A Plaid Cymru AM says the Welsh Government has been too slow to act when health boards have problems and claimed that at least one other should be under the special measures now being imposed on the Betsi Cadwaladr Board in north Wales. Speaking on Sharp End, Bethan Jenkins said similar action should have taken against the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, which covers Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend.
Bethan Jenkins said she has repeatedly called for an wider inquiry into the Welsh NHS.
The well-known expert in personal finance, Martin Lewis has backed Bethan Jenkins' Financial Education Bill. He said:
An Assembly Member has been setting out a potential new law that she hopes will help tackle the rising reliance on payday loans companies. Bethan Jenkins will introduce a backbench Financial Education and Inclusion Bill in the Senedd tomorrow.
If it wins support from other AMs, the bill would lead to more financial education in schools and later in life. It would also look at what more local councils could do, for instance in preventing access to payday lenders' websites on authority-owned computers.
Bethan Jenkins has praised existing financial education in schools, but says more can be done.
I understand the Assembly's Standards Commissioner will ask the independent body which sets salaries and allowances for AMs to look at where and when the line is drawn between Assembly duties and members' private lives.
In rejecting the complaint against Bethan Jenkins, Gerard Elias QC, said there may still need to be 'greater clarity both for the public and for Assembly Members' about what constitutes 'performance of their role.'
I gather he's proposing 'to write informally' to Sir George Reid, who chairs the independent Remuneration Board 'to consider this issue of interpretation further.'
Plaid Cymru AM Bethan Jenkins says she's pleased the Standards Commissioner has ruled that the complaint against her is 'inadmissible.' In her statement she goes on to repeat her attack on anonymous sources who she says are trying to 'smear' and 'undermine' her.
I understand that a complaint against a Plaid Cymru AM has been dismissed by the Assembly's Standards Commissioner. Gerard Elias QC was asked to investigate after Bethan Jenkins faced criticism for claiming the cost of a hotel stay on the night she attended a concert in Cardiff.
She's insisted that she needed to stay in Cardiff ahead of Assembly duties the following morning. That explanation was accepted by Assembly authorities but the Standards Commissioner was required to look further after a member of the public complained. I understand he's now rejected the complaint.
In a letter, which I've also seen, he writes that 'I am satisfied that there are no grounds to further investigate this matter and I shall deem the complaint inadmissible and the specific matter closed.'
An attempt by Plaid Cymru AM Bethan Jenkins to raise concerns about the funding of S4C in the Assembly has failed. She's just posted this tweet.
A Plaid Cymru AM will try to raise concerns about the funding of S4C in the Assembly later. Bethan Jenkins has asked the Presiding Office to allow an urgent question following reports that the channel's funding could be further cut by the UK Government.
AMs go ahead with a censure vote against Bethan Jenkins despite her absence from the chamber to attend a rally for Visteon pensioners in London.
Bethan Jenkins has taken to Twitter to answer criticism of her decision to miss a vote of censure on her in the Assembly and instead attend a protest in London by former Visteon workers who've lost their pensions.
AMs went ahead in her absence to censure Bethan Jenkins for her drink-driving conviction. She responded to criticism from the Liberal Democrat Peter Black for staying away from the Senedd.