Welsh News

  1. A Welsh Conservative AM is today seeking the views of the public on his proposals for a Wales-specific autism law.

    A second consultation has been launched led by Paul Davies AM to invite interested parties to have their say on the Autism (Wales) Bill in its current form.

    It follows an initial consultation which ran from 30 August to 20 November last year, the feedback from which went on to inform the wording of the current Bill.

  2. The Welsh Government is to introduce new email guidelines following the exposé by the Welsh Conservatives over the First Minister’s use of a personal email address whilst handling government business.

     

    In a letter to Welsh Conservative leader, Andrew RT Davies, Carwyn Jones also confirmed ‘that the majority of Cabinet Secretaries do not use personal e-mail addresses’ with only two members of the cabinet doing so on a ‘few occasions’.

     

  3. Thousands of Welsh workers are being hired on zero hours contracts by Labour councils, despite firm pledges made by the UK Labour leadership.

    Figures for 2016/17 (the latest full financial year) show that Swansea Council employed 492 members of staff on such contracts in the year leading up to the last council elections – up from 467 in 2014/15.

  4. The First Minister’s use of a government mobile phone has been called into question by Welsh Conservative leader, Andrew RT Davies – with Carwyn Jones potentially admitting he has broken the Ministerial Code.

     

    In an answer to a Written Assembly Question, Carwyn Jones, refused to answer whether he has ever used a government-issued, taxpayer-funded mobile phone to conduct Labour Party business.

     

    The question asked:

     

  5. Welsh councils have revealed a 20% increase in the number of employees taking stress-related leave.

    A freedom of information (FOI) request submitted by Welsh Conservatives shows that in 2016/17, a combined 6,836 local authority staff members took sick leave because of stress, compared to 5,706 in 2014/15.

    The year-on-year rise is 14%, with 2015/16 having recorded 6,012 members of staff having taken a stress-related absence.