Vaughan Gething: “This is devolution in action…”

Vaughan Gething - Welsh Labour Assembly candidate (Photo: Natasha Hirst)

Speaking to Cardiff East Vaughan Gething, the Welsh Labour Assembly candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth spoke out on the issue of tuition fees. Welsh domiciled students will not pay any extra tuition fees, the Labour-led Assembly Government announced this week.

Vaughan Gething, a former NUS Wales President and Labour Assembly Candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth welcomed the announcement as a fantastic boost for students from Wales.

Labour’s Education Minister, Leighton Andrews, has announced that from the start of the academic year 2012/13 basic tuition fees will rise to £6000 per annum at Welsh HE institutions. They will be able to charge fees up to £9000, if they meet certain requirements, but the Assembly Government will meet the extra cost for students who are domiciled in Wales.

Vaughan Gething said: “This announcement is great news for parents and students in Wales. This bold decision marks a clear difference between Welsh Labour in the Assembly and the ConDem coalition at Westminster.

Welsh Labour’s decision ensures that the higher education teaching budget is in much better shape than in England. In Wales the new fee payments will increase resources for Universities unlike the ConDem plans.

Everybody is aware of the Lib Dems broken promise on scrapping fees. The Tories and Lib Dems are looking and sounding like the same party with each passing day. It is a farce to have Nick Clegg and Vince Cable argue that it is fair for fees to be trebled and then say that they might abstain in a vote on their policy. Nobody will be fooled by a handful of Lib Dem abstentions that still paves the way for fees to rise to £9000 a year.

In contrast Welsh Labour’s decision avoids a massive increase in student debt that the ConDems are forcing on other students.

This is devolution in action with Welsh Labour delivering for Wales.” Continue reading

Think you know the Scouts? Think Again

49th Cardiff (1st Rumney) Scout Group

For Children of all ages

http://test.scouts.org.uk/comms_centre/video/thinkUknow.mov test.scouts.org.uk

Beavers 6-8 yrs  Meet Monday evenings from 5-6pm
Cubs  8-10 yrs Meet Wednesday evenings from 17:45 -19:30
Scouts 10-13 Meet Monday evenings from 19:00-20:30
Adult  leaders from 18 -80

For more details marc@eastandsouth.org.uk

Plans to merge Llanrumney & Old St. Mellons wards

The Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales was asked by the Local Government Minister, Dr. Brian Gibbons to review the electoral arrangements in each principal local authority in Wales.

Early this year the Boundary Commission recommended that the wards of Llanrumney and Rumney merged. Following public consultation the Boundary Commission has now produced it’s Final Proposals for Cardiff City and County Council.

It recommends that the communities of Llanrumney and Old St. Mellons join to create a new ward that carries both names in its title.

By combining the Community of Llanrumney and the Community of Old St. Mellons an election division is formed with a total of 9,766 electors (10,201 projected) which, if represented by three councillors, has a level of representation of 3,255 electors per councillor which is less than 1% above the proposed county average of 3,252 electors per councillor. We consider this to be an appropriate level of representation for the area and put this forward as a proposal. We propose the name Llanrumney and Old St. Mellons for the proposed electoral division. We also propose to retain the existing Rumney electoral division.”

The Trowbridge ward which contains the communities of Trowbridge and the new St Mellons estate is not affected by the proposals.

Free Fireworks Rumney – Greenway Park 6.30pm

 

Over two thousand people are expected to gather in Greenway Park in Rumney on Bonfire Night for a free firework display organised by the Rumney Forum and South Wales Police.

Council Issue Questionnaire To Every Llanrumney Household

As the people of east Cardiff await the findings of Leslie Blohm QC following the Rumney Recreation Ground Village Green Public Inquiry there was a surprise new development over the weekend. On Saturday every Llanrumney household found a letter had been mailed to them from Cardiff Council asking them to ‘Have Your Say’ on green open space surrounding the historic Llanrumney Hall.

The letter that accompanied the questionnaire can be seen below. The council is referring to the £250k proposed ‘Captain Morgan Gardens’ development. Named after the legendary Sir Henry Morgan of Llanrumney Hall the development of open space around Llanrumney Hall was first mooted by the council in May 2009. It is the timing, mere weeks before Leslie Blohm QC’s reports is delivered to County Hall, that will surprise many. Also the fact that the letter fails to mention any reference to the ‘Captain Morgan Gardens’ or the £250K budget that was allocated in April’s council budget.

The question now is if any of Rumney Rec is recommended to be designated as a village green will the development around Llanrumney Hall go ahead?

LAUNCH OF 4NETWORKING COWBRIDGE AND THE VALE

BUZZ, BUSINESS AND A VERY FINE BREKKIE

Kathryn McTaggart

After weeks of planning, 4Networking  Cowbridge launches at the Duke of Wellington (complete with knight in shining armour!) and there are already businesses booked in from around the country.

4Networking is a different way of doing things. You have three one-to-one appointments at every meeting and members can attend any one of over 200 groups across the country.  Its business networking but informal, fun and a chance to become part of a 20,000 strong network – sharing information, solving problems, building relationships and doing real business

Fancy coming to the very first of many Cowbridge 4Networking events to find what the fuss is about?

