YOUR AM WRITES: Rosemary Butler AM for Newport West

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THE Welsh Government is making good progress with the Welsh economy, with the unemployment rate dropping and staying below the UK average.

The latest figures show that unemployment in Wales is 71 per cent, lower than England and its most deprived areas in the North East, North West and the West Midlands.

Jobs are being created, and the recent announcement that Pinewood would be building a new studio in South Wales is welcome news for individuals looking to work in the creative industries.

Last month, the landmark Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Bill was passed by the National Assembly for Wales. This new legislation will improve services for users, and will most importantly safeguard the most vulnerable individuals in society.

With the release of recent Flying Start figures, it was great to see the scheme making such a difference both in my constituency and across Wales.

The scheme offers eligible parents free quality childcare for children under the age of four, as well as providing support, an enhanced health visitor service and assistance with children’s early language development.

A total of 1,835 children in Newport benefitted from Flying Start services during 2012/13, and Welsh Government ministers are investing more than £254 million in the programme over the next four years.

I recently visited the Upmarket Galleries in Newport Market to see the fantastic work on show from a group of female artists who were displaying their work to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Several more exhibitions from the group are planned for this year, and for more information visit www.facebook.com/upmarketgalleries

Applications are now open for the Newport Women’s Forum grant. The awards support women by providing funding to assist in their personal development. Women aged 18 and over and who live in Newport are invited to apply for a grant up to £1000 and applications must demonstrate how the money will make a significant difference to their lives.

Applications must be received by May 21st, and for further information and to download the form visit www.newportwomensforum.wordpress.com or call 01633 222523.

Keep up to date with my activities by visiting www.rosemarybutleram.com or following me on Twitter @RosemaryButler.

To be added to my email newsletter list call 01633 222523 or email rosemary.butler@wales.gov.uk

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5:07pm Tue 8 Apr 14

eezageeza says...

What a crock...
What a crock... eezageeza
  • Score: 10

5:43pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Monmouthshire Merlin says...

You will be telling us next that WAG are doing a good job with the NHS, Education, and Social services.
Mrs Butler either you are completely out of touch or think we are are all morons!
I rather think the former than the latter.
Time to admit the devolution experiment has failed and we were better served under the old administration of the Welsh Office.
I wouldn't pay you in buttons and I cannot believe your audacity to write such dribble!
You will be telling us next that WAG are doing a good job with the NHS, Education, and Social services. Mrs Butler either you are completely out of touch or think we are are all morons! I rather think the former than the latter. Time to admit the devolution experiment has failed and we were better served under the old administration of the Welsh Office. I wouldn't pay you in buttons and I cannot believe your audacity to write such dribble! Monmouthshire Merlin
  • Score: 14

6:16pm Tue 8 Apr 14

blackandamber says...

I wish ams wouldn't write these columns. Theyr'e just embarrasing drivel.
I wish ams wouldn't write these columns. Theyr'e just embarrasing drivel. blackandamber
  • Score: 7

6:52pm Tue 8 Apr 14

theviking666 says...

THE Welsh Government is making good progress with the Welsh economy... keep telling yourself that, rosemary, at least you believe it.
THE Welsh Government is making good progress with the Welsh economy... keep telling yourself that, rosemary, at least you believe it. theviking666
  • Score: 6

6:55pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Mervyn James says...

blackandamber wrote:
I wish ams wouldn't write these columns. Theyr'e just embarrasing drivel.
We have to put up with it, it is often the only way to respond to these AM's. If like me you have tried to get some sense from the Mark Drakeford at the assembly, then you would be glad for any avenue of response, so I welcome Args columns by them, even MP's who totally ignore us except at election times. Drakeford appears illiterate and unable to read a letter well enough to respond to. I contacted him 9 times and had the same response 9 times to totally different questions, I think he employs monkeys to respond or something who just re-issue old responses all the time. They all appear to have a stat response to concern that contain no answer to anything.

The key to getting answers from AM's is to use their political opposition, whilst AM's happily ignore us lower forms of welsh life, they have to respond to their fellow opposition and political ministers, so try that, works wonders for me, I had the first response in 7 months from Drakeford that actually included an answer to the topic and subject I asked about.
[quote][p][bold]blackandamber[/bold] wrote: I wish ams wouldn't write these columns. Theyr'e just embarrasing drivel.[/p][/quote]We have to put up with it, it is often the only way to respond to these AM's. If like me you have tried to get some sense from the Mark Drakeford at the assembly, then you would be glad for any avenue of response, so I welcome Args columns by them, even MP's who totally ignore us except at election times. Drakeford appears illiterate and unable to read a letter well enough to respond to. I contacted him 9 times and had the same response 9 times to totally different questions, I think he employs monkeys to respond or something who just re-issue old responses all the time. They all appear to have a stat response to concern that contain no answer to anything. The key to getting answers from AM's is to use their political opposition, whilst AM's happily ignore us lower forms of welsh life, they have to respond to their fellow opposition and political ministers, so try that, works wonders for me, I had the first response in 7 months from Drakeford that actually included an answer to the topic and subject I asked about. Mervyn James
  • Score: 1

6:57pm Tue 8 Apr 14

siameselady says...

