I attended a public meeting in the Twelve Knights about advice given to members of the British Steel Pension Scheme to transfer out of their final salary pension.
Steelworkers were exposed to opportunistic and unscrupulous advisers who swooped in like vultures, exploiting the situation for their own financial gain.Read more
It was great to be at a packed meeting of the NPT 1950s Women. These women have worked hard, paid-in their whole lives, and deserve to be treated with the respect they have earned. It was made absolutely clear in the meeting that the UK Government must now compensate women born in the 1950s for the way they have been misled and robbed of their state pension.Read more
It was great to visit Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service's Earlswood Training Centre with David Rees AM, and good to meet the brave men and women providing a vitally important service to our community.
It was great to meet with Cwmafan Primary School Council. We had a great conversation about everything from problems with local littering to the life and times of Nelson Mandela. No shortage of budding Paxmans here!Read more
Aberavon residents had another opportunity to speak with me about Brexit as I hosted my third Divided Views, Common Future meeting. The further along the Brexit road we go, the more there is to discuss. It was a fantastic, lively and engaging discussion, with a wide range of topics covered and lots of different views expressed. There was a consensus in the room that nobody wanted Aberavon to be worse off because of Brexit.Read more
I had an interesting visit to UK Power Reserve's plant on Afan Way. UK Power Reserve is a leading provider of secure, flexible, low carbon electricity to the UK power market and their recently constructed small scale gas-fired power generation plant can provide power for 20,000 homes.Read more
It was great to be at the Civic Centre to take part in the rally to save our libraries. The Tories' callous and self defeating austerity policies are putting huge pressure on Neath Port Talbot Council budgets. Tough choices have to be made, but our libraries are absolutely vital.Read more
It was great to go and see the Banksy in Taibach. It's fantastic that Port Talbot is the first town in Wales to have a Banksy! It’s a brilliant and striking work of street art. Port Talbot has always been a hub of creative talent, and it’s great to see that we’re continuing that proud tradition. It’s even better up close - a truly brilliant piece of street art. Absolutely superb, and the talk of the town!
I visited the Royal Mail sorting office in Eagle Street as they geared up for the last few delivery days before Christmas. It was very busy in the office as they were working flat our to deliver all parcels and post before Christmas. Our posties do a fantastic job delivering our mail all year round and in all weather.Read more
There was fantastic community spirit in Cwmafan for their first ever Christmas tree switch on. Well done to Councillors Charlotte Galsworthy, Rhydian Mizen and David Whitelock, and the whole community for coming together and pulling together such a great event.Read more