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  • Apr 7, 2014:
    • Assembly Member raises future of Land Registry with Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
      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. Mr. Black told the Secretary of State that the Land Registry is an important employer in the Swansea area that makes a surplus which is reinvested in its business. It is an innovative and successful government-run business with a good reputation for customer service. ""As a Trading Fund the Land Registry already has the flexibility to innovate and reinvest surpluses as is evidenced by its very successful sale and publication of quarterly house price information. It has also been for some time a flagship department in terms of customer service," said Mr. Black. "There is no evidence that the proposal to privatise it will improve on that?" "The present set-up is independent, transparent and accountable. The proposed change is not. The Land Registry is a staff-orientated department with a good record in training and continuing professional development. A private company would not make that investment and as a result the quality of service will suffer." Published and promoted by Peter Black, 110 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ. This website was established while I was an AM and is paid for by me. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Mar 19, 2014:
    • £800 tax cut for 192,000 people in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend
      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. Lib Dems have already delivered on a £700 tax cut for low to middle earners, but today's news goes even further for hardworking people. The number of people who could benefit from a cut to the personal allowance in Mr. Black's region covering Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend is expected to be around 192,000. Mr. Black said: "This tax cut is the real budget boost for working people and would not have happened without Lib Dems in Government creating a stronger economy and a fairer society. "The Tories are desperate to claim credit, but in reality their focus is on changes such as an inheritance tax cut for millionaires which we blocked, while Labour simply cannot be trusted with the economy. "This was on the front page of our manifesto, but we are also helping people with a freeze on fuel duty and new tax-free childcare to help parents." Published and promoted by Peter Black, 110 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ. This website was established while I was an AM and is paid for by me. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
    • Assembly Member welcomes help for Tata steel and other energy intensive industries
      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. The Chancellor told the country that this package will benefit every household, business and region in the country saving a total of up to £7bn by 2018/19, but particularly the most energy intensive manufacturers, around 80% of which are based in the North of England, Scotland and Wales. He said that it will improve incentives for companies to return their manufacturing to Britain, and help existing firms compete in the global economy. "This announcement will particularly help industries such as Tata Steel," said Mr. Black, "helping them to reduce costs and secure jobs. It shows that the Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, who has been in discussions with these businesses for some time, has been listening and action has been taken. "Energy intensive sectors make up 35% of UK exports of manufactured goods. Lowering energy costs is therefore vital for the international competitiveness of UK manufacturing.  All businesses will see their electricity bills reduce as a result of this package: in total up to £6bn by 2018/19. Every business will benefit no matter their size. For example, the typical medium sized business will save £100,000 by 2018/19. "Those companies that use electricity intensively will see radical cost savings: a typical compensated Energy intensive industry will save on average around £19m by 2018/19.  This will significantly improve the competitiveness of the UK economy.  "The business energy package will benefit households too, taking £15 off the average household bill, in addition to the £50 on average the government saved for households in the Autumn Statement, demonstrating the Liberal Democrats in government continue to take decisive action to reduce people's bills." Published and promoted by Peter Black, 110 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ. This website was established while I was an AM and is paid for by me. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Mar 18, 2014:
    • Regional ambulance handover times show 'worrying rises' says Assembly Member
      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. Mr Black said:- "In Morriston Hospital, the number of occasions where somebody was waiting for over 60 minutes rose from 851 in 2011, to 2361 in 2013 - an increase of over 170%. In Princess of Wales Hospital, the rise was from 309 in 2011, to 1313 in 2013 - which is over 320%. "Reducing handover times is absolutely vital. "Leaving patients in ambulances outside A&E departments means that the ambulance service has fewer vehicles to call on should there be another emergency, increases the element of risk in our communities, and shows that A&E departments are under increasing pressure. "Whatever the Welsh Labour Government might like us to believe, these are worrying rises, and need to be tackled urgently. "No-one doubts the skill and dedication of our front-line staff. What is in doubt is the ability of the Welsh Government to set the Local Health Board and the Ambulance Trust proper targets, and priorities." Published and promoted by Peter Black, 110 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ. This website was established while I was an AM and is paid for by me. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
