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Llanelli Rail Strike remembered



Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 12.08.40A MARCH to commemorate the shooting of two innocent men in Llanelli more than a hundred years ago will take place this weekend. 

John ‘Jac’ John, aged just 21, and 19-year-old Leonard Worsell were shot by British troops on British soil, during industrial action over low pay for railway workers during the Llanelli Railway Strike in August 1911. Neither of the two had any connection with the railway; Jac John, a promising rugby player, worked in the tin industry, while Leonard Worsell, a labourer from London, was being treated for tuberculosis at a nearby sanatorium, and was staying with relatives.

Cllr Sîan Caiach said: “The Llanelli riots were not a public disturbance led by criminals but a reaction to totally innocent people being shot, two of them dying, followed by anger against the magistrates and the railway owners whose property was then targeted by the townspeople. John Edwards had to censor passages from his first book to get funding to publish it but the second edition published in 2011 for the centenary has the whole story.”

The annual commemoration march will leave the railway station on Saturday (Aug 20) at 2pm. Speeches will be given at the town centre around 2.30pm and after a short break, the march goes on to on to the Box Cemetery later for the wreath laying at the graves of the two young men shot dead by the troops.

This year, the events are dedicated to John Willock, of Llangennech. John was a lifelong social campaigner, an active trade unionist and a shop steward in Trostre tinplate works, a Unison branch Secretary and a training officer at Carmarthenshire college, a Llangennech Community Councillor and elected chair of that council on two occasions during his 20 years service, and became secretary to Llanelli Trades Council and was a founder member of the Llanelli 1911 committee.

John was a local character and a friend to many as well as a loving father. He battled to keep open Llanelli Care Homes, he campaigned to Stop Public Service cuts everywhere and was a member of Sopan, trying hard to save the services at Prince Philip Hospital.

His friends are invited to join the march this year to join in the commemoration of these historical events which the authorities concealed the real truth of for many years.

Thanks to people like John, and the local historian John Edwards who wrote the first edition of his book about the strike, ‘Remembrance of a Riot’ 30 years ago, the truth is now public and accepted.

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Those eligible for the Spring Covid-19 booster should get jabbed by end of June



ALL those eligible for the Spring Covid-19 booster are being urged to take up their offer of the vaccine before the end of next month.

A deadline of 30 June has been introduced to ensure all those eligible for the spring booster will have a long-enough interval between this and the autumn 2022 booster, if they are also eligible.

An announcement by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) about which groups will be eligible for the autumn booster is due to be published shortly.

The JCVI has advised that people over-75, older care home residents and all those aged 12 years and over who are immunosuppressed are eligible for the spring booster.

Those who are 75 on or before 30 June, can get their booster at any point up to the deadline.

Health Minister Eluned Morgan said: “It is important we continue our very high take up levels of the vaccine to help protect us against the risk of serious illness from Covid-19. I would urge everyone who is offered a spring booster vaccination takes up the invitation.”

If someone eligible for a spring booster has had a Covid infection recently, they will need to wait 28 days from the date they tested positive before they can be vaccinated. They will still be able to get vaccinated after 30 June as part of this campaign if they have to postpone their appointment.

All those eligible for spring boosters will be invited by their health board or GP.

It is not too late for anyone who needs a primary dose (first, second or third) to be vaccinated.

Please check for local arrangements.

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Young people in Wales being failed when moving from child to adult mental health services



MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES are failing young people when they move from child to adult services, says a mental health charity.

Mind Cymru is calling for Welsh Government to make urgent changes to improve the system.

Nia Evans, Children and Young People Manager at Mind Cymru, said: “Young people have told us that their needs, thoughts, and feelings about moving to adult services are often unheard, or ignored.

“Welsh Government must support Local Health Boards to make sure this doesn’t happen, change the way services are run and make sure our young people are being heard and properly cared for.”

Mind Cymru has published a report, in ate the result of interviews with young people about their experiences of moving from Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – (SCAMHS) to AMHS.

They highlighted five key areas where services are failing young people:
– Poor information offered to young people, particularly on their rights
– Inconsistent use and follow through of care and treatment plans
– High thresholds for SCAMHS and AMHS referrals to be accepted
– Feeling abandoned / cut off from SCAMHS
– Age still dominates decision making process for moving from SCAMHS to AMHS

Nia Evans said: “Any one of these issues could make the process of moving from children’s services to adult services difficult for our young people. But often, more than one is happening at any one time.”

“Our young people have a right to care and support from a mental health system that has been put in place to help them recover. Action must be taken immediately to make sure support systems are robust and doing the job they were designed to do.”

Mind Cymru is asking people to email their Member of the Senedd (MS) and amplify the voices of these young people whose experiences are often unheard, and use the #SortTheSwitch hashtag on social media.

The full report is available here, including what a good move from SCAMHS to AMHS would look like for young people, and where the current system could improve.

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Average UK price of diesel hits record of more than £1.80 a litre



LESS than two months after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a 5p a litre cut on the average price of fuel – diesel prices have reached a record high price of 180.29p a litre.
The previous high of 179.90p was recorded on March 23rd 2022 – the day of the Spring Statement from Sunak.

In recent weeks, the UK government has tried to move away from its reliance on importing Russian oil, following President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Worryingly for drivers of petrol cars, the price per litre is fast approaching the record levels of 167.3p per litre set on March 22nd.

This latest price rise adds another challenge to UK households, as the cost of living crisis continues to impact families across the country.

RAC fuel spokesperson Simon Williams said: “Sadly, despite the Chancellor’s 5p a litre duty cut the average price of a litre of diesel has hit a new record high at 180.29p.”

“Efforts to move away from importing Russian diesel have led to a tightening of supply and pushed up the price retailers pay for diesel.”

“While the wholesale price has eased in the last few days this is likely to be temporary, especially if the EU agrees to ban imports of Russian oil.”

“Unfortunately, drivers with diesel vehicles need to brace themselves for yet more pain at the pumps. Had Mr Sunak reduced VAT to 15% as we call on him to do instead of cutting duty by 5p, drivers of diesel vehicles would be around 2p a litre better off, or £1 for every full tank.”

“As it is, drivers are still paying 27p VAT on petrol and 29p on diesel, which is just the same as before the Spring Statement.”

“The average price of petrol is also on the rise having gone up nearly 3p a litre since the start of the month to 166.65p which means it’s less than a penny away from the all-time high of 167.30p set on 22 March.”

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