Review of 2016

Welcome to my latest vlog.

This week I’m looking back over 2016 and celebrating our achievements from the past year. I’m also looking forward to 2017, especially the Champions League Final in June!

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Diolch,

Phil

 

Pride Cymru 2017

Welcome to my latest vlog.

This week it was announced that Pride Cymru will take place next August Bank Holiday weekend in the Civic Centre. The event will also see the return of the popular Big Weekend.  I caught up with Lu Thomas, Chair at Pride Cymru, to find out more.

Diolch,

Phil

Junior Apprenticeship programme

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This week’s Leader’s Vlog comes from my recent visit at Cardiff and Vale College’s city centre campus to meet some of the young people on our new Junior Apprenticeship programme.

As a city council we have a clear determination to make sure that every young person accesses training, employment or further education after they finish school, so that they can make the most of the opportunities that life can bring.

The junior apprenticeship partnership between the city council and Cardiff and Vale College gives the young people of Cardiff another option to develop new skills through vocational learning.

The early intervention and prevention work of the city council to reduce the number of young people not in education, employment or training, along with the courses delivered by Cardiff and Vale College is helping the junior apprentices to develop the skills and confidence to succeed.

Diolch,

Phil

Consultation on the Right to Buy Scheme

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I’m talking today about a really important issue which affects many families right across Cardiff. And that’s the supply of good-quality affordable homes.  As many of you may be aware, the City Council is now moving forward to suspend the Right To Buy Scheme to protect the number of Council homes that we have in Cardiff.

Since 1985 almost 10,000 Council homes have been lost as a result of Right To Buy because we weren’t able to re-invest the proceeds back into more affordable homes. So we’re consulting throughout December where people will be able to give their views on whether they think that this is the right thing for the Council to do or not.

We believe that it is very important that we protect our affordable housing stock and we’ve been working very hard to develop new Council homes across the city. We’re the first Council in Wales to launch a very ambitious Council house-building programme which can deliver around 600 – 700 new Council homes over the next few years on surplus Council-owned land.  And that’s something we want to develop further going forward and we think it’s a very important start to make sure that everyone who needs one gets a good, decent home in Cardiff.

For more information and to participate in the consultation, please visit www.cardiff.gov.uk/righttobuy  The closing date for responses is 31st December 2016.

Diolch,

Phil