Labour’s banding meaningless and confusing

Commenting on the news that the Welsh Labour Government will introduce a revised school banding system for secondary schools and a new grading system for primary schools in autumn 2014, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Education Minister, said:

Labour continue to reject death rate inquiry

Carwyn Jones today again rejected calls for an independent inquiry into high death rates in Welsh hospitals, after health campaigners urged Ed Miliband to raise their concerns with the Labour First Minister.

999 service must be used responsibly

Commenting on reports that one single property in North Wales dialled 999 for an ambulance 290 times last year, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health and Social Services, said:

U-turn on home education register is common sense

Commenting on the Welsh Government’s decision not to introduce a compulsory register and monitoring scheme for parents who educate their children at home and to issue non-statutory guidance instead, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said:

Welsh businesses call for business rate relief extension

70 leading Welsh businesses and chambers of commerce have jointly signed a letter to the Labour First Minister Carwyn Jones calling on him to extend the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme to effectively abolish business rates on rateable values up to £12,000.

Cancer patients in England 7 times more likely to access meds

Commenting on the conclusion of research into the effects of a Cancer Drugs Fund in England, that English patients are up to seven times more likely to be prescribed expensive cancer medicines than patients in Wales, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Health Minister, said:

Ambulance response target missed by 10%

Figures published today show that Carwyn Jones’ Labour Government has missed its ambulance response time target for the 20th time in 21 months.

Three Welsh pubs closing every week

Welsh Conservatives will today call on the Welsh Labour Government to end its opposition to a Right to Bid, which would help save Welsh pubs, which are closing at a rate of three a week.