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.
Kirsty Williams AM has visited a local Shared Lives service, meeting a carer who has supported a vulnerable young adult by welcoming him into her home.
Shared Lives services operate by matching someone who needs help to live independently with a Shared Lives carer. They then move into the carer’s home and are supported by them to manage their challenges and achieve their personal goals.
Two towns in Brecon and Radnorshire are set to benefit from Welsh Government funding to support regeneration projects.
The ‘Town Centre Property Investment Fund’ is part of efforts to bring commercial, residential and retail floor space back into beneficial business use.
£2.14million has been allocated across Powys and Ceredigion, with the County Councils responsible for operating the programme in their respective areas. It focuses on Brecon and Llandrindod Wells, as well as Lampeter, Llandysul, Newtown and Tregaron.
Kirsty Williams AM is encouraging people or organisations with an interest in tenant farming to engage with a new consultation which sets forward proposals to overhaul agricultural tenancy laws.
Aims of the proposals including modernising the sector, removing barriers to productivity levels, and making it easier for structural changes in the tenant farming sector.
Jane Dodds and Kirsty Williams have welcomed an announcement that means residential care users can keep hold of more of their savings and investments.
In March 2019 five projects across Brecon and Radnorshire benefitted from a total of £33,864 in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund.
Swansea Bay University Health Board has announced that the Amman Tawe Partnership has requested to close their premises in Cwmllynfell and increase their services in Ystalyfera and Brynamman.
Many people in Brecon and Radnorshire access GP services at these sites. People with views on the proposals are being encouraged to get them across before the deadline of Monday 20th May.
Kirsty Williams AM attended a ‘Mid Powys Mind’ networking event to raise awareness of ‘Side by Side Cymru’, a new initiative helping organisations to provide peer support in communities. The event was the first networking event following the launch of the project.
Peer support connects people who have had similar experiences, with the aim of boosting people’s mental health. Common examples can be arts and craft, sport or self-help groups, or something as simple as a regular coffee morning.
Kirsty Williams has welcomed the news that the South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team will soon benefit from ultrafast broadband.
The depot is located in Penwyllt, above the Swansea valley in the Brecon and Radnorshire constituency, and the new connection will further improve its search and rescue capabilities. Previously, limited connectivity had left it relying on more traditional telephone and paper-based systems.
Following the news that Boots have warned of store closures across the UK, Kirsty Williams is seeking clarity over access to pharmacy services if stores in Powys are under threat.
There are seven Boots stores in Powys, including in Brecon, Builth Wells, Crickhowell, Knighton, and Llandrindod Wells. Kirsty has written to Powys teaching Health Board to stress the importance of securing convenient access to pharmacy.