Regeneration resources must deliver

Commenting on the publication of the Welsh Government’s new regeneration framework, ‘Vibrant and Viable Places’, Byron Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Transport & Regeneration, said: “We welcome this latest framework to better target regeneration funding at our more deprived communities."

Volvo Ocean Race announcement welcomed

Commenting on the news that Cardiff will host a stopover in the 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017/18, Shadow Minister for Sport Mohammad Asghar AM said:“This is a significant announcement and I welcome it wholeheartedly.“The Ocean Race is a considerable event in the global sporting calendar and its visit to Wales must be celebrated."

Caerphilly Council slammed by audit report

Commenting on the publication of a Wales Audit Office report, which concludes that Caerphilly County Borough Council acted unlawfully in determining pay for senior officers, Janet Finch-Saunders AM, Shadow Minister for Local Government, said:

'Clear timetable' now needed for neonatal care decision

Commenting on confirmation that the First Minister will personally decide whether to ‘call in’ Betsi Cadwaladr UHB’s plans to shift long-term neonatal care from North Wales to the Wirral, Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM said: “The First Minister has ultimate responsibility for NHS reform in Wales so I welcome confirmation that he will personally deal with the health board’s plans for long-term neonatal care."

Health watchdog appointments delayed

A Welsh Government process to appoint members of community health councils appears to have been delayed and may not be completed by the start of the next financial year. The Leader of the Opposition has learned that government appointments to health watchdogs across Wales are nowhere near completion.

Tougher monitoring on public money call

Commenting on the sentencing of a man convicted of gambling away public money intended to help armed forces veterans, Darren Millar AM, Chair of the National Assembly’s Cross Party Group on the Armed Forces, said:“This is a contemptible act of fraud and I welcome the fact that justice has finally been served.

North Wales health watchdog referral welcomed

Commenting on the North Wales Community Health Council’s decision to refer elements of the health board’s reorganisation plans to the Minister – and raise serious concerns over the removal of neonatal care from the region - Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM said: “This is extremely welcome news which – by referring the decision to the Minister – allows for democratic accountability in the decision-making process."

No council tax freeze for families in Wales

Commenting on figures showing an average rise of 2.9% in Council Tax bills across Wales from April 2013, Janet Finch-Saunders AM, Shadow Minister for Local Government, said: “It is grossly unfair that families in Wales are facing higher Council Tax hikes than anywhere else in the UK because of Labour’s failure to pass on a freeze."

St David's Day Message

The Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Heritage will today join other Welsh Conservative Assembly Members in marking St David’s Day. As Wales enjoys its national day of celebration, both have highlighted the importance of March 1st and the cultural significance of Welsh identity.