Kirsty Williams has welcomed an initiative that will see council tax scrapped for young people leaving the care system in Wales.
New legislation will mean all care leavers under 25 will be exempt from council tax. Some local authorities had already taken this step but many had not. The Wales-wide approach will be in force from April 2019.
As of March 2018 there were 210 looked after children in Powys.
Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, visited Llanfaes CP School (in Brecon) to see NSPCC’s ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ service in action.
‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ is part of NSPCC’s preventative work on supporting schools and keeping children safe. The service aims to ensure children learn about abuse, how to spot it, how to protect themselves and where to go for help.
Kirsty spent the morning at the school, seeing assemblies and workshops for different age groups.
Kirsty Williams has welcomed the news that the Bracken Trust will receive £499,964 in funding from the National Lottery Community Fund over the next five years.
The Bracken Trust delivers services to people suffering or recovering from cancer, empowering people to live with, through and beyond cancer.
Kirsty Williams AM is marking World Cancer Day by highlighting the importance of supporting people to maintain a healthy body weight.
Cancer Research UK estimate that, in the Powys Teaching Health Board area, 27.4% of 4-5 year olds are overweight or obese. The charity says that obese children are around five times more likely to be obese adults.
On Thursday 31st January the ‘Growing Mid Wales Partnership’ held an exhibition in the National Assembly for Wales. The exhibition showcased businesses in Mid Wales and promoted the potential for a Mid Wales growth deal.
Kirsty Williams AM has welcomed the publication of a Welsh Government plan containing a series of actions to improve the lives of people seeking sanctuary in Wales.
‘Nation of Sanctuary – Refugee and Asylum Seeker Plan’ was published on Tuesday 29 January. It follows a report in the National Assembly for Wales called ‘I used to be someone’.