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Dwr Cymru Welsh Water 'delivers £123m investment'

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Dwr Cymru Welsh Water has announced its half-year results.

The not-for-profit company says it's delivered £123 million of investment in the six months to September.

It has over 3 million customers across much of Wales, Herefordshire and parts of Deeside.

We have continued to invest significantly in our services in recent months to achieve industry-leading levels of customer satisfaction and trust. With our vision to earn the trust of our customers every day, our only focus is making decisions that always benefit customers and ensure value for money for customers now and for years to come. Our latest investment ensures that we can continue to deliver the most essential of public services whilst we have a real lasting impact on the communities we serve

– Chris Jones, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Chief Executive


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Welsh farm workers to get 6% rise

The Welsh Government is using powers it gained after a legal battle with the UK government to increase minimum wages for farm workers by 6%. It's their first increase since 2012 and means that most farm workers, on the standard grade, will see their hourly rate go up from £6.96 an hour to £7.38.

The minimum rate will be £6.72 -that's 2p more than the National Living Wage, which the UK government will introduce next year. The top rate, the minimum for farm managers, will go up from £9.40 an hour to £9.96.

[It] recognises the unique nature of agricultural work ... rewards skills and qualifications ... underpins the Welsh Government’s vision of a modern, professional and profitable agriculture industry in Wales, and the importance of having well-motivated,well-trained and appropriately remunerated workers.

– Deputy minister for Farming Rebecca Evans AM

The old pay rates were set for England and Wales under legislation that was repealed by the UK government, prompting the Welsh Government to introduce a Wales-only law. That led to a legal battle in the Supreme Court, which gave a landmark ruling on the extent of devolved powers.

The draft Wales Bill proposed by the Welsh Secretary, Stephen Crabb, specifically preserves the devolved power over agricultural wages. The Assembly's Presiding officer, Dame Rosemary Butler, has warned that it would prevent similar Wales-only legislation for workers in other areas, such as the care sector, for which the Welsh Government is responsible.

Campaigners buy Crickhowell pub

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Campaigners say a deal's been reached with the owners of a former pub in Crickhowell High Street amid fears a supermarket could be built on the site.

The Corn Exchange will now be sold to nearly 180 local people. They say the sale's been approved by the board of Punch Taverns Ltd – and the campaigners now have eight weeks to exchange contracts.

After that, they will have six months to gain planning approval for their preferred use of flats above small shops.


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