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Social services are ‘failing deaf people’

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THOUSANDS OF deaf people in Wales are failing to get vital support from social services, a hearing loss charity has claimed this week. Action on Hearing Loss Cymru (formerly RNID) is calling on the Welsh Government to ensure that the new Social Services and Well-Being Bill makes a real difference to the 534,000 people in Wales who are deaf and hard of hearing. Currently almost four out of five people diagnosed with hearing loss (78%) leave audiology unaware of support available to them and 75 per cent of social services departments in Wales do not offer bespoke communications support or textphone numbers, meaning people are not able to access appropriate assessments. Richard Williams, director of Action on Hearing Loss Cymru, said: “The situation is pretty bad and we know of cases where deaf people have had to move out of Wales to ensure they have the right support. “Of course there are some councils that provide excellent support and work in a co-ordinated way with the health board and voluntary sector to ensure the right services are provided in the most effective way. “Yet too many local authorities have lost specialist social workers roles who are trained to work with deaf people, meaning deaf people have to rely on support from people who can’t communicate effectively and safely with them. It is not safe and it is leaving people at risk. The new Bill gives us a chance to improve services for people who are deaf and hard of hearing and we want to urge the Government and local authorities across Wales to take that opportunity to ensure they are providing safe services.” Deaf people have met with the Deputy Minister to urge the Welsh Government to use the new Bill to ensure services to deaf people are improved. The charity is calling for the Best Practice standards to be updated in line with the new Bill and for local authorities to ensure that their services are accessible to deaf people. AM Paul Davies said: “It’s extremely worrying that deaf people across Wales are not receiving the support that they so desperately need. Services need to be delivered locally deaf people should not have to leave Wales to access them. The number of people with hearing loss is growing fast in Wales and the new Social Services and Well-Being Bill is a great opportunity for the Deputy Minister to update the Best Practice standards and make a clear commitment to improving services for deaf people across the country.”

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Police warn motorists after thefts from cars in Haverfordwest

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‘LOCK your car’ drivers are warned, following a two-day spate of thefts in Haverfordwest.

Eight thefts were reported between January 13 and 14, from unlocked cars parked across the town.

Officers are advising people to double check they have locked their cars, and to remove valuables from vehicles overnight.

Among the stolen items was over £1,000 in cash, a laptop, a number of bank cards, a Stihl chainsaw, worth £700, and beauty products worth around £650. Many items have since been recovered.

Two men, aged 20, have been arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle, and a third man, aged 19, on suspicion of handling stolen goods, in connection to the thefts. All three have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police either by calling 101. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DPP/0030/14/01/2020/01/C

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Milford Haven: Police appeal after hair salon burgled

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POLICE in Milford Haven are investigating a burglary at Cut-Away Hair Salon, Priory Street, which occurred at approx. 3am on Thursday (Jan 16).

Around £200 in cash has been stolen, some of which was donations intended for a local charity.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone with information which could help the investigation, and in particular, anyone in the Priory Street area who has CCTV.

T/Sergeant for Milford Haven, Haydon Mathias, said: “Burglaries to small, local businesses like this cause distress and disrupt both the owner and the wider community. Rest assured we are doing all we can to identify the suspect and bring swift justice for the victim.”

Business owners are being advised to take appropriate steps to secure their properties:

“Don’t leave large sums of money in the premises overnight, and install CCTV– affordable cameras are readily available online.

“Specialist officers are able to provide crime prevention advice to any business with concerns about the security of their property, whether you have been a victim of crime or not.” Sgt. Mathias continued.

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Milford Haven: Appeal for information after museum windows smashed

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MILFORD HAVEN MUSEUM is asking for help after vandals struck around midnight, January 15.

The museum, based on The Docks, posted on Facebook saying: “Last night at around midnight three youths thought it would be funny to throw a traffic cone at one of the windows at the museum, breaking two panes of glass.
“If anyone saw anything please let PC Baxter 856 know by calling 101.”

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