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Nick Smith MP is encouraging scam victims to come forward after a Trading Standards campaign revealed hundreds of crimes could have gone unreported in Blaenau Gwent.

 

Mr Smith is backing the Stand Against Scams initiative as they bid to tackle the £52bn annual bill in Britain’s finances caused by fraud.

 

Trading Standards revealed 38 Blaenau Gwent victims have lost £10,687 since 2013, with a further 197 potential victims that have been identified by the team in the area. 

 

However, with 95% of scams going unreported, there are likely hundreds more victims in the borough.

 

The Labour MP has previously campaigned with Age Cymru to tackle doorstep scams, junk mailings and hoax calls, visiting constituents around the borough to help them protect themselves.

 

Now Mr Smith has joined forces with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) and the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team to become a #scambassador to continue the fight in his community.

 

He said: “I am really pleased to support this initiative. Doorstep crime is such a troubling thing and it’s important to trading standards services tackle the various types of scams that so many people fall foul of.

 

“Although the average age of a victim in Blaenau Gwent is 69, people of all ages can fall for these con artists.

 

“It only takes one hoax that is too tempting and it can result in livelihoods being wrecked.

 

“I’d urge anyone who thinks they have been a victim to come forward”.

 

Leon Livermore, CTSI chief executive, said: “While it is often society’s most vulnerable that are targeted it is important to remember that anyone can fall victim.

 

“The impact is often heart-breaking and we know of people who have lost their life savings or even re-mortgaged their homes after becoming a repeated target.”   

 

Louise Baxter, manager of the NTS Scams Team, said: "The tactics used by scammers leave victims socially isolated and ashamed of telling their friends and families what’s really going on behind closed doors.

 

"I would encourage all those that are interested in showing their support to join the campaign and be part of our #scambassador network which is already starting to grow.”

 

Anyone who thinks they have been the victim of a scam call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud

Scam victims in Blaenau Gwent should come forward

Nick Smith MP is encouraging scam victims to come forward after a Trading Standards campaign revealed hundreds of crimes could have gone unreported in Blaenau Gwent.   Mr Smith is...

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Nick Smith MP is asking constituents to Grow Wild after a successful green-fingered community event.

The Blaenau Gwent MP was part of the Colour Me Wild celebration in Ebbw Vale, which recognised the hard work going towards transforming a 25 hectare corridor running through the Works site.

Called the Furnace to Flowers project, it aims to provide a haven for many species of wildlife as well as beautiful, peaceful places for people to enjoy.

Now Mr Smith is hoping the ethos spreads throughout the borough and wants everyone to get involved.

Speaking after the event, Mr Smith said: “We have some of the most beautiful countryside in Blaenau Gwent and I’ve always marvelled at what’s on our doorstep.

“But there’s plenty of opportunity to do our bit and support our borough going green.

“It can be as simple as grabbing a free packet of seeds from the Grow Wild website, supporting community projects such as Furnace to Flowers or even starting your own”.

The Grow Wild project offer funding of £1,000 to £4,000 to groups that bring people together to transform communal spaces.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit www.growwilduk.com/get-involved

For the latest on the Furnace to Flowers project, go to www.furnacetoflowers.co.uk

Backing the Grow Wild campaign

Nick Smith MP is asking constituents to Grow Wild after a successful green-fingered community event.

Nick Smith MP has called on the Government to keep the valleys region moving as the future of EU-funded projects remains unclear.

Mr Smith has been asking in Parliament for the Government to financially support Blaenau Gwent and neighbouring boroughs, who have been aided for years by EU grants and capital investment.

On the request of Chancellor George Osborne, Mr Smith has written to the Treasury team making the case for the Government to back vital infrastructure projects across South East Wales.

These include the further developments to the Heads of the Valleys road and the proposed South Wales metro system – both of which are currently underpinned by EU funding.

Speaking after the Treasury questions session in Parliament, Mr Smith said the Brexit negotiations will be vital for Blaenau Gwent’s future for years to come.

“It’s the Government’s job to ensure we now get the best deal possible in the wake of Brexit”, he said.

“However, they must resist the temptation to funnel funding to the same old areas, the big city projects or the areas rich with Tory voters.

“I don’t want to see support for Blaenau Gwent dropping from the tens of millions to the tens of thousands and I think however you voted, we can all agree on that.

“I disagree with the Chancellor on a whole host of policies, but I hope his willingness to listen is a sliver of hope for the time ahead.

“We won’t forget it in this borough if we are abandoned. The Government must extend the same helping hand that the EU gladly offered for so long.”

A copy of the letter is below:

Dear Chancellor,

I am writing to you to follow up your offer in the commons chamber to detail proposals for the Government’s future infrastructure investment. Thank you for your positive and constructive response to these important questions.

I know you support the electrification of the valleys lines and have noted the city region metro, but with the detail still to be worked through on Brexit, future investment in these key infrastructure projects is unclear.

The South Wales Metro and the continued improvements to the Heads of the Valleys road past the Merthyr Tydfil area in South East Wales are of vital importance. They are projects that will be shovel ready, which will not only create jobs in their construction, but also will provide the links needed for business to thrive in my area. They are established plans that have received Welsh government, cross-party and business support.

However, both of these projects have EU funding at their core. The doubt that surrounds these projects is very real and my fear is that Blaenau Gwent and neighbouring boroughs will be left behind as everyone begins to fight for funding.

There will be many good projects that were to have received EU support which may now be stymied. I am sure they will all be brought to the attention of the Treasury for the future.

But given the special needs for economic regeneration in South East Wales I would be grateful if you could consider these points and back these projects financially.  They are projects that promise to boost the economy in an area that needs boosting much more than most.

Yours sincerely,

Nick Smith MP

"The Government must keep the Valleys moving"

Nick Smith MP has called on the Government to keep the valleys region moving as the future of EU-funded projects remains unclear. Mr Smith has been asking in Parliament for...


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