Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has asked the Secretary of State for Wales if the Government would change the agreement on how European funds are given to communities in Wales. Alun Cairns, the Secretary of State, responded that Caerphilly had seen a fall in the level of unemployment and strongly implied that the Government would seek to allocate monies elsewhere.
Mr David asked his question in the House of Commons at Wales Questions. The Government has refused to set out its negotiating strategy for leaving the European Union, but has said that it intends to re-examine how European Structural Funds are allocated in the period before Brexit.
In the current funding period between 2014 and 2020 Caerphilly County Borough is designated as a Convergence area (old Objective 1), like the rest of the South Wales Valleys. Previously, projects that have benefited from European Union funds include Parc Penallta Community Park (which received 410,000 in EU funds), Tredomen Business Park (which received £3 million in EU funds), Cwmcarn Forest Bike Trail (which received £425,000 in EU funds) and the regeneration of Bargoed town centre (which received £4.3 million in EU funds). It was anticipated that European Grant Aid would continue until Britain left the European Union.
The remarks by Mr Cairns, following earlier suggestions by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, raise fears that central government will seek to divert funds away from the Valleys to more prosperous areas.
Wayne David said, “It is disgraceful that the Government are challenging the principle that ‘support should go to those areas that need it most’. The Government has promised to match the European funds that we will lose when we leave the EU, but it is now trying to switch European resources to relatively well-off areas.
“I will be fighting these proposals all the way. Caerphilly Borough needs as much assistance as possible to overcome the legacy of an economy being heavily dependent on the coal industry”.
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Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has asked the Secretary of State for Wales if the Government would change the agreement on how European funds are given to communities in...
Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has called on the Government to take immediate action to cut child poverty after new figures revealed there are 5,729 children in the Caerphilly parliamentary constituency who are living in poverty.
The figures from a new report by the End Child Poverty coalition also show that, after housing costs are taken into consideration, 28.9% of children in the Caerphilly constituency are living in poverty.
In their report, the End Child Poverty coalition show that there are now more than 3½ million children living in poverty across the UK. The report also highlights the 20 parliamentary constituencies with the lowest levels of child poverty. Included in this list is Maidenhead, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Theresa May.
The End Child Poverty coalition is made up of charities, faith groups and trade unions. They are warning that the benefits freeze, which the Conservative Government has imposed until the end of the decade, will mean that as prices rise, low income families will find it increasingly hard to pay for the same basic essentials.
Responding to the report, Wayne David said, “This report by the End Child Poverty coalition reveals the effect that cuts imposed by the Conservatives have had on child poverty in Caerphilly. Ministers chose to ignore the warnings from me and other Labour MPs that their cuts to tax credits, the introduction of the bedroom tax and other welfare changes would hit areas like Caerphilly harder than more affluent areas. These figures show that has clearly happened.
“Tackling child poverty should be a priority for any government because children in families who struggle on low incomes face far worse life chances. Theresa May has talked about wanting to create a country that works for everyone. She must take immediate action to tackle child poverty, so that the young people of Caerphilly get a fair start in life”.
Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has called on the Government to take immediate action to cut child poverty after new figures revealed there are 5,729 children in the...
Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has given his support to a campaign to help local people cut their gas and electricity bills.
Big Energy Saving Week is being run by a number of organisations including the Energy Savings Trust and Citizens Advice and it takes place between 31 October and 6 November. Its aim is to try to help people save money on their energy bills.
New figures published to coincide with Big Energy Saving Week show that people living in the Caerphilly constituency could save an average of £300 a year by switching energy supplier. However, the campaign also revealed that many people are unaware of the savings they could make.
Mr David is therefore encouraging his constituents to check whether they are on the cheapest energy tariff, before switching to a cheaper deal if they need to. To help people do this easily, Citizens Advice have launched their own online energy price comparison tool energycompare.citizensadvice.org.uk
Big Energy Saving Week is also giving people some simple tips on how to save money on their energy bills, such as turning off lights in empty rooms and making sure the TV is not left on standby.
Wayne David said, “I am pleased to support Big Energy Saving Week. The cost of energy bills can be a real worry for many of my constituents, particularly at this time of year when the clocks have gone back and the colder weather is setting in.
“Big Energy Saving Week is a great opportunity for people to find out about the different ways they can cut their spending on gas and electricity, whether that is by switching supplier or by taking simple steps to cut the amount of energy they use around the home.
“I would encourage anyone who wants to find out how much money they could save to go online to energycompare.citizensadvice.org.uk and compare prices. Alternatively, they can call the Big Energy Saving Week phone number on 0300 123 1234 or they can contact their local Citizens Advice for help.”
Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has given his support to a campaign to help local people cut their gas and electricity bills. Big Energy Saving Week is being run...