As a Welsh Liberal Democrat I am fully aware that my party’s position on the European Union is of great consternation to some. I thought I would take the opportunity to outline my thoughts on what is such an important issue.
During the EU referendum campaign we were repeatedly told by the Leave campaign that the negotiations would be quick, straightforward and painless. Quite clearly, this has not been the case. 16 months on from that vote there are still major uncertainties that still exist over key issues, including our future trading relationship with the single market, migration and farming support. The UK Government has been unable to offer any clarity or reassurance.
NFU Cymru President Stephen James has warned against a ‘no deal’ Brexit, speaking at NFU Conference 2017.
Mr James said a ‘no deal’ Brexit could have ‘severe implications’ for Welsh farmers, described the UK remaining in the Single Market as the only ‘sensible option’, said the agricultural sector is ‘running out of patience’ with negotiations, and called the prospect of leaving the European Union without a deal ‘deeply troubling’.
Kirsty Williams, Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, visited the Brecon branch of mental health charity Mind at their office.
Discussion focused on ‘Active Monitoring’, an early intervention service designed to ensure people with symptoms of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem or stress are referred directly to a Mind Practitioner to be seen quickly. From there people are supported through a guided self-management programme.
On Tuesday 31 October, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire (and Cabinet Secretary for Education) Kirsty Williams visited a pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) session at Brecon War Memorial Hospital.
Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is a programme of exercise and education for people with long-term lung conditions provided by the NHS and, in some areas, privately. PR combines physical exercise sessions with discussion and advice on lung health and is designed to help people manage the symptoms of their condition.
On Friday 27th October the Welsh Government announced a further £3million investment in Llandrindod Wells War Memorial Hospital.
Powys teaching Health Board has been given the funding to continue redeveloping facilities and improving the environment for staff and patients.
The latest funding means over the last three years the Welsh Government has invested £6.5million in capital investment.
On Monday 23rd October Kirsty Williams, Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, met with a group of people looking to further regenerate Ystradgynlais.
In attendance was Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure in the Welsh Government. Also attending were local Councillors, the Chair of Ystradgynlais Town Council, members of the town regeneration group, and representatives from the local business sector.
Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, visited Ystradgynlais Job Centre on Monday 23rd October.
The visit happened as the rollout of Universal Credit continues to prove controversial.
Children and young people in Powys are being put at risk of harm by the Council’s Social Services.
A report published today by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales found serious failings at the heart of the service.
Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for Brecon and Radnorshire, has dressed in pink to lend her support to Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, which will see thousands of people across the UK adding a splash of pink to their outfits on Friday 20 October and raise vital funds for breast cancer research.
Powys County Council's funding settlement has been announced, with the local authority receiving a 1% cut.
The cut would have been 1.5% but for a funding floor negotiated by the Welsh Liberal Democrats. The funding floor reduces variation in funding for Councils across Wales.