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Disabled woman left without help over Christmas

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Abandoned at Christmas: Jackie was left with jam and bread.

A YOUNG woman with spina bifida has been left to her own devices over Christmas and told that both social services and Carmarthenshire County Council will not be meeting to discuss her circumstances until January 10.

Meanwhile the woman, Jackie, is living off bread and jam and has no means of cooking and is unable to even reach the sink as it has not been adapted.

The Herald received an urgent plea for help from the young woman’s friend, Julia Burns, who said: “Jackie has been moved around hotels in Llanelli for weeks before being rehoused in a bungalow by Carmarthenshire County Council after repeatedly asking for adaptions to her previous bungalow. She has been rehoused, following disability hate crimes by neighbours who were harassing her, as well as throwing bricks at her windows.”

Julia also told The Herald that Jackie has not been aided by the police.

She said: “This had been reported to the Police on several occasions and their failure to act led to a bout of severe depression, when she was frightened to leave her property or let her dogs out. As a result of this, social services moved her out at a moment’s notice, took her dogs and forced her to sign a rehoming document for her dogs, which she believed would be returned when she was rehoused.”

Speaking about Jackie’s dire circumstances at Christmas Julia said: “She has no means of cooking – if her microwave had been returned then she would at least have been able to reheat microwave dinners or cook herself something hot, so is reduced to eating bread and jam most of the time.”

Hygiene has also become an issue for the severely disabled young woman. Julia told us: “She does not have enough clothes to be able to go to a launderette and wash them once a week. Her washing machine and tumble dryer have also not been returned along with TV, music, 3 piece suite furniture and home contents along with her electric wheelchair.”

The Herald visited Jackie at her home in Llanelli and we saw for ourselves how bad her circumstances are.

Her Bungalow is entirely empty of furniture except for her bed and wheelchair. She says that her belongings have not been returned. Her companion bichon frise pedigree dogs were also taken away from her and have not been returned. Julia told us that Jackie had been informed that Carmarthenshire County Council staff have destroyed all her worldly goods.

Julia was quite forthright in her view of the council and Social Services. She said: “Treating a disabled person in this manner, is despicable and although reported to the Council it is not being properly addressed as a priority. She has been given a voucher and has bought bedding and a few things for her home but no electrical or white goods which she desperately needs. She was given a hamper from the food bank, which is mainly tins of food which she cannot heat and promised monies for white goods, not yet received, are not enough to replace all the items she had previously.”

Thankfully, the Salvation Army has kindly offered Jackie a Christmas Day dinner and celebrations or she would have been left to sit alone with nothing but bread and jam.

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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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