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Welsh farmers face crunch time for payments after new Assembly website failures, warns Antoinette Sandbach AM

Welsh farmers face crunch time for payments after new Assembly website failures, warns Antoinette Sandbach AM

Welsh farmers gearing up to lodge payment claims online before the deadline are facing delays, after problems with a new Assembly website.

The new Rural Payments Wales (RPW) online system won’t work with Apple computers nor certain PC software, says North Wales AM Antoinette Sandbach, who has now dubbed it an “IT shambles”. It means that many Welsh farmers will inst [...]

Auditor General for Wales urged take action over Hybu Cig Cymru funding for trips to Canada, Hong Kong and Dubai

Auditor General for Wales urged take action over Hybu Cig Cymru funding for trips to Canada, Hong Kong and Dubai

The Auditor General is being asked to investigate how much Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales paid towards a minister’s trip to Canada

North Wales AM Antoinette Sandbach is demanding action after discovering that HCC, which is tasked with promoting Welsh red meat, attended just one food show in England in the last three years. HCC has refused to say how much i [...]

10 Things You Should Know About Fraudsters

10 Things You Should Know About Fraudsters

Criminals are entrepreneurial and are always finding new ways to steal your money and/or information. At the Business Crime Reduction Centre, they are constantly looking for ways to raise awareness of what they are up to. Here are

1) They want your identity Your personal information is more valuable than you realise. Fraudsters will scour the internet to collect your details – don’t make it easy for them. Your Facebook profile is a treasure trove of inf [...]

The EU 'Circus'

The EU 'Circus'

Every week I face a round trip of 380 miles, driving from my home in North Wales to Cardiff and back again so I can spend time in here in the constituency. Don’t misunderstand – although it’s a long drive (or bumpy rail journe

It would be very strange if instead of myself, and other Assembly Members, heading south, that the Senedd came north, with civil servants packing up boxes of files along with their suitcases. I’m sure you’d agree that in this t [...]

Rural postal collections from Welsh homes on the cards, Antoinette Sandbach AM reveals

Rural postal collections from Welsh homes on the cards, Antoinette Sandbach AM reveals

Postmen may soon pick up letters and parcels when delivering items to farms and isolated homes in remote parts of Wales, Antoinette Sandbach AM has been told

The plans have been revealed in a letter to the North Wales Assembly Member by Jacky Akass, on behalf of Royal Mail Chief Executive Moya Green. Ms Sandbach is seeking to ensure that rural parts of North Wales are not left without [...]

Beware of rogue traders offering storm help, warns Antoinette Sandbach AM

Beware of rogue traders offering storm help, warns Antoinette Sandbach AM

Be careful when getting repairs to damage caused by the recent storms – make sure it’s a reputable trader, warns North Wales AM Antoinette Sandbach.

Last week’s bad storms are continuing to cause problems, it appears from the number of people who are contacting my office for help. Flooding or wind damage to roofs, buildings and fencing, are among the major headaches for bo [...]

Mums-to-be should insist they are offered an NHS screening test to check if their baby may have Down’s syndrome or other serious health problems, Antoinette Sandbach AM is urging

Mums-to-be should insist they are offered an NHS screening test to check if their baby may have Down’s syndrome or other serious health problems, Antoinette Sandbach AM is urging

Mums-to-be should insist they are offered an NHS screening test to check if their baby may have Down’s syndrome or other serious health problems, Antoinette Sandbach AM is urging

The North Wales AM has campaigned for several years for a combined screening test to be available in Wales – similar to that presently available in England for pregnant women. NHS trusts across Wales have now been told by the W [...]

Welsh Government U-turn on funding for trainee educational psychologists welcomed by Antoinette Sandbach AM

Welsh Government U-turn on funding for trainee educational psychologists welcomed by Antoinette Sandbach AM

A closure-threatened university course, which trains experts to help Wales’ most vulnerable children, has been thrown a life-line, thanks to efforts by Welsh Conservatives.

