Improving MS Nursing Provision

Kirsty Williams met with the MS Society in Llandrindod Wells to discuss their long-standing campaign to improve nursing provision for patients with multiple sclerosis. Kirsty has attended numerous branch meetings and offered further support to the campaign.

The MS Society are in regular contact with Powys teaching Health Board and are looking to secure an improved service for patients.

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Ysgol Y Cribarth Tea Party

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Ysgol Y Cribarth PTA and the community of Abercraf got together for a tea party at the school. Pupils served tea, coffee and food at this extremely well-attended event.

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"Make every daffodil count" for Marie Curie this February and March

Brecon and Radnorshire AM, Kirsty Williams has pledged to ‘make every daffodil count’ during February and March and help Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness.

 

Kirsty Williams joined forces with Senior healthcare assistants Rhian Williams and Tracey O’Malley from Marie Curie at an event at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on Tuesday 8th February to help launch the Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign.

 

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Conservative Ministers fail to engage with Welsh agriculture

The Welsh Assembly’s Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee has criticised Conservative Ministers in Westminster for refusing to engage on agricultural policy.

Andrea Leadsom, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, rejected the invitation to speak at the committee. George Eustice, the Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, has cancelled an appearance.

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Reprieve for Recycling Centres

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Powys County Council have indicated that plans to close recycling centres will be shelved for at least 12 months, saying “the public have made their views very clear”. They had been consulting on plans to close two of the five centres in Powys (Lower Cwmtwrch, Llandegley and Brecon are the three centres in Brecon & Radnorshire).

They have also indicated they will pursue other cost-saving measures, including reducing the number of days recycling centres are open, changes to trade waste permits and more restricted commercial use.

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HSBC to close branch in Knighton

HSBC have announced they will close their branch in Knighton on Friday 19 May 2017. It is part of 62 branch closures across the UK, and HSBC claim there will be no other closures in 2017. Kirsty Williams has expressed disappointment at the closure and has taken steps to try and ensure the future availability of banking services in Knighton.

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£80m New Treatments fund for Welsh patients

The Welsh Government has announced an £80m New Treatments fund. The Welsh Liberal Democrats have been calling for a similar fund for a number of years - securing the Health Technologies Fund in the last Assembly term - and the news will be a welcome boost for Welsh patients.

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"Isolation risk in shutting Coelbren GP surgery"

The removal of GP services from Coelbren Health Centre, along with uncertainty over a key bus route, has led to fears that the community will be cut off. The BBC covered developments here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-38676769.

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Small grant scheme for farmers

The Welsh Government has announced a £40million small grant scheme for farmers. The scheme was in the Welsh Liberal Democrat's 2016 manifesto, and formed part of the agreement between Kirsty Williams and the First Minister.

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Logical Systems opens in Ystradgynlais

Kirsty cut the ribbon at Logical Systems' new office in Ystradgynlais, welcoming the business in Brecon & Radnorshire.

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