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Latest Cyngor

The conference edition of the Associations newsletter "Cyngor" is available here :

Cyngor_Cynhadledd_14.pdf


Local Government Cuts : Emergency Conference Motion

 Phil Bevan  Councillor Phil Bevan

Conference passed unanimously the Associations Emergency Motion on the cuts being imposed by the Welsh government :  

 

"Conference notes the further reduction in WG financial support for local authorities. This is on top of the previous year’s reductions. The impact on many services that are valued by communities such as libraries, swimming pools, highway maintenance, environmental schemes and traffic management projects could be significant. However even key services such as Education and Social Services might not be immune from financial cuts. 

 

 Conference deplores the failure of Labour to effectively protect local services. 

 

Further Conference deplores the level of control that WG exercises over many Council matters with an excessive degree of interference, regulation and management. 

 

Conference calls on the party to campaign vigorously against these challenges to a fair and civilised society and; 

 

Calls on the party to seek to restore to councils significant amounts of authority and fair funding to run services for the benefit of local communities." 

 

Elfyn Llwyd Guest speaker at Association AGM

Elfyn llwyd

We are delighted to announce that Elfyn Llwyd MP is the guest speaker at the Councillors’ Association AGM. This will present a golden opportunity to hear about important current devolution discussions as well as the decades of battling for Wales on the banks of the Thames and elsewhere.   The Councillors Association has experienced a busy 12 months. We regularly circulate information to council groups. The Association engages with the Assembly and Westminster Groups and make representations on Council matters.
 
Councils are in the front line of opposition to the austerity programmes being imposed by both the UK and Welsh Government. Come and share your views. Nominations for Officers and committee are invited. The elections will be held at the meeting.

 

County Council Cuts 2014 -15

Apart from Wrexham, the 14 County Councils (out of 22) having the least cuts in Welsh Government funding are all Labour controlled, albeit 3 with Independent councillors.  None of the 8 councils with the highest cuts are Labour (although Conwy’s coalition has a Labour component) – these include the 2 Plaid controlled councils (1st and 6th highest cuts).

see  County_Council_Cuts_2014-15.doc


Local Government Symposium 

Symposium

Participants at the successful local government symposium organised by the Association in Aberystwyth at the end of September

 

Education Bulletin October 2014

Simon thomas

"I have pressed the Welsh Education Minister in the Senedd chamber over his failure to protect the education and skills budget from in-year cuts............"

See  Bwletin_Addysg_Hyd_2014.pdf

 

Plaid Leader Cleared

 

Neil McEvoy


The Public Services Ombudsman for Wales has dismissed claims that Cardiff Plaid Leader Coun Neil McEvoy had made “misleading claims” to constituents about the Cardiff LDP. 

The Public Services Ombudsman, in a letter sent to Coun McEvoy, said no further action taken. 

The letter states :  “Councillor McEvoy is entitled to his views about the LDP proposals. “Councillor McEvoy was doing no more than raising awareness of the proposals as they might affect the community and ward which he was elected to represent. In other words, he was simply performing his function.” 

Coun McEvoy said: “The Ombudsman has been very clear and dismissed the council’s accusations out of hand. I will now be demanding answers about the proposal of a rapid transit corridor through Fairwater and Cowbridge Road East and a proposed rail line through existing housing in Fairwater. Our residents deserve nothing less than answers after the Ombudsman’s conclusion. The public now know who has and had not been telling the truth.”


Plaid councillors warn against proposed local government shake-up

Colin Mann

The Plaid Cymru group on Caerphilly council have declared their opposition to plans to merge the authority with neighbouring Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen councils.

http://www.caerphillycounty.plaidcymru.org/news/2014/09/24/plaid-councillors-warn-against-proposed-local-government-shake-up/

 

Plaid Gain in Blaenau Gwent

Ivor Beynon

Aberbeeg ward on in Aberbeeg and Llanhilleth has a new Plaid councillor   Ivor Beynon  was elected unopposed on July 3rd.

