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Free advice services get £2.2m

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Frontline advice services which help vulnerable people across Wales will receive £2,187,000 of additional funding.

The grant funding will enable Citizens Advice Cymru, Shelter Cymru, SNAP Cymru, Age Cymru and Tenovus Cancer Care to offer free advice on a range of issues.

They include cancer support, housing, employment and debt.

"When people are struggling with ill-health, debt, unemployment or housing problems, sound advice and a helping hand can really help get their lives back on track"

– Lesley Griffiths AM, Communities Minister


Wales This Week catch-up: Food For Thought

Does the produce we make in Wales get the backing it deserves? And what can be done to protect against the supermarkets? Wales This Week Investigates Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The food and drink industry is Wales’ biggest employer - but as supermarkets slash contracts and spark widespread redundancies, what can be done to boost Brand Wales?

Wales This Week "Food For Thought" is now available to watch online at


Community groups could take over public facilities

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The Welsh Government is considering Wales-specific law to help communities bid for, own and run assets transferred from the public and private sectors.

They would include facilities like halls, churches, playing fields, pubs and post offices.

It says developing a bespoke law would mean the maximum flexibility to suit the specific needs of Welsh communities.

People across Wales are encouraged to have their say on the plan.

Community halls, playing fields and post offices all play a central role in providing crucial services and keeping people connected in our communities. However, the current challenging financial climate has placed great pressure on such facilities.

When buildings and services which are working well and are important to the community are at risk of closure, we want to enable communities to take over ownership. This will not only ensure these key services continue, but also create jobs and skills opportunities for local people.

– Lesley Griffiths AM, Communities Minister

Bid to stop noisy snoring on trains

Rail passengers are being given nasal strips to stop them snoring on First Great Western trains.

Sixty per cent of passengers say snoring's a problem. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Research for the company has revealed snoring is high on the list of annoying things passengers do on trains, with sixty per cent saying it's a problem.

Only one in five passengers say they feel comfortable waking up a person snoring near them.

This week is national Stop Snoring Week, with health officials saying it affects fifteen million people in the UK.

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