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GET READY FOR WINTER Part 2

With the cold weather just about upon us, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water is asking customers to join its ‘Wrap Up Wales’ campaign to help them avoid the disruption and inconvenience that frozen water pipes cause many households and businesses. They are urging people to spend a few moments to protect their pipes from bursting and causing damage that can run into thousands of pounds.

The problem is usually linked to pipes that are exposed to very low temperatures, such as those in garages and outhouses, that expand when it freezes, causing a burst when they thaw. A repair on these pipes – which are the responsibility of the customer – is then urgently needed. The average repair cost for burst pipe damage during the 2010 cold snap was £7,000.

Their website has advice on how to prevent pipes freezing - www.dwrcymru.com. There is also an opportunity on our website for customers to apply for one of the 1,000 free lagging kits they are giving away.

Mark Drakeford AM urges Cardiff West to ‘GET READY FOR WINTER’

With winter on the way, Mark has called on his constituents in Cardiff West to ensure that they are taking advantage of free help and support with energy bills, in order to stay warm at the lowest possible cost. Short term for everyone: Getting the best deal Make sure you are on the best gas and electricity tariff for you. There are lots of deals and fixed prices to help you control your costs. It is easier than ever before to switch suppliers, which could potentially save you hundreds of pounds over the year. Use an online price comparison website to find deals – if you have the time, use more than one. Examples: energyhelpline.com, moneysupermarket.com, uswitch.com, comparethemarket.com. Short term for everyone: Saving Energy It is possible to do simple things to save energy - and so save money – while still keeping warm. Changing just one traditional light bulb with a fluorescent light of the same brightness will save about £3 per year. There are many more facts and ideas at energysavingtrust.co.uk Short term for some: Financial support Some constituents may be entitled to extra support from the government and the energy supplier if they meet certain criteria. The Warm Home Discount is worth £140 off Read more [...]

Congratulations to Jennifer Morgan MBE and Theresa Condick BEM

Mark and the Cardiff West office would like to let you know of two successful individuals in Cardiff West who have rightly and deservedly received awards in the New Year’s Honours list.

Jennifer Morgan, recently retired senior manager at Woodlands High School in the Caerau ward of Cardiff West, received the MBE (Member of the British Empire) for services to special education and the community.

Theresa Condick, pupil support manager at Glyn Derw High School, also in the Caerau ward, was given the BEM (British Empire Medal) for services to education and the community.

Congratulations and well done to both for their hard work and dedication, setting a fantastic example in our community.

Cardiff Council’s budget consultation closing soon

The public consultation period on Cardiff Council’s budget proposals for 2015/16 is due to close at midday on the 12th January 2015.

You still have time to have your say on many of the suggested city-wide budget saving proposals that are outlined in the Changes for Cardiff consultation document.
Further details on the budget on consultation process are available on the Council website.

Over 5,750 young people find work in 2014 thanks to Jobs Growth Wales

Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Julie James, has welcomed Jobs Growth Wales figures showing the Welsh Government’s flagship youth employment programme has created 16,775 job opportunities. Just over 13,900 young people have filled jobs since the programme began in 2012. December’s statistics show that in the last month this European Social Fund-backed programme offered job opportunities to 463 job hunters. During the past 12 months 5,759 job opportunities were filled. This flagship Welsh Government programme provides unemployed young people aged 16-24 with a job opportunity for six months. Jobs Growth Wales helps employers to grow their business by paying the young person’s salary, with the hope they will be offered sustained employment after six months. The latest figures published on the Welsh Government’s website, show success rates for the programme continuing strongly, with 83% of young people working in the private sector progressing into employment or further learning after completing their Jobs Growth Wales six month opportunities. Meanwhile, latest data for the self-employment strand of Jobs Growth Wales - where young people receive a young entrepreneurs’ bursary - shows that 412 new businesses Read more [...]