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Eluned Morgan

Mid & West Labour AM I’M A LABOUR politician

but I’m also a politician elected to represent people living in a vast constituency. Sometimes that calls for setting aside political differences. Last week, I started a debate in the

Assembly calling for a National Care Service for Wales. With more of us living longer, it’s absolutely time now to look at both where older people want to live, and be cared for should they need it, and how we pay for this when there’s less of the younger generation - many of whom are also cash-strapped in these times of UK Government spending cuts. A National Care Service for

Wales, like the National Health Service, is one of those areas where, with a political will, there’s a way. That’s why, in my debate in the National Assembly last week, I said it is essential that we work cross- party and cross-departmentally, and that we develop a consensus between generations. Amongst other things, we have an opportunity to rethink our building policies to provide for the elderly, something that could promote

economic development, and create apprenticeships and new jobs in our communities for the younger generation. Last week in the Assembly, I also

launched a new cross-party group on arts and health. The purpose of the group is to promote and encourage the arts because of the benefit they can have on health and well-being. Artists and organisations working in this field need training, support and investment, and the care sector needs encouragement and respect. This group is in a unique position to bring these two professional worlds together, and make a lasting impact to vulnerable people and broken communities around Wales. As I travel around the constituency,

I hear plenty of new ideas, many of which lead the way in their field. I’ll be looking to share best practice where I can across our county ‘borders’ in the Mid and West Wales region. You can take part in the discussion on my website or, for more regular updates, find me on

A PIONEERING module at the Aberystwyth Law School will offer free advice on family law to local people. The monthly drop-in sessions will

be led by leading family law expert Emma Williams, who graduated with a degree in Law from Aberystwyth University in 1996. Ms Williams has specialised in

family law for the past 20 years in the UK as well as internationally, and now has her own practice in Llandeilo. From October 2016, she will be

in the Elystan Morgan building of Aberystwyth’s School of Law on Llanbadarn Campus between 4-6pm every fourth Wednesday of the month. During the two-hour clinic, Ms

Williams will be observed by third- year students on the Law and Social Justice In Practice module. Students will also assist with paperwork. “Students face a very steep

learning curve when they leave university and are exposed for the first time to law in practice,” said Ms Williams. “This innovative module will

allow them to observe real life clients with real life problems. It will also offer affordable legal advice to local people. “Students will not be able to give


Family law expert Emma Williams: Outside the Elystan Morgan Building of Aberystwyth’s School of Law on Llanbadarn Campus

advice to clients of course – that will be solely my responsibility. They will also have had lectures on client confidentiality. However, if a client does not want a student present when they discuss their case, then their wishes will be respected.” The module has been developed

by Dr Ola Olusanya, a lecturer in Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University. “This is a unique chance

for students to see law in action whilst they’re still studying at Aberystwyth University. Further, the interdisciplinary nature of this

module will deepen the ability of our law students to learn transferrable skills and to gain authentic work experience which will stand them in good stead when they enter the world of employment. “We are very grateful to Emma

Williams for her readiness to work with us and to share her vast knowledge of family law with our students and the wider community.” Dr Olusanya is also working with

other external organisations such as Citizens Advice to allow students to undertake law and social justice placements in their final year.

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