Press Releases - 2008
Aberavon MP Welcomes
New Year Cash Boost for Local People (19/12/2008)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has welcomed a new cash boost for his Aberavon Constituents as part of the Labour Government's financial help for 15 Million people.
Aberavon MP puts
spotlight on specialist care (12/12/2008)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis this week put the spotlight on NHS care for people living with rare conditions in Wales, as the All Party Parliamentary Group for Muscular Dystrophy launched an Inquiry into specialist services.
Safe this Christmas" says Aberavon MP (05/12/2008)
As the holiday season approaches, Dr Hywel Francis MP is urging people in his Aberavon constituency to ensure that they leave their cars at home if they plan to drink this Christmas.
Aberavon MP welcomes
new flexible working rights for parents (04/12/2008)
Families in Aberavon received a big boost today with the news that a new right to request flexible working will come into force.
Aberavon MP, Dr
Hywel Francis welcomes 'It's your call' minimum wage campaign (20/11/2008)
Dr Hywel Francis this week welcomed the Labour Government's new campaign to boost awareness of the national minimum wage (NMW) and help expose cases of underpayment throughout his Aberavon consitituency.
Aberavon MP Welcomes
Post Office Reprieve (13/11/2008)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis MP has welcomed the Government's announcement today that the Post Office will retain its £1 billion five year contract to distribute benefits to 4.3 million claimants.
Aberavon MP Supports
National Writing Competition (06/11/2008)
Local MP Dr Hywel Francis has called on teenagers in Aberavon to take part in a thought provoking national writing competition.
rights welcomed (04/11/2008)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has welcomed the European Parliament's decision to give equal treatment for temporary agency workers.
Dr Hywel Francis
MP joins the fight against muscle disease (30/10/2008)
Aberavon Dr Hywel Francis, joined forces with families, clinicians and Assembly Members at the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign's Welsh Conference to call for improvements to access to specialist care for families with neuromuscular conditions living in Wales.
welcomes Older People's Commissioner's document 'Coming of Age' (30/10/2008)
Dr Hywel Francis MP for Aberavon has congratulated Ruth Marks, the Older People's Commission in her new role as Commissioner at the presentation of her document 'Coming of Age' at the Wales Office in London.
Extra Cash for
Workers in Aberavon this Autumn (02/10/2008)
The National Minimum Wage is going up again.
Special US guest
at local school (11/09/2008)
Children at Crymlyn Burrows Primary School, Jersey Marine, recently welcomed a very special guest from the United States.
MP Hails Afan
Valley as UK Bike Capital (09/09/2008)
Dr Hywel Francis MP recently welcomed Wales Office Minister to the Afan Valley to discuss the important cycling advances made by the locality in recent years.
Aberavon MP backs
report on carers (29/08/2008)
Dr Hywel Francis Labour MP for Aberavon and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Carers has warmly welcomed the Works and Pension Select Committee report published today on a radical improvement on benefits for unpaid carers.
MP praises exam
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has sent his congratulations to all pupils in his constituency who have obtained their A Level and GCSE passes.
Visit Beautiful Afan Valley (15/08/2008)
A Welsh Office Minister will visit the Afan Valley next month.
Cricket School (15/08/2008)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has praised the efforts of Port Talbot Town Cricket Club in encouraging local youngsters to take up cricket.
Afan Valley World
Heritage Site (15/08/2008)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis is considering nominating the Afan Valley, from Cwmafan to the Cape as a World Heritage Site.
Closures: The Fight Back (11/08/2008)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis is deeply concerned by the closures of three Post Offices in his constituency.
for Afan Valley Says MP (11/08/2008)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis is optimistic about the future of the Afan Valley in his constituency.
Remembered on 60th Anniversary (01/08/2008)
Dr Hywel Francis recently met with former Labour leader, ninety-five year old Michael Foot to record his memories of Aneurin Bevan, the Health Minister in 1948 who founded the National Health Service.
MP calls for Windfall
Energy and Supermarket Tax (01/08/2008)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has called for an immediate on-off windfall tax on energy companies.
MP supports National
Celebrate Breastfeeding Week (23/07/2008)
Dr Hywel Francis and his wife Mair were happy to give support to parents, mums-to-be, community groups, health visitors and midwives from the Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot areas in the Port Talbot event that celebrated this year's National Breastfeeding Awareness Week.
MP and Usdaw welcome new Carers Strategy (14/06/2008)
Dr Hywel Francis MP joined with Usdaw, the trade union at the forefront of campaigning for working carers, to welcome the new Carers Strategy.
Local MP supports
fight to improve services for vulnerable patients (03/06/2008)
Dr Hywel Francis MP and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Carers for Aberavon met with local campaigner Ray Thomas whose family is affected by muscular dystrophy.
MP supports Mencap
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis recently held discussions with Mencap Cymru on ways in which better support could be given by Parliament to young people with learning difficulties.
MP Exercises for Lung Health (15/05/2008)
Aberavon MP, Dr Hywel Francis, helped the British Lung Foundation to raise awareness of the importance of healthy lungs at the House of Commons on Wednesday 7th May.
