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Budget deal's extra £223 million for Lib Dem priorities

The Welsh Government has struck a deal with the Liberal Democrats to secure its budgets until the next assembly election. The agreement, worth £223 million over two years, includes further increases in the grant paid to schools for pupils from deprived backgrounds and will also see the introduction of concessionary travel for 16-18 year olds from September 2015.

There are also a series of pledges on transport, including money for the completion of the Cardiff ring road and a new bridge across the Dyfi at Machynlleth. There will also be a fresh attempt by the Welsh Government to reach agreement with the UK Department of Transport on building the cross-border Llanymynech bypass.

The Lib Dems oppose the planned M4 relief motorway around Newport but have agreed that a contract will be let for design work prior to an environmental assessment and a public inquiry. Construction work will not start before the 2016 Assembly election. The agreement does not mention health, which Labour ministers have identified as a priority. The Liberal Democrats say that if they had felt greater priority was needed, they would have raised it.


Plaid Cymru: Care home concerns must be investigated

It is 'important' that concerns about the way care homes are run are investigated, according to Plaid Cymru.

It's after a Freedom of Information request revealed there has been a sharp increase in complaints against Welsh care and nursing homes in the last year.

People, whether residents, relatives or social services professions, must be prepared to report any worries they have. There may be nothing in them but on the other hand there could be serious incidents of mistreatment, something which has been highlighted at homes in England.

The Assembly health committee's inquiry into the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales revealed serious governance concerns about that organisation so we also need to be assured that the Care and Social Services Inspectorate is fit for purpose.

– Lindsay Whittle AM, Plaid Cymru's Social Services Spokesperson

Further speculation over manager role as Cardiff City take on Brighton

Former Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade is rumoured to be taking the role Credit: PA

Cardiff City go into their game against Brighton tonight with Danny Gabbidon and Scott Young still in temporary charge, despite on going speculation that former Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade could take the job permanently.

The Bluebirds travel to Brighton after beating Sheffield Wednesday over the weekend.

Wales goes online with launch of new domain name

The new domain names will be launched later today. Credit: PA

From today businesses, communities, organisations and individuals will be able to launch their websites with the new domain name '.wales' or '.cymru'.

The launch follows a three month consultation in December 2012 which showed a backing to introduce an online identity in Wales.

First Minister, Carwyn Jones, and Dame Rosemary Butler AM will host an event to mark the launch of the domain names at the Senedd later today.

The National Eisteddfod, Welsh broadcaster S4C and the National Assembly for Wales are among some of the first organisations to switch to the new domain.


Concerns raised after rise in number of care home complaints

Concerns have been raised over a 95 per cent increase in complaints against Welsh care homes in the last year.

Swansea received the highest amounts of complaints against care home. Credit: PA

The figures come after a Freedom of Information Act request by Plaid Cymru revealed complaints have gone up from 741 in 2012-13 to 1447 in 2013-14.

The complaints recorded included worries about neglect, quality of life, attitude and respect to physical and financial issues.

The Care and Social Services Inspectorate in Wales says changes in the way complaints are reported has made it easier for people to raise their concerns.

We have changed the way we record concerns and streamlined reporting across our three regions which is partly responsible for the increase in reported concerns.

For example we now record all concerns about services, not just the complaints. Concerns were previously referred straight onto a service and dealt with locally but we now record these and pass them onto the service.

– Care and Social Service Inspectorate Wales spokesperson

David Cameron would consider more power for Wales

David Cameron says he's 'happy' to look at the prospect of transferring further powers to Wales but that he's 'not in favour' of creating a federal United Kingdom.

The Prime Minister made his comments at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham where delegates have warmly welcomed election pledges including a freeze on benefits and a tax cut on pensions.

The Welsh Secretary has announced that a future Welsh Government will now be offered more flexible power to vary income tax - as long as voters agree in a referendum. Mr Cameron told our Political Editor Adrian Masters why his government's changed its mind.

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