YOUR AM WRITES: Gwyn Price AM for Islwyn

First published in News

I hope you all had a good Christmas and are all enjoying the start of 2014.

The year has started at a pace with the recent publication of the report by the Commission for Public Service Governance and Delivery, chaired by Sir Paul Williams.

The report is about the delivery of devolved public services in Wales. Our public services are facing increased pressure, short term factors such as austerity and the poor growth coupled with longer term demographic issues.

A growing population, our population is becoming older and the expectations of service levels are rightly growing as is overall demand for these services.

The key question is then, what form does this change take?

The commission contains many proposals but one of the stand out recommendations is to create between 10 and 12 local authorities, a reduction from the current 22. What does this mean for our own area? The report proposes the merger of Caerphilly, Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent.

While we in politics live our lives by borough, ward or constituency boundary, many of you will already have strong affiliations to these places. You could well do your shopping in Cwmbran or Festival Park.

There do remain questions to be answered. Where the new authorities would be based? How would we go about merging council tax levels? How do bigger authorities maintain links to communities? These are but a few of the questions. These are not insurmountable questions but need answering all the same.

As someone who has a lifetime of local authority experience and has worked through previous reorganisations, I am determined that full consultation prior to implementation is carried out to make sure we get the right result this time, for the benefit of the constituents we serve. I will of course keep you informed through this column of any progress made.

On another note it was nice to see pupils returning to Cwmcarn School after a very tough year for staff, pupils and parents.

It is now time to look forward to a brighter future for all the pupils at Cwmcarn. This news is joined by the completion of the consultation process for the new comprehensive school at Oakdale.

The school will accommodate children from surrounding areas and will also address the issue of surplus places.

I welcome the addition of this truly 21st century school and the contribution it will make to education in Islwyn.

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7:49pm Thu 6 Feb 14

scraptheWAG says...

we could get rid of you and the other AM's parasites and save a fortune
we could get rid of you and the other AM's parasites and save a fortune scraptheWAG
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8:53am Sun 9 Feb 14

Stormin Norman says...

Open letter to Gwyn Price AM (aka Mr Lazy)

Mr Price,

You are a shambolic disgrace.

Firstly, do you really care about our Christmas. I think not. If you did care about Christmas you would be doing something about the Welsh NHS which was over stretched over the festive period.

Whilst you were eating your fattened goose over Christmas, did you spare a thought for the people receiving their pre packed Christmas lunch on a trolley in a hospital corridor. I don't think so.

Secondly why have you dumbed down the Williams report issue and linked it to your shopping habits. In your last column you waffled on about your trip to Sainsburys. Why are you so obsessed with shopping? Should you be more concerned about your constituents who have been let down by having you as the AM? You must have the lowest contribution rate from any politician in the welsh assembly.

Finally, I'm glad that you mentioned the pupils at Cwmcarn school. I notice though you just mention them and couldn't be bothered to visit the school.

What made me happy though in your mention of Cwmcarn was that you actually knew where it was. In your last column you were visiting projects that weren't even in your patch.

Mr Price, if you really care about the people of this wonderful area, you will do the honourable thing - resign your seat, stop claiming the expenses that are so obviously undeserved and let someone who actually cares about us ordinary folk take over.
Open letter to Gwyn Price AM (aka Mr Lazy) Mr Price, You are a shambolic disgrace. Firstly, do you really care about our Christmas. I think not. If you did care about Christmas you would be doing something about the Welsh NHS which was over stretched over the festive period. Whilst you were eating your fattened goose over Christmas, did you spare a thought for the people receiving their pre packed Christmas lunch on a trolley in a hospital corridor. I don't think so. Secondly why have you dumbed down the Williams report issue and linked it to your shopping habits. In your last column you waffled on about your trip to Sainsburys. Why are you so obsessed with shopping? Should you be more concerned about your constituents who have been let down by having you as the AM? You must have the lowest contribution rate from any politician in the welsh assembly. Finally, I'm glad that you mentioned the pupils at Cwmcarn school. I notice though you just mention them and couldn't be bothered to visit the school. What made me happy though in your mention of Cwmcarn was that you actually knew where it was. In your last column you were visiting projects that weren't even in your patch. Mr Price, if you really care about the people of this wonderful area, you will do the honourable thing - resign your seat, stop claiming the expenses that are so obviously undeserved and let someone who actually cares about us ordinary folk take over. Stormin Norman
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