AM SETS OUT 32 POINT PLAN FOR LOCAL ECONOMY

The economy of the Llanelli constituency can get better, but only if people are bold and work together; that’s the message of a new economic plan launched by the AM for Llanelli, Lee Waters.

The AM, who sits on the Assembly’s Economy & Infrastructure Committee, has been working on the plan since his election more than two years ago. Entitled ‘Bwrw ymlaen’ (Pushing forward), the report makes 32 recommendations and is subtitled ‘Towards an Economic Strategy for the Llanelli constituency’.

“The whole reason I became an Assembly Member was because I refuse to believe things have to be this way. We can make things better for Llanelli. But it’s not quick, and it’s not easy. And I can’t do it alone. By publishing this report I hope to get the council, the Welsh government, local organisations and businesses to work together to find a way through these difficult times” Lee Waters said.

The plan makes suggestions for actions on economic development, transport, energy, digital and Llanelli town centre.

The 32 point plan includes:

Encouraging big local organisations to buy local – Based on the example of Preston Council, working with our largest institutions (Carmarthenshire County Council, Hywel Dda Health Board, Pobl housing association, Dyfed Powys Police and local schools and colleges ) to increase the volume of procurement spending sourced locally and regionally.

Create Tech-hub for food production – Welsh Government should create an Institute for Precision Agriculture in area to improve farm productivity, reducing pollution and develop software and robotics for export.

Local green energy – Creating a plan for the development of community energy infrastructure to cut bills, keep profit in the local area and clean the environment.

Boosting public transport  – Working with Council and Welsh Government to re-regulate bus services to ensure services are reliable and routes serve every community.

Better mix of shops in towns centre  – Council should offer vacant space in the town centre to new traders at affordable rates, and encourage internet based traders to set pop-up showrooms so people can see before they buy.

Creating local car clubs to allow people to share ownership of electric cars, and a robust network of electric vehicle charging points throughout the constituency.

Bring banks back to the High St – Welsh Government should create a community bank, with the facility to deliver face to face services in areas where banks have withdrawn.

Encourage Activity Tourism – Target tourists interested in coast and country activities anddevelop a plan to ensure that we have facilities to meet the demands of these new visitors.

Lee Waters added:

“We are living through very challenging times. Brexit, the proposed closure of Schefler’s and the potential unravelling of the Delta Lakes development are gloomy developments. But I passionately and profoundly believe that we can turn things around. And that the key to our future is within us.

That’s why, this week I’m publishing my ideas for an economic strategy for the area outlining actions I think should be taken to rejuvenate the constituency, from Kidwelly to Tycroes, and Llanelli to Pontyberem.

There are enormous strengths in our local economy – we host national and international expertise in manufacturing, construction, transport & logistics, and sport – expertise that can be harnessed to energise positive change.

People look for simple and quickanswers, there are none. The decline of our economy has taken place overgenerations and it will not be quickly reversed. The actions required go farbeyond the role of an Assembly Member, and I will use what influence I have totry and take forward positive change”.

The report is available here.

DIGITAL EXPERTS CALL FOR A SYSTEM REBOOT

Wales needs a Chief Digital Officer and a Minister for Digital with authority right across the public services, a Digital Strategy that ensures problems are addressed from the point of view of the member of the public who will be using the service, and a team of specialist digital ‘squads’ that can be called upon to help organisations develop workable solutions.

Those are the main recommendations of an expert panel that has today delivered its report to the Welsh Government.

Led by Labour backbencher, Llanelli AM Lee Waters, the panel includes Monmouthshire Council Chief Executive Paul Mathews, and the current Chief Digital Officer of Homes England, Dominic Campbell, amongst a very well regarded group of digital and public service experts. The panel was established at the end of October by Welsh Government Ministers Julie James (Leader of the House and Chief Whip), Vaughan Gething (Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services) and Alun Davies (Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services).

“At the moment there a gap at the top – very few of the leaders of our health boards, local authorities and senior civil service can be said to be confident digital leaders. In fact, most don’t feel embarrassed to admit they don’t really understand it. They will often talk about Digital as an off-shoot of IT. It’s not the same thing, technology is one of the ways digital change is implemented, the key bit about digital is designing services that work for people” panel Chair Lee Waters said.

