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MS column: Jane Hutt on Barry Biomass, Model Farm and more

Last week I made a statement as Minister for Social Justice about Women’s safety in public places in Wales.

Violence against women and girls is far too common.

Harassment, abuse and violence are daily occurrences for women and have conditioned their lives for far too long. We must unite to end violence on our streets, we must unite for change and we must unite to allow everyone to live fear free.

Wales will not be bystander to abuse.

The Welsh Government is currently developing its next five-year Violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence (VAWDASV) National Strategy alongside a group of key partner organisations including the police and specialist sector. A public consultation on a draft Strategy will take place later this year.

An important part of this work is a recognition that VAWDASV disproportionately impacts Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Women, LGBTQ+ people and disabled people.

I welcome the recent rulings by the Vale of Glamorgan Council regarding the Biomass incinerator which I have always opposed as your local Senedd Member.

I am now clarifying with the Vale Council and the Welsh Government what the impact of these rulings will be in response to the many concerns and questions raised with me by constituents and the Docks Incinerator Action Group with widespread calls for the closure of the incinerator to protect the health and well-being of our communities.

I also welcome the rulings on the Model Farm development and will seek clarification on next steps.

Finally I would like to thank everyone who came to my Macmillan Coffee Morning and shared their experiences of the wonderful work that our cancer workforce and volunteers do for our families and communities.

Thank you to everyone who donated, I am pleased to have raised £465 so far for Macmillan Cymru Wales and thank you to everyone who participated in events across Wales to raise money for this important cause.

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