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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: Jun 19, 2014

    New figures released today show that new affordable houses completed by Registered Social Landlord (housing associations) in the last quarter of 2013 was down 16% on the previous year, despite the fact that there are nearly 90,000 households on social housing waiting lists.

    The Welsh Housing Minister has set a new target of 10,000 new affordable by the end of the Assembly term, yet these figure reveal that during the October to December quarter 2013-14 only 159 new dwellings were built by housing associations.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2014

    Peter Black AM has accused the Welsh Labour Government of demonstrating a 'complete lack of leadership' with regards to plans for reorganisation of local government in Wales.

    Later today the Local Government Minister is expected to announce that she will legislate so that local authorities that merge early will hold elections in May 2018. However, despite the Welsh Government pledging that it will work with other parties, it did not consult on this issue. This follows a trend, after the Welsh Government failed to include members of all of the parties to be on the Williams Commission - which was responsible for drawing up the blueprint for the future of local government in Wales.

  • Meeting Arthritis sufferers
    Article: Jun 18, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has called on ABMU Health Board to invest in better care facilities for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis in Swansea, after meeting sufferers in the Welsh Assembly.

    Mr. Black met up with NRAS Ambassador Cynthia Rees and constituent Peter Jones (pictured) during a launch event for national Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week on Tuesday. He discussed with them their concerns about variations in the quality of services for rheumatoid arthritis patients across Wales and the problems they are experiencing in Singleton and Morriston Hospitals.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has called for the health minister to make a statement to the Assembly Plenary accounting for huge sums of money paid to patients and their relatives by ABMU Health Board in compensation for poor care over the last three years.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats spokesperson on sport, Peter Black has called on the First Minister to show some leadership and work with other nations within the UK to put together a stop-gap bid to host the 2022 World Cup, if Qatar loses its status as host because  of corruption allegations and recent revelations that it may be vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has written to Swansea Council's Chief Executive demanding that the authority think again about the huge rent increases they are imposing on leaseholders living on the former Elba works site in Gowerton.

    Mr. Black has written following a number of meetings he held with affected residents in their homes this morning. In his letter he has set out ten questions which he wants the Chief Executive to answer about how the review has been conducted and on what basis the issue can be resolved.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2014
    By Peter Black in South Wales Evening Post

    The last few weeks have seen some significant anniversaries..

    On 1st June we marked the 75th anniversary of the loss of HMS Thetis together with 99 of the 103 men on board, when it sank in Liverpool bay off the coast of Llandudno. It was a tragic accident and the Royal Navy's worst submarine disaster.

  • Article: Jun 10, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has called on the Welsh Government to do more to address the standards of care given to young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

    The Welsh Government are staging a debate today noting "Welsh Government action to improve mental health and well-being in Wales". Welsh Liberal Democrats have tabled amendments to the motion calling for more to be done to prevent young people being put on adult psychiatric wards, a completely inappropriate practice which has been going on for years and which the government has known about but has done nothing to address.

  • Article: Jun 5, 2014

    Responding to research released today: 'Barriers faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in accessing domestic abuse, stalking and harassment, and sexual violence services', the Welsh Liberal Democrats Equalities spokesperson, Peter Black has welcomed the recommendations but has expressed concern at the findings.

  • Article: Jun 5, 2014

    Welcoming the news that council tax support will continue for another two years, Peter Black AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Housing, said:

    "I'm glad that the most vulnerable tenants and homeowners in our society will continue to receive support for the foreseeable future. However, we shouldn't forget that the Welsh Labour Government acted appallingly when the whole council tax benefit fiasco unfolded last year.

  • Article: Jun 4, 2014

    A major tax-free childcare package will help over 14,000 families in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend, the Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black said today (Wednesday, June 4).

    Working families will get up to £2,000 to ease the cost of childcare as part of a scheme to be rolled out in Autumn 2015. The scheme will benefit 6,360 families in Swansea, 3,770 in Neath Port Talbot and 3,880 in Bridgend.

  • Article: Jun 4, 2014

    During a debate in the National Assembly on the digital economy today, Welsh Liberal Democrats are calling for an end to misleading broadband claims which often see customers paying for high speed broadband contracts which do not reflect the speed of service they were advertised.

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has backed the call. He said:

  • Article: Jun 3, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black, has welcomed a Liberal Democrats initiative that will see new rules introduced so as to ensure that tied pubs are given a fair deal by pub companies.

    A new statutory code will give pub landlords running tied pubs new rights to help them get a fair deal from pub companies. The rules will be enforced by an independent adjudicator with the power to punish pub companies that break them.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2014
    By Peter Black in Seaside News June 2014

    There has been an increasing trend amongst local councils to require care workers to spend no more than 15 minutes with clients.

    Fifteen minutes is simply not long enough to respond properly to the needs of those receiving care. First and foremost people want to be treated like human beings.

    Fifteen minutes is hardly enough time to help get someone out of bed and dressed.

  • Article: May 28, 2014

    A regional Assembly Member has raised further concerns about the decision of Neath Port Talbot Council to spend £730,000 on smaller wheelie bins after it transpired that restrictions on the amount of rubbish to be collected will not be imposed on residents, even though that was the rationale for the expenditure.

  • Article: May 22, 2014
    By Peter Black in Glamorgan Gazette

    The job of an Assembly Member is by nature a sedentary one. It can also be very busy, quite stressful and leads to me often eating at odd hours, not always eating healthily or sometimes missing meals altogether.

    This was why I was pleased to back the 'Let's Get Physical!' Campaign 2014, which is a joint initiative supported by mental health charities Hafal, Bipolar UK and the Mental Health Foundation.

  • Article: May 21, 2014

    Assembly Member raises the confusion and bureaucracy surrounding blue badges with Welsh Minister

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats spokesperson on local government and equalities, Peter Black has challenged the Welsh Transport Minister to sort out the confusion and bureaucracy surrounding the issuing of blue badges to disabled and elderly people in Wales.

  • Article: May 21, 2014

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

    has raised the potential loss of 100 to 120 jobs at Morganite Electrical Carbon Limited with the Economy Minister in the Assembly chamber.

    Mr. Black pressed the Minister on what action is being taken by the Welsh Government to try and minimise the loss of jobs at the business and called on her to coordinate her efforts with other bodies in the area including Swansea Council and the City Region Board.

  • Article: May 15, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black is encouraging local schools to get involved in My Money Week 2014 this June, to boost young people's understanding of money management and personal finance.

    My Money Week, which is organised by UK charity the Personal Finance Education Group (pfeg), offers an opportunity for schools to build on the financial education already being taught in schools across Wales through a dedicated week of activities for their pupils.

  • Article: May 15, 2014
    By Peter Black in South Wales Evening Post

    The job of an Assembly Member is by nature a sedentary one. I spend a lot of time in the car, on public transport or sitting in meetings and as a result need to make a real effort to get exercise. It can also be very busy, quite stressful and leads to me often eating at odd hours, not always eating healthily or sometimes missing meals altogether.

Rob Speht - Swansea West

Rob Speht - Swansea West

Sam Samuel - Swansea East

Sam Samuel - Swansea East

Peter May - Gower

Peter May - Gower

Helen

Helen Ceri Clarke - Aberavon

Mathew McCarthy - Neath

Mathew McCarthy - Neath

Briony Davies

Briony Davies - Bridgend

Gerald Francis

Gerald Francis - Ogmore

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