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Nick Smith MP has raised deep concerns about the increasing use of food banks in Blaenau Gwent, following figures that revealed demand on the service trebling this summer.

Figures from Network Wales have shown that during the past four months in Blaenau Gwent, the same amount of food has been handed out as in the whole of 2012.

Food bank use skyrocketing as Tories "return country to the Victorian times"

Nick Smith MP has raised deep concerns about the increasing use of food banks in Blaenau Gwent, following figures that revealed demand on the service trebling this summer. Figures from... Read more

Nick Smith MP took to the streets to warn about the pay day loan problem as Parliament begins to investigate their dealings.

According to data uncovered by Mr Smith, people in Blaenau Gwent borrowed more than £1m a year from pay day loan provider Wonga – with the average person paying 20% interest for just an 18-day loan.

Campaigning against the payday loan problem in Blaenau Gwent

Nick Smith MP took to the streets to warn about the pay day loan problem as Parliament begins to investigate their dealings. According to data uncovered by Mr Smith, people... Read more

BLAENAU Gwent is borrowing more than £100,000 a month in pay day loans from just one provider, Nick Smith MP has revealed.

Mr Smith has obtained figures from Wonga that show thousands of people in the borough turned to emergency loans, with more signing up every day.

Blaenau Gwent borrows £100,000 a month from Wonga

BLAENAU Gwent is borrowing more than £100,000 a month in pay day loans from just one provider, Nick Smith MP has revealed. Mr Smith has obtained figures from Wonga that... Read more

NICK Smith MP has welcomed news on the banning of two “legal highs” in the wake of his campaign against mephedrone.

 

Mr Smith led a delegation to the Home Office in March calling for amongst other things a quicker system of UK drug classification, as mephedrone manufacturers regularly create new compounds to avoid the law.

 

Now with the news of a year-long ban on NBOMe and Benzo Fury while drugs experts assess their impact, Mr Smith hopes it will set a strong precedent moving forward.

A welcome response to "legal highs" - but more action is needed

NICK Smith MP has welcomed news on the banning of two “legal highs” in the wake of his campaign against mephedrone.   Mr Smith led a delegation to the Home... Read more

Nick Smith MP met up with a team of local poverty busters looking to get the community out of the red one family at a time. Christians Against Poverty run money courses where they work to lift people out of financial difficulty and debt, growing from humble beginnings in 1996 to a national charity.

Nick visits the borough's debtbusters

Nick Smith MP met up with a team of local poverty busters looking to get the community out of the red one family at a time. Christians Against Poverty run... Read more

CALLS have been made for urgent action after a waste disposal site fire continues to burn after more than a week.

 

An investigation is still ongoing into the fire at Adrian Lewis Waste Paper Collections Ltd, which broke out on January 5. Fire services have continued to manage the Nantyglo blaze, which is being fuelled by more than 200 tonnes of mixed waste.

The fire that won't go out

CALLS have been made for urgent action after a waste disposal site fire continues to burn after more than a week.   An investigation is still ongoing into the fire... Read more

Nick Smith MP demanded Ministers give more support to old people struggling with their fuel bills as falling temperatures trigger cold weather payments in Blaenau Gwent. In the House of Commons Nick Smith MP revealed that 5,686 people over 75s in Blaenau Gwent would be up to £200 better off if the government adopted Labour’s energy policy.  The Cold Weather Payment was triggered on Monday the 14th, as temperatures fell at the local weather station.

Nick Smith MP criticises Minister’s “warm words” as temperatures drop

Nick Smith MP demanded Ministers give more support to old people struggling with their fuel bills as falling temperatures trigger cold weather payments in Blaenau Gwent. In the House of... Read more

Nick Smith, Member of Parliament for Blaenau Gwent, has welcomed Labour’s call for a compulsory jobs guarantee for long-term unemployed adults.  The policy would see government ensure there is a job for every adult who is long-term unemployed and people out of work would be obliged to take up those jobs or face losing benefits.

 

The latest figures show that there are 300 people in Blaenau Gwent who have been claiming Job Seekers Allowance for at least 24 months. Under the jobs guarantee these people would be given the chance to work and develop the skills they need to get back into work on a more permanent basis.

Welcoming Labour’s Jobs Guarantee to help 300 job seekers in Blaenau Gwent

Nick Smith, Member of Parliament for Blaenau Gwent, has welcomed Labour’s call for a compulsory jobs guarantee for long-term unemployed adults.  The policy would see government ensure there is a... Read more

I led a debate on the importance of a full and accurate electoral register in Westminster Hall on the 15th of January 2013. The full text of the speech is below.

 

Follow this link to watch a video of the full debate: http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/house_of_commons/newsid_9784000/9784917.stm

A speech on Electoral Representation

I led a debate on the importance of a full and accurate electoral register in Westminster Hall on the 15th of January 2013. The full text of the speech is... Read more

Speaking in a debate in Parliament on ‘government policies on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diabetes’, Nick Smith, MP for Blaenau Gwent called on the Government to set a realistic target of a 50% reduction in amputations by 2018.

A call for government target to reduce amputations from diabetes

Speaking in a debate in Parliament on ‘government policies on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diabetes’, Nick Smith, MP for Blaenau Gwent called on the Government to set a... Read more

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