Welsh Minister ‘negligent’ on Council Tax Regulations, says AM

Welsh Local Government Minister has been branded as ‘negligent’ and ‘incompetent’ by Russell George AM, after he delayed the submission of regulations to be scrutinised by the National Assembly, casting doubt on whether  council tax benefits for 330,000 homes in Wales will be paid on time.

AM tells Minister that NHS bailout money must be used for patients

Contingency funding for the Welsh NHS must be directed ‘straight to the frontline’, says local AM, Russell George, as the Welsh Government provides Powys Local Health Board with four million pounds to help it meet unprecedented pressures and maintain quality of care.

Cautious welcome for Environment White Paper

Commenting on the Environment Minister’s publication of a White Paper to seek views on proposals for a Sustainable Development Bill, Shadow Minister for Environment Russell George AM, said:"While this consultation and its influence on future policy is extremely important, we have long called for Labour ministers to get a grip on sustainable development.

Floods highlight need for improved strategy

Shadow Minister for Environment, Russell George AM, has praised the community spirit and hard work of all those affected by recent floods, and paid tribute to the resolve and determination of emergency services.

Hitachi deal completion welcomed

Commenting on the completion of Hitachi’s takeover of the Horizon nuclear project, Shadow Minister for Environment Russell George AM said:“Completion of this deal is extremely welcome news for both Anglesey and Wales as a whole.

Planning guidance: ‘Complete reform must replace patching up’

Commenting on a ministerial update on ‘planning for economic development’ – in which the Environment Minister confirms a new Technical Advice Note (more guidance) will be created next year - Shadow Minister for Environment Russell George AM said: "The Welsh planning system needs a comprehensive overhaul – not temporary plasters. Complete reform must replace patching up.