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New Chair of Llanelli Rural Council invested



Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 10.12.48LLANELLI RURAL COUNCIL held its annual meeting at Vaxhaull Buildings, Llanelli on Tuesday (May 10).

The meeting was opened by the Reverend John Treharne who offered prayers. The Chairman Martin V Davies addressed the meeting thanking his consort, clerk and councillors for their help and support throughout his term in office. He said it had been a privilege to serve the community and meet so many wonderful volunteers and organisations in the community.

The Chairman then invited nominations for the election of Chairman of Council. Councillor Jim Jones nominated Councillor Stephen M Donoghue as Chairman of Council and it was seconded by Councillor Giles Morgan. Chairman Martin V Davies put the proposal to the meeting and it was carried unanimously.

The Chairman then invested the In-Coming Chairman and Consort, Mrs Michelle Donoghue with the chains of office. Mark Galbraith the Clerk of Council invited the new Chairman to make the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

The Chairman invited nominations for the election of Vice- Chairman. Councillor Susan N lewis moved the appointment of Councillor H John Evans as Vice-Chairman. Councillor Tegwen Devichand seconded the motion.

Chairman Stephen M Donoghue invested the In-Coming Vice- Chairman and Consort Mrs Sylvia Evans with the chains of office.

The Clerk invited the Vice- Chairman to make the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

The Vice-Chairman extended his thanks and there followed a presentation of medallions to the outgoing Chairman and his Consort and bouquets for the outgoing Consort, the new Chairman’s Consort and the new Vice-Chairman’s Consort.

Councillor Giles Morgan adjourned the meeting until Thursday (May 12). Councillor Carol Rees seconded the motion.

In his address to the meeting Chairman, Councillor Stephen M Donoghue said: “I am delighted to stand before you this evening as Chairman of Llanelli Rural Community Council. It is my hope that I will maintain the high standards of previous Chairmen and represent the Council in a positive and professional manner.

He thanked the immediate Past Chairman Cllr Martin Davies and his consort Ruth, Thomas for the way in which they had promoted the Council over the last 12 months saying: “Having supported Martin and Ruth as Vice Chairman last year it has provided excellent preparation for Michelle and I and we are both looking forward to the year ahead with enthusiasm.”

He also thanked Cllr John Evans and his consort, Sylvia, for accepting the Office of Vice Chairman and said: “Michelle and I are looking forward to working with them.”

Turning his attention to Councillor Bill Thomas he said: “I would like to convey my congratulations to Cllr Bill Thomas on being elected Mayor to Llanelli Town Council and also to Cllr Eryl Morgan on his impending election as Chairman of Carmarthenshire County Council.”

He said he looked forward very much to working together with Cllr Thomas over the next 12 months and of working with other civic dignitaries from neighbouring Community Councils in the Llanelli Area.

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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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