Yesterday I pledged my support for pubs in Delyn when I joined the British Beer and Pub Association in Parliament to learn about the positive impact pubs have on our local economy.
During the meeting with Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, I was passed an information pack which showed that pubs and breweries in Delyn – of which there are 95 pubs and 4 breweries – support 721 jobs directly and 943 through supply chains. These businesses contribute £19.2m to the local economy and have collective introduced £2.2m in investment in Delyn.
In Wales the figures stand at 3,215 pubs; 120 breweries – both securing 41,962 jobs – and bringing in £952.7m to the Welsh economy.
Pubs have faced incredibly tough times of late. The dawn of cheap alcohol from supermarkets and people having to work longer hours to earn decent wages has meant that we all have less time to enjoy a drink in the local.
Pubs are important community hubs. They ensure that people drink responsibly and have somewhere to meet with friends and family. Without these hubs we would be socially poorer.
The figures that I was provided at the meeting also demonstrated the positive economic impact pubs and breweries have on the local economy. We cannot ignore an industry that brings with it £19.2m of revenue and £2.2m of investment. I want to see our pubs thrive and become the envy of Wales.
I am angry to see that another month has been lost in the combat against unemployment in Delyn. The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in September 2018 was 1,085.
This represents a rate of 3.3% of the economically active population aged 16-64.
The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.9%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.0% in June to August 2018.
The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 310 higher than September 2017 and 50 higher than August 2018. Read more “Unemployment: September 2018”
The minister delivered a statement today on the UK Government’s approach to tackling climate change and renewable energy.
This week is being called ‘Green Britain’ week by the UK Government, but it also the very same week they have allowed fracking to recommence in Lancashire.
Luckily for us, the Welsh Government has put a moratorium on fracking in Wales meaning we will not see its impact in our communities.
This all feeds into the recent reports that we have only 12 years left to stop global temperatures rising to levels that we can no longer control. Human carbon emissions are causing climate change and it is for humans to fix the problem.
That is why I pressed the minister as to why she is cutting the support for our solar industry when we need to be expanding it. The tariff cuts were announced several years ago and will be implemented shortly. I was disappointed that the minister couldn’t give a clear response instead stating that she will return to the House at a later point.
We cannot afford to lose any more years in the battle against climate change and the UK Government need to take action today, not tomorrow.
During Justice Questions I asked the Secretary of State what action he is doing to reduce reoffending through employment.
I pointed out that the UK Government is the largest employer in the UK – be it through direct employment or contracts to the private sector. Often we hear of the UK Government calling on the private sector to employ ex-offenders, but we also need a strategy from the UK Government as well.
It is vital that we have an employment strategy for offenders in place so that we can cut the risk of them re-offending and help them rejoin society. If we fail this we will see a rotating door between prisons and our communities.