    • Hundreds of parents in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend to get help with childcare costs
      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. The Government has said it will provide 20 per cent support on childcare costs up to £10,000 per year for each child. For example, it means a family with two children under 12-years-old could benefit by up to £4,000 as a result. Mr. Black said: "Today's news provides a huge boost to hardworking families in the South Wales West region. "The Liberal Democrats are committed to building a stronger economy and a fairer society and this helps children get off to the best start in life. "The Government has also said people on Universal Credit will get 85 per cent of childcare costs fully covered. "These measures will help parents to go to work and provide security for their families." Published and promoted by Peter Black, 110 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ. This website was established while I was an AM and is paid for by me. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Mar 12, 2014:
    • Assembly Member asks Minister to change planning law on Houses in Multiple Occupation
      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. "At the moment, any prospective landlord can avoid getting planning permission on a HMO in Wales providing less than 8 people live in it," said Mr. Black. "There is no control in place to safeguard balance in communities. Reducing that trigger to 5 or 6 and forcing owners to apply for planning permission would enable local councils to set out planning policies that would control the proportion of properties in a community set up as HMOs. "I am pleased that the Minister has said that he will review this requirement as part of the forthcoming planning bill. It is important that we get the balance right in local communities so as to reduce nuisance and ensure that they remain sustainable." Published and promoted by Peter Black, 110 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ. This website was established while I was an AM and is paid for by me. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Mar 5, 2014:
    • AM calls for action to prevent more Briton Ferry M4 closures
      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. "The recent poor weather has once more highlighted how vulnerable the Briton Ferry M4 bridge is," said Mr. Black. "The result of the two recent closures was chaos on other roads in the area, no doubt impacting on the local economy. It is my view that the Minister needs to revisit work done by her predecessor and consider investing in preventative measures that may stop these closures altogether. "I am pleased that the Minister has said that she will give this serious consideration." Published and promoted by Peter Black, 110 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ. This website was established while I was an AM and is paid for by me. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Mar 4, 2014:
    • Assembly Member urges UK Government to abandon plans to privatise the Land Registry
      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. In his submission to BIS Mr. Black argues that there is no evidence that the current level of service will be improved by outsourcing the delivery functions of the land Registry: "As a Trading Fund the Land Registry already has the flexibility to innovate and reinvest surpluses as is evidenced by its very successful sale and publication of quarterly house price information. It has also been for some time a flagship department in terms of customer service," said Mr. Black. "Where is the evidence that this proposal will improve on that?" "The present set-up is independent, transparent and accountable. The proposed change is not. The Land Registry is a staff-orientated department with a good record in training and continuing professional development. A private company would not make that investment and as a result the quality of service will suffer. "The integrity of the land register relies primarily on government guarantee backed up by statute and confidence in the quality of the Land Registry's work. This proposal has the potential to undermine both. I am not convinced that a private company would put the integrity of the register ahead of its other aims and objectives as the Land Registry currently does. Changing the status quo placing the integrity of the register in the hand s of a contractual relationship is fraught with difficulties. The Land Registry currently has a 98% customer satisfaction rating. These proposals put that in jeopardy as well as the jobs of hundreds of staff in the region I represent." Published and promoted by Peter Black, 110 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ. This website was established while I was an AM and is paid for by me. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Feb 18, 2014:
    • Local listing essential to ensure the future of our past
      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. "I believe it is essential to list and protect our local assets, so future generations can enjoy the significance of our history. This is essential as the forthcoming Heritage Bill aims to ensure the future of our past. "Assets of community history need to be maintained so that the local sense of identity can be passed on. At the moment Local Authorities can choose to locally list buildings, so your community identity is dependent on your council. Local lists should be statutory so that all communities across Wales can place a marker on the assets in their area that make the community theirs. "Local listing needs to carry weight so that assets can be protected. Communities can be left distraught when a local historic asset is demolished or renovated beyond recognition. Local assets need to be listed and its meaning made clear. Developers need to be aware of what can or can't be done to an asset. It is essential that any redevelopment allows the asset to maintain its local essence." Published and promoted by Peter Black, 110 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ. This website was established while I was an AM and is paid for by me. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Feb 14, 2014:
