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A Record of Delivery for Cardiff Central, by Jenny Rathbone

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It has been my privilege to represent you in the National Assembly for the last 5 years. Now is a good to time to reflect on some of Welsh Labour's achievements.

We started by legislating to get Scores on the Doors of all food establishments so you can see how clean the kitchen is in the place where you buy prepared food. It has undoubtedly led to a rise in food standards as few people want to eat in a place with 0 or 1 score.

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The Healthy Eating in Schools Measure finally threw out all those vending machines full of fizzy drinks, crisps and sweets which caterers were using to subsidise the school meal service. Food served to pupils is now better but I will campaign to bring all schools up to the Food Charter Mark – the standard AMs have in their staff canteen - if I'm re-elected in May.

The 2014 Housing Act and the 2015 Renting Homes Act make it mandatory from this April for landlords or their agents to be registered and provide contact details. This means that landlords can be tracked down when there is a burst water pipe or other urgent matter needing attention. The new Housing law has already eliminated the unsightly letting boards that used to litter our streets. The extension of Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing to Roath as well as Cathays will gradually reduce HMO density and deliver more balanced communities. There is much to be done to ensure landlords maintain their properties properly and I believe the next assembly needs to look at raising the minimum energy efficiency standards of rented accommodation.

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I am proud that Wales was the first nation to ban Smoking in Cars when children are present; and the first nation to lead the way on presuming consent for organ donation so that people who die suddenly and prematurely can have their organs used to save somebody else's life. The wishes of close relatives will continue to be respected.

The Active Travel Act is also a ground-breaking piece of legislation making active travel a priority but, as we can see from the levels of congestion all around us, a lot remains to be done to encourage people to leave their cars at home particularly when going to work or taking children to school.

The Future Generations Act is the first of its kind by any parliament. Combined with the Planning Act and the Environment Bill it gives Wales a strong framework for ensuring all public bodies and public decisions are providing a legacy to be proud of for our children and grandchildren.

In March 2013 the Welsh Government bought Cardiff Airport. Its previous owner seemed happy to allow the business to decline. This strategic purchase prevented the airport, now growing in passenger numbers and new routes, from being sold off for housing. Click here to read the latest report on the airport from the Assembly's Public Accounts Committee.

With your support, I can help Welsh Labour deliver more for our communities.

Use all your votes for Labour on the 5th May.

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Jenny Rathbone | Assembly Member for Cardiff Central

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