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Welsh Water says it's keeping prices below inflation

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Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water says the average household bill will remain unchanged compared to last year.

It says it makes it the seventh consecutive year that the average household bill be below the rate of RPI inflation. The not-for-profit company serves customers in most of Wales, Herefordshire and parts of Deeside.

The average household bill for 2016 will be £438 from April.

Conceived on Anglesey: Land Rover Defender production ends today

The Land Rover Defender has been in production for nearly 70 years. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

When Maurice Wilks, Rover's Chief Designer, penned the design for the Land Rover in 1947 he probably didn't think he would be responsible for a motoring icon.

He wanted an agricultural version of the highly successful American-built Willis Jeep used throughout the Second World War.

He'd used a Jeep on his farm on Anglesey and so designed the Series 1 Land Rover at Red Wharf Bay.

The body was made from an aluminium alloy called Birmabright because steel was in short supply after the war.

Production started in Solihull in 1948 and was meant to last just a few years but 68 years and many versions later it finally reaches the end of the road.

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Swalec announces 5.3% average gas price cut

Energy giant SSE, which owns the Welsh energy supplier Swalec, has announced that standard gas prices will be cut by 5.3%.

SSE said the reduction will take effect on March 29th Credit: PA

It's the latest move by a Big Six Supplier to reduce tariffs, a week after rival E.ON announced it was lowering gas prices by 5.1% from February 1st.

SSE said the reduction will take effect on March 29th and will save household gas customers an average of £32 per year.

The cut was praised by Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd as a "step in the right direction". But Martin Lewis, founder of Money Saving Expert, branded the reduction as "trivial", describing it as "nothing close to the drop in wholesale prices".

Could this advert persuade you to holiday in Wales?

Millions of TV viewers watching Coronation Street tonight will be shown the latest advert to encourage people to holiday in Wales.

This £4m campaign will also be shown in cinemas in the UK, across Ireland an, for the first time, in Germany.

The Welsh Government says the aim of the first advert in 2016 is to position Wales as "a leading destination for outdoor adventure and use our iconic destinations to inspire people to explore what our country has to offer".

More: Welsh locations star in campaign to celebrate Wales' Year of Adventure

UK visitors to Wales 'down by almost a fifth'

Wales is famed for its castles including Manorbier. Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/PA Images

A survey says 68 million visits to Wales were made by British residents between January and November last year.

But that's down by 19% compared with 2014. The Great Britain Day Visits Survey also says the trips generated almost £2.5bn.

The average spend per day trip was £35.84.

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