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Assembly Members' pay rise to cost £700,000 a year

Welsh Assembly Members will receive a £10,000 pay rise after next year's election - taking a basic salary to £64,000.

The panel which decided the pay hike justified the new salaries by saying Senedd politicians were taking on more responsibilities than ever before.

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Assembly members have voiced their own unease at the plans - which come during a time of continued cuts to public spending and the squeeze on taxpayers' budgets.

The pay increase is expected to cost taxpayers about £700,000 more next year.

First Minister and Labour AM Carwyn Jones said he could not see how his party would support the increase. Under the scheme, Mr Jones' pay will increase to £140,000 while his cabinet members will receive £100,000.

'Prolific' bicycle thief banned from city centre

A prolific thief has been sent to prison for 20 weeks and banned from Cardiff city centre.

Eames is banned from the city centre unless he's going to the Job centre. Credit: South Wales Police

Lee Eames, 37, of Cardiff was jailed for theft of a bicycle and breaching a Community Order. On his release Eames will be banned from entering Cardiff city centre unless he has a job centre appointment.

Police also say he's not to be seen with a bike - unless he has registered it with them.

Eames is responsible for a high number of cycle thefts in central Cardiff and by issuing the three year CBO cyclists should be able to lock the bikes up knowing that one of our key offenders is behind bars.

– Police Constable Lia Jones

Appeal for drivers on night of dad's murder

Police are appealing for the occupants of two vehicles, seen on the night a grandad was murdered in Tonypandy, to come forward.

Wayne Letherby was assaulted outside the De Winton pub. Credit: South Wales Police / Family photo

Wayne Letherby died following an assault on Friday 17th April. Police want to identify the occupants of two vehicles that drove through De Winton Street, where the incident took place – outside the De Winton pub.

This car travelled down De Winton Street at the time of the assault. Credit: South Wales Police

Police one was an similar to a Ford Focus estate, the other a small white van. The van passed the De Winton Pub as the disturbance was taking place Police believe the occupants could have witnessed the and have valuable information.

The van passed the incident outside the Tonypandy pub say police. Credit: South Wales Police

Police say if you recognise these vehicles, or were the occupants, contact them via 101 – or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

'Score on the door' for hospital's food is just 1

Wales’s biggest health board has been told a “major improvement is necessary” after getting a food hygiene rating of only one, out of five, at a community hospital.

Denbigh Infirmary in north Wales got a score of 1 out of 5.

An inspection at Denbigh Infirmary in north Wales found that major improvement was needed in the system:

to ensure that food sold or served is safe to eat, evidence that staff know about food safety, and the food safety officer has confidence that standards will be maintained in future.

– Inspector's report

The rating is even worse than those of two for the major Glan Clwyd Hospital, near Rhyl, also run by Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board.


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