This week, I was pleased to speak with the new CEO of Children in Wales, Owen Evans, to discuss the fantastic work the charity has been doing and are looking to do in the future. Children in Wales have been gathering information about the effect of coronavirus on low income and disadvantaged families across the nation and on what can be done to bring about positive change. Prior to the start of the pandemic, a staggering 1 in 4 children in Wales were living in poverty. Evidence suggests that levels of child poverty have risen and will continue to rise as a direct result of the pandemic. More must be done to tackle child poverty across the United Kingdom – its just not acceptable that in this day and age some families still struggle to feed their children through no fault of their own.
I was pleased to co-chair a meeting of the Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing All-Party Parliamentary Group this week where we heard evidence for our inquiry into non-surgical cosmetic procedures. We recently launched this inquiry to investigate how standards for undertaking such treatments, and for their promotion, should be improved to support the beauty and aesthetics industry and protect public safety. We heard from clinical directors, directors of standards and policy and chairs of medical councils on the case for registration of beauty therapists and medical professionals carrying out these procedures as well as any alternatives or additions to registration. We want to support the beauty industry and to see it reopen in full to ensure that our local communities maintain these vital economic powerhouses. However, we must ensure that non-surgical cosmetic procedures are carried out by qualified technicians in a safe and secure environment in order to give consumers confidence to support these local businesses.
On Thursday I was pleased to chair a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Online and Home Electrical Safety. We heard an update from Minister Paul Scully from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the work that is being done to improve electrical safety of goods. This has become even more of an issue over the past 6 months as online shopping has skyrocketed during the pandemic. The Government must do more to ensure that goods sold online are safe and adhere to the high UK electrical goods standards. With online marketplaces growing and anyone able to sell anything, there must be more regulation of sellers who peddle substandard products which could prove dangerous and harmful.
I was pleased to be made an officer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Commercial Sexual Exploitation this week which is now chaired by Diana Johnson MP. There is a lot of important work to be getting on with and I am committed to working to ensure that the UK tackles those who traffic and exploit people from across the country and across the globe in this appalling way.
In some personal news, I shall be celebrating a big birthday this week! Rest assured, I’ll be respecting the Coronavirus regulations, but I am looking forward to celebrating with my family and a gin or two! I’ve been incredibly touched to receive so many thoughtful messages from across the constituency – thank you all for your good wishes.
You can keep up to date with Welsh Government announcements and information on their dedicated coronavirus page. As always, if you have any issues or concerns to raise with me as your local MP, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org – my team and I are here to help. And remember – observe social distancing, wash your hands regularly and keep Wales safe!