Transport for Rural Areas Vital

Concerns have been raised by Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Angela Burns over the effects the lack of public transport has on young people and children especially those who are living in poverty. 

Rural Idyll or "Out on a limb"

Local Assembly Member Angela Burns AM last Wednesday, held a debate in the Senedd called "A New Way for West Wales". This debate discussed how the nature of West Wales, it's rural geography, economy and social structure does not necessarily work with the city centric policies adopted by the Welsh Labour Government prevalent in the South East of Wales.

Change to secure a better future for Wales

The annual report of the Welsh schools watchdog Estyn shows more secondary schools are delivering unsatisfactory standards.   The report, published today, highlights a widening gap between the best and worst performing secondary schools, concludes that teaching quality is ‘inconsistent’ in half of secondary schools and notes a failure to stretch the more able pupils.

Planning policy swept away

 The issue of contradictory advice on planning policies was raised by Pembrokeshire & Carmarthenshire Assembly Member Angela Burns during First Minister’s Questions in the Senedd on Tuesday.The problem centres around Councils and Government allowing homes to be built in areas that have a real risk of flooding because of national targets or the profit that development land can deliver. Yet in other instances the very same policy is used to prevent business expansion because of the risk of flooding. 

Welsh Government’s Local Government Plans Condemned by Local AMs

Local Assembly Members Paul Davies and Angela Burns have condemned the Welsh Government’s plans for local government reform in Wales, which would result in Pembrokeshire being merged with Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. The Welsh Government’s plans, highlighted in the Draft Local Government (Wales) Bill will result in cutting the number of Welsh councils from 22 to eight or nine and as a result, Pembrokeshire will be merged into a Dyfed-style authority.

Labour’s public service targets ‘in tatters’

The targets used by Welsh Labour ministers to measure public service performance are ‘in tatters’ and urgent improvements are required across the country.That’s the focus of a Welsh Conservative debate in the Senedd tomorrow (Wednesday). Assembly Members will highlight health and education in particular – and call on Labour ministers to avoid simply removing or altering targets for their own benefit.

GCSE Congratulations

As this year’s GCSE results are published, local Assembly Member Angela Burns has congratulated students and teachers across Wales.The results recognise years of hard work and the Shadow Education Minister has sent her best wishes to all students on their next steps.

A-Level Congratulations

Local Assembly Member and Shadow Minister for Education Angela Burns sends her congratulations to students and teachers across Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, as this year’s A-Level results are published.“Years of hard work by students and teachers – supported by their families – are rewarded in today’s results and all deserve huge recognition for their achievements”.

Careful balance’ required on National Curriculum

Commenting on concerns raised by the ATL union over potential ‘overcrowding’ in the national curriculum with the launch of new Welsh GCSEs, Welsh Conservative Shadow Education Minister Angela Burns AM, said:“These concerns must be addressed and the Labour government has got to find a careful balance within the national curriculum.

Declining Further Education

Welsh Conservatives have raised serious concerns over enrolment in further education and called on Labour Ministers to ‘stop the decline before it’s too late’Local Assembly Member and Shadow Minister for Education Angela Burns said “Recent numbers from StatsWales show that the number of FE enrolments during 2013-14 fell compared to 2012-13 by 4.1pc. But even more worryingly, the number of people from deprived backgrounds that enrolled during the same period decreased by 2.6pc.