A quick round up of some of things I've been doing this week in the Senedd and around the region.
Following recent severe weather problems I asked Welsh Government for emergency support to be provided to help NPT Council with the cost of the clean-up of flood damage. There was severe flooding in Melin, Neath therefore I asked for help fund the necessary improvements to the flood prevention works in Melincryddan and support payments for affected households and businesses. Read more here: Sioned Williams demands emergency support following Neath Floods
Having received many complaints from the community, I asked the Welsh Government why they rejected an appeal to open an additional pharmacy in Pontardawe - despite increased healthcare demands, the clear need for an increase in capacity locally, and the Welsh Government's own plan for community pharmacy teams to support health and care services. You can read more here: Welsh Government refusal to open additional pharmacy in Pontardawe criticised
I attended a briefing by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry Wales to discuss sustainability and the future of pharmaceutical use – including decarbonisation in respiratory medicine and appropriate prescribing and disposal of medicines.
It was also lovely to meet beautiful greyhound Jilly at the Senedd and lend my support to the campaign for a phased end to greyhound racing in Wales.
Back in the region, I visited the Swansea campus of University of Wales Trinity Saint David as a member of the Senedd's Children, Young People and Education Committee to speak with students and staff about mental health support. I received a very warm welcome and got some valuable insights.
On Saturday I spoke at the March for Climate Justice in Swansea City Centre to mark the COP27 Day of Climate Action. It was inspiring to see so many concerned citizens turn out to support calls for more action on the environment.
Finally on Sunday I attended the Neath Town Service of Remembrance at St.David’s Church and laid a wreath at the Memorial Gates to remember all those affected by the horror of war.
You can read more of my Senedd speeches and questions here: Sioned Williams MS (senedd.wales)