Member of Parliament for Swansea West, Geraint Davies, has held the first online constituent meeting to speak directly with residents during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Since the Coronavirus pandemic begun several months ago, concerns have been raised that local residents may be isolated and unable to communicate their concerns to public bodies.
Throughout the pandemic, the office of Geraint Davies MP has operated virtually with residents being able to contact their MP via letter, telephone, e-mail and social media. Building upon this, Geraint Davies was keen to speak one-to-one with local residents and invited local residents from Killay to join him on a video conferencing call, via Zoom.
Future online meetings are being scheduled for other areas in the near future.
Speaking after the meeting, Geraint Davies MP stated “I am thrilled to have been joined by dozens of local residents to discuss local issues.
“Residents raised a wide range of important matters including the local flooding in Killay, support for those with disabilities during the pandemic, the positive Coronavirus response from the Welsh Government, air pollution and Welsh Government bonus for care workers. “Issues of loneliness and being in touch with local groups and understanding the difference between the Welsh 5 mile guidance and 2 metre law and the less cautious approach in England were raised.
“Overall people felt the council and Welsh Government were doing a good job to help keep us safe and supported in difficult circumstances.
“It’s important that everyone knows what changes are being made and when. People want to know when community Centres will open etc.
“Some people don’t have internet so cant do easily get Council and Welsh Government updates so phoning neighbours to check on them may help.
“I feel it is important that public representatives make every possible effort to be available to local constituents and hear their views and concerns. After the success of this meeting, I will be looking to replicate the meeting in other areas of my constituency in the coming weeks so people can keep in touch, share and discuss problems and I can provide help and support.”
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