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People with hearing loss four times more likely to be unemployed

A leading charity has told ITV News that people with hearing loss are four times more likely to be unemployed.

Action on Hearing Loss, says not only are people finding it hard to get a job, they are also finding it difficult to be invited for an interview.

Watch Megan Boot's report:

23 year old Sam Lazenbury from Barry spent two years looking for work:

Sam Lazenbury Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The main source of support for people with hearing loss in employment, is through the UK Government. But the Welsh Government say they also offer support such as access to interpreters, tutors and specialists.

When you think that 1 in 6 of the welsh population has hearing loss - every family has someone in their family who has hearing loss and it tends to happen with age. The workforce in Wales is an ageing workforce so hearing loss is something we're going to have to get used to in our workplaces.

– Richard Williams, Action on Hearing Loss

In a statement the UK's Department for Work and Pensions told ITV Wales News the number of disabled people in work is increasing and a dedicated hearing loss advisory team is on hand to help job seekers.

Consultation begins over plans to close Newport bakery

A 45-day consultation has started for 150 workers at Newport's Avana Bakery.

The site in Rogerstone could close by the end of January.

A spokesperson said the bakery had become 'financially unsustainable, and Union officials told ITV News that finding a buyer is 'unlikely'.

This is not the first upheaval that workers at the bakery have faced - almost 400 jobs were lost at the site in 2014.


Aston Martin secures land for factory near Cardiff

Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

James Bond car maker Aston Martin has moved a step closer to opening a new factory in South Wales as the firm secured the land it will be built upon.

The luxury marque announced earlier this year it will build its new DBX model at a plant in St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan from 2020 following a worldwide search for a new manufacturing facility.

The development, as part of a £200 million investment, will be Aston Martin's second factory and will create an estimated 750 jobs at the plant and 1,000 jobs in the wider supply chain and local businesses.

ITV REPORT 24 February 2016 at 9:54am James Bond car maker Aston Martin to open Welsh factory Aston Martin DBX The luxury new DBX model will be built in Wales Credit: PA Wire

We are delighted that Aston Martin has chosen to locate its new manufacturing facility here in Wales and that the land sale is now complete.Aston Martin's move here is fantastic news for the Vale of Glamorgan and surrounding areas, and will provide a real boost to the local economy, resulting in thousands of high quality jobs both within Aston Martin and the wider supply chain.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister

Aston Martin choosing Wales sends a clear message to leading global companies around the world that Wales is open for business.We have created the ideal conditions for economic growth, which helped attract this unique and innovative car manufacturer to South Wales. Today's announcement reflects the excellent infrastructure, a world class talent pool and businesses that have the confidence to expand in Wales

– Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales

This is hugely welcome news for Wales and the Vale of Glamorgan and comes after the Conservative Government’s positive intervention and successful pitch to the company to build its DBX Concept car in St Athan.

By laying strong economic foundations, Conservatives have created an environment where prestigious companies such as Aston Martin are attracted to invest in Wales – and this is set to continue.

– Andrew RT Davies AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives
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