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Carwyn Jones and Llanelli candidate Lee Waters: Meeting centre users

Carwyn Jones and Llanelli candidate Lee Waters: Meeting centre users

FIRST MINISTER Carwyn Jones was in Llanelli on Tuesday (Feb 16) visiting the Carmarthenshire Youth and Children’s Association (CYCA) centre on Queen Victoria Road.

The First Minister unveiled Welsh Labour’s ambitious pledges for Wales ahead of May’s Assembly election including providing 30 free hours of childcare for working parents. The offer covers 48 weeks’ worth of care for 3 and 4 year olds and would be the most generous in the UK providing an important helping hand for families right across Wales. CEO Tracey Pike said she was extremely grateful to the First Minister for taking the time to visit the centre and speak to the staff, children and parents. The pledge along with others was launched at Airbus in Broughton and will form the central part of Welsh Labour’s ambitious policy offer for May’s Assembly election.

Speaking to The Herald about his visit to CYCA he said : “What a fantastic place. It is great to see the enthusiasm here and to see a place like this working with parents asking parents what they need and and giving parents confidence to build their lives in the future. This links in to the long term plan for tackling poverty. We know the best way to take children and adults out of poverty is give them confidence, improve their skills so they can move into work and better paid work. It is through schemes such as this at CYCA that we see that in action. We see parents gaining those skills, gaining those qualifications and gaining that confidence. They can earn themselves more money and lift themselves out of poverty .”

We reminded the First Minister of the new HMRC changes to working tax credits for self employed people and suggested that the Welsh Assembly’s pledge would be affected as self employed parents find it harder to remain in business.

The First Minister said : “We will fight them. We believe that people need help and support in order to improve their lives and to lift communities up after the destruction of the 1980’s. It seems to me that those people who caused the financial crisis are getting away scot free. They are still getting the bonuses. They are still sitting pretty on lots and lots of money The people who are the lowest paid who are being hit the hardest are the lowest paid. One thing my party will never accept is that those people who had nothing to do with the financial crisis are being hit the hardest and that is exactly what the Tories in Westminster believe.”

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Llanelli: Stop notice issued for school planning application

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A CONTROVERSIAL planning application for a new 480-spaced school in Llanelli has been issued a stop notice by the Welsh Government.
Carmarthenshire County Council is proposing to build a new £9.1m school on Llanerch Fields in Llanelli and were looking to determine the planning application in the coming weeks. Welsh Government will now decide whether to call in the application or not.
The new school would accommodate 420 primary and 60 nursery pupils, set over two floors with larger classrooms with integrated IT facilities, a multi-purpose hall and specialist provision for pupils with additional learning needs.
Over recent years there has been much debate in the area on the choice of site for the new school with campaigners arguing that they support a new school, but object against Llanerch fields being built upon. Last year an attempt to get the land designated as a village green was turned down.
In 2017, Ysgol Dewi Sant as the first Welsh medium primary school to be provided by a local authority celebrated its 70th birthday.
Councillor Rob James, local member for Lliedi, stated “From day one I have raised concerns that the Council’s site choice and planning process opened the Council up to the possibility of the Welsh Government calling in the planning application. It is clear that these concerns were not misplaced and there is now a really chance that it will be. 

“As a local Councillor, a school governor and a parent, I am passionate about the need for a new school for the pupils of Ysgol Dewi Sant and it is important that local pupils get the benefits of a 21st century school.
“I will now be working with Council Officers to ensure that contingency plans are prepared in case the Welsh Government state that the planning application does not comply with national planning policy.
“I will also work with parents, pupils, residents and interested parties are able to engage with the Welsh Government during this process.”

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Third annual Burry Port Raft Race is eagerly awaited

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THE THIRD ANNUAL BURRY PORT RAFT RACE, organised by Burry Port couple, Craig and Isabel Goodman, will be held on Saturday (July 27).

The event which is held in Burry Port Harbour, raises much needed funds for both Burry Port RNLI and a children’s football academy and primary school the couple support in The Gambia.

The day launches at 12pm with stands, food stalls and children’s inflatable games and rides and these will be available until 5pm. You’ll also have a chance to meet the crews, who’ll be busy putting the final touches to their rafts.

Rafts launch at 3pm, followed by a presentation ceremony, including prizes for first raft over the line, first raft to sink and best dressed raft.

Craig said: ” A huge thank you goes to all our sponsors, including overall sponsor Dawsons, along with continued sponsorship from Celtic Couriers, Parker Plant Hire, Burns Pet Nutrition, Burry Port Co-Op, Llanelli Star, LBS Builders Merchants, Burry Port Marina, First Choice Flooring and Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council.

For any further information about the event, please contact 07825 842981.

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Compensation offered after FSCS declares Llanelli firm in default

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CONSUMERS could get back money they have lost as a result of their dealings with a failed regulated firm in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. The firm is Hayden Williams Independent Financial Services Limited formerly Assura Protect, Room 1, 7 Meadows Bridge, Parc Menter, Cross Hands, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA14 6RA.

The firm was declared in default in June 2019 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

FSCS is the UK’s statutory compensation scheme that protects customers of authorised financial services firms that carry out certain regulated activities. A declaration of default means FSCS is satisfied a firm is unable to pay claims for compensation made against it. This paves the way for customers of that firm to make a claim for compensation with FSCS.

Alex Kuczynski, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at FSCS, said: “FSCS steps in to protect consumers around the UK when authorised financial services firms go bust. This vital service, which is free to consumers, protects deposits, insurance, investments, home finance and debt management. We want anyone who believes they may be owed money as a result of their dealings with this firm to get in touch, as we may be able to help you.”

Since it began in 2001, FSCS has helped more than 4.5m people, paying out more than £26bn in compensation.

If you wish to make a claim with FSCS against Hayden Williams Independent Financial Services Limited, you may be able to do so using FSCS’s online claims service at https://claims.fscs.org.uk Or you can contact its Customer Services Team on 0800 678 1100 or 020 7741 4100

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