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

Cardiff Contemporary Festival

 

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This week I‘ve been out and about in Cardiff looking at the artwork that’s appeared as part of the Cardiff Contemporary Festival. This is the third festival and the theme is ‘Communication’, inspired by the pioneering work of Marconi who sent the world’s first ever wireless communication over open sea from Flat Holm Island to Lavernock Point on 13th May 1897.

 

contemporary-6The festival is a great opportunity for artists, residents, businesses, everyone to come together and to celebrate the vibrant arts and creative scene that we’ve got here in Cardiff.

 

Behind me in this vlog is Robert Montgomery’s light sculpture on the NCP Car Park at the front of Cardiff Central train station. It reads ‘ALL PALACES ARE TEMPORARY PALACES’ and it invites us to think about our place in the world.  It’s got people talking in the city and that’s what this festival is all about.

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To find out more about this event and all the other events taking place over the next few weeks until November 19th then please visit www.cardiffcontemporary.co.uk

 

Diolch,

 

Phil

Living Wage Week 30th October – 5th November

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Today I was delighted to attend the launch of Living Wage Week in Wales. The event was held in the beautiful surroundings of Cardiff Castle and was attended by the First Minister, Carwyn Jones AM, as well as representatives from some of the 79 Living Wage employers we have in Wales.  During the event the First Minister announced an increase in the Living Wage rate to £8.45 an hour from 1st April next year.

Diolch,

Phil

Public Consultation on the New Bus Interchange

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The public consultation on the new bus interchange has been going on throughout October.  An exhibition has been held in Central Library by the developers. To supplement this, the Council has also held an exhibition in Central Square itself. Today I popped along to see how it’s been going.

Diolch,

Phil

Local Democracy Week

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This week I’m talking about Local Democracy Week. So from next Monday there’ll be a series of events taking place to mark Local Democracy Week across the UK and in Cardiff we’ll be taking the Cabinet on the road for the next few months. And that starts next week when we’ll be in Cardiff Central Library where members of the public can come along and see the top decision-making body in the City Council in action.  We’ll be discussing a range of papers including the new Transport Strategy for the city as well as the new Housing Strategy.  So if you’re interested, come along and get involved!

Diolch,

Phil

Local Democracy Week is a European initiative. You can find out more at Local Democracy Week (Council of Europe website)

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Love Where You Live

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As I’m sure you are all aware litter is a serious problem in our city. Over the last few months litter has been putting Cardiff in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.  It makes the city look ugly and attracts pests such as rats and seagulls.  Litter in our streets also has a negative effect on the quality of life for our residents.

We’ve thought long and hard about what to do to tackle this problem. And I’m pleased to say that last week saw the launch of our new campaign Love Where You Live.  A key part will be saying thank you to residents who have formed litter-picking groups and come out to help us keep Cardiff tidy.  They are our unsung heroes and we appreciate the work they do and the time they give up.  So how are we going to thank them?  Well by putting them up in lights on giant billboards across the city and on buses and bus stops.

This campaign is city-wide and as well as thanking those residents it will tackle the problem of litter from five different angles:

  1. A zero-tolerance approach to littering
  2. Raise awareness of recycling
  3. Neighbourhood blitzes
  4. Student education
  5. Harnessing people power

The key message though is that litter is caused by the thoughtless actions of a few. If we can encourage those few to change their habits and love where they live, then we can make a real difference to our city.

For more information on the Love Where You Live campaign including how to get involved or even to nominate a deserving litter-picker and receive a thank you from the city council, please visit the brand-new website www.keepcardifftidy.com and take a look at our campaign video and billboard pictures.

Diolch,

Phil