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Customer service in Welsh 'cost £899 per speaker'

National Savings & Investments said it cost £899 per Welsh speaking customer.

The Government's public savings scheme has come under fire from top judges for dropping its services for Welsh-speaking customers following a landmark legal battle.

State-owned National Savings and Investments decided to scrap its Welsh language scheme last year as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

But two High Court judges today ruled the decision 'unlawful', and ordered the scheme's reinstatement, because NS&I had failed to consult with the Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws, before dropping it.

NS&I, which has 1.5 million customers who live in Wales introduced a Welsh language scheme in 1998.

However, following a spending review it said only 107 customers corresponded in Welsh and it cost £899 per Welsh-speaker to implement the scheme - which it claimed was 'not cost effective'.

Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws, says the service must be reinstated.

Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws, said, "The decision to apply for a judicial review on this issue was not taken lightly, but following complaints from service-users this was a step I was determined to take as Commissioner.

“The message is clear to Westminster Government departments that provide services in Wales that they cannot decide to revoke Welsh language services on a whim. I expect to see National Savings and Investments resuming their Welsh language service and that they do that immediately.”

Foreign students kicked out of university lose case

The foreign students could now be asked to leave the UK.

Over 30 international students who were kicked off their Glyndwr University courses for not doing enough work today failed in a High Court challenge to the college's decision. The mostly Asian accountancy students were part of a wider group who were accused of poor attendance.

But when the case reached the court today, a senior judge rejected their legal challenge to Glyndwr's decision. Each were ordered to pay £500 in legal costs.

The decision means their status in the UK will be reviewed by the Home Office, which will decide whether or not they can stay. However, there was a reprieve for another 23 students, who were told their cases would be looked at again by course bosses.

The students' barrister, Al Mustakim said many of the students had been ill or had been unable to sign in when classes were spot-checked because they were on the toilet.

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Mother 'not in contempt' for keeping children

Jennifer Jones was found not to be in contempt of court after she failed to hand her children to her ex-husband.

A Welsh teacher embroiled in an international tug-of-love dispute has been found not to be in contempt of court.

Legal advisers told the High Court Jennifer Jones, aged 46, from Llanelli had been in contempt when she failed to hand four of her children to her Spanish ex-husband.

Lawyers representing the Solicitor General argued that she should be penalised for breaching a High Court order to hand the children to their father, a Spanish army officer, in Cardiff in October.

Her lawyers told judge Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court, that her contempt was not "deliberate" and that the children's behaviour had made it impossible for her to comply with the order.

The case hit the headlines last October when Ms Jones and the four children disappeared. They were all found safe and well within days after a High Court judge made a public appeal for help.

Giggs claim for damages over 'breach of privacy' dismissed

Ryan Giggs Credit: PA

A damages claim by Manchester United and Wales footballer Ryan Giggs against the Sun newspaper was thrown out by a High Court judge today.

Giggs claimed that The Sun "misused" private information and argued that he was entitled to claim damages for distress and breach of a right to privacy.

But the paper argued that Giggs's claim - made after the newspaper published an article about a relationship with Welsh reality television star Imogen Thomas - is "dead in the water" and should be stopped.

Mr Justice Tugendhat heard arguments at a High Court hearing in London last month and delivered his ruling today