FIRST MINISTER Carwyn Jones was in Llanelli on Tuesday (Feb 16) visiting the Carmarthenshire Youth and Children’s Association (CYCA) centre on Queen Victoria Road.
The First Minister unveiled Welsh Labour’s ambitious pledges for Wales ahead of May’s Assembly election including providing 30 free hours of childcare for working parents. The offer covers 48 weeks’ worth of care for 3 and 4 year olds and would be the most generous in the UK providing an important helping hand for families right across Wales. CEO Tracey Pike said she was extremely grateful to the First Minister for taking the time to visit the centre and speak to the staff, children and parents. The pledge along with others was launched at Airbus in Broughton and will form the central part of Welsh Labour’s ambitious policy offer for May’s Assembly election.
Speaking to The Herald about his visit to CYCA he said : “What a fantastic place. It is great to see the enthusiasm here and to see a place like this working with parents asking parents what they need and and giving parents confidence to build their lives in the future. This links in to the long term plan for tackling poverty. We know the best way to take children and adults out of poverty is give them confidence, improve their skills so they can move into work and better paid work. It is through schemes such as this at CYCA that we see that in action. We see parents gaining those skills, gaining those qualifications and gaining that confidence. They can earn themselves more money and lift themselves out of poverty .”
We reminded the First Minister of the new HMRC changes to working tax credits for self employed people and suggested that the Welsh Assembly’s pledge would be affected as self employed parents find it harder to remain in business.
The First Minister said : “We will fight them. We believe that people need help and support in order to improve their lives and to lift communities up after the destruction of the 1980’s. It seems to me that those people who caused the financial crisis are getting away scot free. They are still getting the bonuses. They are still sitting pretty on lots and lots of money The people who are the lowest paid who are being hit the hardest are the lowest paid. One thing my party will never accept is that those people who had nothing to do with the financial crisis are being hit the hardest and that is exactly what the Tories in Westminster believe.”
New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital
WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces.
Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.
Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.
James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.
Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.
Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.
Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.
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”
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: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 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 crimestoppers-uk.org.