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Welsh Government news-in-brief

Created on 22/01/2018 @ 10:08
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A round-up of the latest news from the Welsh Government over the past week.

TUI to create 175 jobs in Swansea with Welsh Government assistance

The world’s largest travel company TUI is set to create 175 jobs in Swansea, boosting its presence in the city, thanks to a Welsh Government Business Finance grant of £525,000.

Economy Secretary Ken Skates said: “I am delighted that with Welsh Government support TUI is creating 175 new jobs in Wales.  The company’s expansion in Swansea is testament to our reputation for delivering excellence in customer service.”

Major conference to support Welsh companies to export

Powys based manufacturing company Zip Clip will be one of the businesses taking centre stage at a Welsh Government conference aimed at driving up export levels in Wales.

Economy Secretary Ken Skates said: “I would encourage companies from all sectors and from across Wales to come along to find out more about how the Welsh Government can help them to develop this element of their business, and to speak to companies like Zip-Clip who have experienced the benefits first hand.”

Alun Davies in town to learn from new Neath Valleys hub

Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services, Alun Davies joined local partners in Neath to discuss how their knowledge of the area could be key to achieving the aims of the Valleys Taskforce.

Speaking following the meeting at Neath’s Civic Centre, Alun Davies said: “This was an excellent opportunity for all those responsible for delivering our priorities to get together and share valuable knowledge and ideas. I am confident that working in this way can help us identify the priority projects which will form the first part of the new stage of Neath’s ongoing economic regeneration.”

Have your say on plans to tackle waste crime

A consultation on tackling waste crime and poor performers in Wales’ waste industry has been published.

Minister for Environment, Hannah Blythyn said: “The economic impact of waste crime is significant costing Wales at least £15 million in 2015. I am seeking views in this consultation to deliver environmental, health, social and economic benefits for Wales’ communities and future generations.”

“Different system of care needed to deliver for the people of Wales” says expert panel

Wales needs a different system which provides seamless health and care services – that’s the message from the independent review of Health and Social Care, chaired by Dr Ruth Hussey.

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said: “This report, a key commitment in Taking Wales Forward and Prosperity for All, sets out some clear recommendations about what needs to change and how to make those changes happen for the benefit of people in Wales.”

Take Time to Talk, Listen and Play

Welsh Government launches new campaign aimed at parents backed with £700,000 support for schools.

Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams said: “We know there are many different pressures when you’re raising children, sometimes just finding the time can be a challenge, but the message of this campaign is that every effort you make at this early stage will help and the benefits will last a lifetime.” 

“Families First is supporting 1000s of Welsh families to improve their lives” – Huw Irranca-Davies

More than 12,600 families in Wales have positively changed their parenting behaviours over the last two years thanks to the support of the Welsh Government’s Families First programme, Minister for Children, Huw Irranca-Davies has revealed.

Huw Irranca-Davies said: “Families First puts a team of highly specialised staff around the family, and encourages families to be involved in the identification of issues and the resolution of those issues, recognising the strengths and resources within the family. 

“I’m delighted to see literally tens of thousands of families have received targeted support from our Families First teams right across Wales, which in many cases, has proved to be absolutely life-changing.”

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