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The first minister's announcement to step down came shortly after an inquiry into claims he mislead the assembly over what he said he knew about bullying in the Welsh Government in 2014, found he had told the truth. The inquiry, by independent lawyer James Hamilton, was sparked following claims there ...
The owners of a company who have been awarded a multi-million pound contract by the Welsh Government had been caught up in a Scotland Yard fraud investigation. It involved allegations of overpayment in relation to works carried out by a third party subcontractor. Housing services company ...

Ben Ryan created the artificial limb after his 10-day-old son Sol's arm was amputated because of a blood clot. He set up Ambionics and recently moved into the new M-Sparc science park near his home on Anglesey, but has said he cannot get the funding he needs. The Welsh Government said it was still ...
"This is unacceptable and must be addressed urgently by the Welsh Government." Twenty one-year-old Luke Rees from Abertillery, Blaenau Gwent, who suffered from mental health problems at school, told BBC Radio Wales mental health is neglected compared to physical health. "Mental health ...
All money invested in Cardiff Airport by the Welsh Government could be recouped by 2021, according to its chairman. The government bought the airport for £52m in 2013 as it struggled with falling passenger numbers. But speaking to the assembly's economy committee, Roger Lewis said its own forecasts ...
In response to this, a Welsh Government spokesman said: “Improving air quality is a priority for the Welsh Government. “This week we've announced a range of measures to reduce harmful emissions, including a consultation about Clean Air Zones and action to reduce emissions in the most polluted ...

A row over the Welsh Government's attempt to obtain information on contacts Plaid Cymru AM Adam Price had with a health board has deepened. Tory AM Angela Burns believes she was "spied on" after Hywel Dda health board said officials sought information on other AMs and MPs. Simon Thomas said ...
The UK Government has confirmed that it will refer the Welsh Government's Brexit law to the highest court in the country. Judges in the Supreme Court will decide if the Continuity Bill can become law. It was passed by AMs in March to hand Welsh ministers EU powers in devolved areas after Brexit. Welsh ...
A decision to cut a £700,000 grant which helps thousands of poorer families buy school uniforms in Wales has been criticised. The Welsh Government's school uniform grant, available to Year 7 students eligible for free school meals, helped 5,500 learners last year. But it has cut the scheme for 2018/19, ...
But the new facility in Newport, helped by a £10m investment from the Welsh Government, can deliver much higher doses to treat a broader range of cancers. In England, a proton beam centre at the Christie Hospital in Manchester is expected to open later this year, followed by another in London. Until now ...
BBC Wales has heard a number of claims from former workers at Mind Cymru's Cardiff headquarters. They claimed bullying ... Mind Cymru employs 21 people and received almost £1.6m of Welsh Government funding over the past three years - part of its work includes offering advice on workplace bullying.
THE Welsh Government has called for a transit site for Gypsy and traveller families in Newport after £64,000 was spent cleaning an unauthorised site. In January last year, smashed up caravans, rubbish bags, human waste, and other items were left strewn on Government-owned land at Tatton Road, ...
He invited tourism groups to meet Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM, the Welsh Government's Minister for Culture, Tourism & Sport, to discuss the future of Mid Wales Tourism and to hear from the Lake Vyrnwy Marketing Association about its vision for the future. Mr George said: "More tourists than ever before ...
The Welsh Conservatives have urged the UK government to make a decision on the £1.3bn Swansea tidal lagoon project "sooner rather than later". Economy spokesman Russell George said they remained "convinced as ever" that the energy scheme should be given the go ahead. He said it could inspire ...
Looking at teacher recruitment and retention, Plaid Cymru said latest Welsh Government figures from last summer show its target for intake of secondary school trainee teachers was missed by a third in 2015-16. Intake for primary school trainees was also below target. Official data for the total number of ...
Six of Wales' 22 councils are exempting care leavers from paying the tax from the start of April - some until the age of 21 and others to 25. But charities including The Children's Society and Voices From Care Cymru said it should be brought in everywhere. The Welsh government said the decision remained with each local ...
For the first time in 800 years new homegrown taxes in Wales have come into effect. With the start of the 2018-19 financial year from April 1, the Welsh Government has introduced the successor to stamp duty on residential and non domestic property sales, with the so called land transaction tax (LLT).