Now local government and university bosses have been told to get together to save the course, Cardiff University’s postgraduate Doctorate in Educational Psychology (DEdPsy), which is the only one in Wales. The University said i [...]

Snub to rural communities and Help To Buy Cymru by Welsh Government, says Antoinette Sandbach AM

Snub to rural communities and Help To Buy Cymru by Welsh Government, says Antoinette Sandbach AM

Welsh Labour has refused to extend its home-buying support scheme ‘Help to Buy Cymru’ to rural Wales, it was confirmed today.

Responding to a question from Antoinette Sandbach AM, Shadow Rural Affairs Minister, the Labour Government confirmed that the scheme would not be extended. Help to Buy Cymru currently only applies to new build properties, but t [...]

A55 not fit for purpose, say Antoinette Sandbach AM and Welsh Conservatives

A55 not fit for purpose, say Antoinette Sandbach AM and Welsh Conservatives

The closure of the A55 and the M4 after two separate crashes shows how Wales’ road network is not fit for purpose, say the Welsh Conservatives.

Two separate road crashes have demonstrated how Wales’ road network is not fit for purpose, Welsh Conservatives claimed today. An accident on the westbound section of the A55 near the Britannia Bridge closed a section of the ma [...]

Make your views known now on Plas Madoc Leisure Centre, urges Antoinette Sandbach AM

Make your views known now on Plas Madoc Leisure Centre, urges Antoinette Sandbach AM

The clock is ticking for Acrefair residents to tell Wrexham Council why Plas Madoc Leisure Centre should not close, says North Wales AM Antoinette Sandbach.

Among the customer service pledges on Wrexham Council’s web page for Plas Madoc Leisure Centre is the commitment to ‘Provide you with up to date information on all of our services.’ So why is the council failing to tell local re [...]

Campaign to stop loan sharks backed by Antoinette Sandbach AM

Campaign to stop loan sharks backed by Antoinette Sandbach AM

A CAMPAIGN to highlight financial predators lurking in communities throughout Wales, who target the vulnerable, is launched in the Senedd.

Community Housing Cymru (CHC) and the Wales Illegal Money Lending Unit (WIMLU) have teamed up for their Don’t Get Bitten campaign to combat the problem of loan sharks. Figures from WIMLU suggest a dramatic increase in the numbe [...]

Looking to Take Your Business Mobile?

Looking to Take Your Business Mobile?

Many companies throughout the UK still aren’t taking mobile technology seriously. The potential is huge and if you’re looking to take your business mobile, there are many ways you and your firm could benefit.

Designing and developing mobile apps for the likes of iPhone, iPad and Android can seem like a daunting task for most UK businesses. Long lead times, high development costs and actual usefulness for company applications can often [...]

Conwy’s most vulnerable children losing out due to shortage of educational psychologists, warns Antoinette Sandbach AM

Conwy’s most vulnerable children losing out due to shortage of educational psychologists, warns Antoinette Sandbach AM

Vulnerable children in Conwy face losing out because of a shortage of educational psychologists, Antoinette Sandbach AM has warned.

Vulnerable children in Conwy face losing out because of a shortage of educational psychologists, Antoinette Sandbach AM has warned. And the closure of Wales’ only graduate training course will make the matter worse – with counci [...]

Rock Choir Offers Hope for a Peaceful Nights Sleep

Rock Choir Offers Hope for a Peaceful Nights Sleep

If you suffer from snoring or are fed up at being kept awake by your partner’s nocturnal noises, joining your local Rock Choir could be the answer to uninterrupted sleep. Joining the nation’s favourite contemporary choir can help

One local Rock Choir leader Jennie Harwood explains: “Singing helps to exercise and strengthen muscles in the soft palette, which is where the snoring vibration occurs. A study carried out by the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundat [...]

New woodland project plans praised by Antoinette Sandbach AM

New woodland project plans praised by Antoinette Sandbach AM

The first stage of a long-term sustainable woodland project, which is creating two jobs, has been praised by Shadow Rural Affairs Minister Antoinette Sandbach AM.

