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Healthcare in West Wales at risk

By a member of Pembrokeshire Socialist Party After a series of “consultation and engagement” events, Hywel Dda University health board has recently announced its plans to transform the way in which people in Carmarthenshire , Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion will receive healthcare provision in the future and its twenty year “vision” to achieve this and to “repurpose” healthcare in West Wales. ...

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Islwyn Labour Party calls for no-cuts council budget

By Dave Reid Islwyn Constituency Labour Party (CLP) has passed a motion calling on Labour-led Caerphilly Borough Council to pass a no-cuts budget. The motion from Maesycymmer ward calls for “all its serving Caerphilly Councillors to plan for a 2019/20 Council budget that will protect services and employment, not cut them.” The motion was passed shortly after a march of ...

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Hundreds protest to keep Pontllanfraith leisure centres open

By Dave Reid Hundreds of people from Blackwood and Pontllanfraith marched to keep open their local leisure centre and swimming pool. Labour-controlled Caerphilly Borough Council want to close Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre and Cefn Fforest swimming pool to ‘rationalise’ leisure facilities in the borough. Twice attempts to close the centre have been beaten off by a determined campaign. But now the council ...

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10 years since the financial crash and the ‘lost decade’ of capitalism

By Steve Score (Socialist Party National Committee) On 15 September this year, a posh get together takes place at a secret venue in London. At it, top bankers who were part of Lehman Brothers – once the fourth largest investment bank in the world – celebrate the tenth anniversary of its 2008 collapse with “cocktails and canapes”. Its demise was ...

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Fight to Save NHS Wales

By Dave Reid Hundreds will be rallying in Tredegar in South Wales on July 1st to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS. The march assembles at the house of Aneurin Bevan, founder of the NHS, who based the principles of the NHS on the Tredegar Workmen’s Medical Aid Society. He used his experience in providing cheap ...

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Socialist Party demands: Swansea Labour council must fight the cuts!

By Alec Thraves Swansea’s Labour controlled council have passed a £28 million cuts budget for 2018/19 as well as voting through projected cuts of a further £70 million over the next three years. During the 10 minute session allowed for public questions Socialist Party members highlighted that these medium term financial plans included some departments having their budgets cut by ...

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Fight closures of West Wales hospitals

By Beth Webster, Welsh nurse Three major hospitals in West Wales could close under proposals by Hywel Dda University Health Board. Until now, Welsh Labour has denied there is a crisis in the Welsh NHS – despite reports similar to those in England of waits of over 12 hours for ambulances and patients dying in corridors. Management is considering various ...

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University lecturers out in force across Wales

University lecturers in Wales started their first of 14 days of action with picket lines at Cardiff, Bangor and Aberystwyth universities on Thursday. They were joining colleagues in 58 other universities in the UK striking against huge cuts to lecturers’ pensions by university bosses. While vice-chancellors have voted themselves increases that will give them higher pay than the prime minister, ...

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Victory: Pontllanfraith leisure centre saved

By Sasha O’Neil, Caerphilly Socialist Party Campaigners in Pontllanfraith have forced Caerphilly Council to back down on plans to close Pontllanfraith leisure centre. Their victory shows that if you fight the cuts you can win. This is the second successful blow against the cuts in the Blackwood area. Two years ago, in a hard-fought campaign, the same campaigners stopped the ...

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