TV licence change prompts pension credit reminder as 1.3million people in Great Britain are missing out

Kirsty Williams AM is encouraging older people in Brecon and Radnorshire to consider whether they’re missing out on financial support, highlighting the fact that around 1.3million people in Great Britain aren’t claiming pension credit when they’re entitled to.

The benefit has added significance following last week’s announcement that the free TV licence for people over 75 is to be scrapped, with only those receiving pension credit entitled to it.

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Benefits of agriculture to the environment must be recognised

Kirsty Williams AM has called for the importance of agriculture to Wales’ environment to be fully recognised.

It comes after Kirsty made the opening speech at NFU Cymru’s inaugural ‘Sustainable Agriculture: Food, Farming and the Environment’ Conference, in which she highlighted the important role farmers play in maintaining the environment.

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Lottery funding boost for Brecon and Radnorshire projects

Kirsty Williams AM has welcomed the news that 5 projects in Brecon and Radnorshire have been awarded a total of £48,340 in National Lottery funding in May 2019.

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Plans for £100m testing centre an opportunity to deliver for local communities

Kirsty Williams AM has welcomed the progress made towards a new rail testing centre on the border of Brecon and Radnorshire, stressing the need to ensure the potential benefits for local communities are realised.

It is estimated that the facility would employ around 400 people in the construction phase and upwards of 150 people in permanent roles. Kirsty has also pointed to possible benefits in the education and hospitality sectors, as well as the opportunity to improve residential broadband as part of the process of connecting the facility.

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World IBD Day 2019 marked in Welsh Assembly

Kirsty Williams AM attended an event in the National Assembly for Wales to mark World IBD Day and raise awareness of the condition.

Among those present was Amber Davies, a student from Builth Wells who has ulcerative colitis and has been an active campaigner and fundraiser. She lives with a permanent stoma as a result of ulcerative colitis.

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£820,000 Flying Start childcare boost for Priory Church in Wales School

Kirsty Williams has welcomed the news that Priory Church in Wales School will benefit from £820,000 in Flying Start funding, boosting its childcare provision.

The money will be used to create new facilities for the current school. The new site will offer Flying Start childcare, Childcare Offer places, and a Flying Start office base. It is part of nearly £3million of funding that has been allocated to 50 projects across Wales.

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Kirsty backs cerebral palsy register for Wales

Kirsty Williams AM has signed a pledge supporting the creation of a cerebral palsy register for Wales, as part of a visit to Brecon Hospital on Friday 10th May.

The planned national register is intended to improve care for people with cerebral palsy, and the first stage of the project is starting in Powys. The register is being driven forward by a group that includes people with the condition, families, and health professionals.

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Kirsty visits new Brecon Beacons green conference and training centre

On Friday 3rd May Kirsty Williams AM visited “Like Work But Different” for the first of their Friday drop-in sessions.

“Like Work But Different” is a unique set of meeting spaces situated in the heart of the Black Mountains, in the Brecon Beacons National Park. It aims to make use of the great outdoors to create a working environment that allows people to think, write, create, dream and be refreshed.

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New plans could hurt tourism, warn local Liberal Democrats

Kirsty Williams and Jane Dodds have called on the Conservative Government to address concern over possible plans that could risk small businesses in tourism struggling to cope with an increase in late cancellations.

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Jane Dodds: campaigning for the change Brecon and Radnorshire needs

This column from Kirsty Williams first appeared in the Brecon and Radnor Express on 27th March 2019.

Over recent weeks the Brecon and Radnorshire Liberal Democrats have selected Jane Dodds, the Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, as our candidate to be the next Member of Parliament.

Jane is a fully qualified social worker and has worked for over 20 years as a child protection social worker. Her father’s background is in public service and her mother’s background is in the voluntary service. Jane’s politics has been shaped by the need to stand up for those who struggle to get their voice heard.

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