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New 12-sided pound coin starts production

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The new 12-sided £1 coin has gone into production a year before it starts to reach people's pockets.

The coins have started rolling off the production line at a rate of more than 4,000 a minute as Chancellor George Osborne announced they will enter circulation in March 2017.

When the new coin is introduced, there will be a six-month crossover period when the current round pound coins and the new pound coins are both in circulation.

I am delighted that the Royal Mint are now producing the most secure circulating coin anywhere in the world.

With ground-breaking technology, developed in Wales, the new coin will help secure our economy and get rid of counterfeits.

In a year's time, the new coin, which will incorporate emblems from all four of our home nations, will line millions of pockets and purses around the UK

– George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer

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Welsh foodbanks on the rise

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Wales now has 157 foodbanks which support people at risk of not being able to feed themselves and their families compared to 16 in 1998.

The new statistics (data collected July 2015) come from a research project by Bangor University Social Sciences PhD student David Beck.

The research says Wales had six independent food banks between 1998-2010. But this grew by 616% in the next five years to July 2015, when 43 independent food banks were traced.

The Trussell Trust is the biggest provider. Its seven food banks grew to 36 during the same period. The Trust had three satellite foodbanks through till 2010, and now has 78: a 2,500% increase.

Bank service for people with 'life-threatening conditions' coming to Wales

A bank service for people affected by life-limiting or life-threatening conditions will be tested in North Wales.

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The specialist support service was first launched in October 2015 by Nationwide Building Society in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support.

The extended service will be rolled out to branches in North Wales and areas of north west and south west England.

The range of support could include mortgage payment holidays, reduction or removal of interest on the customer's credit card, or help with claiming on a critical illness policy.

Nationwide's specialist support service is proof that the banking industry has a vital role in helping to minimise the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis and other illness.

It's great the service is being expanded to help other vulnerable customers who will benefit from having specialist support.

– Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support
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10 things you can do to protect your identity

Worried about how to protect yourself from nuisance calls, spam text messages, emails, identity theft and online fraud?

Hacking, phishing scams and identity fraud are all on the rise. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Here's some advice from our experts:

  • Change your passwords regularly.
  • Use different passwords for different sites.
  • Use complicated passwords which do not consist of dictionary words - try remembering a sentence, use the first letters of each word and add something relevant to the site you are using. For Example; I Like Eating Ice Cream In The Sun ITV = ILEICITSitv - add numbers too if you like.
  • Try to limit the amount of information that you give. Use a nick name, use your dates with dates of birth unless it’s for legal reasons, just put a different date of birth in. Try to confuse the system.
  • Make sure you 'tick' or sometimes 'untick' those pesky boxes to make sure your details aren't passed on without you knowing.
  • Register with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) to stop all those unwanted calls and text messages. This is free and works for both mobiles and landlines - For more information visit: The Information Commissionner's Office website
  • Report any unwanted text messages and nuisance calls to the ICO - but do check their website as what constitutes 'something to complain about'.
  • Make sure any old devices are completely destroyed if you don't want them anymore.
  • If you do want to sell them on or give them to charity or a recycling company make sure you encrypt the phone before going ahead with the factory reset. And always consult an expert to make sure you are fully safe to pass on that device. - Data wiping companies can be found online.
  • Stay up to date with all the latest scams simply by visiting Get Safe Online and Action Fraud regularly.

People don’t have to be victims, they can actually take some control themselves.

They can make sure they are aware of what the scams are out there, they can put all the protection on their laptops, on their PCs on their tablets and on their mobile phones to make sure that they are not giving away to the criminals, the information that the criminals are going to use to defraud you.

– Tony Neate, CEO Get Safe Online

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