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Mark Williams supports dementia awareness

Ceredigion’s Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams met with representatives of the Alzheimer’s Society in Parliament last week, who were raising awareness of the challenges posed by dementia to everyone in our society, which they deem one of the biggest health and care challenges we face.

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The Alzheimer's Society research shows that there are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and this number is set to rise to 1.1 million by 2021 and reach 2 million by 2051.  225,000 people develop dementia in the UK ever year, which is one every three minutes. 

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Mark Williams supports Homes for Britain campaign

Ceredigion’s Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has met with local housing associations at an event in Parliament this week to support the Home for Britain campaign. 

The event organised by the Community Housing Cymru Group, bought together a number of housing associations from across Wales, of which there are more than 70, in order to speak with Welsh MPs about the Home for Britain campaign. 

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2100 Workers in Ceredigion set to benefit from record minimum wage increase

2,100 workers in Ceredigion will see a boost to their pay packet from October this year, thanks to an increase in the National Minimum Wage.

Thanks to the influence of the Liberal Democrats in Government, the National Minimum Wage is set to rise by three per cent, which means workers will get a new rate of £6.70 an hour.  The National Minimum Wage for apprentices will increase by 57p an hour to £3.30.

This is the largest real-terms increase in the National Minimum Wage since 2008, and over 1.4 million UK workers are set to benefit, and 73,000 workers in Wales.

 

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Mark Williams welcomes assistance to charity and volunteering groups in this year’s Budget

Ceredigion’s Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has welcomed a number of measures in this year’s Budget which will assist charity and volunteering groups in our society, who do so much to help others.

The Chancellor announced in his budget speech that he would give £10 million in funds for air ambulances across the UK. He also agreed to refund the VAT for blood bike charities, responding to the public campaign on this issue which Mark supported.

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Budget helping where it matters

Ceredigion’s Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has welcomed the news in today’s budget which extends the period over which self-employed farmers can average their profits for income tax purposes from 2 years to 5 years.  In Wales, these changes are expected help over 3,000 individual farmers.

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Mark Williams calls for reduction in VAT on tourism

Ceredigion’s Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has held a debate in Parliament calling for a reduction in the rate of VAT in the tourism sector from 20% to 5%, so it can be bought into line with competitor destinations in the European Union.

This debate has come in the midst of Wales Tourism Week, and on the eve of the budget.  New research commission by the campaign to Cut Tourism VAT, which Mark has supported for a number of years, has shown that despite the initial loss to the Treasury in revenue in the first two years, after five years this would generate a positive net value of £668 million for the Treasury, and over ten years that figure would reach £4,159 million.

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Making tourism everyone’s business

Baroness Randerson and Mark Williams MP alongside Chris Osborne, Chair of the Wales Tourism Alliance jointly hosted a Westminster Reception to introduce Wales Tourism Week 2015 which takes place from 14-22 March. The event was open to members of the tourism industry in Wales and Welsh MPs.

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Mark Williams once again raises plight of dairy farmers in Parliament

Ceredigion’s Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has once again raised the plight of dairy farmers in this year’s St David’s Day Debate in Parliament last week.

Speaking in the Chamber of the House of Commons Mark Williams warned that the crisis facing the dairy industry ‘cannot be overstated’.

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‘Millennium Development Goals must include target to end violence against children everywhere’ - Mark Williams

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Ceredigion’s Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has joined Unicef UK’s campaign to end violence against children all across the globe. 

At an event in Parliament this week, Mark met with Unicef UK Ambassador and actor Michael Sheen, who spoke about the work he is doing with Unicef UK on this campaign.  The Unicef UK Ambassador described his experiences from his recent trip to Guatemala, one of the most dangerous countries in the world for children.  It has the second highest rate of child murder and 40 children become orphans each day because of violence.

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‘Devolution is one of the major success stories of the last 5 years’- Mark Williams MP

Devolution to Wales has been one the major success stories over the last five years, Mark Williams MP for Ceredigion, will argue in a speech for the Wales Governance Centre.

In a wide-ranging speech, Mark Williams said:

“Devolution is moving forward - but that is due to the Coalition. 

“The role of Kirsty Williams as Leader, and Jenny Randerson as Wales Office Minister - and Jenny has a unique understanding of devolution having had a foot in each camp - should not be understated.

“Of all the constitutional commitments made in the Coalition Agreement, and quite frankly the many disappointing constitutional let downs of the past five years, devolution to Wales has been one of the success stories, with all three commitments made in the Coalition agreement delivered.”

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