Council tax exemption for care leavers a positive step, says Kirsty

Kirsty Williams has welcomed an initiative that will see council tax scrapped for young people leaving the care system in Wales.

New legislation will mean all care leavers under 25 will be exempt from council tax. Some local authorities had already taken this step but many had not. The Wales-wide approach will be in force from April 2019.

As of March 2018 there were 210 looked after children in Powys.

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Kirsty visits primary school in support of work helping children to stay safe

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Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, visited Llanfaes CP School (in Brecon) to see NSPCC’s ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ service in action.

‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ is part of NSPCC’s preventative work on supporting schools and keeping children safe. The service aims to ensure children learn about abuse, how to spot it, how to protect themselves and where to go for help.

Kirsty spent the morning at the school, seeing assemblies and workshops for different age groups.

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Kirsty welcomes Bracken Trust funding boost of nearly half a million

Kirsty Williams has welcomed the news that the Bracken Trust will receive £499,964 in funding from the National Lottery Community Fund over the next five years.

The Bracken Trust delivers services to people suffering or recovering from cancer, empowering people to live with, through and beyond cancer.

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On World Cancer Day, Kirsty encourages support for people to maintain a healthy body weight

Kirsty Williams AM is marking World Cancer Day by highlighting the importance of supporting people to maintain a healthy body weight.

Cancer Research UK estimate that, in the Powys Teaching Health Board area, 27.4% of 4-5 year olds are overweight or obese. The charity says that obese children are around five times more likely to be obese adults.

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Best of Mid Wales showcased in trade delegation

On Thursday 31st January the ‘Growing Mid Wales Partnership’ held an exhibition in the National Assembly for Wales. The exhibition showcased businesses in Mid Wales and promoted the potential for a Mid Wales growth deal.

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Kirsty Williams welcomes the publication of refugee and asylum seeker action plan

Kirsty Williams AM has welcomed the publication of a Welsh Government plan containing a series of actions to improve the lives of people seeking sanctuary in Wales.

Nation of Sanctuary – Refugee and Asylum Seeker Plan’ was published on Tuesday 29 January. It follows a report in the National Assembly for Wales called ‘I used to be someone’.

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Kirsty Williams issues warning over no-deal Brexit following meetings with farming unions

After meetings with Wales’ two farming unions, Kirsty Williams has re-emphasised the importance of avoiding a no-deal Brexit - saying “the Conservative Government need to avoid a no-deal Brexit at all costs.”

On the evening of Monday 21st January Kirsty met the Welsh Council of NFU Cymru, and on the morning of Tuesday 22nd January she joined the Farmers’ Union of Wales at their Farmhouse Breakfast event. NFU Cymru and FUW have consistently stressed the need to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

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‘HELP SAVE BUILTH POSTAL SERVICE’, KIRSTY URGES COUNCIL

Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for Brecon & Radnorshire, is urging Powys County Council to assist in getting a temporary Post Office service restored in Builth Wells, whilst a permanent solution is sought following the closure of the Post Office shop on December 27th last year.

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Details of Welsh Government investment in Powys broadband confirmed

The Welsh Government has committed to spending over £9.2million to provide better broadband for around 10,000 houses by March 2021.

It is the next step in the successor project to Superfast Cymru. Lot two, covering an area including Powys, has been awarded to BT.

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Funding to tackle sheep scab is a “positive step forward”, says Kirsty Williams AM

The Welsh Government has announced £5million to help eradicate sheep scab. The funding, through the Rural Development Programme, follows a recent proposal from industry representatives.

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