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Adam warns of “Vaccine Postcode Lottery” unless distribution is ramped up considerably

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr Member of the Senedd Adam Price has today warned of the possibilities of a “vaccine postcode lottery” unless distribution of the vaccine in Wales was accelerated. The Pfizer and Oxford vaccines are being distributed in Wales currently, in line with the strategy of the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation. Prioritisation for the vaccine is as follows: Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers All those 80 years of age and over, and health and social care workers All those 75 years of age and over All those 70 years of age and over, and individuals deemed clinically extremely vulnerable All those 65 years of age and over Adults aged 18 to 64 years with underlying health conditionswhich put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality All those 60 years of age and over All those 55 years of age and over All those 50 years of age and over   However, the local Senedd Member reported that many people were contacting the constituency office to communicate concerns around the rollout of the vaccine.
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Adam welcomes Flood Mitigation Scheme for Ammanford, but “more work is needed across the county”

Adam Price, Member of the Senedd for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, has welcomed progress on a flood risk management scheme that would reduce the flood risk from the rivers Loughor, Las and Marlas, in Ammanford.   This comes after National Resources Wales (NRW) gave notification of their intention to submit a full application to Carmarthenshire County Council for the construction of the scheme, which would comprise:“Construction of 9no. flood defences (concrete walls and earth bunds) along the banks of the River Loughor and landscape planting within existing open space, with associated works comprising fish passage and gauging improvement at the Tir-Y-Dail Weir, anda  flow deflector in the river channel at the Bonllwyn A483 road bridge. “
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ADAM RESPONDS TO DEBENHAMS CLOSURES.

Plaid Cymru MS Adam Price has described the news that Debenhams are set to close all their 124 UK stores as 'devastating news for Carmarthen.'   Adam Price said:    “This news underlines the dangers facing our high streets, as many businesses struggle to survive through the Covid-19 crisis and the public health measures which limit capacity and demand. The prospect of losing an anchor store like Debenhams is a major blow to any town, but the closure of the Carmarthen store would be felt doubly hard as it occupies a central position on St Catherine’s Walk. Its closure would leave a huge hole to fill in the town centre, as it is one of the largest shops in that area of town.
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Let hospitality hibernate over winter with higher financial support says Plaid Leader Adam Price

Hospitality should be able to ‘hibernate’ over winter with higher financial support, Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price MS has said.   Mr Price was speaking ahead of the announcement expected from Welsh Government on new restrictions on hospitality.   The Plaid Cymru Leader said the Welsh Government must introduce ‘targeted support’ for Welsh business to allow them to ‘effectively hibernate’ over winter. Mr Price said that the ‘crippling uncertainty’ that comes with locking and unlocking was doing ‘untold damage’ to the hospitality industry.   Mr Price called for the support to be focused on Welsh-based firms rather than UK corporates and repeated the party’s calls for a mass testing programme and increasing financial support to those who have to self-isolate to £800.   On Friday, First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed new restrictions on the hospitality and entertainment sectors and conceded it may have been a mistake not to impose stricter curbs following the “firebreak” lockdown. Specific details are expected today.
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Adam slams “inconsistency and lack of common sense” of event and attraction regulations regarding Light Up Wales cancellation

Adam Price, Member of the Senedd for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr has criticised the Welsh Government on the inconsistency of their regulations for events and attractions over the festive period.  This comes after the Light Up Wales event in Golden Grove was forced to be cancelled due to being unable to run financially as a result of Welsh Government event restrictions. Light Up Wales was going to hold a light event around the arboretum in the Golden Grove, and had designed a one-way system of travel over the 11 acre site, employed marshalls, and created purchasable capped time slots in order to ensure appropriate social distancing could be maintained for the duration of a visit.   However, as it was classified under Welsh Government regulations as an Event, and not an Attraction, the organisers, a Llandeilo based company called Fresh Productions,  were informed that they would be limited to 30 adults on-site, despite their work to ensure it could be run safely, and despite other events in South Wales like Cardiff’s Christmas at the Castle still being given the green light to continue. This raised a significant concern that there were inconsistencies in the guidance
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