With exactly half the seats in the Assembly, Labour needs at least one of the other parties to support its budget or abstain.
The so-called 'supertoy' is the brainchild of an Aberdare entrepreneur and is set to go into production following an online funding drive.
Gareth Wyn Jones has been given an award by the National Farmers' Union for his regular farming updates on Twitter.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats are setting out a series of ideas which they say would encourage more young people to consider taking up apprenticeships.
- A schools liaison programme to boost the image of apprenticeships
- Apprentice Ambassador scheme
- Competitions to celebrate skills
- University-style application process including clearing
- A single information, application and support system
Business spokesperson Eluned Parrott said:
– Eluned Parrott AM, Welsh Liberal Democrats
Unless these practical issues are addressed, apprenticeships will continue to be viewed as a secondary (or even tertiary) route for young people at post-16 level, with university and entering the workplace without formal training taking precedence.
We want young people to know they have a range of positive options on leaving school that will open up rewarding careers – be that through university or skills-based learning. The Welsh Liberal Democrats want to build a stronger economy in a fairer society.
Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies says a revitalised right-to-buy scheme would help make more affordable houses available to would-be homeowners. But he said it should be changed so that a new home should be built with the proceeds of every sale to tenants.
People who have been social housing tenants for more than five years have the right to buy their homes and get a discount of up to £16,000 on the value depending on how long they've lived in it.
Councils can apply to the Welsh Government to suspend the right to buy for up to five years in areas where there is a shortage of affordable housing.
Welsh Water says half year profits are up from £25 million to £32 million.
It says there'll be a below inflation rise on bills next April for the fifth consecutive year.
The not-for-profit company says it has invested £178 million in capital projects and infrastructure in the six months to September.
Welsh Liberal Democrats are to set out a series of steps aimed at encouraging more young people to take up apprenticeships. They're say the numbers on apprenticeship placements fell by a third between 2006 and 2011 and accuse the Welsh Government of failing to do enough to reverse the fall.
The Welsh Conservative plans to boost affordable housing focuses on three proposals:
- Build More Houses by cutting red tape and shaking up the planning system
- Improve Right to Buy scheme with a 'one for one' policy so that for every home sold to tenants, another affordable home must be built.
- Bring more empty homes back into use
Welsh Conservatives are to set out a series of proposals to boost the number of affordable homes available in Wales. They accuse the Welsh Government of not doing enough to make it easier to build and to buy affordable homes.
The document called 'A Vision for Welsh Housing' will be launched at a construction site in Caerphilly.
Shadow Welsh Secretary, Owen Smith, has accused Swalec owner SSE of 'spin' by claiming to have reported a £150m loss. He criticised the energy group for 'selling its own product to itself,' a reference to its wholesale and retail divisions.
No matter how hard SSE spin by highlighting a £150m loss in its retail arm, the reality is the company’s overall profit came in at around £350m. The attempt to plead poverty will fall on deaf ears in Wales, where we already have the highest energy bills of anywhere in the UK.
SSE’s profits of £350m have allowed it to give shareholders inflation-busting pay-outs while customers face inflation-busting price hikes. It can only do this because it operates in a flawed market. The group sells its own product to itself and hasn’t got enough serious competition.
– Owen Smith MP, Shadow Welsh Secretary
A long-term solution is to reform the energy market, which a Labour Government will tackle head on. But we also need a short-term answer to sky-high prices. That’s why Labour is calling on David Cameron to freeze energy prices and address the cost of living crisis facing families across the country.
The group managing director of SSE's retail business, which owns Swalec, has defended the level of the company's dividend payments to shareholders, while raising prices for consumers.
It comes as the energy giant announces a £115.4m loss in its retail supply business during the six months to 30 September, compared with a £48.3 million operating profit a year earlier.
Will Morris, group managing director of SSE's retail business, said: "Some politicians and media commentators have claimed recently that we value our shareholders more than our customers.
"Or to put it another way, we're focussed on paying them a dividend on their shares, regardless of what that means for our customers.
"Nothing could be further from the truth."
He added: "Without the investment made by shareholders, we couldn't afford to build the infrastructure or buy the equipment needed to deliver what customers need."
Energy giant SSE, which owns Swalec, has revealed it made a loss of £115.4 million in its retail supply business, just weeks after announcing a hike in household bills.
The company insisted it was battling "difficult" energy market conditions.
The group, which has more than nine million customers and is the UK's second largest generator of electricity, blamed the performance on rising costs of wholesale energy, environmental and social policies and distribution.
Its overall underlying group profits fell 11.7% to £354 million in the six months to September 30.
The first half loss in its retail supply arm compares with a £48.3 million operating profit a year earlier.
SSE was the first of the major suppliers to announce a tariff rise, saying last month that it would lift prices by an average of 8.2% from Friday.
The Welsh retail sector is on the rise due to a growing demand in commercial properties. Chartered surveyors are reporting the highest demand since 2002.
The Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors says the improvement in the market is reflective of an increased trend in high street spending.
Ben Collins, Director RICS Wales said: "**The pick-up in the desire to occupy retail space is broadly reflective of the improved trend in high street spending.
"That does not, however, mean that the big challenges facing the sector have disappeared. Rent expectations are still largely down across Wales and we do not expect this to change in the near future."