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Bus services: Get in touch with your views

Two councils have been given money to help improve public transport. The Vale of Glamorgan and Ceredigion councils will trial new ways to co-ordinate bus and community transport services, particularly in rural areas.

We want to know what bus services are like in your area. You can get in touch in the following ways:

  • Twitter: @itvwales
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  • Email: wales@itv.com

Opinions divided over new public transport trials

A Welsh Government scheme to support public transport has been described as 'little more than a sticking plaster' by the tory opposition.

The Vale of Glamorgan and Ceredigion councils are getting £100,000 each to test new ways to co-ordinate buses, community transport and local authority services. But the move comes against a background of service cuts in several areas, as Alexandra Lodge explains.

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Bus services: Your views

Two pilot schemes have been announced to help find better ways to deliver public transport. The schemes, in the Vale of Glamorgan and Ceredigion, aim to improve access to jobs and services, particularly in rural areas.

You've been getting in touch with your views about the bus services in your area:

There are plenty of buses, but its the times of buses and trains. Sometimes you cant go anywhere at certain times.

– Daniel Matthew from Conwy on Facebook

We need more buses in the Llantwit Major and Llanmaes area!

– Courtney Watkins on Facebook

Services in Pontypridd and surrounding areas are very reliable and all of the drivers are pleasant.

– Chris Whiles from Pontypridd on Facebook

Children's holiday camp in Prestatyn to close

Salford Childrens holiday camp in Prestatyn has closed with immediate effect, despite a campaign to save it.

The management committee said it was a difficult decision to have to make, but that they simply couldn't afford to keep it open.

The holiday camp will close with immediate effect

The camp has been providing holidays for under privileged children for almost 90 years.

Bus services: We want your views

Two councils have been given money to help improve public transport. The Vale of Glamorgan and Ceredigion councils will trial new ways to co-ordinate bus and community transport services, particularly in rural areas.

We want to know what bus services are like in your area. You can get in touch in the following ways:

  • Twitter: @itvwales
  • Facebook
  • Email: wales@itv.com

Councils to trial new bus services in rural areas

The Vale of Glamorgan and Ceredigion will each receive £100,000 Credit: PA

More money is being given to two local authorities to trial new and more efficient methods of delivering public transport in order to improve access to jobs and services.

The Vale of Glamorgan council and Ceredigion council will each receive £100,000 from the Welsh Governent to test better, more efficient ways to co-ordinate conventional bus services , community transport and local authority services.

A further element of the pilots will evaluate the costs and benefits of discounted travel for young people to access jobs and training. The trials will run for a year.

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UK Government urged to act over benefit payments

The UK Government has been urged to act after it emerged thousands of people in Wales with serious conditions like cancer are facing unprecented delays in getting the vital assessment they need to qualify for financial help. Some patients died before they were even seen.

One Welsh MP has described it as a scandal of national proportions. Today the head of the company responsible promised improvements to the recently introduced Personal Independence Payments, which are replacing the Disability Living Allowance.

Ian Lang has been speaking to one woman from North Wales with cancer, who says she's been left devastated by the delays.

Welsh MPs call for action over benefit payments

Welsh MPs have urged the Government to take action over the company responsible for assessing thousands of terminally ill people across Wales, after unprecedented delays meant some patients died before they were even seen.

Susan Elan Jones MP led the debate in Westminster Hall Credit: ITV News Wales

Welsh MPs criticised Capita, the company contracted to carry out assessments under the recently introduced personal independence payment system, calling the backlog of medical assessments which have left some claimants struggling financially, "a scandal of national proportions".

Labour MP Susan Elan Jones said: "It's very clear from Capita's handling of PIP assessments that they are not the right company for the job."

Earlier, Stephen Duckworth, the Chief Executive of Capita Personal Independence Payments, apologised and said that there has been recent investment in the system to help make improvements.

Shopping addict: Spending money was a 'buzz'

Shopping addict Vicki Appleton says spending money gave her a "real buzz".

Speaking on ITV's This Morning programme, the mother-of-one from Cardiff said her obsessive shopping started when she was just a teenager.

In the years that followed the 29-year-old managed to rack up a bill of over £200,000, including spending £25,000 on a round the world trip.

Dr Dave Barker, a consultant forensic psychiatrist at the Priory Group talks to ITV News about how to spot the signs of someone with a shopping addiction.

UK Government says PIP payments will be back-dated

The Department of Work and Pensions says people who may have missed out on their Personal Independence Payments will have their payments back-dated.

It's after criticism from Welsh MP, Susan Elan Jones, who says there have been unacceptable delays in assessing whether people are eligible for the benefits.

PIP is a completely new benefit with a face-to-face assessment and regular reviews to ensure support goes to those who need it most. In some cases the end-to-end claims process is taking longer than the old system of Disability Living Allowance, which relied on a self-assessment form. We are working with providers to ensure that all the steps in the process are as smooth as they can be and the benefit is back-dated so no one is left out of pocket.

– Department of Work and Pensions
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