With days to go before Wales elects a new Senedd, Rhys writes to the people of Aberconwy.
Following the news of HRH Prince Phillip's passing this morning, Aberconwy Liberal Democrats are immediately suspending all political campaigning.
Our condolences and thoughts are with the Queen and the Royal Family.
Rhys has written to Transport for Wales with concerns raised in his recent 60s survey.
You can read his letter below.
Following the concerns raised in the recent 60s survey carried out by Rhys and the Aberconwy Liberal Democrats, he has written to the cabinet member responsible for littering and dog waste management looking for answers. Rhys said:
"The issues of littering and dog waste came up so many times in the survey, and that was for residents across the county. Council tax rates have increased once again this year, after what was nearly a 10% increase last year, and residents have big issues with the management of these problems. I think our people need answers and that's why I have written to the council."
Rhys' letter to the council can be read below.
Rhys has written an open letter to all on his views on Federalism and it's opportunities for Wales.
Rhys writes about his experiences and thoughts on the future of mental health for Wales.
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Action needed as nearly 5 mental health detentions were carried out every day in Wales during 2020
Rhys David Jones, Welsh Liberal Democrat prospective Senedd candidate for Aberconwy, is calling for a dedicated Mental Health minister following the recent publication of mental health related statistics.
Records show that during 2020, 1709 mental health detentions were recorded. Over a 100 of these were served on people 17 and younger. Nearly 30% of all welsh detentions occurred in North Wales, highlighting further the issues being faced by those served by the Besti Cadwaladr health board.
Rhys had the following to say “These statistics show clearly that we need a full time dedicated mental health minister, not for it to be an after thought.”
“The current minister has never been 100% dedicated to the mental health portfolio. Over the year it has either been a 1/3 of their portfolios or looked at alongside the Welsh language portfolio. The crisis deserves a full time 100% focused leader to drive these numbers down.”
“With over 1700 mental health detentions across Wales in 2020 that nearly 5 every day. The mental health crisis needs a radical approach, clearly the existing strategy is not cutting the mustard. We need a minister that has the strength to influence every government decision, because mental health is not just an NHS issue.”
Rhys David Jones, prospective Welsh Liberal Democrat Senedd candidate for Aberconwy had the following comment based on remarks made by sitting Aberconwy conservative MS, Janet Finch-Saunders in the Senedd yesterday which can be found here.
“It’s outrageous to think we should be grateful in Wales for finance from Westminster. Wales has paid it’s share into the pot and should receive Barnett consequential financing.”
“Why Aberconwy or Wales should grateful to Westminster for any penny we receive is beyond me. With tax payers and businesses baring the brunt of the UK governments economic handling of the pandemic, these remarks made by an elected representative leave a bitter taste.”
“Instead of being grateful, Welsh elected representatives must continue to press the UK Government to do the right thing and make sure that everyone is protect during this pandemic. There are millions still excluded from any financial support. I will not be saying thank you to Westminster for continuing to exclude many of Aberconwy’s hard working people from any support.”
Rhys David Jones launches Aberconwy Business Forum in response to today’s punishing budgets
Aberconwy Liberal Democrat prospective senedd candidate, Rhys David Jones, today launched a business forum for local businesses following the actions of both governments with their budgets. He had the following to say:
“With the Conservative UK Government in Westminster punishing our brave entrepreneurs with its budget, and the Welsh budget for a second time requiring a rework, local businesses need someone in their corner.”
“Getting the port at Anglesey ready for business must be a top priority for a fruitful recovery. The Conservatives had 4 years to get the port business ready but nothing done. I will be fighting for Aberconwy’s businesses here, they are our way out of economic ruin.”
“The purpose of this forum is to get power in numbers. Long has the voice of local business been ignored, this forum will have a voice to make sure its heard. I am hopeful that this forum is a platform for our local businesses to lead our local recovery, attract new businesses in and create a professional networking platform for Aberconwy.”
“For all local businesses come join the forum, and let me know what needs to change to help you grow.”
To join the forum please click here