On the 25th November, the Chancellor, George Osborne delivered his Comprehensive Spending Review. We discovered that further funding will be cut from our public services and other areas of spending over the next few years. Our councils and other public services are already struggling to deliver front line services. Further cuts will make it increasingly difficult to deliver the services we all rely upon. Politics is about priorities and it seems that the Tory Party is prioritising cuts to front line services to instead provide tax cuts to the most well off. My message to the Government is that cuts have consequences and these planned cuts will impact greatly on our communities.
On Friday night (13th November), I had the privilege of joining volunteers from the People's Kitchen / Night Out Project to sleep out in Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre to raise awareness of homelessness and equally importantly to raise funds for the project. It would not be possible and would not be right to try to replicate the feelings of loneliness and isolation that homeless people feel on a nightly basis, however, it was inspiring to support a group of people who work so hard week in week out on behalf of the most vulnerable people in our community.
Saturday 5th December is Small Business Saturday and along with my colleague Huw Lewis AM and local councillors I will be in Merthyr Tydfil town centre offering our support to small businesses in our community. We all appreciate the variety of shops and businesses on our High Street and across our community. Saturday 5th December is an ideal opportunity to show our shops and small businesses how much we value them.
This article was originally published by the Merthyr Express and the Rhymney Valley Express. If you have been affected by any of the issues raised or would like to know more, feel free to contact Gerald using the contact tab above.