Inaction over continuing care claim backlog

The Welsh Labour Government is struggling to cope with a growing backlog of claims for nursing care charges, which should have been paid for by the NHS, Welsh Conservatives claimed today.2,450 claims, most of which date back beyond 2003, are now awaiting review by Welsh Local Health Boards in a lengthy and bureaucratic process, which requires claims to be reviewed in strict chronological order, regardless of the individual merits of each case.

Minister claims unaware windfarm areas over-capacity

The Welsh Labour Government has claimed it became aware in April 2011 that developer interest in the areas identified in Technical Advice Note 8 for windfarm development exceeded potential capacity.However, a review, published in October 2007 for the Welsh Assembly Government’s Planning Division, showed that in some areas interest already outstripped TAN 8’s ‘upper limits’ by almost four times.

No direction on NHS treatment via ‘exceptional funding’

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly, Andrew RT Davies AM, has condemned the Welsh Government’s handling of applications for NHS treatment via ‘exceptional funding’. Despite first being discussed in 2009, All-Wales guidance on the issue still hasn’t been introduced.

Backing for road digging utility charges

Commenting on the publication of proposals by the UK Government to charge utility companies in England for digging up roads during peak traffic hours, Byron Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Transport, said: “In Wales we are more familiar than most with the frustration of seemingly endless traffic jams caused by roadworks.

Congratulations to A-Level students

Shadow Minister for Education, Angela Burns AM, congratulates A-Level students across Wales - who have recently picked up their results.

Welsh Ministers dragging feet over Enterprise Zones

Nick Ramsay AM, Shadow Minister for Business, comments on the UK Government's announcmeent regarding enterprise zones and accuses Welsh Labour Ministers of 'dragging their feet' over similar developments in Wales.

“Time for action”: AM calls for urgent legislation to force eateries to display hygiene scores

Andrew RT Davies, the South Wales Central AM and leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly, has commended the swift response from Public Health Wales and environmental health teams in dealing with an outbreak of E.coli in Cardiff. He also repeated his calls for the Welsh Government to urgently bring forward legislation to force public eateries to display hygiene scores.

Soaring wait for business support

Welsh businesses are being forced to wait over twice as long for government funding under the new system – the ‘flagship’ Economic Renewal Programme (ERP).

Call for security review after government invoices are found in hedge

The Deputy Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly has called for a review of security procedures after an envelope containing government invoices was found in a hedge in Pembrokeshire.  Paul Davies – Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire – was handed the documents, which included bills for thousands of pounds and bank details for Dyfed Powys Police.

Systemic failings must be addressed

Commenting on the joint report by Estyn and CSSIW on the safeguarding of children in education services in Pembrokeshire, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said: “This report identifies serious failings, which are all the more astonishing given that Pembrokeshire County Council was rated as one of the top three Welsh education authorities only three years ago.