Jo Stevens

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The People's Postcode Lottery have made £4 million in funding available for local charities and groups to apply for.

Applications for the latest round of funding are now open and will close on the 28th August.

Both charities and community groups are eligible to apply for the grants of between £500 and £20,000.

The funding will be allocated through one of three Trusts, which support different categories of projects:

  • People’s Postcode Trust seeks applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights, equal rights and conflict resolution for some of society’s most vulnerable groups.
  • Postcode Local Trust supports wildlife, sustainability, play areas and green spaces.
  • Postcode Community Trust focuses on grass-roots sports, arts, recreation and healthy living programmes.

Over 400 projects were awarded with grants in the last funding round. With previously funded projects ranging from sports clubs, to mental health groups, to wildlife conservation charities, this is a fantastic opportunity for groups to access funding to make a difference in the local community.

Funding Available for Local Groups and Charities

The People's Postcode Lottery have made £4 million in funding available for local charities and groups to apply for. Applications for the latest round of funding are now open and... Read more

Last week the government tried to sneak out its announcement that the mainline from Cardiff to Swansea won't be electrified, despite numerous promises over a long period of time that it would be.

This is the latest in a long catalogue of delay, disregard and decision making that ignores Wales and our infrastructure needs.

Since being elected in 2015, I have taken every opportunity to press government ministers on rail electrification to Wales, with the need to fund improvements to Cardiff Central Station and for them to give the go ahead to the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon as this is a pathfinder (pilot) project for the Cardiff and Newport Tidal Lagoon. This world-leading marine energy scheme would not only bring thousands of new, highly skilled jobs to a generation of people in South Wales, it would also deliver clean, green energy for Wales and the rest of the UK.

It makes you wonder what the point of having a Secretary of State for Wales is. Either the case for Wales is not being made strongly enough around the UK government cabinet table, or its not being made at all.

We've learnt that promises from government ministers mean absolutely nothing.

Why does electrification matter?

It's not just about getting to and from London a bit quicker, though connectivity between Cardiff and the UK capital is an important consideration for people doing business in our city. Electrification would also improve journey times between Cardiff and Swansea – a key commuter route – and electric rather than diesel powered trains would be much better for our health and the environment.

With organisations like BBC Wales moving their headquarters to Cardiff Central, and the number of high-profile events – like the Champions League Final, Rugby World Cup, test matches at the SWALEC and Ed Sheeran's record four-night run at the stadium – on the increase, we need infrastructure fit for purpose.

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Investing in the Transport Infrastructure Cardiff Needs

Last week the government tried to sneak out its announcement that the mainline from Cardiff to Swansea won't be electrified, despite numerous promises over a long period of time that... Read more

This morning I asked the Leader of the House in Business Questions why there are such long waiting times for people appealing asylum decisions to get a court hearing date.

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The current minimum timescale for getting a court date is 48 weeks, and then when dates are set they are often months into the future. This is leaving asylum seekers in limbo, unable to contribute to the UK economy - which many are willing and able to do.

Asylum Appeal Delays - My Question to the Government

This morning I asked the Leader of the House in Business Questions why there are such long waiting times for people appealing asylum decisions to get a court hearing date.... Read more

My monthly newsletter for July is now available, featuring a roundup of my work in Parliament and Cardiff Central this month. 

Click here to read.

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Monthly Newsletter - July 2017

My monthly newsletter for July is now available, featuring a roundup of my work in Parliament and Cardiff Central this month.  Click here to read.

I was pleased this morning to be able to visit the newly redeveloped Powerhouse hub in Llanedeyrn. It was fantastic to see the hub already buzzing with residents checking out the new facilities on offer here.

The new Powerhouse Hub in Llanedeyrn provides a wider range of services and better facilities and will be open for six days a week.

The new Powerhouse will be home to the library service with a quiet area and space for children's events,IT training suite, private interview rooms, rooms for community meetings & events, a community café and a community hall.

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Residents will also be able to access housing, benefit & advice services, free internet and Wi-Fi access, free phones to contact Council & other services and Into Work Advice & training courses.

I will be holding regular advice surgeries in the new Powerhouse. Please click here to see my planned advice surgeries for the month ahead.

Visiting the Newly Redeveloped Powerhouse

I was pleased this morning to be able to visit the newly redeveloped Powerhouse hub in Llanedeyrn. It was fantastic to see the hub already buzzing with residents checking out...

A Cardiff Central pupil has taken vital carbon monoxide (CO) safety messages to the House of Commons after winning a competition run by industry body, Energy Networks Association and supported locally by Wales & West Utilities.

Marcos Fernandes, who attends Llanedeyrn Primary School, was chosen as Wales & West Utilities winning Key Stage 1 Welsh entry of the ‘Get Creative, Be Safe’ competition.

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The safety competition, which was launched at the beginning of the year by Wales & ex-British Lions player Tom Shanklin, urged children aged 5 to 11 to produce an eye-catching poster, poem or entry in another medium which was both informative and accurate and raised awareness of the dangers of CO poisoning and how to avoid them. The competition is supported by all UK gas networks, including the gas pipeline and emergency service for Wales and the south west of England, Wales & West Utilities.

