Live updates

Natural Resources Minister seeks 'Big Six' talks

Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant has written to the UK’s “Big Six” energy firms, along with the Co-operative Energy and First Utility, asking them to meet him to discuss how they can work more effectively with the Welsh Government to tackle fuel poverty.

30% of Welsh households 'are in fuel poverty' Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Welsh Government says almost a third of households in Wales are in fuel poverty.

"In Wales we have been successful in delivering multiple benefits through our energy efficiency programmes, such as Arbed, including jobs, wider community benefits, training and advice for residents.

Our additional investment for the next financial year is £35m. I want the energy companies to see how effective our approach in Wales is and discuss how working together we can maximise the amount.. they invest in these schemes in Wales."

– Carl Sargeant, Natural Resources Minister

Advertisement

Childcare costs rise in Wales

Credit: ITV News

Parents in Wales are paying, on average, just over 1 hundred and 3 pounds a week to have their child, aged under 2, in a nursery.

The Family and Childcare Trust also says, last year, the cost was up by a third on the previous 12 months.

For a child aged 2 and over the cost is around a pound less.

Praise for Llandudno Station revamp

Artist's impression Credit: Network Rail

The multi-million pounds refurbishment of Llandudno railway station is earning praise.

A report by the Welsh Government and Network Rail says the project, which delivered new frontage, improved access, ticket office, and customer information systems has enhanced the environment and the perception of safety and security.

It also says step free access and dedicated changing facilities have been highlighted as best practice for other station modernisation projects

Trains provide a vital link to jobs and services to many people, which is why I want to see improved accessibility at railway stations across Wales. Our Station Improvement Programme targets a number of stations where access can be significantly enhanced. This report highlights the good work that has been done at Llandudno and where improvements can be made to help plan similar future works.

– Edwina Hart AM, Transport Minister

Advertisement

'Save £200 by switching suppliers'

Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

The UK Government says 650,000 households across Wales are missing out on their share of £130 million by sticking with their energy company.

It says by shopping around and taking advantage of the best energy deals on the market, millions of people can save around £200 - and some can save even more.

The ‘Power to Switch’ campaign, launched today, encourages people to switch supplier and save money by visiting www.BeAnEnergyShopper.com

There are 26 energy companies on the market and some fixed deals are £100 cheaper than they were a year ago.

We need to shout loud about the benefits of switching tariff. Too many people think energy firms are ‘all the same’. That’s far from true, there are huge differences on both price and customer service.

The worry is that news of recent price cuts, even though they were paltry, will have given many false confidence that they’re on a decent deal. Examine the figures and the ugly truth is very different.

– Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert

Cardiff one of UK's most 'energy savvy' cities

37% surveyed in Cardiff said they'd like to make energy saving a priority - the highest percentage recorded outside London Credit: PA

People from Cardiff are among the most energy savvy in Britain, according to the latest research from British Gas.

Over half of those surveyed said they try to save energy in their home, with 87% saying they would change their energy habits if it meant making savings on their bills.

The poll also showed people in the capital are taking more steps to save their energy, with over a third knowing about smart meters - more than 15,000 of which have already been installed in the city.

Water bills in Wales to fall by £5 in 2015

The company supplies 1.3 million households across Wales Credit: PA

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water customers can expect to see their average household bills fall by £5 this year, as the company announced plans to keep prices below inflation for the sixth year running.

It says the below inflation rate increase is thanks to its 'unique non-shareholder model' and customers could see lower price increases up until 2020.

At the same time, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water has announced it's to invest £1.5 billion improving services and protecting the environment.

This is good news for most customers and reflects the fact their views have had more influence than ever before on the price and services they expect from Dwr Cymru Welsh Water.

However we know many low income households are already struggling to pay their water bill or in debt and we will continue to challenge the company to ensure those vulnerable customers get the support they need.

– Diane McCrea, Chair, CCWater's Wales Committee

Tesco to close three supermarkets in Wales

Tesco says it's to close three supermarkets in Wales at Wrexham, Caerphilly and Tredegar. It says around 135 jobs will be lost.

Credit: PA

A spokesperson told ITV Cymru Wales that 65 jobs would go at the Dodds Lane store in Wrexham and the other 70 in the two Valleys stores.

Earlier this month Tesco announced 43 stores around the UK were facing closure due to not being profitable. The retailer's sales have fallen. Head office jobs will also see cuts as Tesco cuts overheads by 30%.

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that, Wrexham Dodds Lane Superstore, Caerphilly Metro and Tredegar Express are amongst the 43 we plan to close. The decision to close the stores has been exceptionally difficult to take. I recognise it will affect many hard working colleagues, our customers and the local community.

– Dave Lewis, Tesco CEO
Load more updates