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SWALEC owner freezes prices

The price freeze will last until January 2016. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The owner of SWALEC, SSE, is to freeze household gas and electricity prices.

The group is also carrying out a "legal separation" of its wholesale arm - which includes energy production and storage - from its retail division which sells energy to homes and businesses.

The announcements come as SSE says it's shedding 500 jobs as part of a cost-cutting programme.


Unemployed tackling fires in 'Lift' pilot scheme

Members of the Lift programme taking part in a pilot scheme at Tredegar Fire Station Credit: ITV News/Sarah Hibbard

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is among the organisations taking part in the 'Lift' programme. A six-week pilot has been running at Tredegar Fire Station involving unemployed people aged between 17 and 29.

All the participants are from workless households identified by Blaenau Gwent Communities First. Credit: ITV News/Sarah Hibbard

Welsh Government: 'we have to find the right opportunities'

We have a clear aim of helping some of the most hard to reach people in our society to find work and improve their life chances. These are often individuals who for a long time have not been in any form of employment or training. Some may have a long history of unemployment in their family. We will provide one-to-one advice and help through our new Lift employment brokers to make sure we are doing all we can to find the right opportunities."

– Jeff Cuthbert, Communities & Tackling Poverty Minister

5,000 work and training places for jobless households

The placements are part of plans to tackle poverty in Wales

Households in Wales where no adult is working are to be offered work and training under a new scheme launched today.

A programme introduced by the Welsh Government will provide 5,000 opportunities as part of its plan to tackle poverty in Wales.

The scheme is not aimed at those who are temporarily out of work, but will focus on those who face the greatest barriers to becoming employed and may have spent more than six months out of work or training.

First Minister insists UK Government should pay for Valley Lines electrification

The First Minister has repeated his insistence that the UK Government should pay for the electrification of the South Wales Valleys Lines. Opponents and ministers in London say there was an agreement on sharing the costs.

But during First Minister's Questions in the Senedd, Carwyn Jones said comments by senior UK Government figures amounted to promises to pay the full bill.


120 manufacturing jobs to be created in Newport

One hundred and twenty jobs are to be created at the former Rowecord site in Newport, with steel company AIC Steel investing in a new manufacturing facility in the area.

The Rowecord plant went into administration in April 2013, making 430 people redundant. Some of those to be employed by AIC will be those who lost their jobs last year:

We chose Newport as our manufacturing hub as it has a culture thats supports heavy industry and a skilled local workforce. There is a good supplier infrastructure in south Wales that we can tap into, and the port will be integral to our export activity"

– Michael Treacy, CEO of AIC Steel UK

Life sciences network among three launching today

The discovery of new drugs and development of new treatments will form the basis for a new science network launching today. One of three, the life sciences and health network, based at Cardiff University will work on areas that have unmet medical need.

A new network launching today will look into the development of new drugs Credit: PA

Another area to be looked at will be the growing needs of society, such as the need for food. The network will carry out research into the relationships between land, water, the provision of food and energy production.

The network is one of three Ser Cymru National Research Networks for Wales launching today. They are funded by £7m from the Welsh Government and are designed attract more scientific research business to the country.

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