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7. Finance Committee Debate: Welsh Government's spending priorities for the 2025-26 budget (17 Jul 2024)

Mark Isherwood: The Finance Committee report highlights, as we've heard, the lack of affordable housing and notes that housing and homelessness were mentioned this year more frequently than in all previous years. In 1999, when Labour first came to power here, there was no housing supply crisis in Wales, but they slashed the housing budgets during their first three terms. With Labour Governments in place in...

QNR: Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs (17 Jul 2024)

Mark Isherwood: What action is the Welsh Government taking to sustainably support farmers?

2. Business Statement and Announcement (16 Jul 2024)

Mark Isherwood: I call for a Welsh Government statement on the social value provided by the further education sector. April's report for CollegesWales, 'Demonstrating the Social Value of Further Education Colleges in Wales', states that, although 12.3 per cent of learners at further education institutions self-identified as having a disability, this proportion has decreased over the last three years, and...

1. Questions to the First Minister: Housing Crisis (16 Jul 2024)

Mark Isherwood: Well, I am in the middle of the question—I asked what cost-benefit analysis has been undertaken—about penalising homeowners because not enough affordable homes have been built.

1. Questions to the First Minister: Housing Crisis (16 Jul 2024)

Mark Isherwood: The Finance Committee now has found that, for young people, particularly in rural areas, to be able to live and work in their communities, greater priority needs to be given to creating sustainable jobs and building affordable housing. Little has changed since the 2008 Joseph Rowntree Foundation rural housing in Wales report found a significant level of unmet housing need in rural Wales, with...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Local Government and Planning: Accessibility in Town Centres (10 Jul 2024)

Mark Isherwood: For many disabled adults and children, and their families, having a blue-badge parking permit is key to accessing services and facilities in town centres and maximising their independence. Speaking at the cross-party group on disability in February, STAND North Wales CIC—Stronger Together for Additional Needs and Disabilities—who submitted the Senedd petition to make blue-badge...

2. Business Statement and Announcement ( 9 Jul 2024)

Mark Isherwood: Okay. Well, in my subsequent meeting with the ALN Reform Wales campaign, they told me they'd received—

2. Business Statement and Announcement ( 9 Jul 2024)

Mark Isherwood: So, I call for a statement answering their question: 'Where is the accountability on this coming from?'

2. Business Statement and Announcement ( 9 Jul 2024)

Mark Isherwood: I call for two Welsh Government statements. The first from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care on raising awareness of the symptoms and complications of type 1 diabetes. In March last year I called for a statement here on raising awareness of diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA, a complication of type 1 diabetes, after meeting Flintshire mum Dee Pinnington to discuss her...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Energy and Welsh Language: The North Wales Economy ( 3 Jul 2024)

Mark Isherwood: [Inaudible.]—from the north Wales growth deal to generate total investment of over £1 billion for north Wales, to the £160 million purchase of the Wylfa nuclear site on Ynys Môn for new nuclear energy developments, from the decision to establish a free port in Holyhead, backed up by up to £26 million UK Government funding and expected to generate billions of public and private...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Energy and Welsh Language: Fair Work and Better Working Conditions ( 3 Jul 2024)

Mark Isherwood: The Welsh Government's guide to fair work provides a practical example of what fair work could look like in a working environment, delivering inclusive opportunities to obtain work, to acquire and develop skills and learning, and to progress in work. The last meeting of the cross-party autism group included access-to-employment perspectives of autistic people, with speakers from Denbighshire...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care: Care Home Funding ( 3 Jul 2024)

Mark Isherwood: Okay. During the business statement yesterday, I called for an urgent statement on care home fees after Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board wrote to providers in north Wales setting out a care home fee uplift of just 3.71 per cent for 2024-25. As I stated, Gareth Davies and I met Care Forum Wales last Friday, and they told us that north Wales now has the lowest care home fees in Wales,...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Energy and Welsh Language: The North Wales Economy ( 3 Jul 2024)

Mark Isherwood: 8. How is the Welsh Government supporting the economy of North Wales? OQ61361

2. Business Statement and Announcement ( 2 Jul 2024)

Mark Isherwood: I ask for an urgent statement from the health and social care Secretary on care home fees. On 6 June, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board wrote to care providers in north Wales, setting out a  care home fee uplift of just 3.71 per cent for 2024-25, failing to match local authority increases and lower even than Flintishire's average fee increase of 5.33 per cent, which was the lowest in...

1. Questions to the First Minister: Protecting Properties from Flooding ( 2 Jul 2024)

Mark Isherwood: [Inaudible.]—flooded residents in Broughton, Flintshire in 2021, Flintshire County Council detailed the actions they would take, including that priority would be given to elderly and vulnerable residents in known flooding black spots. After storm Babet last October, a constituent wrote,  'My parents' home in Bretton, Flintshire, near Broughton, was completely destroyed with flood water. My...

9. Plaid Cymru Debate: Wales and the next UK Government (26 Jun 2024)

Mark Isherwood: Diolch, Llywydd. I move amendment 1 and also refer you to documentary evidence in my previous speeches showing that the architects of austerity were Blair, Brown and Balls. Like all parties here, the Welsh Conservatives support the provision of consequential funding from HS2 to be provided to Wales. The estimated £4 billion would be a boost for the economy and could be used for upgrading...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and Social Justice: Welfare Administration (26 Jun 2024)

Mark Isherwood: I was a member of the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee that published the 2016 report, 'Benefits in Wales: options for better delivery', which recommended 'that the Welsh Government seeks the devolution of the assessment process for sickness and disability benefits.' We found, as Community Housing Cymru stated,  'that the "biggest issue" people have with the system is the...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport: Road Safety (26 Jun 2024)

Mark Isherwood: Thank you. Earlier this month you issued a written statement in which you said that new road collision data shows that casualties have reduced on roads since the introduction of the new 20 mph speed limits in September last year. However, the new data you quoted for the last three months of 2023, compared with the same period in 2022, actually shows that, even with the limited exceptions for...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport: Road Safety (26 Jun 2024)

Mark Isherwood: 3. What is the Welsh Government's policy on road safety? OQ61310

2. Questions to the Counsel General: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (25 Jun 2024)

Mark Isherwood: Thank you. Of course, it was senior officers, serving under Carl Foulkes, when I visited the regional organised crime unit, who raised those concerns with me. Policing in Scotland and Northern Ireland are devolved matters there, but, for reasons of history, geography and population and, with crime patterns between England and Wales operating on a cross-border, east-west basis, the situation...


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