New council Business Plan, supporting the vulnerable and remembering the sacrifice of many

While the General Election may have come to an end there’s been little sign of newspaper and television interest fading as debate across social media continues.

I have not blogged over the last few weeks because, by law, during the 6 weeks before an election and until the results are announced, central and local government politicians are prevented from making announcements about any new government initiatives. This is to ensure that we don’t act in a way which could provide an unfair advantage to any candidate or Party in the forthcoming election.

Whilst I haven’t been able to blog during this period, it has been very much business as usual at the Council and I’ll be updating you on many of the things that have happened over the past few weeks. Here’s just a snippet of what’s being going on.

Corporate Plan

In March, the Council adopted its Corporate Plan. Don’t switch off! I know the Corporate Plan may not sound exciting, but this is our business plan – our roadmap for the future. Now that it’s been rubber-stamped it sets out our priorities for the next 2 years. Our vision, is to make Cardiff Europe’s most liveable capital city, and if you want to learn more, please click here.

Helping People who need pay day loans

One of the Council’s main priorities is supporting vulnerable people. That’s why we’ve decided to take a closer look at pay day lending.

I was part of the working group that looked at issues for families and people who access short-term loans and I’m only too aware of the pressures people face.

To help support people we have introduced an ‘advice page’ that appears whenever anyone tries to access a pay day lending website from a Council computer – whether in a library, a school or at any council building or office.

Pay day loans are often used by people in low income families who struggle to access credit (or financial loans), but this can lead to debts spiralling out of control because of high interest rates, and fines for not paying on time.

Our aim isn’t to ban people using these sites, but to provide advice about managing finances and debt and let them know where they can go to get support. We hope that this will support people to make informed decisions about borrowing money and to be fully aware of the alternatives available.

If you would like advice or support on managing your finances or how to cope with debt, you can visit:

HubCardiff Advice ServiceMoney Advice Service

National Remembrance Day

National Remembrance Day took place last Friday in order to remember Victory in Europe (VE) day. This day marks the end of World War 2 in Europe and the end of bloodshed that had led to the deaths of approximately 382,700 members of the British Armed Forces and 67,100 British civilians.

In Cardiff, a service was held at Cardiff Castle and it was an opportunity to pay respect to those who fought and gave their lives in this conflict in order to secure our freedom and way of life. It is important that we never forget their sacrifice.

Paying my respects at Cardiff Castle with Minister for Public Services, Leighton Andrew

Paying my respects at Cardiff Castle with Minister for Public Services, Leighton Andrews AM