Former Wales Office Minister Baroness Randerson will today call for the UK Government to be bold and enshrine fair funding into the Wales Bill.
Speaking in a debate on devolution she is hosting in the House of Lords, Baroness Randerson will call on the Conservative UK Government to be bolder in its plans for the Wales Bill and will urge the Government to move much faster towards its implementation.
She will also call for the UK Government to:
be open to the idea of establishing a separate legal jurisdiction for Wales;
devolve youth justice;
increase the available energy powers currently on offer; and
clarify whether it will be only be publishing a Draft Bill in this parliamentary session.
Lib Dem Wales Minister Jenny Randerson speaks on Welsh tourism during visit to Llanelly House and Llanelli’s Discovery Centre.
During her visit she will also meet with people in West Wales who have benefited from this week’s budget, in particular farmers, first-time buyers and pensioners in the region.
Jenny Randerson said:
The Welsh tourism industry is a great success story for our country, bringing investment and creating jobs across the country. Millions of people travel to Wales every year to see our beautiful scenery, visit our historic buildings and sample our award-winning food and drink.
But our success depends on how well we all pull together to make our combined efforts greater than the sum of its parts. Here in Llanelly House, their innovative approach to working together has achieved fantastic results and I want to see this replicated across Wales.
Tourism is Wales’ second-largest industry and generated £2.3 billion of spending in 2013.
Of the 96.72 million trips taken in Great Britain from January-October 2014, 8.9 per cent of these were to Wales, an increase from the same period in 2013.
The total volume of nights spent in Wales during the first ten months of 2014 was 1.5 per cent up compared with the same period in 2013.
Spending on visits to Wales in the first ten months of 2014 has risen compared with the same period in 2013.
Jenny Randerson will be visiting tourism attractions in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 March.
As well as visiting the 300-year old Llanelly House following its 10-year restoration project, Baroness Randerson will visit: Llanelli’s Discovery centre where visitors can find out all about the area’s tourism attractions; Burry Port harbour, Wales’ newest marina with a 450-berth facility; Flanagan’s coastline café in Llanelli, famous for its range of ice-cream; Cwmcerrig Farmshop and Grill in Gorslas and the soon to be re-opened Cardigan castle in Ceredigion.
Lib Dem Wales Minister Jenny Randerson will today (12 March) urge young people in Wales to get an apprenticeship to boost their skills and job prospects during a tour of Airbus’s factory in North Wales.
Airbus has a well deserved reputation for the excellence of their apprenticeship training. During her visit to their site in Broughton, Baroness Randerson will meet Airbus apprentices who are learning key skills on the job helping them to further their careers.
Since 2010, the UK government has developed more than 2 million apprenticeships giving young people the chance to earn and learn on the job while supporting business to create a create a world-class workforce.
The UK government wants more businesses to take on apprentices and so from next year has abolished national insurance contributions for employers hiring trainees aged under 25 – a move which could benefit some 22,000 apprentices in Wales.
Baroness Randerson, who will visit Airbus during National Apprenticeship Week, said:
Apprenticeships offer a fantastic opportunity for young people in Wales to learn a trade first hand and get the practical training they need to boost their job prospects and get on the career ladder.
Employers also tell us that taking on an apprentice has benefited their business. That’s why as a government we are right behind apprenticeships and have made it easier for employers to take on more young trainees.
There are a huge range of high quality apprenticeships available in Wales – like those provided by Airbus – and so I would urge young people to get involved so they can develop the skills they need to really make a success of their career.
During her visit Baroness Randerson will meet Airbus management and hear how the company – one of Wales’s biggest employers – is investing heavily in developing the skills of young people through work experience placements and their apprenticeship programme.
She will also see Airbus’s North Factory where the wings for A350 XWB plane are manufactured, and the West Factory where the wings for the A380 are made.
Wales Office minister will today (11 February) emphasise the need for the building industry to use energy intelligently and efficiently.
This will help ensure that Wales continues to create a greener built environment – in homes and the workplace – to ultimately save people money.
This will be her key message when she addresses the inaugural Wales Green Building Marketplace taking place today in Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.
Organised by RenewableUK Cymru, the event will be an opportunity for over 100 people to hear from experts about the challenges and opportunities facing businesses and individuals in making buildings greener and more energy efficient.
Issues covered include the challenges facing the public sector in delivering large-scale energy-efficient adaptations to buildings, how to get green refurbishment and improvements to your house right first time and advice for landlords about the Renewable Heat Incentive.