Marcos designed a poster which warned of the hidden dangers of carbon monoxide and included a signpost to the national gas emergency number – 0800 111 999.

As the winning entry from his category, Marcos joined other regional winners at the House of Commons where he collected a trophy along with a £150 cash prize for himself and £300 for his school. 

Llanedeyrn Primary Pupil Marcos Wins Wales & West Utilities ‘Get Creative, Be Safe’ competition

A Cardiff Central pupil has taken vital carbon monoxide (CO) safety messages to the House of Commons after winning a competition run by industry body, Energy Networks Association and supported... Read more

Below are the confirmed dates for my advice surgeries around Cardiff Central in August.

If you have an issue that you would like to raise directly with me, please come along to one of the dates advertised below. No appointment is needed.

You can see future advice surgery information by clicking here.

Advice Surgery Information for August

Below are the confirmed dates for my advice surgeries around Cardiff Central in August. If you have an issue that you would like to raise directly with me, please come... Read more

Taking the fight to the Government in a Debate on Wales and the Queen’s Speech

 

Alongside Labour MPs from across Wales, I led a debate on the impact of the UK government’s policies on Wales.

 

In the face of a poor turn out from Government MPs we covered topics including the impact of Brexit on women in Wales, concerns about future funding for Wales and whether large-scale infrastructure projects like rail electrification, tidal lagoons and linked-up travel in north Wales will get the go ahead with government funding.

 

I was pleased to lead this debate standing  up for Wales  and to expose the Tory Government's total lack of consideration for Wales in the Queen’s speech. I highlighted the struggles my constituents were having due to the Governments lack of clarity on immigration, the importance of the EU to Welsh women  and the ways the Government was failing to deliver for Wales, which the Queen's Speech did little to alleviate.

 

A wide range of issues were debated by my Labour colleagues and I, many of which weren’t in the Queen’s speech but should have been. This is a clear indictment  of the government’s attitude to Wales.

 

The Minister was unable to give any reassurance that the repeal bill won’t lead to a ‘power grab’ or loss of rights and protections under existing EU law disadvantaging the people of Wales.

 

People in Wales are right not to trust this Tory government to look after their interests, and it's Labour MPs who will continue to challenge this desperate government standing up for what matters to people here in Wales. Wales resoundingly rejected the Tory manifesto and this Tory Government at the last General Election, their subsequent bung of at least £1 billion to the DUP and their ignoring of Welsh claims for further funding shows that the Tories have not learned their lesson. 

 

You can find the full video of my speech below; 

 

 

 

 

Wales and the Queen Speech My Westminster Hall Debate

Taking the fight to the Government in a Debate on Wales and the Queen’s Speech   Alongside Labour MPs from across Wales, I led a debate on the impact of...

The Welsh Government want your views on proposals to change the way fees are charged by letting agents, landlords and third parties to tenants in the private rented sector.

If you're a private sector tenant in Cardiff Central, it is vital you respond to this consultation and help shape the Welsh Government's policy on letting agency fees going forward.

Welsh Government Consultation: Letting Agency Fees

The Welsh Government want your views on proposals to change the way fees are charged by letting agents, landlords and third parties to tenants in the private rented sector. If... Read more

The government has caved in to the demands of the campaign for an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal of the 1970s and 80s.

I have been pushing for an inquiry alongside my Labour colleagues with affected families and campaigning organisations like Haemophilia Wales, for many years.

An emergency debate on the issue was secured by my Labour colleague Diana Johnson MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Contaminated Blood, forcing the government to concede and announce an inquiry moments before the debate was due to start.

The contaminated blood scandal saw thousands of people infected with HIV and Hepatitis C after being given transfusions of contaminated blood products. Campaigners have long called for the inquiry and we had continually been promised a statement from the public health minister before parliament rises for the summer recess which failed to materialise.

Approximately 2400 people have died as a result of receiving contaminated blood transfusions, and there are thousands of people who were infected with HIV, Hepatitis C and other life threatening diseases as a direct consequence.

I know from speaking to a number of my constituents who have been affected by the scandal that the long-term impacts go far beyond loss of family members and chronic ill health. More action is needed.

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During the emergency Parliamentary debate I spoke up on behalf of constituents; the family of brothers Haydn and Gareth Lewis, who died as a result of contaminated blood.

I have campaigned with Haydn and Gareth's family, Haemophilia Wales and other affected families since my election in 2015 as a member of the APPG on Contaminated Blood. We have had a series of meetings with various Public health Ministers to press for a public inquiry and for the people affected by this scandal to be properly and fairly compensated.

I will continue to campaign on behalf of my constituents and those affected as the inquiry progresses. It's important to me that we learn from similar scandals, like the Thalidomide scandal of the 1950s and 60s, and ensure that this inquiry is full, fair , transparent and leads to satisfactory outcomes for those affected.

Contaminated Blood Inquiry Announced

The government has caved in to the demands of the campaign for an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal of the 1970s and 80s. I have been pushing for an... Read more

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