    • Small businesses embraced on Valentine's Day
      Assembly Member Peter Black took small traders to heart on a visit to the city centre on Valentine's Day. Peter Black AM sees some of the rings on offer at Stephen Hughes Jewellers 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. The visit was organised as part of the FSB's Keep Trade Local campaign, which encourages shoppers to support small local businesses. Following the visit Mr Black said: "We have some wonderful small businesses right here on our doorstep in Swansea. The businesses that I have visited today each help to make Valentine's Day special for people in the city. "Such businesses have an important role in ensuring that we have a vibrant local economy here in Swansea and there are things that we can do as individuals throughout the year to support local traders by buying the things we need from people in our own communities. By doing so we help to provide local employment and ensure that we retain the important local services these businesses provide in the years to come." Peter Black AM raises a glass to Valentine's Day with Daniel Tereco of La Braseria The Federation of Small Businesses Swansea Bay Branch Chair Julie Williamson accompanied the AM. "We are glad that Peter has joined us today to show his support to small independent businesses in the city," she said. Peter Black AM sees a Valentine's Day cake creation with Helen Williamson and Rhian Daniel of The Raspberry Cakery "There is a strong community of independent retailers in Swansea and we know that small businesses here have a lot to offer, not only in value and convenience, but also through the friendly and knowledgeable service they can provide. "We would encourage people to make the most of the businesses that are on their doorstep, and support local retailers and tradespeople, who can help to keep Brecon a vibrant town in the years to come ." The FSB has organised a number of Keep Trade Local visits in recent months, with politicians from all four of the main political parties represented at the Assembly taking part. Picture credit: Matt Horwood Published and promoted by Peter Black, 110 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ. This website was established while I was an AM and is paid for by me. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Feb 12, 2014:
    • Ambulance delays outside Swansea and Bridgend hospitals are unacceptable says Assembly Member
      The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black, has called ambulance delays outside Morriston and Princess of Wales hospitals unacceptable as new figures revealed major problems in the last month of 2013. Mr. Black was speaking in the light of Welsh Ambulance Service performance figures for December 2013 that showed that 223 ambulances waited between 60 and 120 minutes outside Morriston Hospital to discharge their patients, 49 ambulances waited between 120 and 180 minutes, whilst 19 ambulances waited more than three hours. For the Princess of Wales Hospital, 165 ambulances waited between 60 and 120 minutes to discharge their patients, 23 ambulances waited between 120 and 180 minutes, whilst 10 ambulances waited more than three hours. "These figures are unacceptable and demonstrate significant delays in treating patients brought to hospitals by emergency services," said Mr. Black. "These delays are largely down to bed shortages in the hospitals themselves. No patient in need of emergency treatment should have to wait hours before being discharged into a hospital for treatment. "The Welsh Health Minister needs to talk to the ABMU Health Board as a matter of urgency to seek an explanation for these delays and to demand an action plan as to how they will be eradicated Published and promoted by Peter Black, 110 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ. This website was established while I was an AM and is paid for by me. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Feb 7, 2014:
    • Lagoon has potential for massive economic boost for Swansea'
      Commenting on today's announcement that the planning application for Swansea's lagoon power plant has been submitted, Peter Black, Assembly Member for South Wales West, said: "I am pleased that the planning application for the lagoon has been submitted. "This lagoon has the potential to bring a massive economic boost for Swansea and surrounding areas. "It is hoped that the project will produce a huge amount of local jobs and could well generate millions of pounds in the region. "Now this application has been made public, the project can be properly scrutinised. A project of this magnitude has to be got right. "There are still a number of environmental concerns surrounding this project that must be addressed. Providing that these issues are dealt with, then this announcement can only be good news for the Swansea Bay region." Published and promoted by Peter Black, 110 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ. This website was established while I was an AM and is paid for by me. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Feb 5, 2014:
    • Assembly Member asks Minister to act on rebalancing communities with large numbers of Houses in Multiple Occupation
