The Royal College of Nursing invited Kirsty Williams to attend their reception to celebrate the passing of the Nurse Staffing Levels Act. With the support of organisations like the Royal College of Nursing Kirsty guided the Act through the Welsh Assembly in the last term, meaning Wales is the only part of the United Kingdom with such a law. The Welsh Government has now pledged to extend the law to cover more settings, as part of the arrangement which sees Kirsty in the Cabinet.
Brecon & Radnorshire AM Kirsty Williams has showed her support for the Welsh agricultural community by pledging to support NFU Cymru’s ‘It’s Time to Back Welsh Farming’ campaign at the Royal Welsh Show.
Kirsty Williams AM met with NFU Cymru officeholders at the Llanelwedd showground on Wednesday 20th July to discuss how she could best show her support for Welsh farmers and champion their produce.
The ‘It’s Time to Back Welsh Farming’ campaign encourages consumers to show their support for farmers in Wales by pledging to buy Welsh produce.
Today Network Rail has confirmed it will not close the level crossing at Llandrindod Wells. Instead the infrastructure will be renewed and additional safety features added.
Network Rail has a legal duty to review all level crossings and some in Powys County Council had suggested closing the crossing. There had been widespread opposition to the move due to the impact it would have on access to the towns amenities.
The Welsh Government Supplementary Budget contained a £2.5million commitment to fund repairs to the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal.
The full project is still being finalised but the work will include: securing the embankment at Llangattock, work to the Talybont aqueduct and various improvements to wildlife habitats along the canal.
Commenting on the news: Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:
Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has urged the Welsh Labour Government to sort out the delays in Basic Payment Scheme payments to farmers which is causing great distress.
Kirsty has been contacted by volunteers for the Farming Community Network (formerly the Farm Crisis Network) who have seen a large number of farmers in significant distress as a result of delays in Basic Payment Scheme payments.
BPS payments were due in early December yet many farmers in Brecon and Radnorshire are yet to receive them.
Following Kirsty Williams AM being inundated by constituents, Kirsty has written to the Chief Executive of Powys Health Board asking bring back local ear syringing services.
Ear syringing can be crucial to allow people to hear, yet patients in Powys are having to resort to paying for the service privately or face along round trip to out of county hospitals for the treatment.
Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:
“This is not right. Patients are having to face long journeys or paying expensive private fees to get a – relatively straight forward - procedure that was previously provided by local GP practices.
“Judging by the sheer number of people who have contacted me on this issue there is a clear need for these services to be retained locally, so I have asked the Chief Executive of Powys Health Board to return the services to the communities.”
Kirsty Williams AM has called for urgent action to retain GP services in Coelbren following the news that Dulais Valley General Practice in Seven Sisters is losing two of its four doctors and is concerned it will struggle to find replacements.
Dulais Valley General Practice provides a branch clinic in Coelbren, but have announced that with immediate effect the number of GP sessions in Coelbren will reduce from four a week to two. There will also be no GP clinics in Coelbren this week and will be none again during the fortnight beginning Monday 30th November.
The Coelbren branch remains open every weekday as normal for appointments with the nurse and to collect medication.
Kirsty Williams AM this week voted against the huge £10,000 pay rise for Assembly Members.
Despite urging all parties in the Assembly to join forces to fight the pay rise, the Welsh Liberal Democrats were the only party to vote against the rise. The Tories, Labour and Plaid all voted in support of the increase.
On Wednesday Assembly Members were asked to vote on the Assembly Commission’s Budget which is set to rise by around £1.1m. This huge increase in the budget is, in part, required to pay for the salary hike proposed for AMs by the Remuneration Board.
Assembly Members’ £54,000 pay is proposed to increase to £64,000 in May 2016. This 18% rise will cost taxpayers around £700,000 more per year.
Ambulance response times in Powys are in desperate need of improvement, Kirsty Williams AM has said today in response to newly published figures.
Figures published for August show that just 54.8% of emergency responses to Category A (immediately life-threatening) calls in Powys arrived at the scene within 8 minutes. This is down from 57.6% in July 2015. The all-Wales target is 65%.
Powys is the second worst performing area in Wales, with only patients in Ceredigion receiving a slower response service.
After failing to meet its ‘urgent’ emergency 8 minute target for over 21 months, the Labour Government in Wales has announced that from October it will now classify fewer calls as needing an 8 minute response.
People with hearing loss in the Brecon area could be at risk of loneliness and isolation, should an essential hearing clinic close next year, as planned.
Action on Hearing Loss Cymru’s free hearing aid clinics change lives every day across Wales, by helping people to manage their hearing loss in local communities. But funding ends and the clinics will have to close in 2016, putting 6,000 people in Wales at risk of loneliness and other problems.
Jackie Poley, an Action on Hearing Loss Cymru volunteer at a clinic in Brecon, said: “Hear to Help is an invaluable service for many people who wear hearing aids, particularly those who live in rural communities. We carry out maintenance such as fitting new batteries or replacing tubing, as well as providing advice and support. As a hearing aid user myself I understand the issues people face.”