Wefan Gymraeg

Cllr Jez Becker

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Jez Becker is the Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney.

Tell us about yourself:

My name is Jez Becker, I am 45 years old and live with my wife and our three children. I'm a socially motivated liberal who believes the world needs more unity, not less. My day job is that of a computer programmer and that gives me an edge when looking at the modern problems our society faces and generating solutions. I am a proponent of sustainable development and infrastructure. I believe that by looking to the future we can tackle problems like housing, wealth inequality, climate change, education and employment. Outside of my community jobs I’m a Morris Dancer and Video Game maker, which summarises my belief that we need the best of the past and the future to get the most out of life.

What is the most important thing you think the Senedd should do in the next five years?

Turn its empty promises on Climate Change into genuine actions. We need green power generation, with locally generated power (from solar and wind) being able to be sold at locally set prices to constituents. In this manner the valleys can become energy self reliant and reduce the cost of living for everyone. We have huge issues facing us on all fronts, but if the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we do not have to keep doing things the same old way. Increase not just transport provision, but enable our communities to use technology to work and shop locally. The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act could provide the legal framework for such change, but it needs teeth. It is true we may feel concerns like housing, education and employment more keenly but unless we tackle this larger issue then our society is just spinning the wheels and our kids’ prospects will never substantially improve.

What will you do for your constituency/region if elected?

I would advocate programs that encourage higher paid tech manufacturing out from the cities, so that we can truly regenerate our communities, not just become satellite towns. The City Deal scheme should do more than just provide commuter pathways. I would also like to see a program of regeneration of housing stock in some of our more challenged areas (using the technique of re-skinning or enclosing existing buildings with a new outer shell) to increase it’s amenity and efficiency. Something that has proven to increase community wellbeing and pride alongside reducing crime and creating carbon neutral communities.

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Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @JezLibDem

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