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First Minister's Questions 2014

Our weekly look at questions posed to the First Minister by the Leaders of the Opposition Parties.

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First Minister: think tank will show what works and what doesn't

The First Minister says a organisation aimed at developing new ideas will give future Welsh Government's a clearer idea of 'what works and what doesn't work.' Carwyn Jones launched Public Policy Institute Wales, based at Cardiff University.

He told our Political Editor Adrian Masters what the team of academics will add to the development of policy that civil servants currently can't provide. And he said the cost of the institute of 'a few hundred thousand pounds a year' offers value for money.

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"Change is inevitable" -First Minister

I’d like to thank Sir Paul Williams and the Commission for their hard work in gathering wide-ranging evidence for this report, including from those who deliver and use public services. This report addresses many issues that are critical at a time when the need for public services is outstripping the resources available to provide them. I have always been clear that the status quo is not an option.

People across Wales rely heavily on the vital services delivered by the public sector every day. Change is inevitable and essential so that our public services can become more efficient, effective, accessible and responsive. I will now take time to consider the report in detail and respond in due course.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM

St David Awards 'complement current honours system'

First Minister Carwyn Jones has told ITV News the St David Awards are an important addition to the existing honours system.

Money's very tight at the moment; we've already got an honours system - why do we need the St David Awards as well? Because it's important that we have a system that complements the existing honours.

It's not an enormous cost - but it does mean we can say to people 'thanks for what you've done, thanks for the contribution you've made to Welsh life'.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones

Finalists of first national St David Awards announced

Winners will receive a carefully designed trophy to recognise their achievements. Credit: ITV Wales

The finalists of the first national St David Awards will be announced at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff today.

The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, will unveil the shortlist designed to recognise exceptional achievements.

There are nine awards on offer - including a range of skills from sport to innovation and technology.

The awards will be given to people who are not simply doing their jobs, but rather those who do make a real difference to the quality of life in Wales.

The award ceremony will be held at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on Thursday March 13th.

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First Minister: Wales is 'committed' to helping Uganda

First Minister Carwyn Jones says Wales is committed to helping Uganda for the long term following his visit to the country.

Nearly a million pounds is spent on the Wales for Africa programme, which supports Welsh aid.

The First Minister insists it is justified, as both Uganda and Wales benefit from the link-up.

Our Political Reporter Owain Phillips travelled with him during the tour.

First Minister's Christmas message

First Minister and Leader of Welsh Labour Carwyn Jones issues his Christmas message Credit: PA Images

First Minister Carwyn Jones has released a Christmas message to the people of Wales:

“I’d like to extend my best wishes for the festive period to everybody across Wales. Christmas is a special time where many of us have the opportunity to celebrate with friends and family.

“However, each Christmas my thanks and thoughts are reserved for the Armed Forces, many of whom are serving abroad away from their families. Just one of the many sacrifices they make to protect our country.

“I also pay thanks to those working in our emergency services, where Christmas is not a holiday. Their hard work and commitment continues to benefit us all year round.

“I wish you all a joyful and peaceful Christmas.”

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