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With more energy companies expected to follow suit, people in Blaenau Gwent and elsewhere are facing a growing situation where basics such as food and heating are no longer guaranteed.

The Blaenau Gwent MP, who helped out on a food bank collection at Ebbw Vale Tesco on Saturday, petitioned the Government in the House of Commons for real action after the Trussell Trust reported an 800% increase in food bank demand.

 

Energy price hike putting profit over people

With more energy companies expected to follow suit, people in Blaenau Gwent and elsewhere are facing a growing situation where basics such as food and heating are no longer guaranteed.... Read more

Speaking in a packed debate on the plain packaging of tobacco products in Parliament, Nick Smith, MP for Blaenau Gwent, slammed the government for its craven climbdown on plans to introduce plain packaging of cigarettes, despite public support and that of health professionals and voluntary organisations.

He outlined how the tobacco industry woos young people and insisted we must show how plain packaging will save lives and money, and is clearly the right thing to do.

MP slams the government’s craven climb down on the plain packaging of tobacco products

Speaking in a packed debate on the plain packaging of tobacco products in Parliament, Nick Smith, MP for Blaenau Gwent, slammed the government for its craven climbdown on plans to... Read more

NICK Smith MP has called for a real plan for growth after latest figures revealed Blaenau Gwent’s housing business is grinding to a halt.

The figures, released by the National House Building Council, revealed only 13 new homes have been started in 2013 – lagging well behind the UK average of 90.

Housing slump proof shot in the arm needed from Government

NICK Smith MP has called for a real plan for growth after latest figures revealed Blaenau Gwent’s housing business is grinding to a halt. The figures, released by the National... Read more

Nick Smith MP for Blaenau Gwent says government should do more to defend the motorist from predatory private parking operators.

Nick Smith MP said: “This month local authority parking charges have been in the news as it was revealed that English councils’ parking profits had swelled to £635m.
The Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, called for unfair town hall parking rules to be reined in.

Parking companies are still milking motorists

Nick Smith MP for Blaenau Gwent says government should do more to defend the motorist from predatory private parking operators. Nick Smith MP said: “This month local authority parking charges... Read more

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

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