Work got underway this week on the scheme in the Elwy Valley in Conwy and Ms Sandbach, North Wales Regional AM, called in to meet the team involved. The project is the brainchild of sawmill owner Adrian Farey, who already provide [...]

Science education is key for economic success, says Antoinette Sandbach AM

Science education is key for economic success, says Antoinette Sandbach AM

Volunteer to help local youngsters discover the wonders of science with the Institute of Physics, urges Antoinette Sandbach AM

Getting young people interested in science is key to a prosperous future for all of us – we need them to keep our lives going, whether it’s maintaining present-day technology or discovering the next break-through in medical treatm [...]

Help-to-buy scheme in Wales should include existing homes, urges North Wales AM Antoinette Sandbach, Shadow Rural Affairs Minister

Help-to-buy scheme in Wales should include existing homes, urges North Wales AM Antoinette Sandbach, Shadow Rural Affairs Minister

In rural communities, where there is little new housing, local young families urgently need help to buy a home so they can stay near relatives and friends, says Antoinette Sandbach AM

January is often the time when the housing market picks up, and people look at moving home. So in the coming weeks I’ll be scrutinising the new Help to Buy scheme, which opens for registrations today, January 2. I will be worki [...]

The Essential Resource for Retailers

The Essential Resource for Retailers

If you're a retailer looking to get more customers through the door and onto your site, and want to know how you can maximise sales through important calendar events, then look no further than RedBorder Ltd. They have launched the

To successfully stay in business retailers must now stay one step ahead of their competition, and be both proactive and reactive when it comes to important annual events. Now in its second year, The Retail Calendar by RedBord [...]

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Pupils and rugby stars to plant 1,600 trees on a Conwy housing estate

Pupils and rugby stars to plant 1,600 trees on a Conwy housing estate

Burly rugby players teamed up with local schoolchildren to plant more than 1,600 trees on a housing estate.

The Big Plant at Parc Peulwys in Lysfaen, above Old Colwyn, is part of a £1.1 million environment programme by housing association Cartrefi Conwy. Pupils from Ysgol Tan y Marian were joined by players from Colwyn Bay based Rygb [...]

Glitzy awards night to celebrate business success in Conwy

Glitzy awards night to celebrate business success in Conwy

A new awards ceremony is being launched to honour and inspire businesses across the county of Conwy.

The aim of the inaugural Conwy Business Awards is to show the world that the county is the perfect place for companies to thrive and prosper. The glittering celebration will be held at the Eirias Events Centre, in Colwyn Bay, o [...]

Football club cleans up in the community

Football club cleans up in the community

An ambitious football club is showing the opposition a clean pair of heels - after getting a new on-site laundry room.

The development at Colwyn Bay Football Club was made possible by the Cartrefi Conwy Community Chest Grant of £4,405. The club, which is pushing for a play-off place in the Skrill Conference North League, used the money to buy [...]

Time to have your say in policing in North Wales, urges Antoinette Sandbach AM

Time to have your say in policing in North Wales, urges Antoinette Sandbach AM

North Wales Police Commissioner Winston Roddick’s review of his Police and Crime Plan is now open for consultation, so make sure your voice is heard, says Antoinette Sandbach AM

When I’m out and about chatting to people on their doorstep, one thing that often crops up is crime – either they’ve been involved in an incident, or they are worried about what they see as a rise in offences and anti-social behav [...]

North Wales Police website rated third of the 50 UK forces by web governance consultancy Sitemorse

North Wales Police website rated third of the 50 UK forces by web governance consultancy Sitemorse

The website of Colwyn Bay-based North Wales Police has been rated third of the 50 UK forces by web governance consultancy Sitemorse, just behind the Merseyside and Police Scotland forces.

Sitemorse reviews the websites of businesses and organisations in a number of sectors, and has been benchmarking and publishing the detailed results for a decade. The full results from this and other recent surveys can be seen on [...]

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