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‘Even Wales up’, says AM



Even things up: WIlliam Powell AM

Even things up: WIlliam Powell AM

OVER 30 % of jobs in Pembrokeshire pay less than the National Living Wage, according to data released by the Office of National Statistics.

Only Gwynedd, with 33.3% had a higher proportion of jobs which paid less than the living wage, which has been assessed at £7.85 per hour outside of London. The National Minimum Wage is currently £6.70.

It is also thought that around 25% of children in the county live in relative poverty.

Globally the 80 richest individuals have as much wealth as the poorest half of the global population and in Wales 29% of households have an income below the minimum income standard.

William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, is supporting Oxfam Cymru’s Even It Up campaign to reduce extreme inequality which is pushing more people into poverty.

Oxfam Cymru’s Even It Up bus stopped in Cardiff last week as part of its UK tour to raise awareness of deepening inequality across the world. During its visit to the Welsh capital Oxfam Cymru spoke with Assembly Members about its ‘Blueprint for Change’, which sets out a number of policy calls for the new Welsh Government aimed at tackling economic inequality and poverty, including tackling the issue of low pay in Wales by making Wales a Living Wage Nation.

William Powell AM, said: “I’m proud to support Oxfam’s Even It Up campaign to reduce extreme inequality. We know that since the 1970s economic inequality has grown faster in the UK than anywhere else in Europe, and it’s time for things to change.

“It was great to meet with Oxfam Cymru and learn more about some of the issues facing Wales today and I look forward to hearing more about their campaign in the future. As an Assembly Member I’m ready to play my part to tackle poverty and reduce economic inequality in Wales.”

While the income of the richest in Wales has continued to rise, overall poverty levels have changed little since 2010/2011, with 23% of households in Wales currently living in relative poverty.

Carys Thomas, Head of Oxfam Cymru said: “Economic inequality is a growing global issue and the stats clearly show that it’s an issue here in Wales. Oxfam Cymru wants to see a Wales where economic inequality is reduced. We want a Wales that allows people to prosper, a Wales where hard work pays, and where people can build a good life for themselves and their families.”

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea



A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment



DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at:, by emailing or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting

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Successful camping and riding weekends raise £1,400 for lifesaving charity



MEMBERS from the North Wales branch Trail Riders Fellowship have presented the Wales Air Ambulance with a £1,400 donation following its successful camping and trail riding charity weekends.

The successful fundraiser, which was held for its members near Dolgellau, attracted around 60 members who took part over two weekends.

During both weekends donations were collected from each rider taking part. The riders took to the lanes both north and south of River Mawddach, where they were blessed with lovely weather.

This is not the first time they’ve supported the Wales Air Ambulance. They’ve raised around £3,000 during two previous events.

Reflecting on why the Wales Air Ambulance helicopter charity was chosen to benefit from the event, treasurer for North Wales TRF group, Mike Rowlands said: “We chose the Wales Air Ambulance knowing what a difference it can make when called upon to attend emergencies to all members of the public. It can’t be overstated how important our members see the value of this wonderful charity to the people of Wales.

“The club members are proud to contribute towards keeping the Wales Air Ambulance flying.”

The North Wales branch of the Trail Riders Fellowship promotes responsible trail riding on legal routes around North Wales.

The Wales Air Ambulance Charity emergency service offers advanced critical care and is often described as a ‘Flying ED’. The on-board consultants and critical care practitioners are highly skilled and carry some of the most pioneering medical equipment in the world. They can deliver blood transfusions, administer anaesthesia, and undertake emergency operations at the scene of the incident, before flying the patient directly to specialist care. 

Wales Air Ambulance’s Community Fundraiser Debra Sima was recently presented with the cheque of £1,400 by the North Wales Trail Riders Fellowship members at The Parrot, Drury.

A delighted Debra said: “A huge thank you to all the organisers and riders who took part in the two weekend events. We’re delighted that the North Wales branch of Trail Riders Fellowship has once again decided to support our lifesaving 24/7 charity. In total they’ve raised £4,400 for our Charity during three separate fundraisers, which is amazing. Their continued support will enable us to keep our helicopters in the air and our rapid response vehicles on the road. Thank you so much.”

There are several ways that the public can continue to support the Wales Air Ambulance. These include online donations, signing up to the Charity’s Lifesaving Lottery or by coming up with their own innovative ways to fundraise at home. Further information can be found via

Alternatively, a £5 text-message donation can be made by texting the word HELI to 70711.

For more information on Trail Riders Fellowship visit

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