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NHS in Wales could benefit from Miliband windfall tax pledge

Labour leader Ed Miliband has told his party's conference that more unites the UK than divides it.

Among the proposals in his 10-year vision for Britain, increasing the minimum wage to £8, raising £2.5billion for the NHS through a windfall tax on tobacco firms and a mansion tax which could also bring £120million to Wales, and lowering the voting age to 16 in general elections.

Rob Osborne reports.

Grieving families protest over removal of memorials

Grieving families have held a protest in Pontypool, in a bid to persuade Torfaen Council to let them decorate their children's graves with whatever they wish.

The council says that certain memorial items, like solar lights and windchimes, hinder the maintenance of cemeteries and will be removed.

But demonstrators say the rules vary from council to council, and want one set of regulations for the whole of Wales. Hannah Thomas reports.


Welsh Government 'committed' to promoting responsible pet ownership

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The Welsh Government says it's committed to improving the standards of animal health and welfare through promoting responsible pet ownership.

The North Clwyd Animal Centre at Trelogan says it is facing a crisis because of the number of unwanted kittens being brought in.

We are committed to improving the standards of animal health and welfare through promoting responsible pet ownership.

Our Animal Health and Welfare Framework, launched by the Deputy Minister for Farming and Food earlier this year, offers us the opportunity to introduce lasting improvements in health and welfare standards for all animals in Wales.

– Welsh Government spokesperson


Donaldson focusing on job in hand ahead of Ryder Cup

Jamie Donaldson says he is focusing on not getting carried away with the occasion as he prepares for his debut in the Ryder Cup this weekend.

Donaldson is the first Welshman since Philip Price in 2002 to make it into the European Team. Their opponents the USA have arrived at Gleneagles ahead of the Friday's opening rounds. Donaldson says he is just trying to to concentrate on the job in hand.

Animal centre 'inundated with cats' calls for new licensing laws

An animal rescue centre is calling for the introduction of a pet licensing law in Wales after being inundated with unwanted kittens.

The North Clwyd Animal Rescue Centre near Holywell, says it's facing a crisis because many owners are ignoring advice to get their cats neutered. Ian Lang reports.

Consultation launched over new tax body for Wales

Jane Hutt AM visited the National Library of Wales to view historic tax documents before launching a consultation on future taxation powers Credit: Welsh Government

Finance Minister Jane Hutt AM has launched a new consultation which will help Wales take its first steps in securing new tax powers under the Wales Bill.

The White Paper proposes the creation of the Welsh Revenue Authority, which will be responsible for the collection and management of Welsh taxes and also a Taxpayers' Charter.

This consultation seeks views to help us shape the new Welsh tax regime. Our approach will be to encourage and support people in the payment of taxes, but I am also seeking views on arrangements to deter tax evasion and avoidance.

Next year we will introduce legislation that will be the first Welsh tax legislation of modern times. Uniquely for the Welsh Government and National Assembly we will have the ability to develop taxes that are based on fairness - and which reflect the needs, circumstances and priorities of the people of Wales.

– Jane Hutt AM, Finance Minister

The consultation runs for 12 weeks and closes on 15th December. For more information visit the Welsh Government website.

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