Theresa May has rejected claims her government is involved in a Brexit "power grab" from the Welsh Government. The prime minister told senior MPs more powers would go to Cardiff after Britain leaves the EU next year. Mrs May sidestepped a question on whether she would try to overrule a new ...
Children and young people are to be asked their views on the process by which the UK leaves the EU, the Welsh Government has announced. Children's minister Huw Irranca-Davies said Brexit would mean "some of the biggest changes in their adult lives". He pledged to do "everything I can" to ensure ...
Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James, hosted the roundtable event during Wales Week in London, which celebrated the successes of Wales' thriving tech sector with some of the most influential and exciting names in the industry. Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries Margot ...
THE Welsh Government has been accused of "betraying" the people of the South Wales Valleys after it was claimed plans to electrify the rail line between Ebbw Vale and Cardiff have been scrapped. Responsibility for running the planned South Wales Metro and associated infrastructure work is included in ...
UK ministers have announced where they want to maintain UK-wide arrangements in devolved areas after Brexit. It follows Welsh Government accusations of a "power grab", and the launch of alternative legislation in Cardiff Bay. Ministers in London want to temporarily retain powers in 24 areas including ...
Her experience is one cited by the Children's Commissioner Sally Holland, who said more must be done to help schools meet disabled children's needs. In her latest report, she called on the Welsh Government to refresh its "out of date" 2004 guidance. It said it would work to make sure disabled pupils were ...
The director of a public spending body which is being bailed out by the Welsh Government has stepped aside from its day-to-day management. Sue Moffatt, director of the National Procurement Service (NPS), has handed over responsibility to her deputy while a review is carried out. The organisation was ...
Most of Wales' 22 councils have voted to increase council tax in the next financial year. On Thursday, Pembrokeshire council will vote on whether to agree a rise of 12.5%, which would be the highest increase in the country if passed. The Welsh Local Government Association said authorities were dealing ...
There is estimated to be a need for about 20,700 more engineers in Wales by 2020, with many currently working in the industry approaching retirement. The Welsh Government has a target of creating 100,000 apprenticeships over the five years of the current assembly. The number of engineering apprentices from the south ...
All of Wales' 22 councils have voted to increase council tax in the next financial year. Pembrokeshire council has backed a rise of 12.5%, the highest in Wales and the first double-digit increase in the tax agreed by a Welsh council since 2004. The Welsh Local Government Association said authorities were ...
The UK government is to table its new offer on post-Brexit powers for Scotland and Wales in the Lords within days after the three governments failed to reach a deal. The long-running dispute between the three sides is threatening to come to a head just as Theresa May meets Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's ...
"EU funding is based on need, which means we currently receive more than a population share of agriculture funding. Applying Barnett to any future funding would not reflect Wales' needs." A Treasury spokesman said: "The UK Government has already committed to matching Welsh farm funding from the EU until 2022.
An ex-minister who made claims of bullying within the Welsh Government was accused of using "threatening rants" when he was in cabinet. A letter seen by BBC Wales to the first minister in May 2013 complained about Leighton Andrews' conduct as education minister. It concerns a meeting with education ...
During the visit, the cabinet secretary will meet representatives from the marina, the Harbour Authority and Natural Resources Wales to hear about the clean-up operation. She said: “The images of the damage to Holyhead Marina were shocking and my thoughts are with all the businesses and individuals ...
Plans to reorganise local government structure have been discussed by the Welsh cabinet, BBC Wales understands. The discussions included whether to significantly cut the number of councils from the current 22. There was no formal agreement and further talks are expected. The Welsh Government is ...
Now is not the time to pursue the devolution of broadcasting powers, according to the culture secretary. Dafydd Elis-Thomas, who backed some aspects of the policy before becoming a minister, was responding to a Plaid Cymru debate on the issue. Plaid AM Sian Gwenllian called for research into "the ...
The UK and Welsh governments have reached agreement over a long-running Brexit "power-grab" row. The agreement on changes to the UK Government EU (Withdrawal) Bill follows months of discussions. Wales' Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford said the deal means powers in areas "currently devolved ...
