In his regular blog for Caerphilly Observer South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle gives his take on recent news.
The big issue at the Assembly has been the economic crisis – and what is being done to respond to it.
I know how worried many people in the county borough are about the future – whether they will have a job and also whether they can pay the bills.
Caerphilly Council under my leadership, and now under Allan Pritchard’s, has been determined to do all it can to help people through difficult times.
That is why the Plaid-led administration has frozen council tax and aims to do the same next year because it knows how difficult things are out there for individuals and families. And the authority is also aiming to create up to 150 jobs over three years while it has frozen all allowances since winning control of the authority.
So on a local level the council is taking action. Unfortunately, whatever way you look at it Labour in Welsh Government is just not doing enough.
They’ve done nothing to respond to the economic crisis and not started a single capital project to boost the construction industry. At the same time unemployment is soaring.
The Welsh Government has just not taken urgent measures to respond to the threats to jobs and businesses and also provide help for workers under threat of redundancy.
One has to wonder if Labour is deliberately doing nothing to tackle the economic crisis so it can blame the Tories and get some sort of boost from the electorate at next May’s council elections.
I hope that the Caerphilly Assembly Member, who is a member of the government in Cardiff, is pushing the case hard for action to help the prospects of people in Caerphilly and Wales.
There was a bit of excitement locally at the news that Caerphilly has been selected as a host location for the Olympic Flame Relay. It was great to see Caerphilly Castle getting UK wide TV coverage.
Putting aside the costs of the Olympics and the benefits (or lack of them) for Wales, Caerphilly will certainly be the place to be on Saturday, May 26.
I’m sure our young people will turn out in force and if it encourages more of them to take up sport that has to be a good thing.
Plaid Cymru South Wales East AM