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Motions and Amendments for Debate on 23 September 2015

Motions tabled on 16 September 2015

Short Debate

NDM5824 Bethan Jenkins (South Wales West): Righting an historical wrong: the case of Linda Lewis

Calls for a fresh inquiry into Linda Lewis, a mother falsely accused. WITHDRAWN

NDM5825 Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Regrets that recent Local Data Company statistics put Wales's town vacancy rate at 15.6 per cent, by far the highest in the UK;

2. Regrets the Welsh Government's persistent failure to promote high streets and town centres, help small businesses and ensure job creation; and

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to seriously consider the proposals outlined in the Welsh Conservative documents 'A Vision for the Welsh High Street' and 'Invest Wales' which would help SMEs and regenerate our high streets. 

'A Vision for the Welsh High Street' is available at:

http://www.welshconservatives.com/sites/www.welshconservatives.com/files/avisionforthewelshhighst.pdf

'Invest Wales' is available at:

http://www.welshconservatives.com/sites/www.welshconservatives.com/files/invest_wales_final.pdf

NDM5827 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Supports a strong media as an integral element of a free and fully-functioning democracy in Wales;

2. Recognises the significant impact of the media and creative industries on the Welsh economy;

3. Is concerned about the UK Government's current proposals for the BBC ahead of its charter renewal in 2016 with particular regard to broadcasting in both English and Welsh and a strong BBC Wales and S4C;

4. Calls upon its committees to inquire into and act upon fundamental changes to the media industry in order to support its democratic functions in Wales; and

5. Re-establishes a broadcasting sub-committee in order to formulate a view and position on the BBC Charter Renewal as soon as possible.

NDM5826 Aled Roberts (North Wales)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Recognises the importance of the Supporting People programme which offers invaluable support for vulnerable people to live independently within their community and to end social exclusion;

2. Notes that last year the programme supported over 60,000 people in Wales including those who are homeless, at risk of domestic violence, elderly, disabled, or have complex needs;

3. Notes that the Supporting People programme had an 8.3 per cent real terms cut in funding between 2014-15 and 2015-16.

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

a) review the administration and monitoring requirements of the Supporting People programme to ensure that funding is prioritised for front-line provision; and

b) protect the Supporting People grant within the 2016-17 Welsh Government budget.

Amendments tabled on 17 September 2014

To propose that the Assembly resolves to adopt the following amendments to motions:

NDM5825

1. Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Insert as new point 3 and renumber accordingly:

Calls on the Welsh Government to help boost footfall in high streets by ensuring public and active transport links are properly accessible; applying business rates to out of town retail unit car parks; and encouraging local authorities to trial limited free parking to support struggling high streets.

NDM5826

1. Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes that the Supporting People programme reduces unnecessary pressures on statutory services such as health and social services and that it is estimated that every £1 invested in this programme can save up to £2.30 for the public purse.

NDM5827

1. Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Insert as new point 3 and renumber accordingly:

Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the UK Government to ensure the financial stability and editorial independence of S4C.

2. Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Delete point 5 and replace with:

Welcomes the agreement of the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee to undertake an inquiry into the BBC charter review.

Amendments tabled on 18 September 2015

To propose that the Assembly resolves to adopt the following amendments to motions:

NDM5825

1. Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls on the Welsh Government to encourage local authorities to work on diversifying their high streets in order to increase footfall.

2. Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls on the Welsh Government to consider a wide range of measures to help small businesses, including those on the high street, to include easing access to finance and extending business rate relief.

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