The Blaenau Gwent Labour MP says he claims a lot less than other MPs in London after heating expenses were revealed.
Nick Smith has defended his expenses after it was revealed the MP claimed more than £1,300 last year to heat his second home.
An investigation by the Sunday Mirror found that the Blaenau Gwent Labour MP claimed a total of £1,326.61 – paid for by the taxpayer – for his energy bills.
The report revealed that, in total, MPs claimed around £200,000 for energy bills last year.
The figure has been heavily criticised as it comes at a time when many people are struggling to heat their homes with rising fuel prices.
In total, 340 of the 650 MPs claimed expenses for energy bills.
Dave Prentis, whose Unison union represents 1.3m public service workers, said: “It’s disgraceful that well-paid MPs should make these claims as thousands of families are struggling to pay to turn the oven on to cook dinner.
“These are the same MPs who have failed to get a grip on soaring fuel and energy costs, rising food bills and pay freezes.
“But in the end it’s a moral decision down to them and their consciences.”
Clare Welton, of Fuel Poverty Action, added: “When the Government’s only response to millions of people not being able to afford their fuel bills is to tell us to change supplier or wear a jumper, it is outrageous to see MPs claiming hefty amounts of taxpayer money to pay for their own bills.
“Thousands of people will die this winter in cold homes but we know the MPs will be keeping nice and warm in their first and second homes.”
Huw Lewis AM, Wales' education minister, has admitted that he does not expect Wales to scale world school rankings despite First Minister Carwyn Jones recently saying he 'expected to see improvement' in this year’s Pisa results.
The Welsh Government came under fire last night after its Education Minister conceded he does not expect to see Wales improve its international schools ranking.
Huw Lewis said it would be “unrealistic” to expect Wales to better its position in next month’s Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) standings.
His admission comes less than a month after First Minister Carwyn Jones said he “expected to see improvement” in this year’s Pisa results.
Results from last year’s Pisa tests, which were sat by teenagers in more than 70 countries across the world, are due to be published on December 3. It will provide one of the best measures of how comparable education systems are performing. Parents had every right to ask questions, adding: “I suspect the government now knows or understands the likely results and is preparing us for very bad news. The fact the Education Minister can call the First Minister’s views “unrealistic”, reveals the depth of procrastination and confusion in Welsh Government.
Finally an honest Labour minister, admitting Labour policies have failed Wales. Now we need the health minister to show also some honesty on failed NHS targets.
Carwyn Jones is acting like an old Western snake oil salesman over money raising power for the Welsh Assembly and Wales. His latest statement is reforming the Barnett Formula which has always been unfair to Wales even when Tony and Gordon was at No 10. Sadly for Wales, Labour in Wales never had the guts to stand up to their pay masters in London. Seems to me the Labour party in Wales is still split over the Welsh Assembly and how much powers it should have. Which begs the question who within Labour is really in charge, is it Carwyn Jones First Minister or Welsh Labour MP's who get paid a large amount of money but doesn't have a say in running Wales.
I’m not surprised the read that Wales has the second highest proportion of workers paid less than the living wage in the UK. Being one of those workers, I ask why didn’t Labour introduce the living wage when they were in government.
Wales is one of the worst areas in the UK for the proportion of its workers on a wage that meets the basic cost of living, research has revealed.
A study by KPMG revealed today that one in four Welsh workers are paid less than the “living wage”, the rate of pay calculated as being the minimum needed to enable workers to afford a basic standard of living.
Wales was revealed as one of the hardest hit proportionally in the UK – with 25% of workers earning below the living wage – second only to Northern Ireland on 26%.
Kim Shaw was followed from her home in Blackwood and watched as she shopped in Asda and Wilkinson during a three-day exercise authorised by Caerphilly council.
Caerphilly council spent £156,587 on employee surveillance over three years from 2010. While councillors can attend meetings when they feel like and still get over £13,000 a year.
The letter from Blaenau Gwent council’s Labour leader Hedley McCarthy to party colleagues across Wales’s rips in to the Welsh Government’s handling of key issues.
An astonishing letter written by a council leader has exposed a bitter and damaging split within Welsh Labour over education policy and local government reorganisation.
Written by Blaenau Gwent council’s Labour leader Hedley McCarthy to party colleagues across Wales, the letter rips in to the Welsh Government’s handling of key issues and suggests that Labour councillors faced with losing their roles will not campaign for the re-election of Labour AMs at the next National Assembly election in 2016.
What it proves... in Leighton Andrews’ terms is that small councils have not got the capacity to deliver effective education services. This is theoretical and not backed up by any serious evidence. At the present Labour councillors pay through the nose to fund the party. Be careful not to cut off that nose, like Ed Miliband has done with the unions.
This letter exposes the same old Labour Party – concerned about its own fortunes, relations with its union paymasters and jobs for the boys, all at the expense of hardworking taxpayers. I wonder if Labour councillors will still canvass with the Assembly candidates knowing that Carwyn Jones is looking at reducing their numbers in the next Labour run Assembly government.
When Ed Miliband was energy minister he put on 20% on our energy bill as a green tax. Labour did nothing to develop any future energy producing projects. That is why we are in the middle of an energy crisis and having to pay such high prices for our fuel, while looking towards foreign investment. Under Labour we saw our gas, electricity and fuel prices rise, just like under the Con/Dem government of today. Labour like the Tories sold of profit making companies because at the time those companies was making a loss which was due to under funding by central government.
People are happy to get their gas supplies from Russia and unstable Middle Eastern countries. While campaigning against wind farms, nuclear power, tidal barrage, energy producing lagoons, green power in general, messy coal mines and open cast and fracking. So can someone tell me where are we going to generate our own power from, if we don’t use any of the above?