Hain Praises Calan DVS

Evening Post

A MASSIVE £2 million boost is on its way to a Neath Port Talbot charity which supports children and young people exposed to domestic violence.

The cash injection from Big Lottery Fund has been given to Calan Domestic Violence Services (DVS), to provide effective intervention measures for youngsters exposed to domestic violence and abuse.

Neath MP Peter Hain said the funding was fantastic news.

“It is only sad that such programmes are needed, but this will go a long way to helping those children, their families and the wider community who have been affected by such a terrible crime as domestic abuse,” he said.

“The expertise and experience available at Calan DVS will only boost this vital service that protects and supports the children affected.”

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Changes to Caewern Post Office – Have Your Say

Possible changes to the Post Office in Caewern are in the pipeline and Neath MP Peter Hain is calling on locals to have their say. A consultation is currently under way over proposals to convert the local branch to a new local style branch, which will see Post Office services offered from the two tills on the retail counter instead of the separate open plan counters and the branch will be open for longer

The proposals are currently out to consultation which will end on 21st May 2014 with the proposed changes set to take place in June 2014 subject to the consultation.

Calling on residents to make their views known by taking part in the consultation Mr Hain said, ‘Maintaining this essential Post Office service in Caewen is crucial as it is a vital part of the community. Many people rely on it for collecting their pension, paying their bills or picking up stamps. So it is vital that residents contribute to the consultation to ensure the best outcome is achieved. Are there advantages or disadvantages to the changes? How will the changes affect accessibility and service delivery? These are all points that need to be addressed.’

To submit your views to the consultation you can write to FREEPOST Your Comment, email comments@postoffice.co.uk or visit https://www.postofficeviews.co.uk/liveconsultation.php

Neath youth unemployment ‘dreadful’

Evening Post

YOUTH unemployment in Neath has been labelled “dreadful” by the town’s MP.

Peter Hain said a third of unemployed people in Neath are between the age of 18 and 24.

Youth unemployment in the town also accounts for 34.6 per cent of all unemployment, which is much higher than the UK figure — which is 25.1 per cent.

In March 1,500 claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance in Neath — 520 of these people were aged between 18 and 24.

In the age group of 25-49, a total of 704 claimed the allowance, and 235 who are aged 50 and over claimed.

New figures show that the unemployment rate is now 6.8 per cent in Wales, which is below 6.9 per cent for the UK as a whole.

But Mr Hain said the plight of young jobless people in Neath is still “dreadful”.

He said: “It is worrying that such a large percentage of overall unemployment is youth unemployment in Neath.

“These youngsters are entering the work market at an exceptionally difficult time and what they are experiencing now is seriously undermining their confidence.

“More needs to be done to tackle this problem before our youngsters become a lost generation.

“The government are being incredibly complacent as they boast about small falls in unemployment.”

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Hain Congratulates Local Business Woman on National Award

Peter Hain has congratulated local business woman, Alison Orrells, who has been shortlisted for the finals of the Leading Wales Awards 2014. Ms Orrells is the Managing Director of the Safety Letterbox Company based in Milland Road and has been shortlisted in the Women in Leadership category.

Congratulating Ms Orrells the Neath MP said, ‘this is a fantastic achievement for you personally and for the Safety Letterbox Company. You are both flying the flag for Neath!’

The Leading Wales Award is in its tenth year and recognises the contribution of leading business men and women in Wales to the local economy, business and the wider communities.

Hain Warns ‘No Complacency’ On Youth Jobless

Despite the small fall in unemployment figures today the plight of young jobless people in Neath is still ‘dreadful’ says Neath MP Peter Hain.

A third of unemployed people in Neath are between the age of 18 and 24, Mr Hain says, including hundreds of university graduates who cannot get a job despite their skills and studies.

Commenting on the latest unemployment statistics the Neath MP said, ‘It is worrying that such a large percentage of overall unemployment is youth unemployment in Neath. These youngsters are entering the work market at an exceptionally difficult time and what they are experiencing now is seriously undermining their confidence. More needs to be done to tackle this problem before our youngsters become a lost generation. The government are being incredibly complacent as they boast about small falls in unemployment.’

Mr Hain also pointed out that in Neath youth unemployment accounts for 34.6 percent of all unemployment which is much higher than the UK figure which is 25.1%