“We need to use digital to enable us to ask for what we actually want, rather than how to put up with what systems we are given. This is a big change agenda. It will require real leadership and team working to get it to work. But if we don’t there’s a real risk that our public services get left behind” he added.

The panel makes six recommendations to the Government:

  • Design public services around the needs of the user
  • Establish clear digital leadership in Wales
  • Develop and introduce digital service standards
  • Identify skills and capability gaps and develop a plan to close them
  • Create an approach to incentivisation and spend controls
  • Agree a clear and ambitious timetable for change demonstrating pace and scale

Lee Waters said:

“A series of reports over the last three years have set out a consistent picture of Welsh public services failing to capture the potential of digital approaches to improve outcomes.

Whilst some Councils have introduced things like putting its parking services online, and text reminders of bin collections, many are way behind. In the same way some parts of the NHS are innovating, in Morriston hospital for example the kidney dialysis service allows patients to make decisions about their treatments by giving them digital access to their information through their smartphone or computer. Other parts of the NHS are still in the pre-digital age – hospital appointment letters are still routinely posted, and it’s not possible to access services online.

The danger is that citizens expectations are being transformed by online services from Netflix and Youtube, to Amazon and Paypal. If health, local government and other services fail to keep up with these changing demands, it could seriously undermine support for the values of public services in the future”.

The report calls on the new Welsh Government to take three immediate actions:

  • Appoint a Minister with lead responsibility for Digital
  • Agree a digital declaration committing to new ways of working across Welsh public services
  • Create a CDO for Wales within six months

The report is available here and in accessible format here.

Over 700,000 jobs are at risk from automation in Wales over the next two decades – roughly one job in every two (in specified sectors). Even more worrying is the deeply gendered impact of automation; for every three males jobs lost, one will be replaced, whilst women will lose five jobs for each new one created.

In June, I pulled together leading experts in the field of automation, along with some of Wales’ biggest employers, to discuss the scale and speed of the challenge faced, and what strategies are needed to collectively address this issue.

Automation isn’t something to halt, it’s something to harness. The rapid technological evolution underway will present significant opportunities; if we prepare well, automation could drive out repetitive, high-risk jobs, replacing them with creative, well-paid alternatives. But action is needed to prevent the ‘uberisation’ of jobs – often characterised by low pay and insecurity. And we must ensure the safety net is fit for purpose.

The development of a future-proofed skills agenda will help achieve this ambition. We need to rapidly scale-up coding and ICT provision in our schools, and we need to better prepare people for the instability and uncertainty that is coming; providing people at all stages of their career with sought-after leadership qualities – such as flexibility, creativity and innovation.

Supporting firms and organisations to focus on product diversification (over productivity) will help lessen the human impact of automation as established product (or service) knowledge will be seen as an advantage, and existing staff will be redeployed rather than made redundant. Focus must also remain on finding new ways of encouraging girls and women into STEM subjects and careers.

But to capitalise on these opportunities, and prepare for the risks, Wales needs a 2050 vision for our economy; we need to be at the forefront of the adoption for new technologies; and we need to approach automation with ambition to create uncontested market spaces – leveraging our existing expertise and combining it with new technologies to exploit emerging market opportunities.

To find out more, please download this document.

Mae dros 700,000 o swyddi mewn perygl yng Nghymru oherwydd awtomatiaeth dros y ddau ddegawd nesaf – sef tua un o bob dwy swydd (mewn sectorau penodol). Mae effaith sylweddol awtomatiaeth ar sail rhyw yn peri mwy o bryder hyd yn oed; disodlir un o bob tair swydd i ddynion sy’n cael eu colli, tra bydd menywod yn colli pum swydd am bob swydd newydd sy’n cael ei chreu.

Fodd bynnag, rhywbeth i’w ddefnyddio yn hytrach na’i atal yw awtomatiaeth. Bydd ei esblygiad cyflym yn creu cyfleoedd sylweddol; os ydym yn paratoi’n dda, gallai awtomatiaeth ddisodli swyddi ailadroddus, risg uchel â swyddi creadigol sy’n ennill cyflog da. Ond mae angen gweithredu er mwyn atal ‘uberisation’ swyddi – a amlygir gan gyflogau isel ac ansicrwydd yn aml. Ac mae’n rhaid i ni sicrhau bod y mesurau diogelwch yn addas i’r diben.

