e-news bulletin for June 2013

July 24, 2013 4:44 PM
Welcome to my e-news bulletin for June 2013

Following a short maternity leave, I returned to work at the beginning of June. Hopefully this email will give you an idea of what I've been up to in Parliament and my constituency.

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Constituency Casework

A large part of the time I spend in the constituency is dedicated to helping constituents with problems and offering them support and advice. In June, we handled 84 new cases, as well as on-going cases, which we received via letter, email, telephone and by attendance at one of my weekly advice surgeries.

Issues raised included:

Roads and Traffic (24) Most of these were concerning potholes and complaints about poor road surfaces throughout the constituency.
Immigration (15)
Complaints against companies (6)
Council issues: licensing and planning (3) housing (4) litter (4) school places (3)
Benefits and tax (3)

There has been a very poor mobile phone signal, in the Roath and Penylan areas, from Everything Everywhere (EE) which led to me being contacted by dozens of constituents. I therefore wrote to EE's Chief Executive about the problem and I am currently waiting to receive his response.

Local residents have raised the need for additional bus services for Llanedeyrn when the new St Teilo's School opens in September. Constituents have also brought to my attention their concerns about having to travel to Rumney when their GP's surgery relocates there to a new purpose built medical centre. Unfortunately there is no direct bus route between Llanedeyrn and Rumney. I have written to Cardiff Bus about both of these important issues.

Please remember, that if there is anything I can help you with, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will do what I can to help.

Out and about in the constituency

I have been busy meeting organisations and attending events across the constituency again this month. Here are a few of the things I have done:

I took part in a maths lesson at Kings Monkton School in Roath, as part of the school's participation in My Money Week 2013. I joined pupils from year 8 as they learnt about money and personal finance. Now in its fifth year, My Money Week is a financial education programme developed and implemented by pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group), the UK's leading financial education charity, in partnership with Barclays. The national activity week is designed to improve young people's financial skills, knowledge and confidence through a range of creative and engaging financial resources that are used in special lessons.

I visited Ty Enfys care home in Pentwyn for National Care Home Open Day, organised by Care Forum Wales, to try and promote the good work that goes on in care homes. Unfortunately care homes sometimes receive negative publicity and I was happy to do my bit to try and counteract this. I attended one of their coffee mornings, received a tour of the home and talked to staff and residents.

Also as part of the National Care Home Day, I judged two competitions at Sunrise Living in Cyncoed. The first was a poster competition for local primary school pupils and the second was an art and photography competition. There was also a wonderful barbeque and entertainment from the local school band and everyone had a very enjoyable time.

Cllr Judith Woodman, leader of the Lib Dem council group, Cllr Paul Chaundy and I spent time cleaning up dog mess and litter in Llanedeyrn, in conjunction with Keep Wales Tidy, the Dogs Trust and the Big Scoop. I joined a group of children from Llanedeyrn Primary School and people from Cardiff Dogs Home and cleaned up parts of Chapelwood.

I held a Jobs Action Day in Cardiff city centre to promote the fact that the Coalition Government has delivered 1 million more jobs and 1.5 million more apprenticeships since it came to power in 2010. We also collected signatures for a petition calling on the Welsh Government to do more to encourage businesses and young people to see apprenticeships as a viable employment option.

In Parliament

The past month has been incredibly busy, both during the week and at weekends, with quite a few contentious pieces of legislation going through Parliament.

Parliament recently finished its scrutiny of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, so there was a big celebration outside Parliament with the London Gay Men's Chorus and London Gay Big Band performing and Ben & Jerry's handing out free rainbow-coloured cake and ice cream! We've also had - less colourful! - debates about legislation to break up the banks into low-risk retail banking and high-risk investment banking, and about the sale of Royal Mail shares. The Government has introduced a Universal Service Obligation to protect the UK's universal postal service (six days a week service, at uniform and affordable prices, to all 29m addresses in the UK), but the Liberal Democrats have also managed to secure 10% of the shares of the company for UK Royal Mail employees (roughly 150,000 people) for free.

There's been emotionally charged debates on the UK opting out of various EU cross-border policing and justice measures - Liberal Democrats in Government, especially Danny Alexander, have worked really hard to prevent the Tories from pulling us out of a whole raft of co-operation measures which are vital to our national security. We've managed to negotiate a good deal which maintains Britain's membership of the key cross-border policing and crime measures, while shedding obsolete or redundant ones.
I've also been doing lots of work around proposed changes to our legal aid system which the Justice Secretary has put forward. I am worried that the changes being suggested will limit people's access to fair representation in court, so I have been meeting with local lawyers and getting in touch with Ministers to highlight their concerns.

Recess begins this week, giving MPs the chance to spend more time working in their constituencies. I'm looking forward to catching up on the casework and spending more time out and about meeting local people and organisations across my constituency.

8 ways to contact Jenny Willott MP!

Visit Jenny at her weekly advice surgery - every Friday, 2.30pm until 4pm, at 38 The Parade, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3AD. No appointment necessary.

Write to Jenny in Westminster or at her Cardiff office:

Jenny Willott MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Jenny Willott MP, 38 The Parade, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3AD

Online - www.jennywillott.com

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Email Jenny - [email protected]

Phone the constituency office on 02920 462276 or the Westminster office on 0207 219 8418.

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