Lib Dem Wales Office Minister Baroness Randerson receives recognition for her services to interfaith relations.
The Muslim Council for Wales has decided that, in recognition for her services to interfaith relations, refugees and asylum-seekers, the minister will be awarded with their Achievement Award 2015.
The Minister will receive her award at the Council’s dinner celebrating UN Word Interfaith Harmony Week at Cardiff City Hall on Wednesday 4 February 2015. Previous recipients include the Rt. Hon. Rhodri Morgan, Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas and Cardinal Cormack Murphy O’Connor.
The event is an historical one as its keynote speaker will be Chief Rabbi Mirvis Ephraim, 11th Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of the Commonwealth. Islamic theologian Shaykh Asim Yusuf will be the keynote speaker.
The Muslim community has stated that it is very indebted to the minister for the commitment, dedication and enthusiasm she has shown over the years and value her contribution to interfaith harmony.
On hearing of the news of her award, Jenny Randerson said:
I feel very humbled and proud to be honoured in this way. Seeking harmony between all faiths is important if we wish to live in a peaceful world and I have always supported co-operation and tolerance.
To receive an honour for what I believe in has touched me deeply.
Lib Dem Peer Jenny Randerson meets inspirational Welsh businesswomen to see how the UK Government can increase opportunities for women in business.
Wales Office Minister Baroness Randerson is meeting inspirational Welsh businesswomen (29-30 January) to see how the UK Government can increase opportunities for women in business.
Ahead of International Women’s Day (8 March), Baroness Randerson is visiting Monty’s Brewery. Pam Honeyman, co-founder of Monty’s brewery is a key contributor in the success of the company – creating and producing the award winning beer that started it all, “Sunshine”.
Leading academics from across Wales will today (26 January) meet Lib Dem Wales Office Minister Jenny Randerson to discuss the future of Welsh devolution.
She will bring together experts from a number of Welsh universities to share their views on how the UK government can best deliver further devolution for Wales.
The roundtable event will provide the academics with an important opportunity to discuss and comment on the UK government’s Welsh devolution programme.
Baroness Randerson said the meeting would also aim to build on the UK government’s strong track record on devolution.
Baroness Randerson said:
It’s important that we hear a wide range of views on how we can deliver constitutional change that works for Wales.
The academics I’m meeting today are some of the best and brightest minds in Wales and have an excellent understanding of Welsh politics, history and society. Many of them also play a leading role in our universities – institutions which are key to a successful Welsh economy.
They will bring a fresh insight and analysis to some critically important issues for Wales.
I’m sure they will make a valuable contribution to the devolution programme and the debate around the future of Welsh governance.
Baroness Randerson will chair the discussion at The Wales Office’s Caspian Point office in Cardiff.
Places of worship across Wales can now apply to a new, one-off £15 million fund to address urgent roof repairs.
These grants will help ensure that these historic buildings can remain open for commemoration, services and other community functions and events.
There is only one opportunity to apply and the closing date for applications is on Friday 30 January 2015.
These grants have been made possible through the UK government funded Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund. It was set up by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Autumn Statement and administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF).
Grants are available from £10,000 to £100,000 to help meet the costs of urgent repairs to roofs, such as coverings and ceilings. It can also be used to improve rainwater disposal systems such as gutters, gullies, drains.
Lib Dem Wales Office Minister Jenny Randerson said:
During winter months, the harsh weather can have a devastating impact on our historical buildings such as places of worship.
These buildings represent the culture and history of our nation and are at the heart of communities across Wales.
I hope that places of worship across Wales seize this one off opportunity.
The Energy Policy in Wales summit, which is being held at the Angel Hotel in Cardiff, will discuss the future of energy in Wales, including the proposed Wylfa site, wind, solar and marine power generation.
Baroness Randerson, in acknowledging the huge economic and social importance of the sector and the need to secure its future, said:
Energy drives our economy and our way of life – if we cannot keep the lights on, keep the computers running, and keep our homes and offices warm, little else matters.
Without a reliable energy supply for the future, our efforts to meet legally binding targets to address climate change, or keep costs under control, will become much less important.
She highlighted the importance of change and the opportunities this presents for Wales as well as the need for more collaboration between the Government and the Private Sector to ensure a positive future for the sector in Wales, saying:
From small scale, community based renewables to Wylfa Newydd and tidal lagoons, I want Wales, once again, to be a world leader in energy supply and in the manufacture of the technology it requires.
It is now down to the private sector – companies such as you here today – to continue to grasp the challenge, to innovate and show that Wales can lead the world.