Wayne David

Member of Parliament for Caerphilly

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Winter Fuel Payments

Nearly 14,000 pensioners living in the Caerphilly constituency could lose their Winter Fuel Payments under plans set out in the Conservative Party’s manifesto, new research has revealed.

In their manifesto, it was made clear that a future Conservative Government would introduce means testing for pensioners receiving Winter Fuel Payments.

New research, which has been published by Welsh Labour, shows that 13,730 pensioners in the Caerphilly constituency could lose their Winter Fuel Payments if means testing is introduced. This is 80% of the pensioners who currently receive the payments.

The Conservatives have also said that they will scrap the Triple Lock on state pensions after 2020. However, Welsh Labour have made clear that they will keep the Triple Lock, which guarantees that pensions increase by at least 2.5% every year.

Wayne David, Welsh Labour candidate for Caerphilly, said, “It is clear from their plans that pensioners are set to lose out if the Tories win the general election on 8 June. Their proposals to introduce means testing on Winter Fuel Payments could see 80% of pensioners living in the Caerphilly constituency lose this vital financial support that is needed to help heat homes in the winter.

“I also oppose the Conservatives’ plans to scrap the Triple Lock on state pensions after 2020. I believe that it is essential pensioners have a secure and dignified retirement. That is why, if I am re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Caerphilly, I will support legislation to keep the Triple Lock on state pensions over the lifetime of the next parliament. This would mean that pensions will rise each year by average earnings, inflation or 2.5%, whichever is the highest.”

Tories would cut Winter Fuel Payments from nearly 14,000 Caerphilly pensioners

Nearly 14,000 pensioners living in the Caerphilly constituency could lose their Winter Fuel Payments under plans set out in the Conservative Party’s manifesto, new research has revealed.

Senghenydd Mining Disaster

Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has indicated that the Treasury in London has said there is the possibility that a thorough search could be done to see if there is in existence an account of approximately £12 million relating to the Senghenydd disaster.

The Caerphilly MP had written to the Government in London and has received a reply from Treasury Minister Simon Kirby.  The Minister has said “while there is a potentially lengthy process for accounts over 100 years old, particularly where there is only partial information available, the British Bankers’ Association will be happy to look further in to this specific case, with the Banks involved, to see whether or not there is a record of remaining account monies in respect of the relief fund”.

This information has been passed on to Aber Valley Heritage Group who are in the process of pursuing this. 

Wayne David, who is an historian by background, has also said that he intends to make his own enquiries during the next few months.

In 1913 an explosion killed 439 miners and a rescuer at Universal Colliery in Senghenydd, Caerphilly. About £115,000- £12m in today’s money – was unspent from a relief fund set up for victims’ families, according to records kept in Swansea.

Chink of light for missing Senghenydd funds

Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has indicated that the Treasury in London has said there is the possibility that a thorough search could be done to see if there...

ThePanteg

Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has met with Shabaz Akram, who plans to move Abertridwr’s post office from its current location to The Panteg in the centre of Abertridwr.

Mr Akram has secured planning permission to transform the old Panteg Hotel, which has been disused for a number of years, into a post office and retail outlet with 9 flats on the first floor.

Public consultation has been held with local people and the moves have been welcomed. 

 Wayne David said, “I have been very impressed with Mr Akram’s plans.  For a long time The Panteg has been an eyesore.  I am delighted that it is now to be put to good use with a new post office being central to the development”.

New post office to breathe new life into Abertridwr

Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has met with Shabaz Akram, who plans to move Abertridwr’s post office from its current location to The Panteg in the centre of Abertridwr....


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