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Neil McEvoy AM returns to Plaid Cymru group.

Neil McEvoy AM has been restored to the Plaid Cymru Assembly group. He was temporarily suspended after an Adjudication Panel found he'd bullied a Cardiff Council employee in his role as a Cardiff councillor. Mr McEvoy was suspended as a councillor for a month but denies any wrongdoing snd has in the past indicated he intends to appeal.

A Plaid Cymru spokesperson said: “The Plaid Cymru group has agreed to restore the whip to South Wales Central AM Neil McEvoy. It follows a statement from Mr McEvoy relating to the recent Adjudication Panel ruling.”

In a statement Mr McEvoy said:

‘I have reflected on the judgment of the Adjudication Panel. I stand by my actions in defending a single mother and daughter facing an unnecessary eviction. I maintain that my comment was not directed at the Council officer, but I acknowledge that she has said that my comment caused distress and for that I apologise. The complaint was later made by a Labour councillor, and I maintain that the complaint against me was politically motivated. I am exploring with my legal team seeking leave from the High Court for judicial review of the Adjudication Panel’s decision. I will respect the verdict of that appeal.’

– Neil McEvoy AM

Cardiff council due to discuss budget cuts

Local authorities across Wales are facing budget cuts Credit: ITV Wales News

Wales' biggest council will meet today to decide how millions of pounds of savings will be made to its budget.

Last week, Cardiff council's cabinet approved a report which looked to save almost £50m from its budget for the coming financial year.

The report includes proposals which would cut the equivalent of around 600 jobs and raise council tax by nearly 4%.

The council may face cuts of around £120m over the next three years.

Earlier this week, Powys County Council postponed their decision until March.


Cardiff councillors' plan to tackle street prostitution

Cardiff councillors will discuss today how they can tackle street prostitution and move sex workers away from residential areas of the city.

The 12 point plan includes appointing a manager to co-ordinate work on tackling the city's sex worker problem and creating safe zones for them to work in. The report to be considered by cabinet this afternoon will also look at the problem of trafficking.

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Children's home: Audit Committee to conduct review

A children's home that cost Cardiff Council more than £1.5m has been found 'not suitable' for purpose.

The Thornhill Road site was meant to be a home for up to eight teenagers - but it didn't even stay open for a year.

The union Unison has described the project as a "complete disaster from the start."

The matter has now been formally referred to the Audit Committee for a full review.

Council 'actively considering' home's future

Cardiff Council says supporting and protecting the city's most vulnerable young people remains its "absolute priority" as it looks into the situation surrounding the John Kane Unit.

The new administration is determined to get to the bottom of the situation regarding Thornhill Road Children's Home and the matter has been formally referred to the Audit Committee for a full review

It appears that the design and layout of the home is not conducive to delivering the type of residential experience Cardiff wishes to offer its looked after children. Questions therefore need to be answered about how a brand new purpose built facility is not suitable for the purpose for which it was built and whether the Council will be able to recover any of its costs.

In the meantime we are actively considering the long term use of the building and how best it can be used to benefit children and young people. Supporting and protecting Cardiff's most vulnerable young people remains the Council's absolute priority.

– A Cardiff Council spokesperson

The council says that while the home has not housed any children or young people since the end of 2011, it has been used to the benefit of "looked after children" on a day to day basis, as well as providing services to parents and families.


Cardiff Council workers demonstrate over planned cuts

Cardiff Council workers have taken to the streets to demonstrate against plans for millions of pounds of cuts to services.

The authority - Wales' largest - is trying to save £22m to balance its books, but campaigners say the cuts will cost 300 jobs and put extra pressure on the support being given to some of the most vulnerable people in the community.

The cuts are similar to those being planned in countries right across Wales - as our business correspondent Carole Green reports.

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