What a load of rubbish! Talk about rose tinted glasses!
What a load of rubbish! Talk about rose tinted glasses! siameselady
  • Score: 4

7:11pm Tue 8 Apr 14

scraptheWAG says...

well shes doing well for herself fantastic salary and good pension
well shes doing well for herself fantastic salary and good pension scraptheWAG
  • Score: 1

8:05am Wed 9 Apr 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Dishing out grants of up to £1,000 at a time to anybody in Newport who happens to be woman is one thing (admittedly probably sexist especially if funded through public money from all sexes and genders), but personally I find it a poor substitute for genuine equality.

Why, for instance, should I receive 15 per cent less than my male colleagues for doing exactly the same job? I probably don't qualify for these grants and bursaries because I happen to be a trans person without a gender recognition certificate, but even if I did I would rather have my elected representatives fighting for and ensuring equal and fair pay rather than tossing down the occassional handout consolation prize instead.

Give me compulsory equal pay audits at every workplace any day!
Dishing out grants of up to £1,000 at a time to anybody in Newport who happens to be woman is one thing (admittedly probably sexist especially if funded through public money from all sexes and genders), but personally I find it a poor substitute for genuine equality. Why, for instance, should I receive 15 per cent less than my male colleagues for doing exactly the same job? I probably don't qualify for these grants and bursaries because I happen to be a trans person without a gender recognition certificate, but even if I did I would rather have my elected representatives fighting for and ensuring equal and fair pay rather than tossing down the occassional handout consolation prize instead. Give me compulsory equal pay audits at every workplace any day! Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 3

8:12am Wed 9 Apr 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Btw...Rosemary, I did post a comment yesterday at the www.newportwomensfor
um.wordpress.com mentioned above, asking if Newport Women's Forum welcomed applications from trans women but now it has been deleted. Erm...guess that's a 'no' then;) I find it a great pity that certain groups of feminists are wont to buy into the Janice Raymond, Germaine Greer, Julie Burchill school of thought and evidently feel the need to erase the experiences of transsexual women as if they were only prepared to acknowledge the trans community they might learn some valuable things about the way that oppressive gender role systems are constructed.
Btw...Rosemary, I did post a comment yesterday at the www.newportwomensfor um.wordpress.com mentioned above, asking if Newport Women's Forum welcomed applications from trans women but now it has been deleted. Erm...guess that's a 'no' then;) I find it a great pity that certain groups of feminists are wont to buy into the Janice Raymond, Germaine Greer, Julie Burchill school of thought and evidently feel the need to erase the experiences of transsexual women as if they were only prepared to acknowledge the trans community they might learn some valuable things about the way that oppressive gender role systems are constructed. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 3

10:43pm Wed 9 Apr 14

tap says...

The usual drivel from this woman. Mention the possibility of employment from a possible but not certain film studio but ignore the mass of job losses or likely job losses announced in recent weeks e.g. Avana, Brynmawr bus station and Milford oil refinery. These useless politicians will continue to ignore the bad news in Wales around education and the health service or as Drakeford recently announced change the way we measure the health service because he does not like the current results.

Wales has what it deserves by allowing a minority to vote in favour of devolution. It is now an embarrassing failure, however, will now never go away. I am extremely concerned with what sort of country we end up with over next ten or twenty years if this bunch of shambolic idiots continue in power. Every member of the Assembly is on an ego trip and could not give a **** about the general population apart from election time of course.
The usual drivel from this woman. Mention the possibility of employment from a possible but not certain film studio but ignore the mass of job losses or likely job losses announced in recent weeks e.g. Avana, Brynmawr bus station and Milford oil refinery. These useless politicians will continue to ignore the bad news in Wales around education and the health service or as Drakeford recently announced change the way we measure the health service because he does not like the current results. Wales has what it deserves by allowing a minority to vote in favour of devolution. It is now an embarrassing failure, however, will now never go away. I am extremely concerned with what sort of country we end up with over next ten or twenty years if this bunch of shambolic idiots continue in power. Every member of the Assembly is on an ego trip and could not give a **** about the general population apart from election time of course. tap
  • Score: 3

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