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Peter Black

Assembly Member for South West Wales

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Peter Black has been the Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West since 1999. He is a leading Swansea Councillor, having represented the Cwmbwrla Ward since 1984.

Born in 1960 in Bebington Wirral, he was educated at Wirral Grammar School for Boys and graduated from Swansea University in 1981 with a degree in English and History.

He is a former civil servant, having worked in the Land Registry for Wales from 1983 to 1999. He is married to Angela and lives in Manselton.

Peter is a former Leader of the Opposition in City and County of Swansea and has also served as the Chair of the Welsh Liberal Democrats in the past.

Peter is the Welsh Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Local Government, Heritage, Housing and Finance.

His interests include Science Fiction, Film, Theatre, and Poetry.

Contact Details

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Telephone: 01792 536 353
Address:
110 Walter Road
Swansea
SA1 5QQ

Recent Updates

  • Peter Black portrait (Richard Thomas)
    Article: Jun 19, 2014

    Peter Black AM has accused the Welsh Labour Government of demonstrating a 'complete lack of leadership' with regards to plans for reorganisation of local government in Wales.

    Later today the Local Government Minister is expected to announce that she will legislate so that local authorities that merge early will hold elections in May 2018. However, despite the Welsh Government pledging that it will work with other parties, it did not consult on this issue. This follows a trend, after the Welsh Government failed to include members of all of the parties to be on the Williams Commission - which was responsible for drawing up the blueprint for the future of local government in Wales.

  • Peter Black portrait (Richard Thomas)
    Article: Apr 30, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for South Wales West, Peter Black has joined the controversy over the decision by Bridgend County Borough Council to freeze the pay of their staff as a money-saving measure.

    He has described the decision as setting a dangerous precedent that will create regional pay within the Welsh public sector and has called on the First Minister to disown his Labour colleagues' actions in the light of his own condemnation of regional pay in the recent past.

  • Peter Black portrait (Richard Thomas)
    Article: Mar 31, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Housing and Local Government, Peter Black has called on the government to include a statutory duty in the Housing (Wales) Bill for its own Ministers to set termly targets for the supply of new affordable homes.

    Mr. Black has tabled an amendment for consideration by the Assembly when it debates the general principles of the Housing (Wales) Bill on Tuesday. He believes that the haphazard approach to targets, including the definition of what is and is not an affordable home can be cleared up with a statutory duty.

  • Peter Black portrait (Richard Thomas)
    Article: Mar 26, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Housing and Local Government, Peter Black has reiterated his support for a change in regulations allowing for flexible council tax charges on empty properties.

    Speaking ahead of an Assembly debate on Council Tax, Mr Black said:

    "I have been advocating changes in regulations allowing Local Authorities to increase charges on empty properties for several years. The Welsh Liberal Democrats brought this debate to the Assembly back in 2008 and several times since then.

  • Peter Black portrait (Richard Thomas)
    Article: Mar 17, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats Housing Spokesperson, Peter Black has expressed his concern at the lack of progress by the Welsh Government in bringing empty homes around Wales back into use.

    Welsh Government statistics published on the Houses into Homes scheme have shown that in the 18 month period between the scheme being launched and September 2013, only 313 houses have been brought back into use. The Government's target is 5,000 empty homes being restored to habitation over the five year Assembly term.

  • Peter Black portrait (Richard Thomas)
    Article: Mar 12, 2014

    Speaking in the Welsh Assembly today, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black pressed the Minister for Housing and Regeneration to give local councils the power to better control the spread of houses in multiple occupation in residential areas.

    Mr. Black was responding to complaints that many communities are suffering social problems, parking chaos, rubbish and noise pollution due to poor planning laws and burdensome enforcement. In particular the growth of HMOs is largely unplanned and in most cases do not require planning permission.

  • Peter Black portrait (Richard Thomas)
    Article: Feb 19, 2014

    Responding to figures showing a decrease in the number of new homes registered in Wales, Peter Black AM has described the figures as a 'damning verdict' on the Welsh government's failure to stimulate Wales' housing market.

    Figures published have shown that the overall UK figure for new houses being registered increased by 28% to 133,670 in 2013 but Wales saw a 12% fall from 4,065 in 2012 to 3,577.

  • Article: Feb 11, 2014

    In response to the publication of the Supplementary Budget Peter Black, Welsh Liberal Democrat Finance Spokesperson, has accused the Welsh Labour government of sending a clear message to health boards that it is willing to continue to bail them out. The Welsh government has allocated £50m in "the event that some Local Health Boards are unable to achieve a breakeven position".

  • Peter Black portrait (Richard Thomas)
    Article: Feb 4, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Local Government Spokesperson, Peter Black has welcomed today's announcement by the Local Government Minister that she will be updating statutory guidance on how local councils must publish decisions on senior officer pay and commencing the provision in the Local Government (Democracy) Wales Act 2013 from April this year, that will give the Remuneration Panel for Wales oversight of pay rises for Chief Executives.

  • Peter Black portrait (Richard Thomas)
    Article: Jan 20, 2014

    Responding to the Williams Commission's report, Peter Black, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Local Government, said:

    "The Williams Report is an extensive piece of work and it is simply too early to address each point individually.

    "The proposal to cut the number of councils will likely grab the majority of the headlines. While I support reducing the number of councils, this report is about more than that. We need a wholesale change on how local government works in Wales. This is about ensuring we get cost effective, efficient and accountable public services delivered at the right level.