Wayne David

Member of Parliament for Caerphilly

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Sharron Jones, a Caerphilly resident, has succeeded in having her benefit restored by the Department for Work and Pensions.

 

Ms Jones and her daughter, Nadia, approached her MP Wayne David and he raised Ms Jones’ case on the floor of the House of Commons with the then Deputy Prime Minister.  After this, Ms Jones made a fresh application for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and was restored to the ESA Support Group, which she had previously been on before her benefit was cut by the Government.

Although this is a partial victory for Ms Jones, and the Government has effectively recognised that Ms Jones’ benefit should not have been reduced in the first place, her fight is not finished. Ms Jones is appealing against the original decision and for the payment of monies which she has lost.

On hearing of the news, Mr David said, “I am very pleased that the Government has recognised that their decision to reduce Ms Jones’ benefit was wrong.  Medical assessments indicated that Ms Jones would not be able to work and this has now been accepted by the Government.

"Unfortunately, it has taken a long and hard struggle for Sharron Jones to have her benefit level restored.  I now really hope that the Government pays her the money she should have had after they incorrectly assessed her”.

Partial benefit victory for 'unfairly treated' Caerphilly woman

  Sharron Jones, a Caerphilly resident, has succeeded in having her benefit restored by the Department for Work and Pensions.  

Members of the Caerphilly Workmen's Hall Volunteer Committee with Wayne David        Caerphilly Workmen's Hall

Wayne David, MP for Caerphilly, has given his full support to the Volunteer Committee who are working to ‘breathe new life’ into the Caerphilly Workmen’s Hall.

Mr David paid a visit to the Hall and saw at first hand the excellent work that is underway. The Hall has recently received a grant from ‘Awards for All’, but much more is needed to restore the Grade II listed building to its former glory.

Despite the current limitations, the Hall is being widely used for a range of community events and activities. The Hall is mentioned in Caerphilly County Borough Council’s ‘Caerphilly Basin Masterplan’ and there is clearly a need in the community for a building like the Miners’ Hall.

After his visit, Mr David said, “This is a wonderful building and credit must be given to the excellent group of volunteers who are working so hard to improve the building and increase its use. I have given my full support to the Hall Committee and I will do whatever I can to help to take the Hall forward.”

Wayne David MP visits Caerphilly Workmen’s Hall and is ‘enormously impressed’

         Wayne David, MP for Caerphilly, has given his full support to the Volunteer Committee who are working to ‘breathe new life’ into the Caerphilly Workmen’s Hall....

Carolyn Harris, Sue Jarman, Wayne David and Hefin David address a meeting about state pension inequality

At a packed meeting of almost 100 women in Ystrad Mynach, which was organised by Wayne David MP, there were calls for a determined campaign against the injustice done to women born in the 1950s affected by changes to the state pension laws in 2011.  The Government are raising the state retirement age for women from 60 to 65/66.

Wayne David opened the meeting by reminding the audience that the former Tory-led Coalition Government implemented changes to the pension, as it affected women, to achieve equalisation much faster than was initially proposed.  This has not given women time to make alternative work arrangements and has meant a large number of women in the Caerphilly constituency having to change their retirement plans or face the loss of thousands of pounds from their pensions.

Wayne David said, “The huge turnout for this meeting shows the strength of feeling amongst women over this injustice and the failure of the UK Tory Government to take any measure to address this. I give my whole hearted commitment to continue supporting the cause of those women who have been adversely affected by these changes”.  

Hefin David AM pledged to continue raising this matter in the National Assembly for Wales, so that pressure can be put on the Conservative Government in Westminster.

The recently elected Deputy Leader of Welsh Labour, and tireless campaigner on this issue, Swansea East MP Carolyn Harris, explained the position of the Labour Party to take measures to redress the injustice.  She also detailed the campaign by the All Party Parliamentary Group on State Pension inequality for women in Westminster, and outlined the problems when faced with an uncaring and intransigent UK Government who will simply not allow time in Parliament for a binding decision, and refuse to take any action themselves.

Finally, South East Wales WASPI co-ordinator Sue Jarman from Caerphilly, gave an insight into the local campaign activity.

During a lively question and answer session the women were given details of the conclusions of a wide-scale consultation on the inequality issue, which resulted in proposals to allow women to retire earlier by guaranteeing a non-means tested transitional payment.  There was a strong feeling from the meeting for women to unite behind proposals which would give relief from the injustice.                

Speaking after the event Carolyn Harris said, “I am grateful to Wayne David MP for giving me the chance to speak to his Caerphilly constituents on the campaign against these unjust changes.  It was one of many packed meetings I have attended around Wales and it was heartening to see the level of determination of these women to address this injustice.”

Determination to tackle women' s state penion inequality

At a packed meeting of almost 100 women in Ystrad Mynach, which was organised by Wayne David MP, there were calls for a determined campaign against the injustice done to...


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