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Scotland votes in historic independence referendum

Voting on the Scottish independence referendum has got underway. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Referendum polling stations across Scotland have opened - allowing millions of Scots to decide to whether to go independent or remain part of the United Kingdom.

Voting closes at 10pm, with the results expected to be announced early tomorrow morning.

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'Under pressure' services given funding boost

Services that offer free advice in Wales are to get £2m worth of funding to help with the growing demand of people struggling to cope with the economic climate.

The Welsh Government announced the funding will be made available to organisations that give advice on welfare benefits, debt and housing and discrimination across Wales.

Citizens Advice Cymru will get a share of £390,000 for specialist discrimination advice Credit: PA

The main organisations to receive the funding are:

  • Citizens Advice Cymru
  • Shelter Cymru
  • Tenovus
  • Snap Cymru
  • Age Cymru

Free advice services provide a vital community lifeline to people facing the reality of harsh economic times. Additionally, our support is a key part of our commitment to tackle poverty.

It is vital help is available for people who need assistance with their benefit entitlements, with managing and repaying their debt, in situations where they may be at risk of losing their home or where they feel they are being treated unfairly at work or elsewhere.

– Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

New Cabinet Ministers officially sworn in

Leighton Andrews, the new Minister for Public Services, Rebecca Evans, the Deputy Minister for Farming and Food and Julie James the new Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology have been officially sworn in as Welsh Government Ministers. Julie James says she's looking forward to her new cabinet role

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