Local MP supports
fight to improve services for vulnerable patients (15/05/2008)
On Wednesday 14 May Dr Hywel Francis MP and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Carers for Aberavon met with local campaigner Ray Thomas whose family is affected by muscular dystrophy.
MP says new
flexible working rights are a 'big boost for busy parents' (15/05/2008)
Dr Hywel Francis Labour MP for Aberavon welcomes the opportunity for families in Aberavon to request flexible working rights.
MP praises local
college report (25/04/2008)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has written to the Principal of Neath Port Talbot College, Mr Mark Dacey on its recent inspection report.
MP praises local
schools rugby tournament (24/04/2008)
Aberavon MP, Dr Hywel Francis recently attended a local schools rugby tournament at the Aberavon RFC ground.
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis recently met with residents of Croeserw in the Afan Valley to explain the opportunities provided by the Amazon Development in Jersey Marine.
MP praises pride
in community building (18/04/2008)
Aberavon MP, Dr Hywel Francis recently visited the Communities First project in Briton Ferry where he praised the work of community workers and local residents for their work in reviving a local neighbourhood.
MP hails Amazon
as biggest Welsh job boost in a decade (16/04/2008)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has welcomed the opening of the Amazon distribution centre in his constituency of Aberavon as the biggest boost for jobs in Wales in over a decade.
MP on Child Mobility
Fact-Finding mission (04/04/2008)
Dr Hywel Francis MP for Aberavon has added his support to a campaign by national children's mobility charity Whizz-Kidz to improve the wheelchair services for disabled children and young people.
tax credits you're due", says Dr Hywel Francis MP (04/04/2008)
On Sunday 6 April the rates of tax credits are increased and Dr Hywel Francis MP is encouraging local low-paid workers to claim, even if they don't have children.
Carers Win Census
The Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Carers Group, Dr Hywel Francis MP has been informed by the Government that the campaign to ensure that a carers question will be in the 2011 Census has been won.
Parliament for local council (02/04/2008)
The Secretary of State for Wales Paul Murphy MP today praised in Parliament Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council's recently launched 'Clean Air Charter'.
MP Welcomes Internet
Safety Proposal (01/04/2008)
Dr Hywel Francis MP for Aberavon has welcomed the Government's publication of a review entitled 'Safer Children in a Digital World'.
Dr Hywel Francis MP for Aberavon has welcomed the Government's introduction of the new Local Transport Bill.
Local MP Supports
Government Opposition of the Canadian Seal Hunt (27/03/2008)
Aberavon MP, Dr Hywel Francis, has supported the Labour Government's opposition of the Canadian Seal Hunt.
Aberavon MP backs
Clean Air Charter (25/03/2008)
Dr Hywel Francis MP for Aberavon who was the first to sign the Charter with Council Leader Derek Vaughan.
Aberavon MP welcomes
Alistair Darling's first Budget (13/03/2008)
Dr Hywel Francis MP for Aberavon welcomes a 'careful' Budget that focuses on tackling child poverty and climate change and providing extra help for pensioners.
Local MP marks
Holocaust Memorial Day (15/02/2008)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis showed his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day recently by signing a Book of Commitment in Parliament to honour those killed in the Holocaust and individuals that risked their lives to help those being persecuted.
Local MP Welcomes
Launch of Post Office Christmas Savings Club (13/02/2008)
Aberavon MP, Dr Hywel Francis has welcomed the recent launch of the Post Office's new Christmas Club, which is now available at all 14,000 Post Office branches nationwide.
Local MP Visits
Fire Museum (12/02/2008)
Dr Hywel Francis MP has recently paid a visited to the Museum of Fire in Skewen which is run by The Welsh Area Fire Engine Restoration Society, W.A.F.E.R.S.
MP welcomes clean
air investment (04/02/2008)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has welcomed a large new investment by Corus as a significant contribution towards air quality in the town.
MP welcomes European
carers decision (01/02/2008)
Dr Hywel Francis Member of Parliament for Aberavon and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Carers Group has welcomed the decision made at the European Court of Justice in support of Sharon Coleman who as a carer of a disabled child suffered "discrimination by association" by her employer the London law firm Attridge Law.
Three Year Plan
Aims to improve the lives of Carers (30/01/2008)
A new strategy which maps out future plans to support carers in Neath Port Talbot was launched on Friday at the Aberavon Beach Hotel.
Is the Best UK
Business in Aberavon? (28/01/08)
Aberavon MP, Dr Hywel Francis, is urging local firms to enter the battle for 'Best UK Business' at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers' Manufacturing Excellence Awards (MX) 2008.
MP awarded national
recognition for local community work (24/01/2008)
Hywel Francis MP for Aberavon has supported New Sandfields Aberavon a Community Development Trust for the past 10 years and has regularly attended as a guest speaker at events.
MP calls on all
surviving Bevin Boys (14/01/2008)
Dr Hywel Francis MP for Aberavon is asking all surviving Bevin Boys to come forward to claim a unique veterans badge as a tribute to their sacrifices during and after the Second World War.