Message to Labour: Open your books to Welsh public

Commenting on the announcement from Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP that the UK Communities and Local Government Department will be publishing all expenditure above £250, reducing the threshold from £500 to a record low, Janet Finch-Saunders AM, Shadow Minister for Local Government, said: “This is a massive and welcome leap towards greater transparency, giving the public clear and accessible information on how their taxes are spent.

Unemployment down by 7,000

Welsh Conservatives today welcomed figures showing the unemployment rate in Wales for the three months from April to June 2012 fell by 0.4% to 8.6%.  The number of unemployed people fell by 7,000, to reach 126,000, while the rate of employment rose by 0.5%, with 5,000 more people in work. This comes as the UK rate of unemployment fell by 0.2%, with 46,000 fewer people unemployed.

Severn Bridges report delayed

Welsh Conservatives today demanded to know why a major report into the economic impact of the Severn Bridge tolls has failed to be published. On 30th June 2010, the then Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones announced the enquiry with a publication date of Spring 2011.

VIDEO: A Welsh Parliament

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly, Andrew RT Davies AM, explains why he's called for the National Assembly for Wales to be renamed the Welsh Parliament.

Time for a Welsh Parliament

Andrew RT Davies AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservative Group in the National Assembly for Wales, today called for the institution to be renamed the Welsh Parliament. Read an essay by Mr Davies here and watch him explain his call on video here.

Mynd ati i ysgogi cariad at iaith

Heddiw, bydd Ceidwadwyr Cymru’n lansio ymdrech iaith er mwyn creu consensws tuag at fagu cenedl dairieithog. Bydd y blaid heddiw’n cyhoeddi ymgynghoriad ar gynigion i roi cyfle i bob ysgol gynradd ddysgu iaith dramor fodern gydol Cyfnod Allweddol 2 er mwyn ategu eu sgiliau Cymraeg a Saesneg.

Movement to inspire love of language

Welsh Conservatives will today launch a movement for language to create a consensus towards nurturing a trilingual nation. The Party will today announce a consultation on proposals to give all primary schools the opportunity to teach a modern foreign language throughout Key Stage 2 to complement skills in Welsh and English.

Half of glastir applications rejected

Figures uncovered by the Welsh Conservatives have revealed that over half of Glastir applications are sent back to the applicant due to errors. Janet Finch-Saunders, Assembly Member for Aberconwy, who uncovered the data has raised concerns about the complex nature of the forms and called on the Deputy Agriculture Minister to act.

Call for review of road safety education

Welsh Conservatives have repeated calls for a review of road safety education in Welsh schools. It follows the publication of the latest – provisional - ‘police recorded road casualties’.