Another Plaid Victory

Pontardawe Town Council has a new Councillor in Trebanws Ward.  Charlotte Ford – Plaid Cymru.  In a by-election in a strong Labour Ward, she won by 179 against 90, that’s 66% of the vote! 

Trebanos

Charlotte Ford with County Councillor Rebecca Lewis


Crime Prevention Scheme Scrapped


Emlyn dole

 

Plaid Cymru is urging the Dyfed-Powys Police Commissioner to step in stop a highly-effective crime prevention scheme from being scrapped. Over the past 15 years, the Bobby Van scheme has helped more than 30,000 householders – mostly elderly and vulnerable people – to secure their homes and make them feel safe. But now it’s due to end. In asking Police Commissioner Christopher Salmon to intervene, Cllr Emlyn Dole, leader of the Plaid Cymru group on Carmarthenshire County Council, stongly criticised the Chief Constable for scrapping such a remarkably successful scheme

 

Strategic Plans for Welsh Education

 

Simon thomas

 

Education Bulletin 19/06/14
  
  This week I quizzed the First Minister over Welsh medium education plans.
The Welsh Government’s strategic plan for Welsh-medium education sets a target of 30% of seven-year-olds being educated through the medium of Welsh by 2020. However, if you look at the strategic plans as they have been brought forward to date, it is impossible to see how they will attain that target because only five of them make any mention of new schools.
Plaid Cymru’s policy by now is that the foundation phase should be available through the medium of Welsh to every child in Wales.
The Welsh Government is abolishing the Welsh as a second language process that I benefitted from. I would like to hear more about what will replace it, and what will replace it for adults too, because the teaching of Welsh to adults is something that has been neglected in terms of public policy over recent years.
 
Scrutiny of the Qualifications (Wales) Bill
The Children, Young People and Education committee has provided pre-legislative scrutiny of the Qualifications (Wales) Bill. This week we have discussed the draft report.
 
Forward Look
Next week the Education Minister will be in post for a year and he will be taking his usual question time in the Senedd on Wednesday.
I will be meeting officials from the Welsh Government’s education department next month to discuss the white paper on additional learning needs. I would like to hear from you if you would want to raise any particularly issues.
Professor Graham Donaldson is conducting a review of the National Curriculum. You can find details here on how to respond to the review. The closing date is 30 June.

 

New Leader in Carmarthen

 

Emlyn dole   Coun Emlyn Dole


"Although we are the biggest group on the Council, it is controlled by the Independent/labour Coalition which means I take over as Leader of the Opposition ......."

 http://www.cynghorwyr.plaidcymru.org/news/2014/05/17/mae-gan-y-grp-o-28-o-gynghorwyr-plaid-cymru-ar-gyngor-sir-gr-arweinydd-newydd/


Plaid councillor re-elected as champion of young people for two more years

Councillor Mike Prew

Caerffili Plaid Cymru councillor Mike Prew has been re-elected as Caerphilly’s youth champion for two more years.

In a vote among young people he defeated Labour councillor Elaine Forehead by 2,099 votes to 1,250.

See :  http://www.caerphillycounty.plaidcymru.org/news/2014/03/24/plaid-councillor-re-elected-as-champion-of-young-people-for-two-more-years/

 

Spring Conference

Stondin Cynghorwyr

Sian Thomas, Chris Franks,  Phil Bevan and John Taylor  with friends at this years Spring Conference in Cardiff

Please see  for latest Cyngor_Gwannwyn_14.pdf   News on the Williams Commission, Chief executives and the activities of the Association

By Election Victory

Cadanat

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


Association meets with Nerys Evans 

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 

  

Another Stunning By Election Victory

 

Lucy Huws

 

By-election to Aberystwyth Town Council - The Result

Bronglais Ward
Lucy Huws (Plaid Cymru)  204 (58%)
Bryony Davies (Lib Dem)  128 (36%)
Huw Fox (Independent)  17 (4%)

Turnout 35%

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.

 

See :http://www.cynghorwyr.plaidcymru.org/news/

 

  

Local Government Structure

With the debate on local government  intensifying, this item may be of interest :

http://www.bevanfoundation.org/blog/defending-local-government/

 

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