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Proposals to change student funding accepted

A change in the way student funding works in Wales has been announced.

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Independent proposals for students to receive the equivalent of the National Living Wage during term time have been accepted by Welsh Lib Dem Education Secretary Kirsty Williams.

It means the average Welsh student could receive up to £7,000 a year in grant support - which will also be available for part-time students - from September 2018. The Lib Dems say it is a "radical" change.

“Far too many students are struggling to make ends meet. I’m proud that the Welsh Lib Dems not only listened to students by putting living costs front and centre of this debate, but that we’re now using our influence to deliver on our promise to students in May."

– Cadan ap Tomos, the Welsh Liberal Democrat spokesperson.

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Law to make Welsh councils share services "as soon as possible"

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A new law to compel the 22 Welsh local authorities to share services rather than try to do everything themselves will be passed as soon as possible, the First Minister has told AMs. The Welsh government has abandoned plans to cut the number of councils but wants to see much more co-operation.

We will have to change the law to force local authorities to work together. Legislation will be placed before the Assembly as soon as possible.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM

Carwyn Jones told AMs on an Assembly scrutiny committee that education consortia, where councils co-operate in providing support to schools, were working well.

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