Welsh Labour MS for the Vale of Clwyd

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Season’s Greetings from Ann Jones AM


As we gather with our friends and family this Christmas, our thoughts must focus on those for whom, Christmas will just be another ordinary day. Many of whom will be homeless and have no services, scant as they are, to use over the period and many will be lonely, feel isolated and despondent as those of us who are lucky enough to have family around us will celebrate Christmas.

As ever, and as a former emergency services worker, I want to say thank you to all those whose service to others means they will be spending time away from their loved ones this Christmas. It is time to give thanks to the staff and volunteers in our emergency services who save lives every day, including Christmas day. Their dedication is selfless.

We mustn’t forget the hundreds of volunteers who have and will give up their time to make someone else’s Christmas special. These are the unsung heroes within our community who staff foodbanks, provide additional support to those in need and to those for whom this Christmas will be difficult in more ways than one.

As we celebrate Christmas, let us celebrate all those selfless acts – and countless others.

I hope that my constituents within the Vale of Clwyd have a safe, secure and happy time with a chance to reflect on the good gifts we need to be thankful for. Let me wish you all a Merry Christmas.

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AM Welcomes Continued funding for British Transport Police

Economy Secretary Ken Skates has announced £1.2m to continue funding the “Tripartite Agreement” between Welsh Government, Arriva Trains Wales and the British Transport Police and to expand the neighbourhood policing scheme.

The continuing revenue grant funding will see £265,000 in 2018-19, £273,000 in 2019-20 and £281,000 in 2020-21 going to British Transport Police to fund their existing additional operational personnel operating in the Welsh Sub Division.

Welsh Government has also approved additional grant funding of £194,000 for the first year (2018-19) and £196,000 for a second year (2019-2020) for a pilot scheme to expand neighbourhood policing at Rhyl, Tenby and Machynlleth and surrounding railway routes.

At Tenby and Machynlleth, the PCSO’s will be based alongside Home Office police for partnership working. At Rhyl, there will be a uniformed sergeant as well as PCSO’s under the pilot scheme, which will be evaluated with a view to potentially renewing it.

Economy Secretary Ken Skates said:

“Our railways are vital in keeping the country moving, whether it is to carry us to work, to socialise, or in our efforts to reduce the number of cars in our towns and cities.

“It is important to all rail users that they feel safe and the British Transport Police play a huge part in this.

“By expanding neighbourhood policing at Rhyl, Tenby and Machynlleth, we will be looking after passengers on even more of the Arriva Trains Wales lines.

“Our funding has helped BTP, who considerably exceeded their crime reduction target over the last three years, out-performing other BTP areas and Home Office forces, and winning a number of awards. The holder of the forthcoming new Wales and Borders franchise will be expected to continue the tripartite funding contribution currently provided by Arriva Trains Wales.”

Ann Jones AM welcomes the expansion of neighbourhood policing in Rhyl and looks forward to the difference this funding will make in the Vale of Clwyd.

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Ann Jones AM backs Small Business Saturday


Saturday the 2nd of December is Small Business Saturday and Ann Jones AM is encouraging residents to shop local.

The Assembly member is supporting the annual Small Business Saturday campaign by visiting businesses in the Vale of Clwyd.

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses.

Shopping local also makes good economic sense. Research on spending shows that for every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business 63p stayed in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger business.

Small Businesses also help build communities and are a lifeline of contact and support for many vulnerable residents.

Ann Jones AM said “Small Business Saturday is a fantastic initiative and I congratulate everyone involved. I am really looking forward to shopping and chatting to the traders in my constituency.

“Small businesses really are at the heart of our community. Shopping local this Christmas and throughout the year helps our local economy by keeping money in our community.”

“The Small business Saturday campaign does so much more than organise this day.  There blogs is an invaluable source of information for small businesses, you can read it here https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/blog

Ann Jones AM is also talking to small businesses in their region about the new Development Bank of Wales (DBW).  The Development Bank of Wales was set up by the Welsh Government to support the economy of Wales by making it easier for businesses to get the finance needed to start up, strengthen and grow.

The DBW was launched by the Welsh Labour Government last month and provides focused support for micro, small starts ups and innovative businesses across Wales. This will enable our SMEs to become fitter, bigger and stronger.

Ann Jones AM said: “Market failure to provide finance for small businesses is a real problem that is why the Welsh Labour Government set up the Development Bank and I would encourage businesses in the Vale of Clwyd to find out more”