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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the Assembly’s records, Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for South Wales Central and Cardiff Councillor Neil McEvoy has withdrawn recent comments made in the Senedd.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 [...]