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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: 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.

  • Article: Mar 13, 2014
    By Peter Black in Glamorgan Gazette

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

    I took advantage of that, when I steered the first private members bill into law last year on the subject of Park Homes.

    Now Kirsty Williams, who represents Brecon and Radnorshire is seeking 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 12, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have published plans for a new concessionary bus fare scheme for young people and students in Wales.

    Young people are disproportionately impacted by increases in public transport fares due to their reliance on public transport to access education, employment, training and apprenticeships. The Welsh Liberal Democrats have today published a cost efficient proposal for a concessionary fare scheme for young people that they would bring forward in government.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2014

    Speaking in the Welsh Assembly today, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black pressed the Minister for Housing and Regeneration to give local councils the power to better control the spread of houses in multiple occupation in residential areas.

    Mr. Black was responding to complaints that many communities are suffering social problems, parking chaos, rubbish and noise pollution due to poor planning laws and burdensome enforcement. In particular the growth of HMOs is largely unplanned and in most cases do not require planning permission.

  • Article: Mar 5, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has backed a private members bill from Brecon and Radnorshire Assembly Member, Kirsty Williams.

    Speaking in the Senedd today, Mr. Black referred to a meeting with nurses in Princess of Wales Hospital last week in which he learned of the day to day pressures being faced by staff as a result of inadequate cover.

  • Article: Mar 5, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has asked the Economy and Transport Minister to carry out improvements to the M4 Briton Ferry bridge to try and avert further closures due to high winds.

    The M4 was closed twice recently due to high winds reaching upwards of 100mph, with consequential traffic chaos in Briton Ferry, Port Talbot and other local communities. Speaking in the Senedd, Mr. Black drew the attention of the Minister to a report produced by the Welsh Government back in 2000 that considered installing baffles on the Briton Ferry viaduct, similar to those on the new Severn bridge so as to reduce the impact of high winds on traffic.

  • Article: Mar 5, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Social Justice, Peter Black has backed Ofgem's recent call for energy companies to do more to return the £400 million in customers' closed accounts that they are hanging on to at present.

    Ofgem has found that the 'Big Six' energy companies weren't doing enough to return money left in an account after people move or switch suppliers.

  • Article: Mar 4, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has accused the Welsh Labour Government of presiding over a childcare crisis. This follows the publication, of the Family and Childcare Trust's annual childcare survey 2014 which shows that childcare costs in England are falling in real terms for the first time in twelve years, whilst in Wales the cost of nursery care for under twos has significantly increased.

  • Article: Mar 4, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black who worked at Swansea Land Registry for 17 years before being elected, has urged the UK Government to rethink its plans to privatise the agency.

    Mr. Black was responding to a consultation by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) which is asking people to comment on whether thee Land Registry should deliver its services at arms-length from Government through a privately owned company.

  • Article: Mar 3, 2014

    The three opposition parties in the National Assembly have today come together to raise concerns that the Welsh Government is considering scrapping some of its own performance indicators.

    The Welsh Government's consultation on 'Proposals concerning the publication of official statistics' closed last night, with responses from the Welsh Conservatives, Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats.

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

    Recently I met representatives of Porthcawl First to discuss the latest developments regarding Bridgend Council's regeneration plans for Porthcawl.

    Like many others I am concerned as to what is going to happen now that Morrisons Supermarket has pulled out. Without an anchor store it is questionable whether the Council will be able to raise the funds to pay for the infrastructure works necessary to develop this part of the town.

  • Document: Feb 26, 2014
    419 KiB text or word processing document

    My formal response to UK Government proposals to hive off the delivery functions of the Land Registry to a private company

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

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

    I took advantage of that, when I steered the first private members bill into law last year on the subject of Park Homes.

    Now Kirsty Williams, who represents Brecon and Radnorshire is seeking 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: Feb 19, 2014

    Peter Black is calling on the Welsh Labour government to do more to improve access to affordable, quality childcare.

    Research has revealed that one in three families spend 30% of more of their available earnings on childcare. Since the Liberal Democrats entered government in Westminster in 2010, there have been significant improvements to childcare services in England. The Welsh Liberal Democrats are concerned that the Welsh Labour government is allowing Wales' childcare provision to fall behind.

  • Article: Feb 19, 2014

    Responding to figures showing a decrease in the number of new homes registered in Wales, Peter Black AM has described the figures as a 'damning verdict' on the Welsh government's failure to stimulate Wales' housing market.

    Figures published have shown that the overall UK figure for new houses being registered increased by 28% to 133,670 in 2013 but Wales saw a 12% fall from 4,065 in 2012 to 3,577.

  • Article: Feb 18, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West Peter Black is calling on the Welsh Government to make local listing statutory to ensure local assets are protected for future generations.

    Mr Black said:-

    "Communities across Wales have their own local historic buildings or structures that have important aspects of social, economic, cultural or military history that need to be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

  • Valentines Day Jewellers
    Article: Feb 14, 2014

    Assembly Member Peter Black took small traders to heart on a visit to the city centre on Valentine's Day.

    The South Wales West AM visited members of the Federation of Small Businesses in Swansea to learn about how Valentine's Day is important to their business.

    He called in at a the Raspberry Cakery to learn about the wedding cakes they produce, to jeweller's Stephen Hughes to see the engagement rings and at restaurant La Brasseria, as it prepared to offer romantic Valentine's Day meals.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2014
    By Peter Black in IWA Click on Wales website

    The Welsh Government's housing bill is a substantive document that actually amounts to just one part of their planned legislation in this field. The intention to modernise the licensing system for residential mobile home sites has already been dealt with through my government-backed private members Act, whilst a further bill on tenure reform is due in the next 12 months or so.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2014

    The amount spent by local councils on disabled facility grants has fallen by 10% since 2008 despite growing demand and unacceptable waiting times, according to government figures unearthed by the Welsh Liberal Democrats Housing Spokesperson, Peter Black.

    Mr. Black has expressed his concern that as a result plans by health boards and local councils to enable people to recover from treatment and live longer in their own homes are unworkable.

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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