      The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has asked 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 said 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. "At the moment, any prospective landlord can avoid getting planning permission on a HMO in Wales providing less than 8 people live in it," said Mr. Black. "There is no control in place to safeguard balance in communities. Reducing that trigger to 5 or 6 and forcing owners to apply for planning permission would enable local councils to set out planning policies that would control the proportion of properties in a community set up as HMOs. "I am pleased that the Minister has said that he will review this requirement as part of the forthcoming planning bill. It is important that we get the balance right in local communities so as to reduce nuisance and ensure that they remain sustainable." Published and promoted by Peter Black, 110 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ. This website was established while I was an AM and is paid for by me. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Feb 4, 2014:
    • Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member backs families and relatives call for a public inquiry into hospitals in ABMU health board
      The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has raised with the First Minister the concerns of families and relatives about the treatment of patients in hospitals within the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board area, supporting their call for a public inquiry into the alleged neglect. Mr. Black raised the issue following his attendance at a public meeting at the Heronstone Hotel last Thursday to which over 100 people came to relate their experiences. Many told of relatives being neglected on wards and left for hours in squalid conditions. Although an inquiry has been initiated by the Welsh Government, the unanimous view of relatives was that it was too limited in its scope and does not give them the opportunity to outline their experiences of hospital. "Having listened to the many examples at that meeting I was convinced that the only way forward is an independent public inquiry," said Mr. Black. "That will provide an opportunity to explore all the issues, both current and historical in depth and ensure that proper procedures and resources are put in place to prevent mistakes being repeated. "Unfortunately, the First Minister refused to consider a public inquiry at this time. He was concerned with the cost implications of setting one up. I will continue to work with relatives and other Assembly Members to press the case for am independent inquiry, which I remain convinced is the only way to address the many issues that are now being brought forward Published and promoted by Peter Black, 110 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ. This website was established while I was an AM and is paid for by me. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Jan 29, 2014:
    • Broadband go slow threatens future of small businesses in Skewn, Jersey Marine and Birchgrove
      The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has raised the concerns of small businesses in Skewen, Jersey Marine and Birchgrove about slow broadband speeds with the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport in the Assembly. Mr. Black told the Minister that he has had representations from small businesses on the Skewen exchange who are suffering due to slow internet speeds in the area. He has contacted BT about this matter but has been told that businesses will have to wait until 2015 before their internet access is operating on more modern speeds. "Small businesses are facing a hard enough task as it is due to the difficulties with the economy without further obstacles being put in their way," said Mr. Black. "Slow broadband speeds are a major problem for businesses in today's markets. Many cannot afford to wait another 18 months or so to catch up. "I asked the Minister if she will make representations to BT to do the work earlier and she promised to do what she can to speed up the process. I am grateful for that intervention." Published and promoted by Peter Black, 110 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ. This website was established while I was an AM and is paid for by me. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Jan 28, 2014:
    • Peter Black supports campaign putting spotlight on finance predators
      The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has given his support to Community Housing Cymru (CHC) and the Wales Illegal Money lending Unit (WIMLU) at a launch event in the National Assembly in Cardiff today. The two organisations have teamed up for their 'Don't Get Bitten' campaign to combat the problem of illegal money lenders. The campaign highlights financial predators, lurking in communities throughout Wales, who target the vulnerable. Mr. Black said: "I was pleased to be able to show my support for the 'Don't Get Bitten' campaign at the National Assembly. It is important that we raise awareness of these financial predators. They prey on the vulnerable leaving them with spiralling debts that are impossible to repay. " The 'Don't Get Bitten' campaign also provides advice through the 'Your Benefits Are Changing' money advice project. Affordable credit is available through Swansea's LASA (Loans and Savings Abertawe) Credit Union, NPTCU (Neath Port Talbot Credit Union) and Bridgend Lifesavers Credit Union and I would urge people to go there rather than loan sharks and payday loan companies. "I have added my backing to this campaign to help get the message out there. I want to ensure the people of Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend 'Don't Get Bitten'". Published and promoted by Peter Black, 110 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ. This website was established while I was an AM and is paid for by me. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Jan 22, 2014:
    • Promising unemployment figures in Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot
