Wayne David

Member of Parliament for Caerphilly

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Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly has criticised the parliamentary boundary proposals, which will cut the number of Welsh MPs by more than a quarter, as "gerrymandering".

These proposals have been published by the independent Boundary Commission for Wales, using a ‘formula’ that was put in place by the previous Tory-led Coalition Government.

As a result, constituency boundaries will change across the UK, reducing the size of the House of Commons from 650 to 600 seats. However, it is Wales that is set to the biggest proportional change in its representation in Parliament, with number of MPs set to fall from 40 to 29.

Speaking after the proposed changes had been published Mr David said, "Wales is to lose 11 parliamentary seats. This makes it inevitable that many of the new seats have little integrity. This is the worst kind of political gerrymandering. The Labour Party will lose the most seats because Wales is a Labour stronghold.

 “But it is unlikely that this boundary review will be implemented because it will hit the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and they are the Government's partners."

Wayne David slams boundary changes

Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly has criticised the parliamentary boundary proposals, which will cut the number of Welsh MPs by more than a quarter, as "gerrymandering".

Universal Credit

Wayne David, MP for Caerphilly, is calling for the Government to put a moratorium on the further roll out of its new benefits system known as Universal Credit.

Despite all the problems experienced with the programme to date the Tory Government has indicated its intention to press ahead with the controversial changes. 

Commenting on the decision Wayne David said, “I am dismayed at the Government’s refusal to recognise recent research, which shows that while wages are failing to keep up with inflation, cuts to in-work social security support have meant that most net incomes of recipients have flat-lined in real terms and worsened in a number of cases.”

Under the current programme Universal Credit is scheduled to be rolled out in the Caerphilly area in May 2018.   

Analysis from the House of Commons Library shows that nurses and teachers will be hit particularly hard by the combination of stagnating wages and cuts to social security.

Wayne David MP added, “Many employees, including our key public sector workers who are already penalised by the stubborn refusal of the Government to lift the public sector pay cap, will be dramatically worse off, in real terms, if Universal Credit continues to be rolled out in its current form. 

“That’s why I am echoing the call from the Labour Party for the roll out to be stopped whist urgent reform and redesign of Universal Credit is undertaken.”

Caerphilly MP calls for moratorium on rollout of Universal Credit

Wayne David, MP for Caerphilly, is calling for the Government to put a moratorium on the further roll out of its new benefits system known as Universal Credit.

Guide Dogs

Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, tested his taxi hailing skills at Labour Party Conference in a football-themed game with the charity Guide Dogs.

While trying to get a taxi to take guide dog owner Jacqueline to her local football match, Mr David heard about the real problems assistance dog owners face when being illegally refused by taxis and minicabs.

The Equality Act makes it illegal for a taxi or minicab driver to refuse to take an assistance dog or to charge extra for carrying it. However, research by Guide Dogs has found that 42% of assistance dog owners have been turned away by a taxi or minicab in a one-year period because of their dog. The research also uncovered that 38% of assistance dog owners have been asked to pay an extra fare for carrying their dog.

 Wayne David is supporting Guide Dogs’ call for all taxi and minicab drivers to undertake disability equality training, so they understand the rights and needs of disabled passengers and feel confident to offer assistance. The campaign is supported by more than 30 organisations, including trade bodies, local government representatives and disability groups.

Speaking after meeting with Jacqueline, Wayne David said, “This is a very important issue. Assistance dogs for visually impaired people are absolutely vital. I really hope that taxi and minicab drivers in the Caerphilly area will support my call for assistance dogs to accompany their owners on all journeys".

Wayne David shows the red card to taxi refusals

Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, tested his taxi hailing skills at Labour Party Conference in a football-themed game with the charity Guide Dogs.


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