labour United?
Labour councillor Nigel Dix's 'joke' about AM Gwyn Price was inadvertently forwarded to every member of staff in the authority’s education department .....
Labour Misleads Llanelli - Emergency Unit Remains Nurse Led
Plaid Cymru has expressed anger and disappointment after it was confirmed that the Accident & Emergency unit at Prince Philip Hospital will be nurse-led and GP supported, contrary to claims made by Labour politicians.
Plaid Councillors on the Attack
Labour vote down Plaid motion on bedroom tax. The leader of the Plaid Cymru group on Caerphilly council, Colin Mann, has hit out at the failure of the Labour group to back a motion on measures to help tenants affected by the bedroom tax.
Gwersyllt ward have published a newsletter attacking Labour `s proposed cuts on front line services/
Meanwhile, Plaid RCT Council Leader Pauline Jarman has issued a statement pointing out the devastating effect Labour, Tory and Liberal policies are having and the need to protect Welsh communities :
In addition, in an article on "walesonline" entitled "Labour Cowards in cuts Move", Pauline says: "Members of the cabinet are paid extra because of their responsibility, but this lot seem to want to avoid responsibility." Pauline Jarman is critical of the cabinet of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Labour-controlled council. Labour councillors have sought to defect public criticism for their cuts by passing the decisions to highly paid officers. Rhondda Cynon Taf’s cabinet are set to give the Chief Executive the authority to decide where the axe should fall.
And in Barry, Ian Johnson in a letter printed in "Barry and District News" on Thursday 14 November has condemned the bedroom tax as ‘cruel, unfair and unworkable’ after a council report revealed that only a handful of one-bedroom apartments had become available in the past year.
And in Carmarthen Sian Thomas has attacked the so called Inependence of the Independents.
Another Stunning By Election Victory
Lucy Huws (Plaid Cymru) 204 (58%)
Bryony Davies (Lib Dem) 128 (36%)
Huw Fox (Independent) 17 (4%)
The story of this election is how Plaid Cymru emerged unscathed after their main opponents poured astonishing resources into this Town Council by-election caused by the forced retirement through illness of a sitting councillor.
During what remained a good-natured election at the personal level despite the ferocity of the leafletting, residents in many streets became used to receiving nightly repeat visits by senior Lib Dem politicians whilst the more modest Plaid campaign simply concentrated on the candidate talking to each household once.
The result is given all the more credibility by the relatively high turnout for an election at this level where no polling cards were published by the Town Council in order to save money.
The outcome is a tribute to the quality of Lucy Huws (below) as a candidate and to the resilience of the Plaid support in the ward.
Its time we had a council that paid more attention to residents’ views
Letter from Elizabeth Gould, Riverside, Cardiff to the Eho 1 November
"I AM writing to you to express my disappointment at how Labour has run Cardiff council since winning the election in May 2012.,,,,,,,,
Budget Deal on Pupil Deprivation Grant
The Councillors Association has welcomed the increase in funding for schools achieved by Plaid AMs in negotiations with Welsh Government. One of the key parts of the budget deal that Plaid secured with the Lib Dems and Welsh Government is increased funding for the Pupil Deprivation Grant.
The level of funding has more than doubled through this deal.
Click for details: PDG.xls
Plaid Cymru Response To The Government Proposals to reform A Levels
In response to the news that the Welsh Government is seeking to reform A Levels, the Party of Wales Shadow Education Minister Simon Thomas said:
“Any action to strengthen qualifications in Wales is to be welcomed, and that’s why Plaid Cymru campaigned for the establishment of an independent qualifications board for Wales so that we can end the marketisation of education here.
“We also supported the review of qualifications so that we have a curriculum that is fit for the 21st century and fit for a devolved Wales. This extends to A Levels, and we welcome the Minister’s announcement today that he will work to reform them. There is always work to be done to improve attainment, but as he goes about this I hope the Minister will aim to keep what is good about these qualifications such as coursework and modular working, and that any changes will be based on extensive consultation and discussion with representatives from the sector.”
Plaid Cymru shocked at lack of PISA progress
The Party of Wales Shadow Education Minister Simon Thomas has questioned whether the Welsh students will have been failed for the second consecutive time after the Education Minister confirmed today that it was “unrealistic” to expect any improvement on the dismal 2010 PISA results.
This comes despite the fact that the First Minister told AMs last week that he expected improvements to be made.
The Party of Wales Shadow Education Minister Simon Thomas said:
“The 2010 PISA results were seen and acknowledged as a stark wake-up call for the Welsh Government to get its act together and focus on raising standards and bridging the attainment gap.
“The First Minister has said on numerous occasions that he expects Wales to have taken strides forwards by the time the next results are out, but the Education Minister now tells us that this is unrealistic.
“I suspect the government now knows or understands the likely results and is preparing us for very bad news. The fact the Education Minister can call the First Minister’s views”unrealistic” reveals the depth of procrastination and confusion in Welsh Government.
“If no progress has been made then all the rhetoric and aggressive posturing by ministers will have been in vain.
“Welsh parents will be entitled to ask what exactly the Welsh Government has been doing for four years.
“A Plaid Cymru government would make raising education standards in Welsh schools a priority issue. Doing this will need innovation and effort, but it is something that needs to happen.
“We want to break the link between poverty and attainment once and for all, and ensure that Welsh teachers have the support they need to help our students reach their potential.”
Councillors Association AGM 2013 Aberystwyth
Dafydd Wigley helped make the The Councillors Association AGM at Aberystwyth Conference a particularly well attended affair. Speaking on the relevance of the House of Lords to Local Government, he outlined his roll as scrutineer of government measures, particularly how they relate to Wales.
Pictured above : Huw Jackson, web manager, Chris Franks, Secretary, Phil Bevan, Chair , Dafydd Wigley. John Taylor, Treasurer and Sian Thomas , Editor of Cyngor
In The "Cyngor," the Society`s Newsletter:
"Gwynedd Councillors get on with the job......................."
"Social isolation as Labour hits bus services....................."
"Do you webcast your Council meetings........................?"
"The awfulness of Labour is seen most starkly at Council level..........."
For more, read the articles in full by clicking on the link below:
Plaid commits to a “no Bedroom Tax evictions” policy in Wales
The Party of Wales Shadow Housing Minister Jocelyn Davies today vowed that Plaid Cymru’s ‘no eviction’ policy would mean no-one in Wales is made homeless as a result of the bedroom tax.
She outlined how a no eviction policy will save the Welsh taxpayer money whilst protecting vulnerable families.
Plaid Councillors Association Report to National Council
"Councils are under huge attacks from both the UK and Welsh Governments. All too often the media and indeed unfortunately even Plaid tends to go along with this agenda. With reduced resources and greater responsibilities Councillors are facing criticism from every angle. Yet at the same time National and UK government are guilty of massive failure and duplicity. Take for example the threat the many of our hospitals. We have a Labour WG forcing through health cuts yet Labour AMs deny any responsibility. Labour reduce the capital allocations for school investment yet councils are judged to the failing. We would urge our AMs and MPs to take a more robust line and defend democratically elected councils."
See full report : report_to_national_council_june_2013_Eng.pdf
Local Government Structure
With the debate on local government intensifying, this item may be of interest :