Jo Stevens MP

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Jo Stevens - Labour MP for Cardiff Central

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This week I have supported Royal Mail's Dog Awareness Week. There were three dog attacks recorded across Cardiff Central from April 2014 to April 2015.

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Dog attacks on postal workers - and on politicians and activists delivering leaflets - are an ongoing issue. Royal Mail has published new figures this week which have revealed that around eight post men and women a day are attacked by dogs across the UK.

Campaigning

Members of Parliament and Royal Mail are calling for responsible dog ownership and are appealing to dog owners to keep animals under control.

In May 2014, changes to the Dangerous Dog Act came into force. This legislation now ensures that post men and women have legal protection over attacks by dogs on private property and in gardens. There are also tougher penalties for irresponsible owners.

In 2014-15 the number of dog attacks on post men and women fell by 10% across the UK from more than 3,300 to 2,960, after this change in legislation and Royal Mail's dog awareness campaigns.

Dog attacks are a significant issue faced by post men and women, members of the public and indeed by politicians and volunteers when out leafleting. I'm pleased to support this campaign with Royal Mail, CWU, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and the police, who are all doing a fantastic job promoting responsible dog ownership.

Dog Owners

Even the most lovable dog can be a danger to postal staff. Dogs are territorial by nature and if they feel they need to protect their family, they can become unpredictable. 

Here are some top tips to help your post man or woman deliver your post in safety:

  • Make sure your dog is out of the way before the post man or woman arrives, keep garden gates closed so dogs can't run round to the front of the house.
  • Give your dog some food or a toy to occupy them while your mail is being delivered.
  • If your dog likes to attack your mail, think about getting a wire container. It will protect your post and your post man or woman's fingers!

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Supporting Royal Mail's Dog Awareness Week

This week I have supported Royal Mail's Dog Awareness Week. There were three dog attacks recorded across Cardiff Central from April 2014 to April 2015.

Women in Cardiff Central still earn just 81 pence for every pound a man earns according to official figures from the ONS. 

Today I called on the Government to task the independent Equalities and Human Rights Commission to produce an ‘Annual Equal Pay Check’ reporting on Britain’s gender pay gap, and make recommendations for action by Government and employers so specific progress can be made.

I spoke as part of the Labour Party's debate in Parliament on Wednesday 1st July on the topic.

It’s a national scandal that 45 years after the Equal Pay Act was passed, women from Cardiff Central still earn just 81 pence for every male pound. It’s vital we make sure the new information published by companies leads to real progress that will collect the right information and make recommendations for action.

From 2016, employers of over 250 workers will be required to publish their gender pay gap – something Labour has long campaigned for – in a move intended to focus efforts on closing the gender pay gap.

Half the population earning less than the other half of the population because of their gender is simply wrong. It’s time for action.

Watch the clip of my speech here 

 

Constituency gender pay gap figures refer to the gap between male and female median hourly earnings excluding overtime in the constituency, taken from the ONS Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (2014).

Calling for Action on the Gender Pay Gap

Women in Cardiff Central still earn just 81 pence for every pound a man earns according to official figures from the ONS.  Today I called on the Government to task...

Cardiff is set to get a new state-of-the-art transport interchange. World-renowned architects Foster + Partners have been recommended to the City of Cardiff Council’s Cabinet as the preferred firm to design the scheme.

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Central Square

The Central Square area is primed for regeneration and the proposed design will form an integral part of the masterplan for a spectacular new gateway to Cardiff. The interchange will link travellers to bus, train, bicycle and taxi networks.

The information has been released by Cardiff Council this week. The council have also posted '15 things you need to know about Cardiff's new bus interchange', a blog post with information about some of the changes.

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Public Information

There will be information available to the public about the proposals, and any changes that will take place in the interim period, at several events over the next month where the council's Information Caravan will be parked across the city centre:

Saturday 4th July: In the front of Cardiff Central railway Station, 8.30am - 5.30pm

Sunday 5th - Friday 10th July: Stand A, Cardiff Bus Station, 8.30am - 5.30pm

Saturday 11th - Friday 17th July: Top of Churchill Way, 8.30am - 5.30pm

Saturday 18th July - Friday 24th July: the Hayes (next to the Old Library and St David's Hall), 8.30am - 5.30pm

Saturday 25th - Friday 31st July: Stand A, Cardiff Bus Station, 8.30am - 5.30pm

Watch the video about the new bus station design here:

You can read the WalesOnline article about the proposals, including my comments, here.

All images courtesy of Foster + Partners.

New Bus Interchange for Cardiff

Cardiff is set to get a new state-of-the-art transport interchange. World-renowned architects Foster + Partners have been recommended to the City of Cardiff Council’s Cabinet as the preferred firm to...

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