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First Minister sets out legislative priorities The Welsh Government has fast-tracked more than 50 new Welsh laws to deal swiftly with the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking from the Senedd in Cardiff, First Minister Mark Drakeford outlined the monumental shift in government resources to limit the damage of coronavirus in his legislative statement. The measures include the […]

Wales’ new coronavirus testing strategy has been published today [Wednesday 15] by Health Minister Vaughan Gething.   Over the past three months, the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales have worked together to build a national testing infrastructure, which means that anyone who displays coronavirus symptoms can get a test quickly and easily.  Today’s new strategy builds on the latest scientific evidence and focuses on four priority areas:  Contact tracing – to […]

The Welsh Government has confirmed driving lessons will be able to take place in Wales from 27 July. Theory tests will restart on Monday 3 August, along with vocational, motorcycle, car and trailer tests, and tractor driving tests. Driving tests will start from Monday 17 August, as well as the restarting of driving instructor testing […]

Wales should have the power to hold an independence referendum, Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price MS has said.  Plaid Cymru will be leading the first ever debate on Welsh independence in the Senedd (Welsh Parliament) today.  The latest opinion poll for Welsh independence had 25% – an increase of +4 since January.  Meanwhile support for […]

Armed police were called to a residential street in Ynyshir on Monday evening following reports a man had made “threats” with a weapon. Several armed police officers and police vehicles were seen in Ynyshir Road, at around 6.30pm and the road was blocked as officers made enquiries. A spokesman for South Wales Police said the officers were responding as […]

South Wales Police say Arrests have been made in relation to last month’s disturbance at Ogmore-by-Sea and enquiries are on-going. Detectives are still appealing for information on individuals involved. Groups of people descended on the area throughout the afternoon and evening of June 25 which culminated in large-scale disorder. Five men aged 19 to 25 […]

A 20 year-old man from Mountain Ash was jailed for causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving last week. Ethan Roberts, of Jeffrey Street, was jailed for six months at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday, 10 July, 2020. His cousin, Ryan Hamer, also 20, was a passenger in the blue Toyota Yarris which Roberts was […]

Listen back to Gareth’s interview with Linda Robson

Listen back to South Wales Police & Comissioner Alun Michael chat to Gareth Williams on GTFM. Topics covered in the interview are:- His role as PCC Responding to COVID19 in partnership Policing through the pandemic Keeping communities safe

People buying their main homes in Wales costing less than £250,000 will not pay any tax under temporary measures announced by the Finance Minister today. The starting threshold for land transaction tax will increase from £180,000 to £250,000 for the residential main rates when this new measure is introduced on Monday 27 July. This is […]

Teams at Prince Charles Hospital were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales today as part of a special visit to thank NHS staff for their response to the COVID19 pandemic. His Royal Highness spent time talking to staff from a range of specialisms at the Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil and listening […]

RCT Council has announced it will extend current free parking arrangements in Aberdare and Pontypridd Town Centres until the end of August 2020. In response to the Coronavirus national health emergency, no parking charges have been applied at Council-owned car parks in the two towns since the lockdown period began in mid-March 2020. This free […]