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Richie: Battle joined

Richie: Battle joined

IT IS NEVER too early to start campaigning for an election and that is just what Great Britain Paralympian Richie Powell is going to do. Richard ‘Richie’ Powell has announced his intention to stand for the Trimsaran Ward at 2017’s council elections. The ward’s current representative is former Council Leader, Mrs Meryl Gravell. Richie Powell is used to a challenge and he is ready for the size of the task ahead of him. After a motorcycle accident on June 30, 1989, at the age of 18, Richie became paralysed from the chest down. He took up sports when he spent a year at the TW3 spinal unit in Cardiff, which had a sports club. He represented Great Britain at the 1992 Summer Paralympics in the. He has taken part in the 1994 Commonwealth Games and the 1998 IPC World Championships.

He is a popular local athlete, musician and fundraiser. Richie will be representing the newly-formed Llanelli First Party, whose members aim to provide a voice for the people of the Llanelli area in Carmarthen’s County Hall. Richie told us that his reasons for running for council were simple. He said: “I want to represent the people of Trimsaran and the Llanelli area. I want to air their concerns and needs in County Hall, as I believe they are being sold short at the moment. “I have represented Wales in athletics at the Commonwealth Games and Great Britain in the Paralympics and I have a keen interest in all sports. As such I am appalled at Carmarthenshire County Council stating that they can’t afford to maintain the County’s parks, playgrounds and playing fields anymore.

These areas are crucial for current and future generations, especially in times of austerity and the growing problem of childhood obesity. It is vital we keep these areas to enhance the wellbeing of our communities.” Richie said that he was disappointed in the council’s treatment of sports men and women and children in the county and pointed towards a failure of living up to the Olympic legacy. Richie told us: “People talk about the Olympic Legacy but it is there and always has been under our feet. These areas cannot be sold off or left to wrack and ruin if local councils do not take up asset transfer.

“In fact we have seen first-hand, from an asset transfer in Burry Port, that it does not work. What happens is that before the take over the County Council had a set fee for maintaining those areas. “As soon as the asset is transferred it appears that the prices double or sometimes even treble forcing the council and the sports clubs into an awful position of having to close them down. When you look around the County and see all the money, which has been wasted and the money, which is being spent willy-nilly on vanity projects, which most people will be priced out of even attending to play sport or ‘keep well’ then something has to change. “I have put myself forward and I look forward to meeting the people of Trimsaran and the Llanelli area during the run up to the election.”

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Those eligible for the Spring Covid-19 booster should get jabbed by end of June



ALL those eligible for the Spring Covid-19 booster are being urged to take up their offer of the vaccine before the end of next month.

A deadline of 30 June has been introduced to ensure all those eligible for the spring booster will have a long-enough interval between this and the autumn 2022 booster, if they are also eligible.

An announcement by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) about which groups will be eligible for the autumn booster is due to be published shortly.

The JCVI has advised that people over-75, older care home residents and all those aged 12 years and over who are immunosuppressed are eligible for the spring booster.

Those who are 75 on or before 30 June, can get their booster at any point up to the deadline.

Health Minister Eluned Morgan said: “It is important we continue our very high take up levels of the vaccine to help protect us against the risk of serious illness from Covid-19. I would urge everyone who is offered a spring booster vaccination takes up the invitation.”

If someone eligible for a spring booster has had a Covid infection recently, they will need to wait 28 days from the date they tested positive before they can be vaccinated. They will still be able to get vaccinated after 30 June as part of this campaign if they have to postpone their appointment.

All those eligible for spring boosters will be invited by their health board or GP.

It is not too late for anyone who needs a primary dose (first, second or third) to be vaccinated.

Please check for local arrangements.

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Young people in Wales being failed when moving from child to adult mental health services



MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES are failing young people when they move from child to adult services, says a mental health charity.

Mind Cymru is calling for Welsh Government to make urgent changes to improve the system.

Nia Evans, Children and Young People Manager at Mind Cymru, said: “Young people have told us that their needs, thoughts, and feelings about moving to adult services are often unheard, or ignored.

“Welsh Government must support Local Health Boards to make sure this doesn’t happen, change the way services are run and make sure our young people are being heard and properly cared for.”

Mind Cymru has published a report, in ate the result of interviews with young people about their experiences of moving from Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – (SCAMHS) to AMHS.

They highlighted five key areas where services are failing young people:
– Poor information offered to young people, particularly on their rights
– Inconsistent use and follow through of care and treatment plans
– High thresholds for SCAMHS and AMHS referrals to be accepted
– Feeling abandoned / cut off from SCAMHS
– Age still dominates decision making process for moving from SCAMHS to AMHS

Nia Evans said: “Any one of these issues could make the process of moving from children’s services to adult services difficult for our young people. But often, more than one is happening at any one time.”

“Our young people have a right to care and support from a mental health system that has been put in place to help them recover. Action must be taken immediately to make sure support systems are robust and doing the job they were designed to do.”

Mind Cymru is asking people to email their Member of the Senedd (MS) and amplify the voices of these young people whose experiences are often unheard, and use the #SortTheSwitch hashtag on social media.

The full report is available here, including what a good move from SCAMHS to AMHS would look like for young people, and where the current system could improve.

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Average UK price of diesel hits record of more than £1.80 a litre



LESS than two months after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a 5p a litre cut on the average price of fuel – diesel prices have reached a record high price of 180.29p a litre.
The previous high of 179.90p was recorded on March 23rd 2022 – the day of the Spring Statement from Sunak.

In recent weeks, the UK government has tried to move away from its reliance on importing Russian oil, following President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Worryingly for drivers of petrol cars, the price per litre is fast approaching the record levels of 167.3p per litre set on March 22nd.

This latest price rise adds another challenge to UK households, as the cost of living crisis continues to impact families across the country.

RAC fuel spokesperson Simon Williams said: “Sadly, despite the Chancellor’s 5p a litre duty cut the average price of a litre of diesel has hit a new record high at 180.29p.”

“Efforts to move away from importing Russian diesel have led to a tightening of supply and pushed up the price retailers pay for diesel.”

“While the wholesale price has eased in the last few days this is likely to be temporary, especially if the EU agrees to ban imports of Russian oil.”

“Unfortunately, drivers with diesel vehicles need to brace themselves for yet more pain at the pumps. Had Mr Sunak reduced VAT to 15% as we call on him to do instead of cutting duty by 5p, drivers of diesel vehicles would be around 2p a litre better off, or £1 for every full tank.”

“As it is, drivers are still paying 27p VAT on petrol and 29p on diesel, which is just the same as before the Spring Statement.”

“The average price of petrol is also on the rise having gone up nearly 3p a litre since the start of the month to 166.65p which means it’s less than a penny away from the all-time high of 167.30p set on 22 March.”

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