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Mark Drakeford AM. Here to help you.

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On Thursday May 5 2016, the people of Cardiff West returned Mark to the National Assembly For Wales. Mark is extremely grateful for and humbled by this support, and will continue to work hard to return the trust placed in him.

If you live in Cardiff West, Mark is always available to help and support you should you need him. He or his colleague Kevin Brennan MP are at the Ely and Caerau Community Hub every Saturday 10am – 1230pm. You can attend without an appointment.

You can also contact his office on 029 2022 3207, by e-mail on Mark.Drakeford@assembly.wales, or visit 395 Cowbridge Road East, Canton CF5 1JG (Mark cannot guarantee availability – it is advisable to book an appointment in advance).

Further details and a map of Cardiff West

£500k Investment for Cantonian High

I am delighted that the Welsh Labour Government has announced £500,000 to fund investment at Cantonian High in Cardiff.

The funding will enable Labour-led Cardiff Council to make site improvements to support new modular accommodation and provide for consequential improvements to the school site.

The investment is part of the Welsh Labour Government’s £1.4 billion 21st Century Schools and Education Programme, which aims to update school buildings across Wales. Around £164 million of investment has been earmarked for Cardiff Council through the 21st Century schools programme, half of which will come from the Welsh Government.

Below: Fairwater Labour’s hard-working team of Paul Mitchell, John Bayliss and Irene Humphries welcomed the investment in Cantonian High.

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Welsh Government supports new summer holidays lunch and fun clubs

I welcome new Welsh Government investment to help provide quality meals and activities during the school summer holidays, aimed at helping pupils from some of Wales’ most deprived communities. £500,000 of funding will go towards lunch and fun clubs in some primary schools during the school summer holidays. The money will help provide breakfast, lunch, education about eating healthily and a programme of activities developed through the schools taking part. I visited Millbank Primary School in Caerau last summer, where a pilot scheme was being run. I had a lovely time chatting to children and seeing them play sports, look after the garden, and eat some lovely food. These children’s parents had signed them up to the free 4-week-long holiday club. It provided free nutritious meals, as well as a wide range of food education, physical activity and other fun sessions during the summer break, making the most of the school facilities. Read more [...]

Plan Well, Plan Early – Byw Nawr

I was happy to sponsor a successful event for Byw Nawr in the Senedd, which had a diverse range of stimulating speakers.

Many people in Wales put off planning for end of life until often it is too late to be able to have their choices met. Byw Nawr is encouraging the public to Plan Well, Plan Early in 2017, and I am glad if this event has contributed in some small way to breaking down barriers regarding discussing End of Life Care needs and wishes, in an open and realistic way.

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AM WITHDRAWS FALSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST MARK DRAKEFORD AM

Following strong pressure for him to correct the Assembly’s records, Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for South Wales Central and Cardiff Councillor Neil McEvoy has withdrawn recent comments made in the Senedd. Mr McEvoy had made allegations that Mark Drakeford had at one point taken three salaries: as a Minister in the Welsh Government, Assembly Member, and as a ‘further education lecturer’. This is entirely false, as Mark Drakeford ceased his employment with Cardiff University on the day that he was invited to join the Cabinet as Health Minister in March 2013. Mr McEvoy said, in an email to Mark Drakeford, the Assembly’s Presiding Officer and the Leader of the House, that: “I was not correct in stating your 3 roles were Minister, Cardiff University lecturer and Cardiff West Assembly Member… The employment with Cardiff University ceased when you became Minister. I therefore withdraw the comment.” Mr McEvoy also admitted that he had mistakenly accused Mark, on social media and in Cardiff Council’s debating chamber, of being an ‘unregistered landlord’, despite him not being a landlord at all. Mark Drakeford said: “Being an Assembly Member brings with it obligations to behave in a way that is consistent Read more [...]

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