      The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has welcomed figures released today showing the percentage of people in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot claiming Job Seeker's Allowed decreased by 0.4%. In total,923 fewer people across the two local council areas were claiming JSA. This coincides with figures released today showing that Wales' unemployment rate has dropped by 0.9% over the last three months. Mr. Black said: "Today's figures are excellent news for Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. "Liberal Democrats in government are working tirelessly to get our economy moving in the right direction. Since taking over the economic mess left by Labour, we are now seeing more people in employment than ever before. "While these figures are very positive, there can be no room for complacency. There is still a long way to go. "The Welsh Liberal Democrats will continue to fight for a stronger economy and fairer society, enabling every person to get on in life." Published and promoted by Peter Black, 110 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ. This website was established while I was an AM and is paid for by me. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Jan 15, 2014:
    • Assembly Member urges Health Minister to consider relatives' needs as part of ABMU Mental Health review
      The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has asked the Minister for Health to consider the needs of patients' relatives, as part of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board consultion over Adult Mental Health Acute Assessment facilities. The Health Board are currently consulting on proposals for a state of the art acute mental health assessment facility for adults at Neath Port Talbot Hospital which will mean the closure of services in Bridgend and Swansea. "I welcome the goal of the Local Health Board to reduce the number of inpatient beds" said Mr Black "as it is preferable for patients with mental health needs to be supported in their community. The modernisation of these facilities is also overdue. However, some consideration must be given to the transport needs of patients' relatives. "Patients in these assessment units need their friends and family to support them in their recovery. Transport to the new unit will be critical if they are to provide that support. I am pleased that the Minister accepted the point I made and will make sure it receives the attention it requires in consultation process." Published and promoted by Peter Black, 110 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ. This website was established while I was an AM and is paid for by me. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Jan 12, 2014:
    • Assembly Member welcomes deal to secure the future of elite swimming in Swansea
      The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has welcomed a deal that could secure the future of elite swimming at Swansea's National Pool. Mr. Black who has taken this issue up with the Sports Minister in the Welsh Government in the past, is delighted that British Swimming and Sports Wales have agreed to make the investment that could see top coaches Bud McAllister and Billy Pye and star swimmers such as Jazz Carlin remain at the Swansea facility beyond the Commonwealth Games. According to the BBC British Swimming will make a direct investment into Swim Wales, which is the governing body in Wales, rather than investing into the Swansea facility itself, although that amount will be less than it previously put in. They say that whilst the exact figures are still to be revealed, it is understood Sport Wales will also be making a substantial investment and providing sports science and medical support. Swim Wales will end up with control over elite training and will also be able to work on the development of the next generation of Welsh swimmers. "There are of course caveats to this deal," said Mr. Black, "namely that to secure funding past the Commonwealth targets set by Sports Wales and British Swimming will need to be met. However, it is enormously encouraging that the various governing bodies see a future for elite swimming in Swansea and are prepared to invest in it. "I hope now that all the parties can work together to keep elite swimming in Swansea for the foreseeable future and that the Welsh Government, who have largely sat out this controversy, can also take a more active part in securing the future of our National Pool." Published and promoted by Peter Black, 110 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ. This website was established while I was an AM and is paid for by me. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY
  • Jan 9, 2014:
    • Peter Black AM welcomes £2.5m boost for Swansea University
      The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has welcomed the Coalition Government's announcement today that Swansea University will receive £2.5 million to create 40 new research posts. The funding means that Swansea can establish a centre called COATED2. This centre will train researchers on how to develop functional coatings for products,such as steel and glass. Peter Black said: "This is tremendous news for both Wales and Swansea. It is particular pleasing that the university has been recognised as a leader of research in this field. With this extra money, that reputation will now only grow further. "Investment in training and research makes Wales a more attractive place for businesses to invest in. Companies such as Tata Steel are already working with the university and this extra investment will no doubt enhance that relationship. "This is yet more evidence that the Coalition Government is serious about investment and getting our economy moving again." ENDS Published and promoted by Peter Black, 110 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ. This website was established while I was an AM and is paid for by me. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY

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