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Across South Wales West there is a hard working Welsh Liberal Democrat Team working for you

As the local Welsh Liberal Assembly Member since 1999, Peter Black has been working with councillors and lead campaigners across Bridgend, Ogmore, Neath, Port Talbot, Swansea and Gower.

You can make a difference to the way that Wales is run by joining the Welsh Liberal Democrats and working with them to improve the quality of life enjoyed by people in local communities.

About Peter Black

Peter Black

Peter Black AM

Born in 1960, Peter Black is a former civil servant. He worked for the Land Registry for Wales from 1983 to 1999. He is married to Angela and lives in the Manselton area of Swansea. He has been a member of the City and County of Swansea and its predecessor Council since 1984.

Peter is a former Chair of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and the party's spokesperson on Local Government, Heritage, Housing and Finance. He is a member of the Assembly Commission where he has responsibility for ICT, sustainability and the Assembly estate. His interests include housing, science fiction, film, theatre and poetry. Click on the photograph for a more complete biography and contact details.

Read Peter's on-line pamphlet 'This is what the Welsh Liberal Democrats are for.

Recent updates

  • Article: Apr 16, 2014

    I am often taken aback when I take a visit abroad and get a flavour of what many other nations are serving up as 'news'. We can count ourselves lucky that the BBC is an institution that we can all be proud of. Newsnight, in particular, is a programme that not only informs on a relatively consistent basis, but also presents its programmes in an interesting manner. However, I doubt you will find a single person who argues that either the BBC or Newsnight is perfect; of course they are not. There is always room for improvement and that is something the BBC must strive to achieve.

  • Article: Apr 7, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black confronted UK Business Secretary, Vince Cable at the weekend and asked him to abandon plans by his department to privatise the Land Registry, who currently employ 430 people in the Swansea area.

    Mr. Cable was conducting a question and answer session at the Welsh Liberal Democrats Conference when Mr. Black raised the issue with him. The Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), which Vince Cable heads, is currently asking people to comment on whether the Land Registry should deliver its services at arms-length from Government through a privately owned company.

  • Article: Apr 2, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has welcomed news that Ford has concluded an agreement with the Unite union to make a settlement offer to eligible ex-Visteon employees who filed legal claims in connection with reductions in their pensions resulting from Visteon UK being put into administration in 2009.

  • Article: Apr 2, 2014
    By Peter Black in Seaside News April 2014

    Like the UK Parliament, the Welsh Assembly has a system whereby backbench members can bring forward their own legislation.

    Kirsty Williams, who represents Brecon and Radnorshire is seeking to use this to make Wales the first country in the UKto establish a legal duty for safe nurse staffing levels and I am backing her all the way.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Housing and Local Government, Peter Black has called on the government to include a statutory duty in the Housing (Wales) Bill for its own Ministers to set termly targets for the supply of new affordable homes.

    Mr. Black has tabled an amendment for consideration by the Assembly when it debates the general principles of the Housing (Wales) Bill on Tuesday. He believes that the haphazard approach to targets, including the definition of what is and is not an affordable home can be cleared up with a statutory duty.

  • Article: Mar 30, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has expressed astonishment at the cost of a plan by Neath Port Talbot Council to swap all the household wheelie bins in their area for smaller ones in the hope of reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.

    The Council report recommending the switch reveals that the total cost will be £730,000. It suggest that this will encourage local residents to recycle and compost more but Mr. Black argues that it is more likely to increase litter and fly-tipping.

  • Article: Mar 27, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats spokesperson on local government and equalities, Peter Black has accused the Welsh Government and local councils of failing to properly apply new regulations on blue badges so that many elderly and disabled people are missing out.

    Mr. Black was speaking in after a large number of constituents have approached him about the way that rules are being applied by local councils.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Housing and Local Government, Peter Black has reiterated his support for a change in regulations allowing for flexible council tax charges on empty properties.

    Speaking ahead of an Assembly debate on Council Tax, Mr Black said:

    "I have been advocating changes in regulations allowing Local Authorities to increase charges on empty properties for several years. The Welsh Liberal Democrats brought this debate to the Assembly back in 2008 and several times since then.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2014

    Emergency ambulance response times in February were the worst they have been since a new system was introduced in 2011, figures published today have shown.

