New plans could hurt tourism, warn local Liberal Democrats

Kirsty Williams and Jane Dodds have called on the Conservative Government to address concern over possible plans that could risk small businesses in tourism struggling to cope with an increase in late cancellations.

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Jane Dodds: campaigning for the change Brecon and Radnorshire needs

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.

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Kirsty visits Shared Lives in Powys, meeting a carer who opened up her home and the vulnerable adult she supports

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.

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Extra support for town centre regeneration is welcome, says Kirsty

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.

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New consultation on tenant farming launched

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.

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Progress in residential care users keeping more of their money is welcomed by local Liberal Democrats

Jane Dodds and Kirsty Williams have welcomed an announcement that means residential care users can keep hold of more of their savings and investments.

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