Last year when Wales lost to Ireland first game the same old doom merchants as today came out of their shells. Drop certain players and bring in their favs. Look to a plan B, Well if Wales worked plan A correctly there would be no need for a plan B. Dropping players (some might have not been match fit) would be a waste of time. Those players not match fit will be come the French game. My prediction is Wales to win the rest of the games, Ireland to lose against France and england but beat Italy, France to lose against Wales but win the rest of their games and England to lose against Wales and win the rest of their games. Wales and France lose one game each with France wining the title on points. England and Ireland losing two games and Scotland beating Italy.
Caerphilly council chief executive Anthony O’Sullivan acted unlawfully in authorising buy-outs of car and extra holiday allowances for himself and senior colleagues, an auditor has found.
This is the second time a public interest report has accused Mr O’Sullivan of acting unlawfully. He is likely to find out next month whether he will face criminal charges arising out of a scandal in which he recommended a massive pay rise for himself and other senior managers at the council.
It is clear from the damning report from the WAO that there was an attempt by some of the council’s most senior officers to thwart the democratic process by deliberately not making elected members aware of these payments. That is utterly unacceptable. The public will no doubt ask whether the people who were primarily responsible for this unlawful decision and breach of trust should ever again be allowed to hold public office.
The council now has to consider the issue of money paid unlawfully being repaid to the council. Surely it is not acceptable for anyone to keep money that has been obtained in this manner. The public will expect the council to recover, by legal means if necessary, money that was unlawfully paid to officers.
The Blaenau Gwent Labour MP says he claims a lot less than other MPs in London after heating expenses were revealed.
Nick Smith has defended his expenses after it was revealed the MP claimed more than £1,300 last year to heat his second home.
An investigation by the Sunday Mirror found that the Blaenau Gwent Labour MP claimed a total of £1,326.61 – paid for by the taxpayer – for his energy bills.
The report revealed that, in total, MPs claimed around £200,000 for energy bills last year.
The figure has been heavily criticised as it comes at a time when many people are struggling to heat their homes with rising fuel prices.
In total, 340 of the 650 MPs claimed expenses for energy bills.
Dave Prentis, whose Unison union represents 1.3m public service workers, said: “It’s disgraceful that well-paid MPs should make these claims as thousands of families are struggling to pay to turn the oven on to cook dinner.
“These are the same MPs who have failed to get a grip on soaring fuel and energy costs, rising food bills and pay freezes.
“But in the end it’s a moral decision down to them and their consciences.”
Clare Welton, of Fuel Poverty Action, added: “When the Government’s only response to millions of people not being able to afford their fuel bills is to tell us to change supplier or wear a jumper, it is outrageous to see MPs claiming hefty amounts of taxpayer money to pay for their own bills.
“Thousands of people will die this winter in cold homes but we know the MPs will be keeping nice and warm in their first and second homes.”
Huw Lewis AM, Wales' education minister, has admitted that he does not expect Wales to scale world school rankings despite First Minister Carwyn Jones recently saying he 'expected to see improvement' in this year’s Pisa results.
The Welsh Government came under fire last night after its Education Minister conceded he does not expect to see Wales improve its international schools ranking.
Huw Lewis said it would be “unrealistic” to expect Wales to better its position in next month’s Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) standings.
His admission comes less than a month after First Minister Carwyn Jones said he “expected to see improvement” in this year’s Pisa results.
Results from last year’s Pisa tests, which were sat by teenagers in more than 70 countries across the world, are due to be published on December 3. It will provide one of the best measures of how comparable education systems are performing. Parents had every right to ask questions, adding: “I suspect the government now knows or understands the likely results and is preparing us for very bad news. The fact the Education Minister can call the First Minister’s views “unrealistic”, reveals the depth of procrastination and confusion in Welsh Government.
Finally an honest Labour minister, admitting Labour policies have failed Wales. Now we need the health minister to show also some honesty on failed NHS targets.
Carwyn Jones is acting like an old Western snake oil salesman over money raising power for the Welsh Assembly and Wales. His latest statement is reforming the Barnett Formula which has always been unfair to Wales even when Tony and Gordon was at No 10. Sadly for Wales, Labour in Wales never had the guts to stand up to their pay masters in London. Seems to me the Labour party in Wales is still split over the Welsh Assembly and how much powers it should have. Which begs the question who within Labour is really in charge, is it Carwyn Jones First Minister or Welsh Labour MP's who get paid a large amount of money but doesn't have a say in running Wales.
I’m not surprised the read that Wales has the second highest proportion of workers paid less than the living wage in the UK. Being one of those workers, I ask why didn’t Labour introduce the living wage when they were in government.
Wales is one of the worst areas in the UK for the proportion of its workers on a wage that meets the basic cost of living, research has revealed.
A study by KPMG revealed today that one in four Welsh workers are paid less than the “living wage”, the rate of pay calculated as being the minimum needed to enable workers to afford a basic standard of living.
Wales was revealed as one of the hardest hit proportionally in the UK – with 25% of workers earning below the living wage – second only to Northern Ireland on 26%.