I have pledged my support for Fairtrade Fortnight by attending an event in Parliament to discuss how to increase public awareness of the benefits of Fairtrade.
Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 26 February – 11 March 2018 and is a perfect opportunity for people to demonstrate their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food.
Fairtrade Fortnight aims to put a spotlight on trade. When trade is fair it has the potential to improve the lives of the farmers and workers who grow our food. When trade is fair, it can make the world a better place. Read more “Fairtrade Fortnight 2018”
I am deeply concerned to see that unemployment has continued to rise in the constituency for the fourth consecutive month. The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in January 2018 was 890.
This represents a rate of 2.7% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 256th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)
The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.6%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.4% between October and December 2017.
The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 170 higher than January 2017 and 25 higher than December 2017. This means that an additional 1 in 5 workers have lost their job since January 2017.
Delyn is now witnessing its fourth consecutive month of increases in job losses. If this trend continues we will soon see unemployment pushing into four figure numbers. Sadly, we have now gone over the tipping point and seen unemployment in Delyn go past the national average meaning that we are being hit harder than most by the UK Government’s decisions.
We have all seen what eight years of enforced austerity has done for Delyn and Wales. It has undermined our public services, created unwanted decisions for our local authority and now seen people lose their jobs.
Welsh Labour is determined to do our utmost to bring back employment to North East Wales, but at each turn our efforts are being undermined by the UK Government who seemingly have no concerns over our local economic performance. We need investment into our infrastructure to attract people and businesses. But not only that we need a demonstration by the UK Government that investing in our region is good for jobs. They can do this with a decent North Wales Growth Deal, something we have yet to see.
I have continued my support for the ‘Changing Places’ campaign. This campaign is calling on the UK Government to make urgent changes to building and planning regulations to ensure that toilet facilities are suitable for adults with disabilities in public places. This would mean the installation of adult changing benches, hoists and enough space for two carers. These toilet facilities would then be known as ‘Changing Places’.
Currently, British Standards 8300/2018 says that Changing Places toilets should be provided in larger buildings and complexes, such as: Read more “Changing Places campaign”
I am urging teachers in Delyn to apply for free training provided by the UK Parliament Education Service on the 2-4 July 2018.
As part of the UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador Programme the Education Service will be hosting a residential Teachers’ Institute. Teachers will experience Parliament first hand, and then return to their schools to support understanding of, and increase engagement with, Parliament.
Transport and accommodation costs are covered and applications are welcome from teachers, school leaders and teacher training providers working with young people aged 5-18.
The course includes:
• Q&A session with MPs and Peers
• Talks from subject specialists
• Workshops devoted to key aspects of the work of Parliament
• Opportunities to explore new and exciting teaching ideas
• Tour of the Palace of Westminster Read more “Free Parliamentary Teaching Training”