WELSH CONSERVATIVES are calling on the Welsh Government to reconsider its decision to scrap financial inclusion support from Families First Services.
Shadow Secretary for Education and Children, Darren Millar AM, today warns the Government against this move, saying it could further perpetuate the cycle of deprivation blighting many Welsh families.
The Families First scheme is designed to improve outcomes for children, young people and families. The role improved money management can play in achieving this outcome is regarded by many as substantial.
Stakeholder organisations, including Action for Children, have voiced concern as to the negative impacts this decision may have.
Mr Millar questioned the decision and called on the government to explain their action:
“Almost one in four people in Wales lives in poverty. Better money management can make a real difference to improving this dire situation.
“I fear that removing this vital support would inflict a significant negative impact on young people, and families, in or at risk of poverty.
“If these at-risk individuals do not receive adequate support in dealing with things like debt, paying bills and financial planning, then what we’ll see is a continuation of the cycle of deprivation which already affects far too many people.
“The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children must explain how this decision was arrived at, and whether a periodic review has been planned to assess its impact.”
GCSE joy at Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi
There was delight at Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi yesterday as students celebrated the GCSE results.
Headteacher Nicola James said: “In a year when key performance measures have changed, it is pleasing to note that our Capped 9 score (the pupils’ best 9 GCSE results including Numeracy, Literacy and Science) has increased to over 400.
“Our focus is on maximising the progress of every pupil across a broad range of subjects, and most of our students sat between 12 and 14 GCSEs or equivalent qualifications.
“We are proud of the achievements of all our students, which are the result of their hard work and the input of our excellent teaching and support staff who ensure high quality learning experiences and pastoral care for all students.
“I congratulate everyone on their success.”
There were many noteworthy individual successes, including: Catrin Rees 9A*, 4A; Sarah Greenshields 8A*, 6A; Emily Cross 6A*, 6A, 2B; Lleucu Berwyn 5A*, 6A, 1B; Lol Maskell 4A*, 7A, 4B; Tessa Hieatt 2A*, 9A, 3B; Georgia Harrington 2A*, 8A, 4B; Lowri Adams-Lewis 2A*, 8A, 3B,1C; Ewan Kelly 2A*, 6A, 5B; Ashleigh Gordon 2A*, 6A, 4B, 1C; Hatty Francis 9A, 4B, 1C; Amy Dangerfield 8A, 5B, 1D; Rhys Hughes 1A*, 6A, 7B; Emily Holmes 7A, 4B, 2C.
Aberystwyth University sponsors Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend
Aberystwyth University is one of the main sponsors for Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend which takes place in Cardiff on 23 – 25 August 2019.
Voted one of the UK’s top 100 employers for inclusivity in the workplace according to Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index, Aberystwyth University is sponsoring the event for the fourth year.
The University’s presence at Pride Cymru comes as part of a programme of events organised throughout the year involving its LGBTA network Enfys Aber.
For more information, see attached news release or go online: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/news/archive/2019/08/title-225387-en.htmlAU35719 Pride Cymru Big Weekend.
Communities in Ceredigion will get extra support
COMMUNITIES in Ceredigion will get extra support as they take part in a census rehearsal The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has appointed a census engagement manager to support Ceredigion residents help rehearse the census this October.
Ceredigion was chosen as one of just four areas for the census rehearsal, which will enable the ONS to test some of the systems and processes it has put in place ahead of the digital-first 2021 Census.
David Lloyd Roberts, the area’s census engagement manager, will help organisations, charities, faith groups and community leaders within the county to raise awareness of the census rehearsal and the value to local residents in taking part.
David, who grew up on a hill farm in Pontrhydfendigaid studied history and Welsh history at Aberystwyth University before embarking on a career within the community as a trading standards officer. He went on to manage the local authority’s trading standards, licensing and community warden functions.
He said: “I’ve worked in local government in Ceredigion for over 34 years and served as a school governor for 10 years, so I like to think I know the area and its people well.
“This is a really exciting opportunity to work with community groups and residents to test out the processes to make sure everything works as well as possible and to help ensure everyone in Ceredigion get their voices heard.”
People in each of the rehearsal areas, Ceredigion, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Carlisle, will be asked to complete a questionnaire about those living in their household on 13 October 2019.
The rehearsal will be primarily online, with help for those who need it. Residents will be invited to take part later this year.
Director of census operations, Pete Benton, said: “The census helps inform vital public services such as the number of children’s school places, hospital and GP services and social care provision in local areas.
“As the census only takes place every ten years it is important we hold an operational rehearsal to ensure that all our processes run smoothly.
“The people of Ceredigion who take part will all be helping to ensure the overall success of the 2021 Census.”
The ONS’s recommendations for the next census were published in a government White Paper in December 2018.
The 2021 Census will, for the first time, collect information on veterans of the UK Armed Forces. This enables monitoring of the Armed Forces covenant – the deal between the country and those who served it.
And it is proposed that there will also be a new voluntary question on sexual orientation for those aged 16 and over. In addition to the usual question on being male or female, there will also be a voluntary question on gender identity for those aged 16 and over.
Everyone across the UK, including those living outside of the four rehearsal areas will be asked to take part in the actual census in 2021. More information will be made available nearer the time.
Community leaders in and around Ceredigion can find out more about the rehearsal by calling David on 07458109340 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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