    Just 51.2% of emergency responses to Category A (immediately life-threatening) calls in Neath Port Talbot and 52.5% in Bridgend arrived at the scene within 8 minutes. This is despite the target being for 65% of ambulances to arrive within that time. The all-Wales figures are the worst since a new classification system was introduced in 2011.

  • Article: Mar 25, 2014

    In a debate in the National Assembly on housing related anti-social behaviour, the Welsh Liberal Democrats highlighed the importance of early intervention, prevention and cooperation between agencies and called for the devolution of powers to more effectively tackle anti-social behaviour.

    Commenting, the Welsh Liberal Democrats spokesperson for housing and social justice, said:

  • Article: Mar 25, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has added his voice to those who have expressed concern that the Welsh Labour Government's proposal to close junction 41 of the M4 will cut off access to Port Talbot with dire consequences for local businesses.

    Mr. Black has received representations from local people and businesses that the closure of junction 41 will discourage new business from coming to the town as well as harming existing businesses in the town. They have told him that closures will make it difficult for the delivery of goods and services and reduce footfall for local shops.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Social Justice, Peter Black has welcomed moves by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to clamp down on poor practice in the selling of all kinds of protection insurance.

    Mr Black's comments come after the FCA announced plans earlier this month to improve competition and consumer protection in this sector after an eight-month investigation found poor competition, low levels of claims, and people potentially being overcharged by up to £200 million a year for products that they neither need nor use.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2014
    By Peter Black in South Wales Evening Post

    For a number of years now I have been working with groups concerned at the way their community has changed as a result of many family homes being converted into houses of multiple occupation.

    A House of Multiple Occupancy is one that is home to several tenants who rent separately from each other, often on a short term basis. These are typically used by students and young professionals and are cheaper to rent than an entire house. However, in some communities the majority of houses are now HMOs and this has had a drastic impact on the neighbourhood, as well as causing additional problems with parking and rubbish.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has expressed his concern at the lack of diagnostic consultants in Wales for those on the autistic spectrum.

    Mr Black asked the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services what provision she is making for diagnosis and support for those on the autistic spectrum.  The deputy minister informed the Assembly that an advisory group were refreshing an action plan with a task & finish group specifically to look at children's diagnostics. 

  • Article: Mar 19, 2014

    An £800 income tax cut for people in the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend areas is the real budget boost, the Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black said today.

    The budget revealed plans to increase the personal allowance from April 2015 and put an extra £100 back in taxpayers' pockets.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West Peter Black

    has welcomed an announcement in the UK budget statement that will directly benefit energy intensive industries such as Tata Steel and help to secure jobs there.

    In the House of Commons today the Chancellor of the Exchequer set out a package of reforms to radically reduce the costs of energy policy for business, particularly for manufacturing, while improving security of supply and maintaining the government's ambition for the deployment of new renewable generation.

  • Article: Mar 18, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West Peter Black has expressed his concern at the rise in ambulance handovers taking over 60 minutes in Swansea's Morriston Hospital, and Bridgend's Princess of Wales Hospital over the last three years for which full figures are available.

    Mr. Black had asked for the information under the Freedom of Information Act as a result of approaches from constituents.

  • Article: Mar 18, 2014

    A major childcare package is set to help 14,010 parents in the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend areas, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black said today. In total, 83,600 people in Wales will benefit.

    Working families will be given up to £2,000 to ease the cost of childcare as part of a scheme to be rolled out in Autumn 2015.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats Housing Spokesperson, Peter Black has expressed his concern at the lack of progress by the Welsh Government in bringing empty homes around Wales back into use.

    Welsh Government statistics published this week on the Houses into Homes scheme have shown that in the 18 month period between the scheme being launched and September 2013, only 313 houses have been brought back into use. The Government's target is 5,000 empty homes being restored to habitation over the five year Assembly term.

  • Article: Mar 13, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has added his voice to those like the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group who are calling for the tax authorities to continue to accept VAT returns on paper for businesses who don't have a choice in the matter. HM Revenue and Customs, who collect VAT, are trying to get all their returns online with no paper option.

Rob Speht - Swansea West

Rob Speht - Swansea West

Sam Samuel - Swansea East

Sam Samuel - Swansea East

Peter May - Gower

Peter May - Gower


Helen Ceri Clarke - Aberavon

Mathew McCarthy - Neath

Mathew McCarthy - Neath

Briony Davies

Briony Davies - Bridgend

Gerald Francis

Gerald Francis - Ogmore

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