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Shadow Minister for Food, Farming and Rural Affairs Nick Smith has blasted the Government's handling of vital payments to farmers after a Public Account Committee report into their failings.

Shadow Farming Minister brands CAP mismanagement "a fiasco"

Shadow Minister for Food, Farming and Rural Affairs Nick Smith has blasted the Government's handling of vital payments to farmers after a Public Account Committee report into their failings. Read more

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Nick Smith MP is urging Blaenau Gwent projects to apply for lottery funding to mark the Centenary of the First World War

Urging the community to apply for lottery funding to mark the First World War

Nick Smith MP is urging Blaenau Gwent projects to apply for lottery funding to mark the Centenary of the First World War Read more

Nick Smith MP has urged householders in Blaenau Gwent to be vigilant after as part of a campaign to identify burglary hotspots.

Nick Smith MP urges people to protect their homes from burglaries

Nick Smith MP has urged householders in Blaenau Gwent to be vigilant after as part of a campaign to identify burglary hotspots. Read more

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Nick Smith MP and Alun Davies AM encouraged the next generation of voters to take part in democracy as part of a college event.

AM and MP join Hope not Hate at campus voter event

Nick Smith MP and Alun Davies AM encouraged the next generation of voters to take part in democracy as part of a college event. Read more

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Nick Smith MP has today written to Mark Grimshaw, Chief Executive at the Rural Payments Agency, to challenge him on the delays of vital payments to farmers.

Questions for RPA over £1bn of unpaid funds for farmers

Nick Smith MP has today written to Mark Grimshaw, Chief Executive at the Rural Payments Agency, to challenge him on the delays of vital payments to farmers. Read more

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Nick Smith MP has warned that the full cost of the CAP Delivery Programme “IT disaster” has yet to be counted as farmers begin to receive their vital payments.

Shadow Farming Minister attacks CAP IT disaster

Nick Smith MP has warned that the full cost of the CAP Delivery Programme “IT disaster” has yet to be counted as farmers begin to receive their vital payments. Read more

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Nick Smith MP has called on the Government to finally begin to deliver on their biodiversity promises at a Parliament debate on bees and pesticides.

Government pesticide policy - a sting in the tail

Nick Smith MP has called on the Government to finally begin to deliver on their biodiversity promises at a Parliament debate on bees and pesticides. Read more

Nick Smith MP has said we must now work to stop Islamist radicalisation in Britain and support international negotiations after voting against extending bombing into Syria.

Why I voted against bombing Syria

Nick Smith MP has said we must now work to stop Islamist radicalisation in Britain and support international negotiations after voting against extending bombing into Syria. Read more

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Nick Smith MP has celebrated the shops and firms that are the lifeblood of Blaenau Gwent ahead of Small Business Saturday.

Backing Small Business Saturday

Nick Smith MP has celebrated the shops and firms that are the lifeblood of Blaenau Gwent ahead of Small Business Saturday. Read more

 

Nick Smith MP has commended the work of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau after the charity dealt with 11,788 cases in Blaenau Gwent in 2014/15.

With debt (4,337 cases) and benefits and tax credits (4,310 cases) being the biggest causes of problems in the borough, Nick Smith MP said the service is a vital front line to support people in times of trouble.

Speaking as the figures were revealed, Mr Smith said: “We deal with many hundreds of casework items in the office on a yearly basis, so I know first-hand how hard it must be for the Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Blaenau Gwent dealing with thousands.

“It is an important front line service that helps people to overcome the challenges they face. I intend to keep working with them in the future and tackle these problems head on.”

The list of top five problems for Blaenau Gwent is completed by consumer issues (1,293), employment (524) and housing (386).

New evidence shows 78% of Citizens Advice clients said they wouldn’t have been able to solve their problem without the help they received from their local service.

Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said: “The right advice can help people find a way forward. It’s very reassuring to know the charity has the backing of Nick Smith MP, who recognises the difference free and impartial advice can make to people going through difficult times.

“Working together with Nick Smith MP, we want to empower people to address their problems so they can change their situation for the better.”

 

 

Commending the hard work of CAB in Blaenau Gwent

  Nick Smith MP has commended the work of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau after the charity dealt with 11,788 cases in Blaenau Gwent in 2014/15. With debt (4,337 cases) and...

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