Here are the details:

Date: Thursday 7th October 2010
TIME: 8am – 10am
Location: The Duke of Wellington, High Street, Cowbridge, CF71 7AG
Price: Just £10, to cover entry and a cooked or continental breakfast

Places can be booked by emailing  kathryn.mctaggart@family-lawfirm.co.uk.

To find out more about 4Networking, please head over to http://www.4networking.biz/welcome where there’s plenty of information about the club and why it could prove so valuable to your business.

Kathryn specialises in divorce and separation, as well as related financial matters, and has a special interest in private children disputes, including applications by a parent to move with a child to another country. Kathryn is a collaborative lawyer and has worked as a mediator so her approach is always creative rather than adversarial.  She is committed to acknowledging the trauma of separation whilst remaining constructive and forward looking.

You can follow Kathryn McTaggart on:

twitter: @Kat_McTaggart

website: http://www.family-lawfirm.co.uk

blog: http://kathrynmctaggart.wordpress.com/

Alun Michael MP: “Ed Miliband has made a very assured and confident start as Leader of the Labour Party.”

Alun Michael with Ed Miliband

Writing exclusively for Cardiff East Alun Michael MP reflects on a momentous week for the Labour Party.

Ed Miliband has made a very assured and confident start as Leader of the Labour Party.

  • His first task was to reach out beyond those who supported him in the leadership election, and to unite the party and he’s done that.
  • His second task was to mark out the nature of his leadership and bring a freshness to the role of Leader, and he’s made a good start on that.
  • His third task was to reach out to the electorate beyond the party and to persuade the public that this is a fresh start.  Again, he’s made a good start, stressing that we know where we went wrong, and that his leadership will be different – but also making it clear that his leadership will be based on Labour’s true values and that he’s determined to build on our successes.

Alun Michael & Ed Miliband in Manchester Cathedral

All of that is important.

Frankly, we know why things went wrong during Gordon Brown’s period – but we also know that Gordon’s leadership, nationally and internationally, is what stopped the world collapse in financial systems being even worse.  We are rightly proud of the way he massively increased our contribution to tackling world poverty.  But the leadership became isolated and there was a failure to listen to us on such issues as the 10p tax rate.  That’s why it is so important that on Day One Ed made it clear that he will listen to the whole team of Labour MPs – and regard us all as “his team”.

He’s also promised to take up the community engagement initiative that his brother David launched earlier this year and that means that the Party will become much more inclusive and outward-looking – welcoming in activists and people from every aspect of community life.

At the Labour Party Conference, there was a sense of a Party that is chastened by what went wrong, but is buzzing with ideas and initiatives and good ideas for the future – and determined to win support for a constructive approach to the future.  We’ve been honest about being defeated – but we are neither defeatist nor divided, so that the Party is clearly ready to accept responsibility and to take up leadership once more.

Personally, I feel angry that David Cameron’s first action was to slash support for unemployed young people.  I entered national politics after working with unemployed young people and seeing the misery and hopelessness that ruined the lives of a generation of young people as a direct result of Margaret Thatcher’s policies.

Alun Michael & Ed Miliband

What makes it worse is that David Cameron seems to have learned nothing from that era.  The economic writing on the wall is clear and stark …

  • A few weeks ago, we were told that the figures for the first few months of this year were better than expected, largely because the construction industry was recovering.  Why ? Because the Labour Government pulled investment forward to give that industry an injection of work and cash to stop companies going bust due to the standstill in private sector activity.
  • Then we were told that many companies are cutting recruitment because they can see the unavoidable impact for them of the massive Tory-Lib-Dem cuts in public investment. So the Government has engineered a slowdown at just the moment when they need to be giving a boost to confidence in the private sector.
  • And because the new government is going further and faster than Margaret Thatcher’s government dared to do the spectre of double-dip recession and economic failure is staring us in the face.

The damage will be enormous, and the task of reconstruction may well be as great as that which faced us in 1997.  But we have shown we can do it – and this time we can avoid some of the disengagement that happened as time went on.  In other words, we can be just as competent on the economy, create the conditions for further investment in the things that matter, and at the same time be a more friendly, human and humane administration.  And Ed Miliband gets it – he understands the need to do just that. He’s made a good start in settling the Labour Party down and preparing for action.

Am I disappointed that David Miliband has decided not to join the Shadow Cabinet ?  Yes.  I voted for him as Leader because believe he has enormous talent, intellect and integrity.  His inclusion in the short term would make Ed’s team even stronger.  But he may be wise to take some time out, taking time to think and reflect and experiment with new ideas. I found my year on the back benches in 2000 – 2001 gave me some space to do just that, as has the period since I stopped being a Minister in 2006.  I’m convinced that David will then come back stronger than ever – and that he will be a towering force in British politics for many years to come.  Being the Leader is only one role and there’s a need for strong personalities around the Leader.  Ed Balls, Harriet Harman, Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and many others are there with the capacity to provide Ed Miliband with the fine team that he needs and that we need ………. But there will be a big role for David to play when he’s ready to do so.

Alun Michael

Labour MP – Cardiff South and Penarth

www.alunmichael.com