Bydd datblygu agenda sgiliau sy’n addas ar gyfer y dyfodol yn helpu i gyflawni hyn. Mae angen i ni gynyddu gwaith codio a darpariaeth TGCh yn ein hysgolion, a pharatoi pobl yn well ar gyfer yr ansefydlogrwydd a’r ansicrwydd sy’n ein hwynebu. Bydd sicrhau bod gan bobl y priodweddau arwain gofynnol, fel hyblygrwydd, creadigrwydd ac arloesi, yn helpu i gyflawni hyn.

Bydd cynorthwyo cwmnïau a sefydliadau i ganolbwyntio ar arallgyfeirio ym maes cynhyrchion (yn hytrach nag ar gynhyrchiant) yn helpu i leihau effaith awtomatiaeth ar bobl, gan y bydd gwybodaeth am gynnyrch (neu wasanaethau) yn cael ei hystyried yn fantais gan ddefnyddio staff presennol mewn marchnadoedd newydd. Hefyd, mae’n rhaid parhau i ganolbwyntio ar ganfod dulliau newydd o annog merched a menywod i ddewis pynciau a gyrfaoedd Gwyddoniaeth, Technoleg, Peirianneg a Mathemateg (STEM).

Ond er mwyn manteisio ar y cyfleoedd hyn, a pharatoi ar gyfer y risgiau, mae angen gweledigaeth 2050 ar gyfer economi Cymru; mae’n rhaid i ni arwain y gwaith o fabwysiadu technolegau newydd; ac mae angen i ni fod yn uchelgeisiol wrth ymdrin ag awtomatiaeth er mwyn ennill marchnadoedd unigryw – gan ddefnyddio ein harbenigedd presennol a’i gyfuno â thechnolegau newydd er mwyn manteisio ar gyfleoedd sy’n deillio o farchnadoedd newydd.

I gael gwybod mwy, lawrlwythwch y ddogfen hon.

Getting involved with a litter pick can be hugely rewarding. And it’s great for kids, too – it gets them outside, is educational and the results are immediately rewarding.

If you’re tempted, there are plenty of voluntary litter picking groups across the Llanelli constituency that you can get involved with. Use the map to find the group closest (click on the green icons for details of who to contact), or simply take a look at the list below.

Help spread the word by sharing the map via Facebook or Twitter (click on the sharing icon to the top right of the map). And if you know of any groups that aren’t listed below, please get in touch.

 

Gall helpu i glirio sbwriel fod yn werthfawr iawn. Ac mae’n wych i blant hefyd – mae’n eu hannog i fynd allan i’r awyr agored, mae’n addysgol ac mae’r canlyniadau i’w gweld yn syth.

Os ydych yn awyddus, mae digon o grwpiau codi sbwriel gwirfoddol ar gael drwy etholaeth Llanelli lle y gallwch helpu. Defnyddiwch y map i ganfod y grŵp agosaf (cliciwch ar yr eicon gwyrdd i gael y manylion cyswllt) neu edrychwch ar y rhestr isod.

Helpwch i ledaenu’r neges drwy rannu’r map ar Facebook neu Twitter (cliciwch ar yr eicon rhannu ar gornel dde uchaf y map). Ac os ydych yn gwybod am unrhyw grwpiau nad ydynt wedi’u rhestru cysylltwch.

 

Burry Port – [email protected]

Carway Hall Committee – [email protected]

Dafen Pond – [email protected]

Danybanc – [email protected]

Dwyfor – [email protected]

Dyfatty Park – [email protected]

Ferryside Village Forum – [email protected]

Friends of Llanelli Train Station – [email protected]

Furnace Pond – [email protected]

Keep Mynydd Mawr Tidy – [email protected]

Keep Swiss Valley Reservoir Tidy – [email protected]

Llangennech Community Centre – [email protected]

Machynys Coastcare – [email protected]

Maengwynne – [email protected]

Pontyberem Environmental Group – [email protected]

Porth Y Gar – [email protected]

Trimsaran Family Centre – [email protected]

Troserch Woodland Society – [email protected]

Tumble Park – [email protected]

Ty Enfys Family Centre – [email protected]

Wildfowl Wetlands Trust – [email protected]