The consortium of Gleeds, Cundall and Scott Brownrigg is to provide technical advisory services in two phases for MIM projects, with phase one predominantly focused on supporting the government as it defines and develops the programme's remit. Phase two will then comprise the roll-out and delivery of ...
Welsh ministers are scrapping a key element of their council reforms, the local government secretary has said. Alun Davies said he will not force them to work together on a regional basis. The condition was a central feature of the changes proposed by his predecessor Mark Drakeford. Mr Davies told AMs: "I ...
Sproule says the decision to base production in Wales went down not only to strong transport links but also regional financial support, the high quality of the facilities on site, having an engaged and supportive government and access to local labour and skills. “It just added up to a very compelling package,” ...
The Welsh Tory leader has said a lobbying company told journalists that the ex-minister Carl Sargeant was going to lose his job before a reshuffle. Andrew RT Davies told AMs the firm, Deryn, provided the information on the sacking of Mr Sargeant. Opposition AMs called for a Welsh Government leak ...
"Indeed, that is something this government has done only recently in the Wales Act. We have seen new powers being devolved to the Welsh Government. "We are absolutely clear that we want to see the vast majority of powers returning from Brussels starting off in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast - and not in ...
Two schemes designed to help more people buy homes in Wales will be launched by the Welsh Government on Wednesday. Both schemes are aimed at buyers struggling to save the cash needed for a mortgage. Rent-to-Own Wales will allow buyers to rent a home they can later purchase, with the rent ...
Diabetes UK Cymru boss Dai Williams said people's lifestyle and obesity in particular were a factor in more people being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. "We have got one of the fattest populations in Europe... and that's really driving it further," he said. The Welsh Government said it had an action plan to tackle diabetes.
AMs are to be asked to approve the use of emergency legislation laying claim to all the European Union's powers in devolved areas such as agriculture and economic development. The Welsh Government says it has to act because there's still no agreement with the UK Government about how EU powers ...
There is "no plan" by the Welsh Government to prepare for a diesel and petrol car-free future, a Plaid Cymru AM has said. New petrol and diesel cars will be outlawed by UK government from 2040. Simon Thomas said Welsh ministers were "off the pace" in developing alternatives such as public transport ...
Yesterday (February 21), scores of cane-cutters of Wales Estate which has been closed for fourteen months took part in a picketing exercise outside of the Ministry of the Presidency and the Ministry of Agriculture. The workers are calling on the government and the state-owned Guyana Sugar Corporation ...
He said the new model of combining pupils of all ages on one site appeared to be aimed at saving money rather than for the good of pupils, and blamed Welsh Government under funding for leaving schools and local education authorities across Wales struggling with budgets . “A root cause of this problem ...
The UK Government will make a new push today to quell Welsh and Scottish opposition to its flagship Brexit legislation with the promise that the “vast majority” of powers in devolved areas held by Brussels will go straight to the Assembly and the Scottish Parliament. Some of the most senior figures in the ...
Our wider Clean Air Plan for Wales - which incorporates more than road traffic pollution - is planned for later in the year." The Welsh Government has also been ordered to pay the ClientEarth's costs. The court case also included the UK Government and found its plan to tackle air pollution was unlawful and ...
The UK government believes it is on the brink of a deal to ends months of deadlock with the Scottish and Welsh governments over an alleged “power grab” after Brexit. Ministers will offer to drop their controversial plans for Whitehall to take control over as many as 111 EU powers that Scottish and Welsh ...
But there are 9,000 fewer "economically inactive" people - those neither working or looking for a job - in Wales than a year ago. Plaid Cymru's economy spokesman Adam Price said the Labour Welsh Government's failure to create enough high-skilled, well-paid job "makes a mockery" of their pledge to deliver "prosperity for ...
The government has said the law around “upskirting” – taking intimate pictures underneath a victim's clothes – is under review, after calls for more protection for victims. It emerged recently that children as young as 10 have been victims of upskirting, with police recording 78 cases in the past two years, ...


 

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