Welsh Labour MS for 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”



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Ann Jones AM supports initiative to put specialist mental health support in local schools

Ann Jones AM has welcomed a Welsh Labour Government initiative to provide children and teachers in Denbighshire with the emotional and mental health support they need. The support will be provided in schools as part of a unique new initiative being unveiled this week. Denbighshire is one of three pilot areas where the initiative is running.

£1.4m will be invested to strengthen the support from specialist child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) to schools. Dedicated CAMHS practitioners will be recruited to work with pilot schools in three areas across Wales.  The practitioners will provide teachers with on-site help and advice, ensuring pupils experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, low mood, and compulsive self-harm or conduct disorders receive early help in schools from suitably trained staff, preventing more serious problems occurring later in life.

Ann Jones AM said “One in four people will experience mental health problems at some point in their lives.  Getting the right treatment at an early stage, coupled with greater awareness of conditions, can in many cases prevent long term adverse impacts.”

“This announcement shows means that children in our area will get the support they need.”

“One of the Welsh Government’s key aims is to improve the health and well-being of the people of Wales.  This will help us achieve our ambition of prosperity for all, while taking significant steps to shift our approach from treatment to prevention.”

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Wales to be represented at first conference for disabled Parliamentarians

The Deputy Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales will attend the first conference of its kind, bringing disabled elected politicians together in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Ann Jones AM will travel to Halifax for the first Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference for disabled Parliamentarians this week.

The conference will examine the unique challenges faced by disabled parliamentarians, look at their experiences; from standing for office to the perspective they bring to improving legislation, or to fighting for their constituents.

Deputy Presiding Officer Ann Jones AM said:

“Despite 15 percent of the world’s population living with a disability, there are many parliaments with no disabled representatives who can use their experience and perspectives to improve legislation for everybody.

“Our Senedd in Cardiff Bay was built with inclusivity and accessibility in mind, but as the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association works to create a network of disabled Parliamentarians, I’ll be looking to share good practice from the National Assembly for Wales, as well as learn from the work of other parliaments.”

Cymru i gael ei chynrychioli yn y gynhadledd gyntaf ar gyfer Seneddwyr anabl

Bydd Dirprwy Lywydd Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru yn bresennol yn y gynhadledd gyntaf o’r fath i ddod â gwleidyddion etholedig anabl at ei gilydd yn Nova Scotia, Canada.

Yr wythnos hon, bydd Ann Jones AC yn teithio i Halifax ar gyfer cynhadledd gyntaf Cymdeithas Seneddol y Gymanwlad ar gyfer Seneddwyr anabl.

Bydd y gynhadledd yn edrych ar yr heriau unigryw sy’n wynebu seneddwyr anabl, ac yn ystyried eu profiadau; o sefyll etholiad i wella deddfwriaeth, neu ymladd dros eu hetholwyr o’u sefyllfa a’u safbwynt eu hunain.

Meddai Ann Jones AC, Dirprwy Lywydd:

“Er bod 15 y cant o boblogaeth y byd yn byw gydag anabledd, mae llawer o seneddau nad oes ganddynt yr un cynrychiolydd anabl sy’n gallu defnyddio ei brofiad a’i safbwynt i wella deddfwriaeth i bawb.

“Cafodd ein Senedd ym Mae Caerdydd ei hadeiladu gyda chynhwysiant a hygyrchedd mewn golwg, ond wrth i Gymdeithas Seneddol y Gymanwlad weithio i greu rhwydwaith o Seneddwyr anabl, byddaf yn ceisio rhannu arferion da Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru, yn ogystal â dysgu oddi wrth waith seneddau eraill.”