Jo Stevens

A strong voice for Cardiff Central

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The past seven years of Tory & Lib Dem austerity have taken many of our public services to the brink - especially council services. And dedicated public sector workers have borne the brunt of this destructive and disastrous political choice. Because that's what it is; a political choice not an economic necessity.

And whilst money gets poured into England for flagship projects like HS2, we can't even get funding for the tidal lagoon or the critical redevelopment of Cardiff Central station. I raised this again in Parliament this week and yet again, Alun Cairns had nothing to offer. Nothing to offer on replacement EU funding. Nothing for Wales.

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Fair Funding For Wales

The past seven years of Tory & Lib Dem austerity have taken many of our public services to the brink - especially council services. And dedicated public sector workers have... Read more

Do you want to transform your community for the better? Do you want to tell the people in charge of your city what you want to change?

UpRising, is a national youth leadership development charity.

Following a pilot programme in Cardiff in 2016, thanks to partnership funding from Cardiff Council, BBC Cymru Wales, Cardiff University and University of South Wales, they are now able to roll out the full nine month Leadership Programme for up to 45 young people aged 19-25 per year for two years in the City, starting this October.

The free to attend Programme is aimed at participants from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds (be that race, gender, sexuality, economic etc), and follows a structured curriculum covering a variety of subjects such as Leadership, Media, Politics and Policies held at a weekly evening session. Speakers from all industries and backgrounds give their time to speak to the participants and participants are matched with mentors at the end of the Programme.

Recruitment for the Cardiff Leadership Programme is now open and they have already received a number of online expressions of interest. 

Cardiff UpRising Leadership Programme

Do you want to transform your community for the better? Do you want to tell the people in charge of your city what you want to change? UpRising, is a... Read more

I have now confirmed the dates for my advice surgeries in September. All surgeries are drop in's, so you don't need an appointment to come and speak to me about an issue. These are the details of my September surgeries:

Friday 1st September 11am - 12 noon Adamsdown

St German’s Church Hall, Star Street, Adamsdown CF24 1LA

Thursday 7th September 2pm - 3pm Cyncoed

Rhydypennau Library, Llandennis Road, CF23 6EG

Friday 15th September 4pm - 6pm Roath

Constituency Office, 116 Albany Road, Cardiff CF24 3RU

Saturday 16th September 10am - 11am Roath

Penylan Library, Penylan Road, CF23 5HW

Saturday 16th September 11am - 12 noon Cathays

Cathays Library, Fairoak Road CF24 4PW

Thursday 21st September 10.30am - 11.30am Llanedeyrn

The Powerhouse, Roundwood, Llanedeyrn, CF23 9PN

Friday 29th September - Macmillan Coffee Morning and Drop-In with Jenny Rathbone AM

The coffee morning will run from 10am - 12 noon in Waterloo Tea, 17-19 Clearwater Way, Cyncoed.

 

For more information, including for future surgeries, please click here.

 

Advice Surgeries in September

I have now confirmed the dates for my advice surgeries in September. All surgeries are drop in's, so you don't need an appointment to come and speak to me about... Read more

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

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