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Public consultation on Wylfa power station begins

Horizon Nuclear Power, the company established to develop the new nuclear power station at Wylfa on Anglesey, has today set out how people can have their say on building plans.

The talks will pave the way for weeks of future consultation on building plans. Credit: ITV Wales News

The first phase of public consultation begins later, paving the way for a further ten weeks of talks regarding the proposed multi-billion pound Wylfa Newydd power station.

It is crucial that people have the opportunity to have their say on our proposals. Wylfa Newydd is a major investment in the region and brings with it a wide range of benefits, from the economic to the educational, so we want to encourage people to take the time to get involved and understand what the project means for them, for the local area, and for Wales and the UK more widely.

– Alan Raymant, Horizon Chief Operating Officer

Thousands find work in Wales thanks to programme

Over 12,000 young people across Wales have managed to find work thanks to a Welsh Government programme.

Thousands have found work thanks to the programme. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Jobs Growth Wales began in April 2012 and provides unemployed people aged 16-24 with a job opportunity for 6 months.

Today's statistics show that almost 8 out of 10 Job Growth Wales opportunities have been taken up in the private sector and that after the six month programme, 83% of participants moved into sustained employment, an apprenticeship or further learning.

"It's very encouraging that so many employers in the private sector see how they can benefit by taking on young employees. Many young people finishing their six month's opportunity with a private sector employer go on to a full-time job or apprenticeship with them."

– Julie James, Deputy Skills and Technology Minister

Consultation launched over new tax body for Wales

Jane Hutt AM visited the National Library of Wales to view historic tax documents before launching a consultation on future taxation powers Credit: Welsh Government

Finance Minister Jane Hutt AM has launched a new consultation which will help Wales take its first steps in securing new tax powers under the Wales Bill.

The White Paper proposes the creation of the Welsh Revenue Authority, which will be responsible for the collection and management of Welsh taxes and also a Taxpayers' Charter.

This consultation seeks views to help us shape the new Welsh tax regime. Our approach will be to encourage and support people in the payment of taxes, but I am also seeking views on arrangements to deter tax evasion and avoidance.

Next year we will introduce legislation that will be the first Welsh tax legislation of modern times. Uniquely for the Welsh Government and National Assembly we will have the ability to develop taxes that are based on fairness - and which reflect the needs, circumstances and priorities of the people of Wales.

– Jane Hutt AM, Finance Minister

The consultation runs for 12 weeks and closes on 15th December. For more information visit the Welsh Government website.

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Council switches off street lights in Monmouthshire

Monmouthshire County Council is to switch off its street lights between midnight and 5am as part of a money-saving exercise.

The lights will be turned off from midnight tonight, affecting residential areas in Chepstow.

It is part of a wider initiative for the council to save £9m from its budget this financial year.

It has led to criticism from many locals, who fear turning off the lights will lead to a rise in road accidents.

But the council has defended its decision, claiming the cuts are unavoidable.

The scale of cuts for this year was such that we can't avoid making savings that could impact on the communities we serve. I understand entirely that many people won't like the idea of streetlights being turned off. But we have limited the hours when this will happen and I'm confident that we have done what we can to minimise the impact.

– Cllr Bryan Jones, Monmouthshire County Council
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