Thank you for visiting my Website. I am the Welsh Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Talgarth in Powys.
On 5th May 2016, I was the Welsh Liberal Democrat National Assembly Candidate for both Carmarthen East & Dinefwr and also the Mid & West Wales Region.
In the 2011 - 2016 National Assembly, I was the Assembly Member for the Mid & West Region. I was also the Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Environment, Sustainable Development & Rural Affairs.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any isses that you would like to raise with me or if you would like to talk to me.
Article: May 12, 2016
I would like to express my sincere thanks to the electors of this Mid & West Region for the immense privilege of serving them, as Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member over the past five years.
One of the Richest Experiences
It has been one of the richest experiences of my life to date to work across this vast and beautiful Region - and to try to do something to enhance the quality of life of its citizens. In my work in the National Assembly, both as Chair of the Petitions Committee, as a Member of the Environment & Sustainability Committee and latterly the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, I have endeavoured to represent the interests of ordinary people and defend their rights, and to be an advocate for our Environment and hard pressed rural communities. In the Chamber of the Senedd, in debates and in holding Welsh Government Ministers to account, I have done my utmost to speak up for those without a voice. Finally, in dealing with casework, and supported by an excellent team in Newtown, Carmarthen and Cardiff, I have tried at all times to assist those who needed my help.
Article: Mar 22, 2016
The Farmers' Union of Wales' early and consistent stance on the forthcoming In/Out EU Referendum has been praised by a Mid and West Wales Assembly Member. William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for Mid and West Wales and a member of Brecon and Radnor FUW described the Union's approach as 'courageous and commendable.'
Article: Mar 21, 2016
At Full Council in February, you won considerable respect when, unlike many members of your Cabinet, you voted in favour of a Welsh Liberal Democrat motion, proposed by my fellow County Councillors Gemma Bowker and John Morris, to give members of the public a right to speak ahead of council meetings. I was delighted that our motion passed, with your support, and we look forward to that right to speak being enshrined in the way that Powys County Council does business in the future. In many quarters, it is seen as an advance for openness and transparency.
Article: Mar 18, 2016
William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for the Environment, has pledged his support for WWF's Earth Hour campaign 2016 - the global celebration of our brilliant planet.
Every year, millions of people across the planet show their love for our planet and their commitment to protecting it by taking part in WWF's Earth Hour.
Article: Mar 17, 2016
William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales, has highlighted the urgent need to tackle the severe shortage of affordable housing in rural communities. Existing planning guidance has the potential to achieve real progress in the delivery of affordable housing in rural Wales, but has so far not been fully utilised.
Article: Mar 16, 2016
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have welcomed the news that the UK Government has confirmed £27,000 of funding per year from 2017-18 until 2019-20 towards the Lloyd George Museum in Llanystumdwy in North Wales.
The news follows an ongoing campaign from the Welsh Liberal Democrats who had been calling on the Welsh Government to make the Lloyd George Museum part of the National Museum of Wales in order to safeguard its future. The Plaid Cymru led Gwynedd Council had planned to withdraw funding for the museum in its 2016/17 budget, but announced last month that the decision would be deferred until 2017.
Article: Mar 11, 2016
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have uncovered shocking figures showing that Hywel Dda Health Board is routinely failing breast cancer patients.
According to Welsh Government guidance, a person suspected of having cancer should receive their first outpatient appointment within 10 working days of their initial referral.
Article: Mar 10, 2016
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have delivered more for communities than the other opposition parties put together, William Powell, Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales has said highlighting the party's key policies featured in the Annual Budget.
The final vote on the Welsh Government's Annual Budget took place earlier this week. The Welsh Liberal Democrats abstained, allowing the budget to pass, in exchange for securing backing for a number of policies. These include: the Pupil Premium which means every school receives £1,150 per pupil on free school meals, a Young Persons' Bus Pass, and 5,000 new apprenticeships.
Article: Mar 9, 2016
Progress continues to be made with the new integrated health care centre development due to be opened in Cardigan. The centre is set to provide health and social care services, together with third sector organisations, in brand new purpose-built premises.
Addressing the First Minister this week, William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales, highlighted the importance of the new centre being fully accessible by public transport.
Article: Mar 8, 2016
William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales and Spokesperson for Rural Affairs, has urged the Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans AM to safeguard local authority farms and smallholdings in Wales from potential sell-off.
William raised the issue during a recent scrutiny session with the Deputy Minister, and spoke of the vital resource which local authority smallholdings provide in enabling young people who aspire to enter the farming industry to have access to the land.